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19 January 2018

Genesis 46:27

“With the two sons [Manasseh and Ephraim] who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy in all.”

Jacob finally met up with Joseph once more in Egypt.

God told Abraham that his descendants would go into Egypt for 400 years (Gen 15:13) and this is the outworking of it. Jacob was already 130 but he still made the journey mainly on the expectation of being reunited with his favourite son, Joseph.

However, he did not forget God in all this. As soon as he reached Beersheba, where Abraham made the covenant with Abimelech, Jacob made a sacrifice to God. God appeared and told him not to be afraid to go to Egypt because he would certainly meet Joseph and his family would be made into a great nation whilst they were there.

It is important to remember that 70 went into Egypt. When we see later how many came out of Egypt, we will see evidence that persecution always seems to make the blessings of God flow greater, whether it is for the Israelites or for the Church.

Whenever the enemy tries to do his worst to the people of God – the end result is always a great deliverance and a phenomenal testimony of what God does/has been doing during the most adverse conditions. Usually Satan overplays his hand and when he does so, everything blows up in his face. Just when he thinks he’s won, God shows a glimpse of His Almighty, Sovereign Power.

Also, God’s outworking of adverse circumstances often reaffirms the divine principle that Jesus spoke about: “unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24). It’s a ‘Ring of Truth’!

Joseph determined that the Goshen area, in the fertile pasturelands of the Nile Delta, was the best in the land of Egypt (it probably still is) and so directed Jacob and the family there.

It is interesting to see that he emphasised they were to specify that they were shepherds, whereas the Egyptians kept cattle. Thus he guaranteed their security, in that the Egyptians despised shepherds and would therefore keep their distance and leave them alone.

The early American pioneers could have learnt from the example and realised why they had some of their range wars. Cattle eat by tearing the long grass, whereas sheep nibble it right down to the ground. While sheep left on their own will turn pasture into a dust bowl, carefully managed they will actually improve the quality of the countryside. But sheep and cattle do not mix well.

Remember too, that here we see a rescue. Jacob and the family are saved from a severe famine and probable death.

However, if we look at it with the benefit of hindsight, it was more like an invasion. Just as Jacob with Laban - he went in solo and came out married, with a family of 16, rich and very wealthy with flocks and herds, so the Israelites went into Egypt, 70 hungry people – but came out a vast company with the riches of Egypt.

That is one of the ways God works.

So, if at present, you feel you are facing famine, persecution or opposition in ‘Egypt’, hang in there – it may be just God’s way of preparing you for your mighty deliverance.

 


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