Genesis 46 & 47

“So Israel [Jacob] took his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2 And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” 3 Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. 4 I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.””

Genesis 46:1-4

More insight into Jacob’s journey is depicted as we continue reading through Chapter 46. We’re also shown a snapshot of those who traveled with him. As we get into chapter 47, we’re really starting to see God’s promise to Abraham (Jacob’s grandfather) come to life.

Glance back to Genesis 15:13. As Abraham falls into a deep sleep and the Lord speaks to him, saying “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years.” Jump back to Genesis 47. Abraham has since passed away, but God’s promise has not. God is now weaving the fulfillment of His promise through Jacob, and Jacob is following God. 

God says to Jacob in verse 3, “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation.” Then in verse 4 God says, “I myself will go down with you to Egypt.” 

Take note that Jacob is following God. God Himself is leading Jacob down to Egypt, to new territory, a land Jacob knows nothing of. Jacob is all in and fully trusting God with not only his future, but the future of his people, and the hope of humanity. 

Often, when we follow God, we only give Him the things we want Him to lead. It’s difficult for us to go all in with our whole life. It feels more natural for us to be in control, yet God wants to lead.

God wants to take us to new places in our faith journey whether that’s a spiritual journey or an actual move to some other location. We can trust Him. He will go with us. Let’s let Him lead.


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