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Genesis 47:27-31 Not My Home

Jacob makes Joseph swear by his father’s sacred oath to bury him with his family in Canaan.

Joseph is called on to make a promise by his father. Jacob has spent his life, or the majority of it in Canaan. That is where he wants to be laid to rest.

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Jacob was an old man when he came to Egypt to live. He knew his family’s history of long lives. He knew there were still some good years left in him, but not too many. His grandfather Abraham lived to be 180 years old. His father Isaac lived to be 175 years old. His oldest relative living during his lifetime was Shem. He lived to be 600 years old. Compared to Shem, Jacob was just a baby! But he knew this wasn’t to be the truth. His health was failing.

Before drawing his last breath or even getting to the point where he didn’t know what was going on around him, Jacob called for Joseph. He had matters he wanted to set right before it was too late. He had lived in Egypt for over 16 years now but this was NOT his home! His home was with his fathers’ in Canaan. But he couldn’t physically travel there himself. Read more »

Genesis 47:1-12 New Home

Jacob and some of the brothers are presented to Pharaoh.

Joseph has prepared a place for his family in the best of Egypt. Now he introduces them to Pharaoh. And Pharaoh gives them a job.

When we left Joseph the last time he had just explained to his brothers about Egypt’s relationship with shepherds. He also informed them that they were to tell Pharaoh they were herdsmen since their youth. Then he went to Pharaoh himself to pave the way for their conversation. Now it is their turn to speak to Pharaoh. He is praying they remember his words of warning.

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Joseph returns to his home after meeting with Pharaoh. He is to bring representatives of his family before Pharaoh tomorrow. Asenath greets him upon his arrival. “Good evening my beloved. Has your family arrived safe? Have you shared with them our union?” Read more »

Genesis 46:28-34 Family Reunion

Joseph is overjoyed to have his family with him!

The family finally arrives in Egypt. Joseph directs them to the place they will now live. He also instructs them as to what to say when they are called before Pharaoh.

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The family is still two days journey away from Egypt when Jacob notices all the people. The famine is bringing more and more people in search of food to Joseph’s front door. Jacob does not want to get caught in the middle of all this traffic. He doesn’t want to bring his flocks into town and have to try and find space for them. He decides to send someone ahead of them to get directions to where Joseph wants them to go. Judah volunteers for this task.

Joseph has been watching for his family for some time. He knows their journey will be slow but his excitement and anticipation are beginning to wear on him. His duties keep him busy during the wait. Those same duties are what allowed him to find his brothers in the first place. Read more »

Genesis 45:1-28 Together Again

Joseph reveals himself to his brothers. Joy abounds!

“Everybody OUT!” This is the cry of Joseph after hearing Judah’s plea for Benjamin. His brothers have passed the test. Pharaoh even hears of this feat.

We left last time with Judah pouring his heart out to ‘the man’ regarding his father and Benjamin. ‘The man’ had judged Benjamin guilty of theft by the evidence found in his sack. As punishment, Benjamin was to be kept in Egypt as a slave. “I cannot now go to my father and tell him that I have failed him. It would be as good as my own hand slaying him. Please, for my father’s sake and the boy’s, let me stand in his place.”

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Joseph is never alone. There are always attendants or guards or people seeking his advice or services about. This moment in time is no different. Joseph has built a reputation for himself since arriving in Egypt. It was always founded on faithfulness in service, but now it had gone beyond that. He no longer even resembled the boy who was brought here in Read more »

Genesis 45:25-46:27 Off To Egypt

The WHOLE family will return to Egypt in style!

We left off last time with Joseph watching as his brothers started for home. Let’s pop back in on them on their journey. They have AMAZING news for their father and life changing news for the rest of the family.

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This is a long journey. This is the second time nine of the brothers have made it. Last time this portion of the journey was a LOT different. Simeon had been left in prison in Egypt and they were bringing a message to their father that there would be no more food, after what they carried with them, unless Benjamin accompanied them back to Egypt. They were further stressed when Gad discovered his money still in his sack. They traveled all the way home with a sense of doom hanging over their heads. They all felt as if God Himself was punishing them. They were wearing the stink of guilt on them over the way they had treated their brother Joseph. Read more »