WEEK 5, DAY 5 OF CHOOSING GOD INSTEAD OF THE WORLD, A LOVE GOD GREATLY STUDY
2 During the night God spoke to him in a vision. “Jacob! Jacob!” he called. “Here I am,” Jacob replied. 3 “I am God, the God of your father,” the voice said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation. 4 I will go with you down to Egypt, and I will bring you back again. You will die in Egypt, but Joseph will be with you to close your eyes.” NLT
THE GENESIS SAGA: Jacob Goes to Egypt
God had endeared Joseph to those he had served, as well as those he served with through the years as the second in command to Pharaoh. So, when word reached Pharaoh and his servants that Joseph’s brothers had arrived they were pleased. Pharaoh made great gestures of caring for Joseph’s family and making them at home in Egypt. The brothers left shortly after they had learned of Joseph’s identity and began the journey to bring Jacob to be reunited and live with Joseph, where they would be spared from the remaining years of famine – and where we will see that God continues to carry out His plan to make Jacob into a great nation.
Our Focus Passage: Verses 2-4
Needless to say Jacob was shocked to learn that Joseph was still alive but Scripture says that “he was revived in spirit.” Jacob soon began his journey to see his beloved son. Along the way, God calls to Jacob and when Jacob answers, “Here I am”, God responds with confirmation that he is not to be afraid to go down to Egypt for it is all part of His plan and the place where God would make him into a great nation, as He had promised. He assured Jacob that He would go with him to Egypt and one day bring him back from there.
Other Notable Observations:
- They settled in the “land of Goshen”. Including the two sons born to Joseph there were 70 members in the household of Jacob in Egypt.
- Joseph and Jacob reunited with much weeping.
- Jacob was content to die now that he had seen Joseph’s face again.
APPLICATION: HOW THEN SHOULD WE LIVE?
When God calls, our answer should be, as Jacob’s was, “Here I am“. We don’t have to be afraid when He calls us to do something, even if it seems too. hard or unpleasant or takes us aways from all that we have known, because we know that God has equipped us for whatever He calls us to do (2 Peter 1:3-4), is working the details out according to His perfect will and timing, and will be with us wherever we go. It is crucial that we believe these truths, for the “Hear I am” answer depends on it. As is evident in the Scriptures, and what we have likely seen in our own lives or the lives of others – what God has started He will finish, we must believe this and act accordingly.
PRAYER: RESPOSE TO GOD’S WORD.
Father, how good it is to see Your works! How pleasing it is to watch Your plans unfold and to be reminded that we don’t have to be afraid to follow where You lead us or to end up in an unwanted position because of someone else’s actions or our bad choices – For You are in complete and perfect control. May we live and walk by this TRUTH — Trusting, obeying, following, and unafraid because You are with us and Your presence is our peace. All of this because of and in Jesus’ name I pray – Amen –
YOUR TURN:PERSONAL REFLECTIONS
- What promises of God can you cling to today?
- Can you be confident that He will keep His promises? Why or why not?