Read Genesis 46 – And they’re off to Egypt!
Jacob packs up the family and sets out for Egypt, stopping first in Beersheba to offer sacrifices to the Lord. During the night the Lord spoke to him, confirming “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation. 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.” :1-4 What a sweet assurance from the LORD!
Beloved, acting in God’s will is so important. Pray over your decisions; seek the Lord in all you do.
The bible gives a record of all the son’s traveling with Jacob, and it is 66… plus Joseph and his two sons who are already there, and Jacob himself, bringing the total to 70.
When they got close, Jacob sent Judah ahead to meet Joseph and get directions. Joseph prepared his chariot and traveled to Goshen to meet his father. Their reunion is just beautiful, full of hugs and tears, Jacob says he can now die in peace… Jacob has essentially been in grief since he sent Joseph to check on his brothers and he never returned, in 37:14.
Goshen is in Egypt on the border of the Promised Land. Joseph instructs his family to greet Pharaoh saying they are his servants and shepherds, :34. This is strategic because the Egyptians despise shepherds and would not want them near, thus guarding the integrity of the Hebrew lifestyle.
Beloved, take peace in the fact that God is in control, and God is good. No matter how things may look on earth, we have a Heavenly Father who goes before us.