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Genesis 46-47

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Intro

Scene 1 [46:1-7] - God Sent

Genesis 46:1–4 ESV
1 So Israel 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.”
Jacob = 130 - retirement for 60 years
CHANGE!!
He has to leave everything / security / comforts
If God calls you to a change are you willing to follow regardless of the personal comfort or security?
Believe in the mission of God/still
Are you willing to find new and creative ways to serve God in His calling for your life?
Willing to obey / cost
Luke 9:23–25 ESV
23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
sacrifices of thanks
thankfulness toward God
Beersheba
historically significant
religiously significant
geographically significant
no going back
Significant Decision Intersection - generations
How do you make decisions at these times?
Proverbs 3:5–6 ESV
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
James 1:5 ESV
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
James 4:2 ESV
2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.
Jacob x3
Abraham / Moses / Samuel / Martha / Saul
here I am
I Am God
fear not?
[God] I Will…
make great in Egypt = means of fulfillment ...
go with you to Egypt = no need for fear
bring you back again = promise to Abraham [15:13-14] -
allow your son to care for you = fulfilling desire
Psalm 37:4 ESV
4 Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
CRITICAL LIFE CHANGING DECISION
charge ahead
Vanilla Ice - Stop, Collaborate and Listen
move!
Genesis 46:5–7 ESV
5 Then Jacob set out from Beersheba. The sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 6 They also took their livestock and their goods, which they had gained in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob and all his offspring with him, 7 his sons, and his sons’ sons with him, his daughters, and his sons’ daughters. All his offspring he brought with him into Egypt.

Scene 2 - Genealogie

Gen 46.8-27
Why?
the meaning for them
the application for us
individuals / families / regions / nations / world
American Individualism
the need for community
are you in community here? how do you know? what can we measure this by?
Names = fulfillment of promise
215 years = 70 people
400 years = 2 million
ABC = 90 people
5yrs / 10yrs / 20yrs / 100yrs
Matthew 28:19–20 ESV
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Scene 3 - Reunion

Genesis 46:28–30 ESV
28 He had sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to show the way before him in Goshen, and they came into the land of Goshen. 29 Then Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to meet Israel his father in Goshen. He presented himself to him and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while. 30 Israel said to Joseph, “Now let me die, since I have seen your face and know that you are still alive.”
Judah Leads
God’s Grace / Mercy / Forgiveness
God uses the broken things!
Jacobs Peace
hope / salvation / peace
Luke 2:29–30 ESV
29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation

Scene 4 - His land is our land

Genesis 46:31–34 ESV
31 Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and tell Pharaoh and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me. 32 And the men are shepherds, for they have been keepers of livestock, and they have brought their flocks and their herds and all that they have.’ 33 When Pharaoh calls you and says, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34 you shall say, ‘Your servants have been keepers of livestock from our youth even until now, both we and our fathers,’ in order that you may dwell in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians.”
Genesis 46:33–34 ESV
33 When Pharaoh calls you and says, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34 you shall say, ‘Your servants have been keepers of livestock from our youth even until now, both we and our fathers,’ in order that you may dwell in the land of Goshen, for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians.”
Honesty is the best policy
Genesis 47:1–6 ESV
1 So Joseph went in and told Pharaoh, “My father and my brothers, with their flocks and herds and all that they possess, have come from the land of Canaan. They are now in the land of Goshen.” 2 And from among his brothers he took five men and presented them to Pharaoh. 3 Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” And they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds, as our fathers were.” 4 They said to Pharaoh, “We have come to sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. And now, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen.” 5 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. 6 The land of Egypt is before you. Settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land. Let them settle in the land of Goshen, and if you know any able men among them, put them in charge of my livestock.”
Genesis 47:4 ESV
4 They said to Pharaoh, “We have come to sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. And now, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen.”
Genesis 47:6 ESV
6 The land of Egypt is before you. Settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land. Let them settle in the land of Goshen, and if you know any able men among them, put them in charge of my livestock.”
Gods Provision Through Persecution
Genesis 47:7–10 ESV
7 Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father and stood him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. 8 And Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many are the days of the years of your life?” 9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my sojourning are 130 years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their sojourning.” 10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from the presence of Pharaoh.
Jacob blesses Pharaoh… x2
Hebrews 7:7 ESV
7 It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior.
Jacob’s Long Hard Road…

Few & Evil = A summary of Jacob’s life:

1. He struggled with his brother in the womb (25:21-26).
2. He was raised by parents who were dysfunctional (25:28).
3. He stole his father’s blessing by means of deception and was forced to leave his family because of the hatred of Esau (27:1-46).
4. He spent years in exile, serving his uncle, Laban, who repeatedly cheated him (29:13-30).
5. He planned to marry one wife and ended up with four (29:18), and the outcome of this was continual competition and strife (29:30ff).
6. He finally fled from his uncle and eventually had to make a nonaggression pact with him lest further conflict arise (31:1-55).
7. His only daughter, Dinah, was violated at Shechem (34:1-4).
8. He lived in fear of reprisal from Shechem’s neighbors when his sons killed the men of Shechem (34:30).
9. He lost his favorite wife, Rachel, at an early age (35:16-19).
10. His oldest son, Rueben, lay with one of his concubines (35:22).
11. His favorite son, Joseph, was tragically lost and presumed dead (37:33-34).
12. And now he was on the verge of losing everything due to a seven-year, worldwide famine. It had been a hard life!
Deuteronomy 5:16 ESV
16 “ ‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
Genesis 47:11 ESV
11 Then Joseph settled his father and his brothers and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

Scene 5 - God’s food from Pharaoh

Genesis 47:13–26 ESV
13 Now there was no food in all the land, for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished by reason of the famine. 14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, in exchange for the grain that they bought. And Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house. 15 And when the money was all spent in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? For our money is gone.” 16 And Joseph answered, “Give your livestock, and I will give you food in exchange for your livestock, if your money is gone.” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for the horses, the flocks, the herds, and the donkeys. He supplied them with food in exchange for all their livestock that year. 18 And when that year was ended, they came to him the following year and said to him, “We will not hide from my lord that our money is all spent. The herds of livestock are my lord’s. There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh. And give us seed that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.” 20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for all the Egyptians sold their fields, because the famine was severe on them. The land became Pharaoh’s. 21 As for the people, he made servants of them from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had a fixed allowance from Pharaoh and lived on the allowance that Pharaoh gave them; therefore they did not sell their land. 23 Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have this day bought you and your land for Pharaoh. Now here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land. 24 And at the harvests you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four fifths shall be your own, as seed for the field and as food for yourselves and your households, and as food for your little ones.” 25 And they said, “You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh.” 26 So Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt, and it stands to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; the land of the priests alone did not become Pharaoh’s.
Jacobs Blessing on Pharaoh
money / livestock / land / slaves / future yield
God’s fulfillment to Abraham = bless / curse

Scene 6 - Finishing Well

Genesis 47:27–28 ESV
27 Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen. And they gained possessions in it, and were fruitful and multiplied greatly. 28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. So the days of Jacob, the years of his life, were 147 years.
God’s Time / Our Time
Jacob thought death soon...
17 more
when is your time up? what will we do today?
Genesis 47:29–31 ESV
29 And when the time drew near that Israel must die, he called his son Joseph and said to him, “If now I have found favor in your sight, put your hand under my thigh and promise to deal kindly and truly with me. Do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but let me lie with my fathers. Carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burying place.” He answered, “I will do as you have said.” 31 And he said, “Swear to me”; and he swore to him. Then Israel bowed himself upon the head of his bed.
His Greatest Act of Faith
this is not his home
belief in God of past promises
belief in God of future hope
Israel’s death a testimony to future generations!!
Hebrews 11:22 ESV
22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.
What impact do you want to have after your death? How will you spend the rest of your days affecting coming generations?
Hebrews 11:4 ESV
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.

“Then Israel bowed himself upon the head of his bed”

he stopped striving
he worshipped
God wants worshippers!!
ABC must have worshippers!
Matthew 28:18–20 ESV
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
future generations of ABC?
Bridging the Gap!!!
neighbors
one-another
What will you do to help bridge the gap?
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