When Jacob heard that Joseph was alive, and that he was in a prominent position in Egypt, he packed everything up to move to Egypt. When he reached Beersheba, he stopped to make an offering to the Lord on the altar his father Isaac built. God spoke…
1 So Israel set out with all that was his, and when he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
2 And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
3 “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. 4 I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”
There at Beersheba, God spoke to Jacob.
So often young people want to disregard or abandon the practice or faith of their parents and go their own ways. They know better. And they miss out. Jacob wasn’t going to miss out. God spoke to him to give him courage of heart and an amazing promise.
The first part of God’s promise to Jacob was that God would make Jacob a great nation in Egypt. Israel was born in Jacob and his family. They would indeed become great in Egypt. In fact, they would become so great in Egypt that they became a threat to Pharaoh (one who didn’t know of or remember Joseph’s service). And in Exodus 1 we see Pharaoh recognize and start to deal with the great nation of Israel.
The second part of God’s promise to Jacob was that God would go with Jacob. This is one of the ongoing promises of God to his people in the Bible. Never will he leave us or forsake us, and the story of Jacob bears this out. I will go with you…
The third part of the promise was that God would surely bring Israel back to the Promised Land. And here we see that God was promising the exodus from Egypt generations prior to the story of Moses. Because God is the God of generations and he lives in eternity. He makes promises to us knowing the future and all the struggles we will face.
We think they are surprises in our lives, and God has already figured out how to make them work for good. He did it in the story of Joseph, he did it in the story of Israel in Egypt, and he does it for you and me today. We can have great confidence in our great God…