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Genesis 46:1-34

Jacob Goes to Egypt

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After hearing the joyful news that Joseph was alive, Jacob packed up and moved his family to Egypt. Stopping first in Beersheba, Jacob offered sacrifices and received assurances from God that Egypt was where he should go. Jacob and his family settled in the region of Goshen, in the northeastern part of Egypt.
I. God speaks to Jacob in a vision

Why do you think Jacob offered sacrifices to God at Beersheba? What does this tell us about Jacob?

What promises did God make to Jacob in the vision?

Would the statement that "Joseph's hand will close your eyes" have been comforting to Jacob? Why or why not?
SO ISRAEL SET OUT WITH ALL THAT WAS HIS, AND when he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, "Jacob! Jacob!"
"Here I am," he replied.
"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. 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." Genesis 46:1-4, NIV
II. Jacob and his family travel to Egypt

What did they take with them to Egypt?
Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel's sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him. They also took with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan, and Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt. He took with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters - all his offspring. Genesis 46:5-7, NIV
III. The sons of Jacob

Why do you think the author included this list of Jacob's offspring?
These are the names of the sons of Israel (Jacob and his descendants) who went to Egypt:
Reuben the firstborn of Jacob. The sons of Reuben: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron and Carmi. The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman. The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari. The sons of Judah: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez and Zerah (but Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan). The sons of Perez: Hezron and Hamul. The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron. The sons of Zebulun: Sered, Elon and Jahleel. These were the sons Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram, besides his daughter Dinah. These sons and daughters of his were thirty-three in all.
The sons of Gad: Zephon, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi and Areli. The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah. Their sister was Serah. The sons of Beriah: Heber and Malkiel. These were the children born to Jacob by Zilpah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Leah - sixteen in all.
The sons of Jacob's wife Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. In Egypt, Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. The sons of Benjamin: Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard. These were the sons of Rachel who were born to Jacob - fourteen in all.
The son of Dan: Hushim. The sons of Naphtali: Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem. These were the sons born to Jacob by Bilhah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Rachel - seven in all.
All those who went to Egypt with Jacob - those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons' wives - numbered sixty-six persons. With the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob's family, which went to Egypt, were seventy in all. Genesis 46:8-27, NIV
IV. Joseph is reunited with his father

How did Joseph respond to Jacob's arrival?

How did Jacob respond to the sight of his son?

What was Joseph's plan for taking care of his relatives?

Why did Joseph want his brothers to tell Pharaoh they tended livestock?
Now Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When they arrived in the region of Goshen, Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father and wept for a long time.
Israel said to Joseph, "Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive."
Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, "I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and will say to him, 'My brothers and my father's household, who were living in the land of Canaan, have come to me. The men are shepherds; they tend livestock, and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.' When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, 'What is your occupation?' you should answer, 'Your servants have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.' Then you will be allowed to settle in the region of Goshen, for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians." Genesis 46:28-34, NIV


Are you facing a difficult or important decision? Have you taken it before God?

How do you behave when you are afraid? If you trust God, how should you demonstrate that trust when you are afraid?

What value is there in knowing about your ancestors?

Are you looking forward to being reunited with loved ones?

How do others view your occupation?

What does your behavior at work reveal about your Christian faith?

How do you deal with pressures of your job? Is God sovereign over this area of your life?


Study Genesis 47:1-12, Jacob Settles in Goshen.

Dave Bowser

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