Jacob Goes to Egypt
1 And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
2 And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.
3 And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:
4 I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.
5 And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
6 And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him:
7 His sons, and his sons’ sons with him, his daughters, and his sons’ daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt.
K.J.V. Bilbe Text
On the way to Egypt, Jacob stopped at Beersheba to offer sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. (This must have been a very easy sacrifice to make in the face of the great joy of finding his much loved Joseph was alive after years of believing him dead.)
In the night, God spoke to Jacob in a vision. He told Jacob not to fear going to Egypt because he would make a great nation of him there. He also promised him that he would be with him in Egypt and would bring him back from there again.
This, of course, was the beginning of the many years the Israelites lived in Egypt.
I know as I’m sure most of you know that eventually the Israelites would desire to leave Egypt for freedom in a land of their own. Yet their sojourn in Egypt began as a good thing and saved them from famine Perhaps just as it was God’s will that they go to Egypt, it was also his will that while there, the Israelites would grow in strength.
Today we all realize that by the time they left Egypt a very long time later, the community of Israelites was numerous and strong.
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