Prodigal Son

And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I. 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: Genesis 46:2-3

One night while Jacob was worshipping God, he spoke to him. He told him not to fear going to Egypt for God promised to make his family a great nation. Remember this is the same covenant God made with his grandfather Abraham and Father Isaac. God promised them he would make their descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky

Now remember Joseph finally revealed his identity to his brothers and has invited his entire family to live in Egypt during the great famine so they can prosper. God was confirming to Jacob that this was a good move for his entire family and the nation of Israel

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. Genesis 46:5

So Jacob and his entire family packed up everything and moved to Egypt to meet Joseph. Jacob brought everyone including his sons, daughters, in laws, grand children, everyone and everything moved with Jacob to Egypt , this was a huge event. The Bible says the number of people in Jacobs family that went to Egypt was 70

Imagine telling your entire family, not just your immediate family but everyone , they are moving to a new country. But God promised to take care of Jacob and his family, we must trust in God

And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while. Genesis 46:29

The time has finally come, for Joseph and his Father to be reunited. Remember how long Jacob thought Joseph was dead and wept for him. Reminds you of the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15) we were dead in our sin and then alive with Christ and came back to the Father

Jacob was so happy to see Joseph he said “Hes ready to die” (Genesis 46:30) No longer does he have to grieve over the loss of his beloved Son.

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