• William T. Howe Ph.D.

January 16, 2021

Daily Reading: Genesis 46-47

Genesis 46:1

And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.

Israel returns to Beersheba and willingly offers up sacrifices to God of his father Isaac, and of his grandfather Abraham. Later, in Genesis 47:9 he states of his life: The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage. In the life of this man we see just about every aspect of the human condition. As well as seeing how fleeting life is, for we are truly pilgrims traveling through life unto our eternal home.

Once called Jacob, the supplanter, now he is Israel, a prince with God. We see him now, at the end of his life worshipping God. To which God responds by giving this old man a four-fold promise. I will make you a great nation, I will go down with thee, I will also surely bring you up again, and Joseph shall put his hand upon your eyes (close them in death). Once again, God wants everyone to know from this story that He is with us all the way through our life's pilgrimage.

For a moment, consider Israel's sons. Their experience shows forth exactly that which every born-again child of God will experience.

They were sinners:

· Full of hate 37:4-8

· Full of envy 37:11

· Murderers 37:18-19

· Liars 37:20

· Betrayers of their own family 37:28

But they received without any merit of their own:

· Corn at no cost

· Treated as honored brothers when they deserved punishment

· Forgiveness without rebuke

· Wagons, clothing, and food for their animals at no cost

· Bountiful provisions to which they had no right

· Their means of livelihood was overlooked (Egyptians despised shepherds)

· They received the best land in Egypt at no cost to them

· They were given position and trust

Every child of God has, or will, receive these things and more!

Consider also, these Hebrews, the family of Israel in comparison to the citizens of Egypt. The Egyptians labored for mere existence; they were slaves to the world. All their efforts provided only temporal needs. Things could not get any better: they had nothing of their own (47:13-26).

While the Israelites had a home they did not buy. They had provisions they did not deserve. They received honor on the merit of another who had earned it. The same as every believer in Jesus Christ!

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today,

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