(1) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 45: 25 — 46: 4 (ESV)

(Joseph Is Resurrected To Jacob & Jacob-Israel Brings All He Has To Worship At Beersheba)   

We’re going to start reading at the end of Genesis 45 to give some context to today’s reading. 

Gen 45: 25 – 28 25So they went up out of Egypt and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob. 26And they told him, “Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” And his heart became numb, for he did not believe them. 27But when they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said to them, and when he saw the 28And Israel said, “It is enough; Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

Gen 46: 1-4 1So Israel took his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” 3Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. 4I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.”

(2) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 46: 5 15 (ESV)

(Jacob-Israel Brings All He Has To Worship The Lord)   

8Now these are the names of the descendants of Israel, who came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons. …. Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, 9and the sons of Reuben:…10The sons of Simeon11The sons of Levi: …12The sons of Judah: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah (but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan); and the sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul. 13The sons of Issachar: … 14The sons of Zebulun: ….15These are the sons of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob in Paddan-aram, together with his daughter Dinah; altogether his sons and his daughters numbered thirty-three.

(3) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 46: 1625 (ESV)

(Zilpah’s & Jacobs Children & Descendants = 16) 

(Rachel’s & Jacobs Children & Descendants = 14)

(Bilhah’s & Jacobs Children & Descendants =    7)

16The sons of Gad …: 17The sons of Asher: 18These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter; and these she bore to Jacob—sixteen persons.

19The sons of Rachel, Jacob’s wife: Joseph and Benjamin. 21And to Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim22These are the sons of Rachel, who were born to Jacob—fourteen persons in all.

23The son of Dan: … 24The sons of Naphtali: … 25These are the sons of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to Rachel his daughter, and these she bore to Jacob—seven persons in all.

(4) Walk Thru The Word for Today:  Gen. 46: 1- 4 (ESV)

(Jacob-Israel Brings All He Has To Worship The Lord)   

26All the persons belonging to Jacob who came into Egypt, who were his own descendants, not including Jacob’s sons’ wives, were sixty-six persons in all. 27And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two. All the persons of the house of Jacob who came into Egypt were seventy.

(5) (Yellow – Not In Your Notes)

The New Testament explains Gods principles

The Old Testament shows us the processes of how those principles work in our lives!

  • The Old Testament traces a family bloodline to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • God nurtures that family into a nation, and society that will receive and safeguard His Word.
  • God’s Old Testament Word points to and prepares us for His Messiah!
  • The Old Testament uses the members of that bloodline as the primary examples to demonstrate how God works in the lives of His people then and now.
  • The New Testament shows how Christ fulfills the Old Testament through His redemptive “Born Again” experience, and how God uses the transformed disciples to spread the Gospel and explain God’s principles that transform our lives and civilization!

(6) Message map: Series: #10 Bouncing Back From Betrayal!

Gen. 45:2546: 27

“Israel Goes Back The Basics At Beersheba” 

  • Israel Goes Back To Basics and Brings All He Has To Beersheba to Worship The Lord
  • Jacob/Israel Worships The god of His Father, Isaac, Who Illustrated Christ by Submitting to God & Securing his generation by digging and “redigging” wells at Beersheba!
  • Jacob Wants Assurance Hes Not Forfeiting Gods Promise By Going To Egypt (Hes Fulfilling Gen 15: 12-16 that Israel will be in Egypt for Approx. 430 years)
  • We Must Faithfully follow the faithful i amwho reassures Jacob
  • Joseph symbolizes Jesus Seated at the right hand of god, our faithful father Genesis 46

(7) Gen. Gen. 46: 1- 3 (ESV)

(Drawing Near = Obedience 

Which of the following statements would we say are true?

  1. If we/you draw near to God, God will draw near us/you
  2. We only can draw near to God thru Christ who became the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for our sin (1Jn 2:2 & 4:10, Rom 3:25, Hebrews 2:17)
  • 1John 2:2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
  • 1John 4:10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
  • Rom 3:25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
  • Hebrews 2:17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
  • Here’s a picture of atonement from the OT – Leviticus 23:27-29: Speaking of The Day of Atonement, God instructs Israel: …27“The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. You are to hold a sacred assembly and humble your souls and present an offering made by fire to the LORD. 28On this day you are not to do any work, for it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God. 29If anyone does not humble himself on this day, he must be cut off from his people.…
  • We need atonement for Rom 3:23 says, “All have sinned.”  Thus John 3:18 says, “18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
  1. God offers us “If—Then” propositions, such as in 2 Chron. 7:14, so if we do something, He’ll do something, and if we don’t don’t do it, God won’t do it.
  2. Failure to do our “If’s” is a loss of the benefits God’s grace otherwise would provide!

Gen. 46: 1 Jacob took All that he had and journeyed to sacrifice at Beersheba. Where are you on your journey of naked I came I form the womb and naked shall I return from whence I came”?

  • Job 1:21, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. … He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave.
  • Ecclesiastes 5:15 Everyone comes naked from their mother’s womb, and as everyone comes, so they depart. They take nothing from their toil that they can carry in their hands.
  • Job 26:6 The realm of the dead is naked before God; Destruction lies uncovered. … The underworld is naked in God’s presence.

We must bring our entire self to God = “Draw near to God and He’ll draw near to you.” (James 4:8).  That is an “if—then” proposition.  If we want more of God in our lives, we must give God more of our lives.

  • What happens if we decide to withdraw from God? God loves us, but He doesn’t need us.
  • God wants us to be in close fellowship with Him, but He in no way is diminished if we separate ourselves from Him.
  • God is not a prom date, waiting outside, hoping we don’t stand Him up. We need Him.  He doesn’t need us!

Our motive for drawing near to God is based on a better HOPE” of Hebrews 7:19, which is based on Rom 4:8.

  • 7:19 “for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.” That hope is God will impute righteousness to us (Rom 4:8)
  • Rom 4: 8 – NIV – Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”

NLT Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin.”

ESV blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

  • When we come to Christ, and begin our journey for Him, do we bring all we have to Him? Or are we withholding certain parts of our lives from God? As there is a famine in the land of this time, there is a famine in the land of our lives, and everything we withhold from God is going to waste  Jacob has to bring all with him, because whatever he doesn’t bring is going to be wasted way by famine.

(8) Gen. 46: 1-3 (ESV) (Israel Goes Back To Basics At Beersheba)

Gen. 46: 1 1So Israel took his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba, (“well of seven,” a place in the Negev) and offered sacrifices (symbols of Christ’s sacrifice that once and for all atoned for sin) to the God of his father Isaac, who reflected Christ and submitted during God’s test of Abraham, in Gen 22, and who secured his generation by diligently digging and re-digging wells

  • When we come to Christ, and begin our journey for Him, do we bring all we have to Him? Or are we withholding certain parts of our lives from God? As there is a famine in the land of this time, there is a famine in the land of our lives, and everything we withhold from God is going to waste  Jacob has to bring all with him, because whatever he doesn’t bring is going to be wasted way by famine.

At Beersheba Jacob now is a mature saint who draws near and offers sacrifices for God’s satisfaction.

Then, during the night, God appeared to him. Through this we see Christ reflected Who offered Himself for God’s satisfaction. In this kind of worship, Jacob fellowships with God, and God reciprocates by appearing to him. God, likewise takes pleasure in the Son.  (Mark 1:11, Matt. 3:17, 12:18 & 17: 5, Luke 2:14 & 3:22, Col 1:19, 2Pet 1:17, Is 42:1).

Jacob goes to Beersheba where Abraham called on God in Gen. 21:33, and Isaac called on God in Gen. 26:25. Jacob makes devotion there to reaffirm his commitment to God’s plan and seek confirmation he should go to Egypt.

God of Father, Isaac = Jacob is appealing to God to remember and keep His promise to Isaac & Abraham.

He chose that place, in remembrance of the communion which his father and grandfather had with God in that place.

Abraham called on God there (Gen. 21:33), so did Isaac (Gen. 26:25), and therefore Jacob made it the place of his devotion,

When God says, 3… “I am God, the God of your father, He communicates, “I’m aware and plan on keeping my promises in Gen 12:1-3, & Gen 15:12-16

Gen 12: 1-3 1Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Gen 21: 33 “Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba and called there on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God.

Gen 26:25 So he built an altar there and called upon the name of the LORD and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

In Gen. 15: 12-16 12As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. 13Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. 14But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. 16And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

In Gen. 15: 12-16 God’s 3-Fold Plan is

  • 13Abraham’s offspring will sojourn (be strangers) in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted (enslaved) for 400 years.
  • 14But I will bring judgement on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age.
  • 16And they shall come back here in the 4th / fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”

Barnes – He designates himself EL the Mighty, and the God of his father. The former name cheers him with the thought of an all-sufficient Protector. The latter identifies the speaker with the God of his father, and therefore, with the God of eternity, of creation, and of covenant. “Fear not to go down into Mizraim.” This implies both that it was the will of God that he should go down to Egypt, and that he would be protected there. “A great nation.”

(9) Gen. Gen. 46: 26 (ESV)

(God’s Nation-Building Promise)  

In Gen. 46: 2- 4 God gives Jacob an amazing nation-building promise:

God will oversee our deaths, which close our eyes to this world, but opens them to eternity — 1Cor. 2:9 says “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” Click To Tweet

2And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, [3 – “I Will statements: … Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there …

  • I will make you into a great nation. (Ps. 33: 12 & 144: 15 – Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord – the nation who the Lord makes.
  • 4I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and
  • I will also BRING you (meaning the nation) up (back) again,
  • and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.” (Joseph’s hand will set closed your eyes when you die.

God will oversee our deaths, which close our eyes to this world, but opens them to eternity — 1Cor. 2:9 says “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”

(10) The Seventy Israelites Who Will Shelter in Egypt  

26All the persons belonging to Jacob who came into Egypt, who were his own descendants, not including Jacob’s sons’ wives, were sixty-six persons in all. 27And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two. All the persons of the house of Jacob who came into Egypt were seventy.

The Israelite descendants of Jacob who came to Egypt = 66

Jacob also comes to Egypt, but is not counted here       =   1

Joseph already is in Egypt, and is not counted in the 66 =  1

Joseph’s Manassah & Ephraim already are in Egypt, and are not counted here =   2

Total Number of Israelites in Egypt = 70

To reconcile Acts 7:14 which says “And Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five (75) persons in all,” we add to the 70 the 1Chronicles 7:14-21 list of the 4 sons of Manasseh (Ashriel, Machir, Zelophehad, Peresh) and the 1 son of Ephraim, (Shuthelah), to add 5 more to the 70 to = 75 souls of Israel’s descent in Egypt.

(11) Let’s tie up some loose ends — The Line of Judah continues Through Perez

Gen 46:12 “12The sons of Judah: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah (but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan); and the sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul.”

  • Judah bounced back from Genesis 38 where he left the flock/fold, perhaps due to his discouragement from having led the betrayal to sell Joseph to Ishmaelite’s heading to Egypt.
  • Judah brings Tamar and their son, Perez back with him into the fold of Israel, sometime after Gen. 38.
  • Perez is in the bloodline to the Messiah. (Gen. 38:26-30, Ruth 4: 12 & 18 and Matthew 1: 3).
  • Ruth 4: 12 & 18 12and may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring that the LORD will give you by this young woman.”
  • See also Matthew 1: 3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram

(12) We follow in the faith of the patriarch fathers  

In Gen. 15: 12-16 God’s 3-Fold Plan For Our Lives is

  • Like 6Abraham on Gen. 15:6 6 “…believed the LORD, and he counted (accredited) it to him as righteousness,” we are imputed right standing with God, which is the basis of His relationship with us and ours with Him!
  • Witness Lee says, (https://www.ministrybooks.org/SearchMinBooksDsp.cfm?id=21E8DCC80E) we need to see the significance of the three cattle and the two birds. In typology, all things offered to God by man are a type of Christ. Based upon this principle, each of these five things undoubtedly is a type of Christ.
  • The sacrifices symbolize how Christ is cut, spread out in crucifixion. He is the resurrected living Christ, as birds fly upward.
  • In Gen. 15: 12-16 God Explains His 3-Fold Plan, which may be a paradigm or a model for God’s people and the territories He gives us. This process plan includes …
  1. As 13Abraham’s offspring (Matt 3:9, out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. Rom 9:8 “This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.” and Gal 3:7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham), we will sojourn (be strangers) in a land that is not ours and will serve God and unholy people while there. Israel was in bondage and they will be afflicted (enslaved) for 400 years.
  • As Joseph was sojourning and reigning in Egypt, he kept people alive (47:19, 25). Because Christ will satisfy everyone’s needs, He will be able to make everyone alive, to make everyone living. If you examine the prophecies regarding Christ’s reign in the millennium, you will see that Christ will make everything living. Today, death is everywhere; everyone and everything is dying. But during the millennial reign of Christ, there will be hardly a sign of death. Rather, everything and everyone will be full of life.
  1. The people we work with and serve actually are under God’s 14… judgement and we shall come out of the nation with great possessions, as we will inherit salvation and Heaven, “The Pearl of Great Price!”
  2. 16And they shall come back here in the 4th / fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” When the iniquity of the world is complete, we probably will experience the rapture and be taken home to Heaven.
  • As God will bring Israel back once the sins of the Amorites has reached its full measure, so does God move us in and out of positions and relationships to reach people, and at times God says to us, enough is enough with that crowd or group. It is time to move on from them.
  • God will oversee our deaths, as we’ll close our eyes to this world, but open them to eternity — 2:9 says “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”

(13) We Must Faithfully follow the faithful I Am  

Of Gen 46: 3, Wesley says, I Am means.…

  • I AM God, the God of your father – and as his son, you inherit the promises and tradition.
  • I AM a God of Divine wisdom .
  • I AM a God of Supernatural power .
  • I AM a God Who is True to fulfill The covenant I made with your forefathers.

Noah Webster’s 1828 says, “Covenant”

  • Is implied in the commands, prohibitions, and promises of God; the promise of God to man, that man’s perfect obedience should entitle him to happiness. This do, and live; that do, and die.
  • The covenant of redemption, is the mutual agreement between the Father and Son, respecting the redemption of sinners by Christ.
  • The covenant of grace, is that by which God engages to bestow salvation on man, upon the condition that man shall believe in Christ and yield obedience to the terms of the gospel.

(14) Our Covenant with god includes Rom 8:28

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to the purpose.”

Psalm 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered!

Psalm 32:2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him, in whose spirit there is no deceit!

2 Corinthians 5:19 that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s trespasses against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

The hope we have is based upon the reality of what God did through Christ on our behalf:

Isaiah 53:10-12 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when …

2 Corinthians 5:19-20 ESV “that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.”

Paul gives us an illustration of this regarding Philemon…

Philemon 1:18 If he has wronged you, or owes you ought, put that on my account;

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that …

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust …

And all God’s people said, Amen!

(15) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablish Us in Our Calls In Christ!

Let’s Pray:

May God grant us the grace to faithfully keep our eyes on Him to fulfill our “IF’s”, so we go through each situation obtain God’s “Then’s”.

And all God’s people say, AMEN!   

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