Genesis Chapter Forty-Six
Read Genesis 46:1-7
Jacobs Journey to
v.1 And Israel took his journey with all that he
had, and came to
As requested by
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
And Abraham planted a grove in
Genesis 26:25 And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaacs servants digged a well.
v.2 And God spake unto
The scripture does not tell us, but
Numbers 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
v.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:
Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
v.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.
Genesis 28:15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
In addition God
Exodus 3:8 And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
v.5-6 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. 6And 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:
In his sermon at
Acts So Jacob went down
As we had noted in
our study earlier, Joseph had sent wagons or carts for
v.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.
All included all of his sons, their
sons and daughters and all of the seed or offspring of
Read Genesis 46:8-27 The Generations of
v.8-9 And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacobs firstborn. 9And the sons of Reuben; Hanoch, and Phallu, and Hezron, and Carmi.
Here we have the children and
v.10 And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman.
The sons of Simeon at this point in
time are six in number. During their
Numbers 26:14 These are the families of the Simeonites, twenty and two thousand and two hundred.
v.11 And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
Here we have the sons of Levi, the fathers of those appointed by God to become the heads of families that would serve as priests under the Mosaic Covenant.
v.12 And the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Zarah: but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul.
The next sons listed are those of
v.13-14 And the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron. 14And the sons of Zebulun; Sered, and Elon, and Jahleel.
We also find the sons of Issachar listed in I Chronicles 7:1 and the scriptures say that the offspring of these four men had reached the number 220,600 by the time of David. We also have a listing of the sons of Zebulun.
v.15 These be the sons of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob in Padanaram, with his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three.
The offspring and descendants of
Jacob and Leah are now 33 in number at the time that they go into
v.16 And the sons of Gad; Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli.
The sons of Gad are listed again along with the number of their descendants in Numbers 26:15-17
v.17-18 And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister: and the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel. 18These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter, and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls.
Thus we have the listing of the descendants of Jacob and Zilpah the handmaiden given to Leah; 16 souls.
v.19-20 The sons of Rachel
Jacobs wife; Joseph, and Benjamin. 20And unto Joseph in the
Next we have the listing again of the sons of Joseph and Asenath, the daughter of the priest of On that we saw in Genesis 41:46-52.
v.21-22 And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard. 22These are the sons of Rachel, which were born to Jacob: all the souls were fourteen.
Now we have the sons of Benjamin and he seems to be the most prolific of the brothers with 10 children.
v.23-25 And the sons of Dan; Hushim. 24And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem. These are the sons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and she bare these unto Jacob: all the souls were seven.
Thus we have the children of Jacob and Bilhah, a total of seven people.
v.26-27 All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacobs sons wives, all the souls were threescore and six; 27And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.
So we have an accounting of all the
Exodus 1:5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of
Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in
As was pointed out
to us in an earlier study the sermon of Stephen in
Acts Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls.
Who studied close
enough to be able to tell me, first, the reason for the difference between the
number of souls from the loins of Jacob that came into
Read Genesis 46:28-34
v.28 And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to
direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of
When they arrive in
v.29-30 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. 30And
Exodus Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
And that we are commanded under the law of Christ:
Ephesians 6:2-3 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
It doesnt matter what station or position in mans world one may hold, this admonition is given to all mankind who would be in harmony with God.
v.31-32 And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his fathers house, I will go up, and show Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my fathers house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me; 32And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.
Joseph also understands his
responsibility to the king under whom he serves. He will go up to the city were the Pharaoh
lives and report to him that in the
Genesis 45:17:18 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan; 18And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land.
Joseph has other
concerns about his family living under the Egyptian king and in the midst of
the Egyptian culture. There is a
prejudice that exists in
v.33-34 And it shall come
to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation? 34That
ye shall say, Thy servants trade hath been about cattle from our youth even
until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the
This prejudice is so strong, though
probably totally out of character in the minds of most of us who have studied
the life of Joseph; he is even suggesting that they tell a half-truth. When asked about their occupation he
instructs them to say that they practice the cattle trade, and they do, but
that isnt all that they do. They are
also shepherds, a trade that is looked upon with scorn in