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Israel's Departure From Israel

After years of separation, Jacob's Family (minus Rachel who had died near Bethlehem while giving birth to Joseph's brother Benjamin) was about to be reunited - in Egypt. The LORD (see the Fact Finder question below) had changed Jacob's name to Israel, but Israel was making a journey to Egypt from which he would not return - he would die of old age there.

"45:21 And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way. 45:22 To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment. 45:23 And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way. 45:24 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way." (Genesis 45:21-24 KJV)

Although Israel (the man) would not see Israel (the land named after him) again during his physical lifetime, it would be a joyous time in which a son thought dead was found not only alive, but was the man in charge of the country (see Joseph, Prime Minister Of Egypt).

"45:25 And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father, 45:26 And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not. 45:27 And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived: 45:28 And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die." (Genesis 45:25-28 KJV)

"Fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation"

If Jacob / Israel had any doubts about moving to Egypt to survive the famine, they were erased by the LORD who spoke to Israel and told him "fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation" (Genesis 46:3 KJV). The LORD also assured Israel that "I will also surely bring thee up again" - a multi-prophecy of Jacob's burial in Israel after he died in Egypt (Genesis 50:1-5,12-13), the Exodus (Exodus 12:40-41) and Jacob's resurrection into the Kingdom of God (Luke 13:28).


"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.

46:2 And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob.

And he said, Here am I.

46:3 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: 46:4 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 46:1-4 KJV)

And so Israel departed from Israel.

"46:5 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. 46:6 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: 46:7 His sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt." (Genesis 46:5-7 KJV)

As the LORD promised, the family of Israel would grow into a great multitude by the time of the Exodus a little over four centuries later, but their entry into Egypt was merely a family of "threescore and ten" i.e. seventy men, women and children.

"46:26 All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six; 46:27 And 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."

"46:28 And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen. 46:29 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.

46:30 And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive." (Genesis 46:26-30 KJV)

Fact Finder: When was Jacob renamed "Israel"? How do we know that Jesus Christ gave Jacob his new name?
See The Origin Of 'Israel' and 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'

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