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The Israelite Egyptians

Joseph entered Egypt at the age of seventeen (Genesis 37:2,28) and remained there until his death at age one hundred and ten (Genesis 50:26). His brothers also lived most of their lives in Egypt after the entire family of Jacob (the nation of "Israel" consisted of only about 70 people at that time; see The Origin Of 'Israel' and Jacob's Family) moved there to escape a severe famine (see The Goshen Refugees). For four centuries afterward, until the Exodus, the people of Israel were born, lived their lives, died and were buried in Egypt.

"God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive"

After the death of Jacob, Joseph's brothers feared that he would take revenge upon them for their selling him away as a slave to Egypt (see Joseph's Coat Of Jealousy). But Joseph became well aware that it was the LORD who brought it about, for the good of Israel. The well-watered and prosperous area of Goshen in Egypt was also where the LORD decided to have Israel grow, over the course of four centuries, from a family of a few dozen people into a nation of millions.


"50:15 And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. 50:16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, 50:17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.

50:18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.

50:19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 50:21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them." (Genesis 50:15-21 KJV)

And so Joseph, who went from a falsely-accused dungeon slave (see Pharaoh's Butler and Baker) to Prime Minister of the country (see Joseph, Prime Minister Of Egypt), died in Egypt. Before he did so however, he made arrangements to take part in the Exodus, that was still centuries in the future - a request by Joseph that Moses fulfilled (see Joseph's Bones).

"50:22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years. 50:23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees.

50:24 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

50:25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. 50:26 So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt." (Genesis 50:22-26 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) Like Israel, did Jesus Christ live in Egypt in His earliest years? Was Christ's living in Egypt a fulfillment of a prophecy? (b) Was Jesus Christ "the LORD God" who led the Israelites out of Egypt in the Exodus?
(a) Hosea 11:1, Matthew 2:13-15
(b) 1 Corinthians 10:1-4; see also 'The God Of The Old Testament' and 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'

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