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Thursday, November 15 2012
A Biography Of Jacob: Israel In Egypt
Jacob was born in the "land of Canaan" (see The Second Twin). As a young man, Jacob fled from his brother Esau (see The Birthright, The Blessing and Stairway To Heaven) and lived for twenty years with his uncle Laban in Syria (see The Jacobites Of Syria and Speckled And Spotted). Jacob then returned to the land of Canaan (see The Flight To Canaan, When Jacob Became Israel, Peace With Esau and The Return To Canaan) where he remained until a great famine forced him to move his family to the fertile Nile Delta region of northern Egypt. The LORD (see Who Is The LORD?) had prepared the way for Jacob in Egypt by his son Joseph who had risen to become the Prime Minister, second only the the Pharaoh (see A Coat Of Many Colors). The LORD declared to Jacob, regarding spending the rest of his life in Egypt, "I will there make of thee a great nation."
"46:1 And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba [see also The Wells Of Beersheba], and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
So it was that Israel, which at that time just meant Jacob, went, as a family, to the nation of Egypt. "His sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt."
"46:5 And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel [see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria] 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 [see A Biography Of Jacob: The Return To 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)
The Exodus ("a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment") into Egypt provides us with a census of all Israelites in existence at that time of their beginning - Jacob, his children, and their children, for a total of seventy Israelites.
"46:8 And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons:
Israel's entry into Egypt was not only a relief from a famine, but a joyous reunion with a son that he thought was long dead.
"46:28 And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph [see A Biography Of Jacob: A Coat Of Many Colors], to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.
Joseph then presented Israel before the Pharaoh.
"47:1 Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds [see also The Herds Of Abraham, Isaac And Jacob], and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen. 47:2 And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.
With the immigration formalities completed, "Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded."
"47:5 And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee: 47:6 The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.
Jacob never saw the land of Canaan again. He remained in Egypt for the next seventeen years, until the end of his life. His children would remain in Egypt for four hundred years.
"47:27 And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.
Fact Finder: Why did the LORD say that Egypt was not the property of Abraham's Israelite descendants ("15:13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years" Genesis 15:13 KJV), while the LORD also said that Abraham's descendants would own the land of the Nile (15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates." Genesis 15:18 KJV)?
This Day In History, November 15
655: The Battle of Winwaed; Oswiu of Northumbria defeated Penda of Mercia.
1315: Swiss forces defeated invading Austrians at the Battle of Morgarten.
1532: Following the Caribbean-area voyages of Christopher Columbus (see the map of the Spain-sponsored voyages of Columbus at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy), Spanish conquistadors (conquerors) under Hernando de Soto encountered Inca leader Atahualpa for the first time outside Cajamarca.
1533: Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro arrived in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire that Pizarro later conquered.
1630: German astronomer Johannes Kepler died. He established what are now known as Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion (see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).
1660: The first kosher butcher, Asser Levy, was licensed in New Amsterdam (later renamed New York City after the British captured it from the Dutch). New York is today the largest Jewish-population city in the world.
1864: During the U.S. Civil War, Union general William Sherman departed on his "march to the sea," leaving much of the city of Atlanta burning into ashes.
1920: The first League of Nations session opened, in Geneva, Switzerland. After the League of Nations failed to stop the Second World War from happening (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), it was reborn as the United Nations in 1945.
1939: Adolf Hitler's Nazis began the mass murder of Warsaw Jews (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1943: Nazi official Heinrich Himmler ordered that Gypsies in Nazi Germany were to be put "on the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps."
1948: MacKenzie King retired as Canada's 10th Prime Minister; he was succeeded by Louis St. Laurent.
1957: Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev bragged that Russian missiles were more accurate, and challenged U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower to a rocket-range shooting match.
1969: During the Vietnam War, 500,000 protestors in Washington staged a peaceful "March Against Death."
1984: A human infant, "Baby Fae," died 20 days after receiving a baboon heart transplant in Loma Linda, California.
2007: Cyclone Sidr struck Bangladesh; it killed 5,000 people and destroyed the world's largest mangrove forest.