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Wednesday, September 4 2013
Genesis 47: Jacob's Israel In The Land Of Goshen
After long and difficult years apart (see Genesis 37: Joseph's Coat Of Many Colours, Genesis 39: Potiphar's Wife, Genesis 40: The Dreams Of The Butler And The Baker, Genesis 41: The Pharaoh's Dreams, Genesis 42: Joseph's Sheaves and Stars Dreams Fulfilled, Genesis 43: The Benjamin Connection, Genesis 44: The Trial Of Joseph's Brothers and Genesis 45: Joseph's Revelation), Joseph's entire family were reunited with him in Egypt.
"47:1 Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen." (Genesis 47:1 KJV)
The "land of Goshen" was located in the verdant, well-watered area of the Nile Delta. It was the perfect place for shepherds to not only survive, but to prosper during a severe drought and famine.
"47:2 And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.
Jacob was then introduced to the Pharaoh (a term that originally meant the king of Egypt's palace, but which later came to mean the king himself). Note how, even though Jacob's name had been purposefully changed to "Israel" (see Genesis 32: The Origin Of Israel), the man himself continued to be identified in the Scriptures, prophetically and historically, as Jacob also.
"47:7 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. 47:8 And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?
Exactly as the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) had given Joseph to prophecy, the great famine came "so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine." Egypt itself wasn't immune from the famine - it was prepared for it.
"47:13 And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine. 47:14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house. 47:15 And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.
The great famine brought about a change in the economic system of Egypt. In effect, everything was nationalized: "Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land. And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones."
"47:18 When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands: 47:19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
Again, notice how the man is referred to here as both Jacob ("Jacob lived in the land of Egypt") and Israel, but with "Israel" beginning to take on a national meaning of its own ("Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly").
"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: Did Joseph keep the promise to Jacob's request to be buried with his grandfather Abraham and father Isaac?
This Day In History, September 4
476: Romulus Augustulus, 16, the last Emperor of the original Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), was deposed when Odoacer, a German warlord, proclaimed himself the King of Italy. The date is considered by some historians to be the "fall" of the Roman empire, but history and prophecy plainly show how it was merely the fall of the Roman Roman Empire; it thereafter became, by its official title, "The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
925: The coronation of Athelstan, the first king to rule over all of England.
1189: King Richard I (the Lion-Hearted) of England was crowned in Westminster.
1609: English explorer Henry Hudson discovered a large, heavily wooded, nearly-unpopulated island on the east coast of the continent of North America. Today, it is known as Manhattan.
1774: New Caledonia (a major island east of Australia and north of New Zealand) was first sighted by Europeans, during English explorer James Cook's second voyage.
1781: In what is today southern California, 44 Spanish settlers named their new settlement El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula ("The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola"). It is known today by the abbreviation Los Angeles.
1783: The Treaty of Paris was signed to end the war of rebellion between England and the New England colonies that English pioneers created in the undeveloped wilderness centuries earlier.
1820: Czar Nicholas of Russia claimed all territory from Alaska to Oregon, closing all Alaskan waters to foreigners. Russia sold Alaska to the U.S. in 1867. The territory became the 49th U.S. state in 1959.
1886: After 30 years of fighting to defend his native ancestral homeland, to stop the further genocide of native Americans, Apache chief Geronimo surrendered to U.S. troops in Arizona, thereby ending the last major "Indian" war (early explorers from Europe thought that they had arrived in India, and so they incorrectly called the Americans "Indians").
1888: George Eastman patented the first roll-film camera and registered the "Kodak" trademark. Film cameras became obsolete in the late 20th century with the invention of digital photography.
1957: Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus mobilized his National Guard to prevent black students from attending Central High School.
1957: Ford started selling the Edsel, a medium-priced luxury car named after Henry Ford's son. The car proved to be so unpopular that it was discontinued 2 years later, in 1959. Edsels have since become valuable to collectors and museums.
1976: Viking II landed on Mars and transmitted the first close-up, color photographs of the planet's surface.
1984: Brian Mulroney led the Conservative party to the largest victory ever won by a federal party in Canada; 212 out of 282 seats, defeating the Liberals under incumbent Prime Minister John Turner and the NDP (the "New Democratic Party," an even more liberal wing of the Liberal Party) under Ed Broadbent. Prime Minister Mulroney also defeated Turner and Broadbent in the election 4 years later.
1985: The first fullerene (an allotrope of carbon in which the atoms form ball-like structures) molecule of carbon was discovered. It was given the name Buckminsterfullerene.
1998: The Internet search Google was founded by Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
2010: The Canterbury earthquake. A magnitude 7.1 earthquake caused widespread damage on the South Island of New Zealand.