If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Genesis 46, Mark 16, Job 12, Romans 16. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Genesis 46.
After a long time of separation, Israel was about to be reunited with his son Joseph. This reunion with Joseph would both mend Israel’s broken heart and save his family from starvation. However, it meant leaving the land of promise for Egypt. When Abraham left the promised land for Egypt, bad behavior and its consequences ensued. Israel may have felt a mixture of excitement and unease on the journey to Egypt. The excitement of seeing Joseph again must have ben exhilarating. But, what would ultimately happen to God’s promises with Israel and his clan in Egypt?
In Genesis 46 God appeared to Israel as he had before and gave him this word of reassurance: “‘I am God, the God of your father,’ he said. ‘Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes’” (vv. 3-4). This must have given Jacob great confidence as he left for Egypt.
Don’t you wish God would give you reassurance that was this clear and specific? When we have to make major decisions in life, the potential cost of making a bad decision can paralyze us from making any choice at all. Why do you think God communicated so clearly and specifically to Jacob in this instance yet does not do that today? What are some ways God does reassure us when we have to make major decisions in life? Please share your thoughts with the group. Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.