The Kraig Josiah Rice
Devotional Bible Commentary on Genesis

Genesis chapter 46

Kraig J. Rice
www.7-star-admiral.com

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Genesis chapter forty six
 Chapter 46 Israel moved to Egypt
 Gen. 46:1 - 4 Praying to determine God's will
 Beware of the evil world system
 Gen. 46:5 - 7 Overcoming indecision?
 Are you under the blood of Christ?
 God's silence (silence by Heaven)
 Gen. 46:8 - 27 Spiritual family is important
 Gen. 46:28 - 34 Christ will guide you to Heaven
 You will have rejoicing in Heaven
 What kind of occupation do you have?
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Genesis Chapter 46
Israel and his family moved to Egypt

"And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac. And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said:
"Israel, Israel."
"And he said, Here am I. And God 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: 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).

Israel prayed? (you and I should pray to determine God's will):
I am sure that Israel prayed about whether or not it was God's will for him to go to Egypt. In other words, Israel sought God's will before he moved to Egypt. If Israel moved to Egypt, it meant exposing himself and his descendants to idol worship. But, God gave Israel His permission to live in Egypt so to Egypt he went. God controlled circumstances to help him get there and to be prospered there. Likewise, you and I should also seek God's will before we make a major lifestyle move. Have you ever questioned God about someplace where He wanted you to go? It might have been the last place that you would have chosen for yourself but God gave you His permission to go there. As well, He may help you get there and be prospered there when you are in His will and in His timing.


Beware of the evil world system (Israel was spiritually aware of Egypt):
It was challenging for Israel to think about moving to the nation of Egypt. Why? Egypt was settled by the descendants of Ham who had a reputation for being idol worshippers, so why would any of God's children want to move to a place where Satan was worshipped? In contrast, the Hebrews were descended from Shem who were descendants from the godly line. They worshipped God in spirit and in truth. In regards to the ownership principle, idol worshippers belonged to Satan but Israel and his family belonged to God. It was for that reason, I believe, that God, through Moses, referred to Jacob's name as Israel rather than Jacob when writing these passages of scripture. Egypt, in typology, is a type for the world (the evil world system).

The Apostle James had this to say about the evil world system: "Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God"
(James 4:4).

God wanted Israel and his family to be in Egypt but not a part of it. Israel was never to worship any idol(s) for any reason(s). Israel and his family were separated unto God- they were to be lights for God in the spiritual darkness of Egypt. Likewise, you and I, as devout believers, can be in the world but not a part of it. Be a good witness for Christ and let your light shine- bloom where you are planted. Do not get so spiritually entangled with the world that the pathway you walk for Christ is darkened.

The word for "God" in this passage of scripture is El Elohim (El Elohiym) meaning "the (true) God". The name was in the "plural intensive- singular meaning" noun form in Hebrew signifying the Holy Trinity. This name separated the God of Israel from the gods of Egypt.

What does it mean that "Joseph will put his hand on your eyes"? When one dies with their eyes open, another will close them so that the corpse will look in a position of sleep. In other words, God told Israel that he would die in Egypt with Joseph at his side.


"And Israel rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Israel their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him. And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Israel, and all his seed with him: 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).

Do we need to overcome indecision? (Jacob overcame his indecision?):
One time there was a mule that a farmer tied between two bales of hay. That mule could eat either one but starved to death because it could not decide which one to eat. So, my question to you is this: did Jacob have indecision about moving to Egypt? I think most of us would say "probably". If our indecision concerns moving, moving also can cause stress- it is one of the highest stressors. Sometimes, you and I might have to overcome indecision. After we ascertain God's will in prayer to move, it does us little good if we just sit down and fail to move. We have to get "our will moving our legs" to make the journey. That is what is known as "putting legs to your prayers". The Chinese have an old saying: "the start of your long journey begins with you taking the first step". Israel overcame his indecision and moved to Egypt. I am sure it was stressful for him but he had confidence that he was in God's will and had God's timing on it.

What causes indecision? Possibly, a lack of knowledge or the fear of the unknown. When I was in Naval officer's school, they taught us that one of the worse things that one could do was to be in indecision when one had to make a decision in combat. They taught us to make a decision, one way or the other, and then to act on it quickly (when necessary). If you are in indecision about something, I recommend that you pray about it and ask God to give you His wisdom on the matter.

When you move, do what Jacob did. Take everything that is necessary with you. Like Pharaoh suggested to Israel: "other stuff" can be accumulated later.



Have you ever noticed that if you connect the (blood) dots, they form the cross of Christ?

Are you under the blood of Christ? (Israel was under the blood):
I am convinced that Israel was under the blood of Christ then. A saved person is under the blood of Christ today. What does that mean? To understand that we have to understand the ownership principle. God owns some individuals today. The only way an individual can be saved and belong to God is through the shed blood of Christ- there is no other way of salvation
(John 14:6; Romans 3:25 & 5:9; 1 John 1:9). The blood of Christ, when applied, not only cleanses one from sin but also is good for spiritual protection. Protection from what? From anything harmful to you
(Mark 16:18). But a more compelling question is this: protection from who? The blood of Christ protects us from Satan and his imps- who only want our destruction. God applies the spiritual blood of Christ to each of those He owns for their protection. To this end, one can "plead the blood of Jesus Christ" over himself or herself in prayer. One can plead the blood of Christ over others, as well. When Satan attacks you, your main line of defense against him are the angels that God has appointed to protect you. These angels know that you belong to Christ and will not allow Satan to kill you. You can remind them, if you want to, that you belong to Christ and are under the protection of Christ's spiritual blood. They really don't need reminding as they are very intelligent beings, however, in any spiritual battle, you and I can sometimes feel it necessary to do something to help our cause and plead the blood of Christ. The enemy cannot get through the blood of Christ. Satan is afraid of that blood. It was the blood of Christ that spiritually defeated him at Calvary and it is this blood that we use today in spiritual warfare against Satan
(Ephesians 6:11-18).
"...when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him"
(Isaiah 59:19) "...because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world"
(1 John 4:4).
"And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt"
(Exodus 12:13).
That standard or flag is the blood stained banner of Jesus Christ. Our Lord defeated Satan with His blood and is greater than Satan. You have access to that spiritual protection because of your position in Christ- God always provides for and protects His own. I believe that Israel had faith in God and knew that God would protect him and his family in Egypt. So, Israel moved to Egypt with that spiritual assurance.


God was silent (God began His silence of 430 years):
After God communicated with Israel, that was the last recorded visitation by God in the bible book of Genesis. The next one was in Exodus at the burning bush where Moses was called by God to deliver the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery
(Exodus 3:4). It appeared that God was silent for 430 years or so in those days but He carried out His plan in Egypt in regards to Israel's descendants.

What does it mean if God is silent? Does His word have anything to say about it? It could be that God did not have anything to say, however, we can learn a few things from the pages of scripture. In the matter of personal convictions, the rule is: "where the bible is silent the conscience must rule". In this regard, we should always use Jesus as our example.

God was silent towards King Saul
(1 Samuel 28:6). Why? Because there was sin in the camp- King Saul was disobedient towards God. God said:
"It repenteth Me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following Me, and hath not performed My commandments"
(1 Samuel 15:11).
This was the same kind of sin that caused Achan to get stoned to death earlier
(Joshua chapter 7 & 22:20). If God is silent towards you, could it be for the same reason? Don't expect God to wink at your sin and say that it is ok. Only your pride would allow you to think that. Rather, repent of your sins and ask Christ to forgive you of your sins and wash you clean by His blood
(1 John 1:9). In other words, God may be silent if "there is sin in the camp"- God never blesses sin or apostasy.

There was another 400 year period of silence between the time of the Old Testament and New Testament. That was called the intertestamental period. What was God doing during that time? He was carrying out His plan in bringing the Hebrew Messiah, Jesus Christ, to Israel- Who was "set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against"
(Luke 2:34).

What if you are associated with a Pentecostal church and you have not heard a message in tongues and it's interpretation in the service for awhile. Why has God been silent? There could be a number of reasons for that- the most obvious one being that God has nothing to say in that way. Also, there has to be, in the congregation, a person who has that spiritual gift who is willing to use it in the worship service. Remember that the spirit of a prophet is subject to the prophet. What does that mean? That means that God has willed that the receiver of the gift is to control that gift's use. God may anoint a believer to give a message in tongues and interpretation in the worship service, but, if the believer is not willing, then it probably will not happen through that believer. I have seen this happen before and sometimes God will move on another person to move through, possibly the pastor of the church. God has given the spiritual gifts to bless His church, so I encourage you to use yours as much as you can.

Sometimes, personally, when God is silent, one has to be patient because it means that He is working out a divine plan for your life. Some of His plans take longer than others. It does not mean that God is asleep or that He does not care. He loves you and only wants the best for you. Let us remain steadfast in God's hands as His adopted children in the faith. If He is silent towards you for awhile, just be patient and wait upon Him to work out the plan He has for your life- for your good and for His glory.

Note: You can study more about the silence by Heaven in Revelation chapter eight.


"And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt, Israel and his sons: Reuben, Jacob's firstborn. And the sons of Reuben; Hanoch, and Phallu, and Hezron, and Carmi. And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman. And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. And the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Zarah: but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul. And the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron. And the sons of Zebulun; Sered, and Elon, and Jahleel. These be the sons of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob in Padanaram, with his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three. And the sons of Gad; Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli. And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister: and the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel. These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter, and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls. The sons of Rachel Jacob's wife; Joseph, and Benjamin. And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him. And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard. These are the sons of Rachel, which were born to Jacob: all the souls were fourteen. And the sons of Dan; Hushim. And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem. These are the sons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and she bare these unto Jacob: all the souls were seven. 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; 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"
(Genesis 46:8-27).

God's spiritual family members are important to Him (the family members of Israel):
Seventy individuals migrated to Egypt. These were the heads of households. Later, Stephen counted 75 individuals
(Acts 7:14). Why? Because 5 grandsons were added, later on, to make a total of 75- one son and a grandson of Manasseh, and three children of Ephraim. These names were important to the Hebrews because of the descent of ownership. What were they owners of? They were owners of the Land of Canaan- they held the title deed to the Promised Land of Israel. As well, sons and grandsons were born in Canaan who were rightful heirs of that land
(Numbers chapter 26 and 1 Chronicles chapters 1-8). Not included in that census were wives, concubines, some children, slaves, and other workers and their families.

Some of those names were listed in the genealogy of Jesus Christ
(Matthew chapter 1; Luke chapter 3).

The Lord's "spiritual family members" on this earth were very important to Him in those days and are important to Him today: "...while He (Jesus) yet talked to the people, behold, His mother and His brethren stood without, desiring to speak with Him. Then one said unto Him, behold, Thy mother and Thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with Thee. But He answered and said unto him that told Him, who is My mother? and who are My brethren? And He stretched forth His hand toward His disciples, and said, behold My mother and My brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of My Father which is in heaven, the same is My brother, and sister, and mother"
(Matthew 12:46-50).

I believe that "spiritual family members" (other devout Christians) can sometimes be more important to you and I than physical ones. You can trust them and love them because you all have Christ in common. You also may have the same value system. They may pray with you when you need it. They may help you when you fall on hard times. They may understand you when no one else does. Sometimes, that bond can be stronger than the one that we might have with our physical family members who are not saved.

Who are your physical family members? Are they part of God's family? If not, "...he that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me"
(Matthew 10:37).
If you have unsaved family members, keep on praying for them. Me and the other Christians in my family prayed for my unsaved earthly father for 17 years before he got saved. When that family person gets saved, his or her name is recorded by God in His Book of Life
(Revelation 3:5, 20:12 & 15).

God was the Creator of Jacob's family. Each individual was special and God had a special plan for each person. This family was from the seed of Seth, the godly lineage from the very beginning. You are special to Him also. God loves you and has a special plan for your life. If you are a Christian, I encourage you to raise your children in church and have a Christian family. Do your best to leave a godly legacy to your descendants who come after you.


"And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen. 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. And Israel said unto Joseph, now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive. And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house, I will go up, and show Pharaoh, and say unto him, my brethren, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me; and the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have. And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, what is your occupation? That ye shall say, thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians"
(Genesis 46:28-34).

Christ will guide you to Heaven (Judah guided Israel to Goshen):
Just as Judah guided Israel to Goshen, so also, Christ from the tribe of Judah, will spiritually guide you and I to Heaven if we trust Him. He will not abandon us or leave us like a fish flopping around out of the water with no direction. As His spiritual sheep, He will guide us to rich green pastures (Heaven or spiritual Goshen) where we will be happy and content
(John 10:11-14).

Christ went before us to prepare this place for us: "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also"
(John 14:1-3).


You and I will rejoice in Heaven (Joseph rejoiced):
The bible states that "...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...". Joseph had a time of rejoicing with the father who he loved. Likewise, when you and I get to Heaven, we will have a time of rejoicing with the Father (God) Who we love. As well, there will be rejoicing with all of our loved ones, friends, and others who are there
(Revelation 22:13-14 & 17). This may more than make up for all of the misery and suffering that Satan and others have caused us on this earth.
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...a time to dance"
(Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 4).


What kind of occupation do you have? (the Hebrews were shepherds):
Joseph coached his relatives:
"And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, what is your occupation? That ye shall say, "thy servants' trade hath been about livestock (cattle) from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers". The word for cattle in Hebrew is Miqneh meaning livestock or any purchasable domestic animals including small cattle (known as sheep and goats) in herds and flocks. Therefore, the word is more readily translated "livestock" into English.

Are you saying that Joseph wanted his father and brothers to announce to Pharaoh that they were despised shepherds? Yes. Why? Because the Word of God gives us the reason: "...for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians". Why would Joseph do that? Let's look at it from God's point of view. Shepherds were despised in Egypt. Joseph told his relatives to tell Pharaoh that they were shepherds because Joseph wanted to make sure that there was a distinction between his family and the Egyptians. He did not want them absorbed into the general Egyptian society. He did not want them to become idol worshippers. Goshen was a separate area and had rich pasture land. Israel and his family were separated there from the rest of Egyptian society. There was little danger they would be absorbed into the general populace. Joseph would watch over them and protect them there. God wanted to keep the Hebrews unique and distinct unto Himself.

No matter what kind of occupation you have, put Jesus first. As children of the King, we are to be in the world but not part of it. He does not want any of His children to be absorbed into a world of Satan worship and willful sin: "...and what concord hath Christ with Belial (Satan)? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, "I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty"
(2 Corinthians 6:15-18).



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