Read 20.) Genesis 43:1 thru 47:27. This reading, and the next, are positively loaded! God has an end, a goal, a purpose, and He is about the fulfill the first of His 7 Promises and Prophecies to attain it. First, Jacob’s faith is likely at another low ebb, as 42:36-38, and 43:6 would seem to indicate. But, that’s all about to be changed again, as it did back in chapters 34 and 35. For perspective, Jacob is 130. Benjamin is 25, and Judah would be about 49. Joseph, by this time is 39. From 43:11-14, we find Jacob is returning to the Lord. With his 11 brothers’ arrival, Joseph is coy and toys with them. He has some kind of plot he is wanting to hatch on them, but he was never able to go through with it, as we shall see. With verses 26 thru 28, the first of Joseph’s 2 dreams from 22 years before comes true. And, as before, we see Joseph invoking God for a 13th time in his conversation with others in verse 29. In chapter 44, Joseph hatches his plan, ‘entrapping’ his brothers… then, as I stated, Joseph intended some kind of mischief, but at Judah’s emotional plea, with chapter 45, he is unable to go through with his plan, and reveals himself to his brothers, to their very great fear and astonishment. Despite what he had planned, Joseph shows himself to be a godly man in verses 4 thru 11; making mention of God 5 more times.
This brings us to those matters of great importance to be found in chapters 46 and 47. God comes on the scene, and for a 3rd and final time, (for a total of 13 times altogether unto the Patriarchs), God promises to Jacob land and descendants. With 46:6, Jacob and his clan enter Egypt. This one verse is vitally important to all Bible chronology. Here’s why: Scholars tells us I Kings 6:1 took place in 966 BC. I Kings 6:1 points directly at Exodus 12:40+41, and the date of the Exodus. Exodus 12:40+41 are said to point right at our verse, Genesis 46:6. If I Kings 6:1 is saying the Exodus took place in the spring of 1446 BC, then Jacob taking his clan down into Egypt took place in the spring of 1876 BC. And, from 46:12, we learn of the 5th generation in the line of Messiah, that of Hezron, born to Perez, confirming Matthew 1:3. God’s Plan is seriously advancing! Then, with chapter 47, we add this knowledge; as from 47:9, we learn that Jacob is 130. What are we able to construct from all of this? That will be the subject of my next post. But, in closing, we end with Genesis 47, verse 27. There we are told that the Israelites, in Egypt by this time, are fruitful and increasing greatly in number. Two things are going on in relation to God’s 7 Promises and Prophecies. He’s given 4 unto the Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob already. Two are currently in process at this time. One is going to come to full fruition with our next Bible reading, and the next one will commence immediately after that. Come back for more as… This is what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell