Tag Archive: Genesis 47


Jacob’s and Joseph’s Last Days

“Nearing death, Israel is anxious to pronounce final blessings upon his sons and grandsons, and to insure his burial in the tomb where Abraham and Isaac were buried.  Israel’s death marks the end of the early patriarchs, and attention begins to focus more broadly upon the nation which bears Israel’s name.  Joseph’s death is also recorded after the third generation of Israelites is born in Egypt.”

Read Genesis 47:29-31, Genesis chapters 48, 49, 50

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible

Read Genesis 45:16-28, Genesis 46 and Genesis 47:1-28

Like yesterday, The Daily Bible doesn’t give us insight into today’s reading, but it reveals how God uses obscure and implausible ways of bringing His plans into fruition through unlikely characters just like us.

Today’s reading is a continuation of Joseph’s story and God’s ultimate plan of bringing the future nation of Israel out of a currently desolate “promised land” to a more prosperous land in Egypt, allowing future events and God’s plan to unfold properly.

As family of Joseph “ruler of all Egypt” (v. 45:26), Israel (Jacob) and all his offspring were treated exceptionally well by Pharoah who allowed them to settle “in the best of the land” (v. 47:11) and as God promised, they were becoming a “great nation” (v. 46:3) flourishing vastly.

But God offers great foreshadowing of events to come when He says to Israel (Jacob):

“I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again…”   Genesis 46:4

 

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