SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- We see God remind Jacob of the promise he made to his forefathers to make them into a great nation.
- Joseph is reunited with his father, Jacob, after 20 years of being apart.
- Joseph instructs his brothers in how to speak to Pharaoh when they meet him.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- Transitions can be difficult, but God is present. We live in a very transient time, but Jacob had spent the majority of his life in Canaan. Now, in his old age (130), he's moving from Canaan to Egypt. But God assures him that He is present. He tells him to not be afraid and then assures him that He will go to Egypt with Jacob.
- Honor your father and mother. Joseph's brothers and father were shepherds, poor, unsophisticated and had barely survived the famine. And they come prancing into Egypt, a very distinguished, wealthy land. Picture The Beverly Hillbillies! In Genesis 43:32 we read that the Egyptians would not even eat with the Hebrews. And in Genesis 48:34 we learn that all shepherds are detestable to Egyptians. And yet, Joseph runs out to greet his father and he makes arrangements for his brothers and father to meet the Pharaoh.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Are you currently experiencing any transitions in your life? In your family or relationships? In your occupation? Transitions can be scary, but remember that God is with you. Hold on to the promise of Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
- Express love to your parents. When was the last time you gave them a call to say, "Just want to see how you're doing?" Or wrote them a note - "Just wanted to remind you I love you a great deal!" Or invited them to come to your house for a meal? Find a way to let them know you care.