God’s Renewing Word of Mercy and Forgiveness
Genesis 46:1-27: Jacob and his family prepare to relocate to Egypt. Today’s reading lists the names of the family members who accompanied Jacob. They are listed according to the offspring of each of Jacob’s four wives.
Jacob and His Family Go to Egypt
46 Jacob packed up all he had and went to Beersheba, where he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2 God spoke to him in a vision at night and called, “Jacob, Jacob!”
“Yes, here I am,” he answered.
3 “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go to Egypt; I will make your descendants a great nation there. 4 I will go with you to Egypt, and I will bring your descendants back to this land. Joseph will be with you when you die.”
5 Jacob set out from Beersheba. His sons put him, their small children, and their wives in the wagons which the king of Egypt had sent. 6 They took their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan and went to Egypt. Jacob took all his descendants with him: 7 his sons, his grandsons, his daughters, and his granddaughters.
8 The members of Jacob’s family who went to Egypt with him were his oldest son Reuben 9 and Reuben’s sons: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. 10 Simeon and his sons: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman. 11 Levi and his sons: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 12 Judah and his sons: Shelah, Perez, and Zerah. (Judah’s other sons, Er and Onan, had died in Canaan.) Perez’ sons were Hezron and Hamul. 13 Issachar and his sons: Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron. 14 Zebulun and his sons: Sered, Elon, and Jahleel. 15 These are the sons that Leah had borne to Jacob in Mesopotamia, besides his daughter Dinah. In all, his descendants by Leah numbered thirty-three.
16 Gad and his sons: Zephon, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arod, and Areli. 17 Asher and his sons: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah, and their sister Serah. Beriah’s sons were Heber and Malchiel. 18 These sixteen are the descendants of Jacob by Zilpah, the slave woman whom Laban gave to his daughter Leah.
19 Jacob’s wife Rachel bore him two sons: Joseph and Benjamin. 20 In Egypt Joseph had two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, by Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera, a priest in Heliopolis. 21 Benjamin’s sons were Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard. 22 These fourteen are the descendants of Jacob by Rachel.
23 Dan and his son Hushim. 24 Naphtali and his sons: Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem. 25 These seven are the descendants of Jacob by Bilhah, the slave woman whom Laban gave to his daughter Rachel.
26 The total number of the direct descendants of Jacob who went to Egypt was sixty-six, not including his sons’ wives. 27 Two sons were born to Joseph in Egypt, bringing to seventy the total number of Jacob’s family who went there.
Today’s Key Verse: Genesis 46:3
[God said to Jacob:] “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go to Egypt; I will make your descendants a great nation there.”
While Jacob offers sacrifices to God, God speaks to him in a vision (verses 2-4). What does God promise Jacob? These verses recall the promise God made earlier to Jacob when Jacob left Beersheba for Haran (Genesis 28:15). God promises to be with Jacob wherever he goes. In what ways do you sense God’s presence in your life?
God of promise and hope, guide me each day as I journey in faith. You are always with me, and I trust in your steadfast love and care. Amen.
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Genesis 46:28—47:12: Jacob and his family arrive in Egypt.