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DCLM Search The Scripture 21 August 2022 for Youth

YOUTH STS LESSON 33 – Jacobs Moves To Egypt

TEXT: Genesis 46:1-34; 47:1-31

MEMORY VERSE: “And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan; and came in the land of Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him” (Genesis 46:6).

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In the previous lesson, Joseph had revealed himself to his brethren and consequently asked them to bring his father, Jacob, down to Egypt. Joseph did not chide his brethren nor sought vengeance for selling him into slavery. The Lord has counselled believers thus: “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:17,19). Believers are not to seek vengeance. We should follow peace with all men.

JACOB’S MOVEMENT TO EGYPT (Genesis 46:1-34; 28:15; 26:1-7; Isaiah 43:2; Psalm 66: 12;
Deuteronomy 31:6,8; Ephesians 6: 1 ,2)

“And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac” (Genesis 46:1). Israel, formerly known as Jacob left Canaan for Egypt on the invitation from Joseph. He did not leave anyone in his household behind. This teaches believers the need for them to ensure they and all the members of their families are brought to the Lord.

“And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I. And he 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” (Genesis 46:2,3).

This assurance from the Lord made Jacob to know that it was God’s perfect will for him to heed the invitation of his loving son to come to Egypt. The lesson here for believers is that they should not go anywhere or take any major decision in life without seeking the face of God and His will.

Question 1: How can believers know God’s will for their lives?

“I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again; and Joseph shall put his hand upon thy eyes” (Genesis 46:4). God has promised Jacob His abiding presence. Even though Egypt was not the place God had promised his fathers, Jacob knew that if he obeyed Him, he will still be blessed. “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:2).

Question 2: What should be the right attitude of believers to their parents?

“And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him. His sons, and his son’s sons with him, his daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt” (Genesis 46:5,7). The children of Jacob had obviously been transformed. They took proper care of their father by putting him in one of the wagons provided by Pharaoh.

Believers must honour their parents and respect them. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise” (Ephesians 6: 1 ,2). The respect and honour should not be limited to our biological parents alone. Believers should equally respect and honour their spiritual parents and the elderly.

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JACOB’S ARRIVAL AND ACCEPTANCE IN EGYPT (Genesis 46:28-34; 47:1-3; Numbers 23:19; Acts 7:59,60; Hebrews 2: 11; Proverbs 15:33)

Jacob came down to Egypt on the invitation of Joseph. The total number of his descendants that followed him to Egypt was seventy. This seemingly small member eventually became a mighty nation in accordance with the promise of God. “And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly …for a father of many nations have I made thee” (Genesis 17:2,5).

“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies” (Genesis 22: 17). DCLM Search The Scripture 21 August 2022

Question 3: What encouragement do believers receive from the multiplication of Israel in Egypt?

The small number of Jacob’s descendants that came down with him to Egypt eventually became a mighty nation. This shows that every promise of God is dependable and infallible. “’God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19).

Christian youths should not despise the day of little beginning (Job 8:7). The meeting between the aged Jacob and his son, Joseph was indeed the fulfillment of divine promise. “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” (Genesis 29:30).

God has divinely brought a loving father together with his beloved son again. Joseph provided a good land in Egypt for his father and his brethren called Goshen, the best part of the Egyptian land. This shows clearly that Joseph was not vengeful’. He manifested evidence of total forgiveness to his wicked brethren. This is a good attribute every believer should possess. Christians should not show retaliation for evil done by persecutors.

Rather, we should pray for them. “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” (Luke 23:34). “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God… And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge…” (Acts 7:59,60). Joseph took his father to Pharaoh’s palace for introduction. “Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, my father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen. And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh” (Genesis 47:1,2).

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Joseph was not ashamed to openly identify with his brethren. It is absurd for a professing Christian to be position or ego conscious. This makes a believer to be proud. Christians should humble themselves so that the Lord could exalt them. “And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, what is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servant are shepherds, both we and our fathers” (Genesis 47:3). This question of King Pharaoh shows the importance and dignity of labour.

No Christian should be idle. As a youthnif one does not go to school, he should learn a profitable trade’ “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you” (1 Thessalonians 4:11) DCLM Search The Scripture 21 August 2022

JOSEPH’S ADMINISTRATION IN EGYPT (Genesis 47:13-26; 41:39-46; 2 Corinthians 8:21; 1 Timothy 5:17; Deuteronomy 5:16; Colossians 3:22-24)

According to the pronouncement of Pharaoh after the interpretation of his dreams by Joseph, he was set over all the land of Egypt. Only in the throne was Pharaoh greater than him. Joseph operated discreetly and cautiously. “And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought and Joseph brought the money unto Pharaoh’s house” (Genesis 47:14).

Joseph did not abuse the power of his office, He was prudent, dependable and loyal. It was the faithfulness and openness of Joseph that made him to diligently and honestly deliver all the resources of Egypt into the Egyptians treasury. He did not play prank with the vast resources of Egypt and neither did he try to swindle or syphon it to his personal account.

Joseph faithfully delivered to Pharaoh the land that the people surrendered to him-in exchange of food. He did not convert any part of the land as his own private property. Joseph was not only faithful to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians, he was also respectful to the priests. He bought all the lands of Egypt except the land of the priests. This is a lesson believers need to learn about how much to respect pastors and leaders in the church. “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine” (1 Timothy 5: 17).

Jacob was properly taken care of by Joseph before his death. He promised to obey the instruction of his father not to bury him in Egypt (Genesis 47:30). Christian youths need to emulate this virtue. We need to obey our parents even at old age, we should not violate their godly instructions. “Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee, that thy days may be prolonged and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee” (Deuteronomy 5:16).

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