Today in God’s Word
Genesis 46; Mark 16
Watching the epic storyline of the history of redemption unfold is amazing. God has orchestrated the movements of nations and the rise and fall of empires in order to accomplish his great purposes. We saw in Genesis 15 when God made a unilateral covenant with Abraham that he intended Israel to spend 400 years in affliction under another nation, who would be judged by God and from whom Israel shall come out with great possessions (Gen 15:13-14).
Now Jacob in our reading today is told by God…
“3 Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. 4 I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.”” (Genesis 46:3–4, ESV)
Seventy people enter Egypt (Gen 46:27)…430 years later 600,000 men, besides women and children would walk out with great provisions (Exod 12:35-41). Surely the patriarch Jacob did not know to pray for the selling of Joseph into slavery or famine or for captivity in Egypt, but the Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we know not what to pray for…
“26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Romans 8:26–29, ESV)
Soli Deo Gloria!