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January 31st, Genesis 46:10-47:12: Jacob’s family settles in Egypt

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

All these genealogy lines reminds me that somewhere out there, there is someone in charge of the “Txu” family lines. That’s right, I’m one-eighth Chinese, as my great grandfather came to Vietnam from China. So apparently one of my distant uncles has the records of the family tree way back to ancient times. Would I be able to communicate with this distant uncle? Not effectively without a translator, I’m afraid.

Genesis 46 continues the account of Jacob’s sons. Some are even named for their good deeds or the occupation they have at the time of the writing.

Genesis 46:26-27 says:
26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons. 27 With the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy in all.

[Ed note: You could say the Duggar family is merely following Biblical times.]

Jacob sent Judah ahead to get directions to Goshen. Joseph threw his arms around his father as soon as he met him, weeping for a long time.

Israel told Joseph he was ready to die, since he had seen for himself that his son was still alive.

Joseph told his brothers to claim the occupation of shepherd before the Pharaoh. Since shepherds were detestable to the Egyptians, they would be allowed to settle in Goshen.

Joseph chose five of his brothers to come before Pharaoh, an they followed Joseph’s advice. Pharaoh approved of them settling in Goshen.

Pharaoh asked Jacob how old he was, to which Jacob replied one hundred and thirty years old. Jacob then blessed the Pharaoh and went out from his presence.

So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in the best part of Goshen, in the district of Rameses. Joseph also provided his family with food, according to the number of children in the hosuehold.

Questions: Do you have someone in your family who is in charge of the family tree? Is there a leader among the cousins or extended family who takes charge when your family gets together?

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