Jacob Goes to Egypt
Bible Study Lesson from
you are taking a business trip or a vacation with
your family, you didn't have to start out weeks or
months ahead, did you? In the time of Joseph, a
trip like this was a major journey, especially for
an old man like Jacob.
In this lesson from Genesis,
Jacob moves to Egypt along with his family
- all on faith in the promise
of Israel is about to
Trust In God
So Israel set out
with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and
offered sacrifices to the God of his father
God spoke to Israel in
visions of the night and said, Jacob,
Jacob. And he said, Here I
He said, I am God,
the God of your father; do not be afraid to go
down to Egypt, for I will make you a great
I will go down with you to
Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up
again; and Joseph will close your
Then Jacob arose from
Beersheba; and the sons of Israel carried their
father Jacob and their little ones and their
wives in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to
They took their livestock
and their property, which they had acquired in
the land of Canaan, and came to Egypt, Jacob and
all his descendants with him: his sons and his
grandsons with him, his daughters and his
granddaughters, and all his descendants he
brought with him to Egypt. -
Moves His Family to Egypt
Frightful Move to Goshen
Picking up everything you own
and traveling to another country would be scary.
Yet, when God asked Jacob to
go - he went.
Jacob trusted God when He
promised protection. Do we have that faith in God
when He asks us to go places or to do tasks for
Well, in reality it's easy to
do the "little" things but what do we do about the
great opportunities when they arise?
Moving to Egypt was no easy
You can see by the numbers of
family members listed in the passage this was
exodus of a whole tribe
- a people who were very comfortable right where
I'm sure such a move for an
old man caused great fear and uncertainty. But, the
trust Jacob had in God helped him to overcome that
anxiety and allowed him to fulfill his destiny to
creating the nation of Israel.
Fear is a natural part of the
human experience so all of us feel it at one time
or another. It is a normal behavior and can be a
defense mechanism when we are in danger.
But, the gripping type of
fear - the kind that leaves us unable to move shows
that we might question what God has planned and His
ability to protect and take care of us.
We can accomplish the "big"
projects for God if we can only develop that
"mustard seed" portion of faith that He really
can do it!
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover
how to receive the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please read
the verse John 3:16
to learn more.
Read today's passage
Verses for Bible study of Jacob, a.k.a.
Israel are from New American Standard Bible
& New King James Version - Lessons from Life
Application Study Bible: NIV - Passage above
credited to Lockman