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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

VaYigash 11-5

And (he) approached

Genesis 45:28 – 46:27

And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, "Jacob, Jacob." And he said, "Here am I." 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. 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."

Gen. 46:2-4 ESV

How did Yaakov dare to go down to Egypt?

When the Eternal made the covenant between the parts with Avram, Yaakov's grandfather, He revealed to him that his offspring would be put to slavery and be oppressed in a foreign nation for four hundred years (15:13). And when Yitzchak, Yaakov's father, wanted to go to Egypt to survive the drought, the Eternal forbade him and told him to stay in the land (26:1-2). Now Yaakov was receiving an invitation from Yosef to go down to Egypt with all his family. But within Yaakov, there must have been lots of doubts and fears. Will we be forced into slavery? Am I doing right in leaving the land of the promise when the Eternal didn't allow my father to do it?

Yaakov needed to know if the Eternal was behind his plan of going to Egypt and that's why he stopped in Beer-Sheva to present sacrifices to the God of his father Yitzchak. As we've said before, sacrifices represent men's surrender to the Almighty. Yaakov wanted to show his devotion once more and thus renew his surrender to the Eternal. He didn't want to do anything with himself and his family that wasn't part of the plan and will of the Eternal. The future plan of the world's redemption was at stake in that moment and Yaakov didn't want to make a decision without knowing if the Eternal agreed with it.

The vision in the night that Yaakov received was more than enough for him to go on with his plan. The Almighty told him not to be afraid to go down to Egypt and that He Himself would go with him. What else would Yaakov need to be certain of his decision?

Dear disciple of Yeshua: make sure that the Eternal is with you in the decisions you make in your life. Don't decide lightly. Your future depends on the decisions you make today. Think it over twice, meditate on it with no rush, and make sure that the Eternal is with you in what you plan to do. Then, you will prosper and you will succeed. And you know the way to find out God's will... sacrifice.

May the Eternal bless you and keep you,


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