Genesis 46* God's promises to Jacob. (1-4) Jacob and his family go toEgypt. (5-27) Joseph meets his father and his brethren. (28-34)1-4 Even as to those events and undertakings which appear mostjoyful, we should seek counsel, assistance, and a blessing fromthe Lord. Attending on his ordinances, and receiving the pledgesof his covenant love, we expect his presence, and that peacewhich it confers. In all removals we should be reminded of ourremoval out of this world. Nothing can encourage us to fear noevil when passing through the valley of the shadow of death, butthe presence of Christ. 5-27 We have here a particular account of Jacob's family.Though the fulfilling of promises is always sure, yet it isoften slow. It was now 215 years since God had promised Abrahamto make of him a great nation, ch. #12:2|; yet that branch ofhis seed, to which the promise was made sure, had only increasedto seventy, of whom this particular account is kept, to show thepower of God in making these seventy become a vast multitude. 28-34 It was justice to Pharaoh to let him know that such afamily was come to settle in his dominions. If others putconfidence in us, we must not be so base as to abuse it byimposing upon them. But how shall Joseph dispose of hisbrethren? Time was, when they were contriving to be rid of him;now he is contriving to settle them to their advantage; this isrendering good for evil. He would have them live by themselves,in the land of Goshen, which lay nearest to Canaan. Shepherdswere an abomination to the Egyptians. Yet Joseph would have themnot ashamed to own this as their occupation before Pharaoh. Hemight have procured places for them at court or in the army. Butsuch preferments would have exposed them to the envy of theEgyptians, and might have tempted them to forget Canaan and thepromise made unto their fathers. An honest calling is nodisgrace, nor ought we to account it so, but rather reckon it ashame to be idle, or to have nothing to do. It is generally bestfor people to abide in the callings they have been bred to andused to. Whatever employment and condition God in his providencehas allotted for us, let us suit ourselves to it, satisfyourselves with it, and not mind high things. It is better to bethe credit of a mean post, than the shame of a high one. If wewish to destroy our souls, or the souls of our children, thenlet us seek for ourselves, and for them, great things; but ifnot, it becomes us, having food and raiment, therewith to becontent.
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