Canaan to Goshen – Genesis 42-46




Wednesday 09/20/17 

Message – From Canaan to Goshen

Series: Thru the Bible – Genesis 42-46


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From Canaan to Goshen

Chapter 42

  • Jacob expected his sons to be proactive – “Why are you just staring at one another? Go to Egypt and buy us some food!”
  • All the brothers except Benjamin traveled to Egypt.
    • Jacob was fearful for Benjamin’s safety.
  • Joseph was now at least 38 years old (30 at Royal appointment plus 7 years of plenty plus the beginning of 7 years of famine). It had been at least 21 years since he had seen his brothers. Joseph had lived MORE years apart from them than with them – yet when he saw them, he recognized them.
    • They did not recognize him…
      • He had matured from 17 so much had changed concerning his physical appearance.
      • He was, more than likely, wearing makeup (Egyptian)
      • They, on the other hand, had largely been adults when he was sold into slavery so they would not have changed nearly so much.
  • Upon seeing his brothers bowed down to the ground – he remembered the dreams of his youth – the dreams they had hated him for.
  • Joseph used the opportunity to his advantage – that he might gain access to al his family.
    • Accused them of being spies.
    • Nakedness is used symbolically for shame and disgrace.
  • Without the blood of Christ, the guilt of our sins follow us throughout our lives to the grave. These brothers realize their sin against their brother and believe it is why they were in this trouble…and in a way it was!
  • Joseph is still tender of heart. He hears and understands their words though he had been speaking through an interpreter and is moved to tears over both their loss and his own.
    • Simeon is chosen and bound.Perhaps in a personal pun, since Simeon means “heard”.
  • People do not change – upon finding their money in their bags, the first thought in their minds was, “What is this that God has done to us?”
    • All of them were afraid.
    • Each person saw the tragedy from their own eyes as if it were only they who were affected. Jacob says, “All these things are against me.”
  • Ever noble Reuben, offers the lives of his own two sons if he does not return Simeon and Benjamin back safely to his father.
    • Jacob at first refuses, willing to lose Simeon entirely rather than risk Benjamin and possibly lose both.


Chapter 43

    • They go through all the provisions from Egypt and grow hungry.
    • Judah reminds Jacob of the threat and refuses to obey Jacob is Jacob does not send Benjamin with them.
    • Jacob accuses them of mistreatment due to their mentioning of Benjamin.
    • Judah, now assumes the blame if Benjamin is not returned (Reuben and Judah were the only two with a shred of nobility before Joseph was sold into slavery as well).
    • Jacob still trying to buy his safety with gifts.
  • They are brought to Joseph’s house and confess all about the money.
  • Here is the 2nd time they bow down to Joseph. The first time it was for food which agrees with the first dream, this second time and the third they bow down before him as royalty – which agrees with the second dream.
  • Joseph is still moved to tears over his love and longing for his brothers – especially Benjamin the brother he watched over in his youth.
  • They were astonished – possibly because they had been seated in order from oldest to youngest.
  • Joseph divided the food and gave 5x’s as much to Benjamin as to the other brothers.


Chapter 44

  • Same song different dance – grain with money and this time a silver cup in Benjamin’s sack.
  • Joseph has it discovered and seeks to retain Benjamin.
  • Judah again shows his nobility and gives us insight into Jacob’s affection for the lad.
    • Judah actually draws near to Joseph and begs audience and mercy.
    • Gen 44:27-31, “(27) Then your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons;  (28)  and the one went out from me, and I said, “Surely he is torn to pieces”; and I have not seen him since.  (29)  But if you take this one also from me, and calamity befalls him, you shall bring down my gray hair with sorrow to the grave.’  (30)  “Now therefore, when I come to your servant my father, and the lad is not with us, since his life is bound up in the lad’s life,  (31)  it will happen, when he sees that the lad is not with us, that he will die. So your servants will bring down the gray hair of your servant our father with sorrow to the grave.”


Chapter 45

  • Joseph loses it! He commands all to leave him save his brothers.
  • Gen 45:4-5,  “(4) And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt.  (5)  But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.”
  • Jacob rejoices and offers sacrifice to God.
  • God reassures Jacob His servant’s heart that he will live, that it will be Joseph’s hand that closes his eyelids in death and that they will all eventually return to this land he calls home.


Chapter 46

  • They return to Egypt all 66 plus Joseph and his two sons made 70 in the household!


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Hi I am Pastor Mark...

I have been a pastor for nearly 30 years now (2018), though never quite like I am today. (more on that in a moment)

As to my home, I have been married since 1995 to my wonderful wife Terissa Woodson who is my best friend, greatest personal support and most valued critic.
As far as my education goes, I grew up in a Christian home, but questioned everything I was ever taught. I graduated from Bible college in 1990 and continued to question everything I was ever taught (I do not mention my college in order to avoid being labeled). Perhaps my greatest preparation for ministry has been life and ministry itself. To quote an author I have come to enjoy namely Fredrick Buechner in his writing entitled, Now and Then,

"If God speaks to us at all other than through such official channels as the Bible and the church, then I think that He speaks to us largely through what happens to us...if we keep our hearts open as well as our ears, if we listen with patience and hope, if we remember at all deeply and honestly, then I think we come to recognize beyond all doubt, that, however faintly we may hear Him, He is indeed speaking to us, and that, however little we may understand of it, His word to each of us is both recoverable and precious beyond telling."

~ Fredrick Buechner

As I said, as of 2009 I’ve been a Pastor for nearly 20 years. Earlier in 2009 the Lord revealed to me that the way we had structured our church was not in keeping with the New Testament. This was a shock to me and it is was a revelation that did not come all at once but over the course of a few weeks.

We were a traditional single pastor led congregation. It was a top-bottom model of ministry which is in part biblical, but not in the form of a monarchy.

The needed change did not come into focus until about 9 very intense months of study and discussions with those who were leaders in our church at the time.

We believe the Bible teaches co-leadership with equal authority in each local assembly and though we currently only have one Pastor/Elder, it is our desire that God, in His faithfulness and timing, may bring us more as we grow in maturity and even in numbers. Having multiple shepherds with God's heart and equal authority protects both Shepherds and sheep. Equal accountability keep authority and doctrine in check. Multiple shepherds also provides teaching with various styles and giftings with leadership skills which are both different and complementary.

Well that is about all there is of interest to tell you about me. I hope our ministry here is a blessing to you and your family. I also hope that it is only a supplement to a local church where you are committed to other believers in a community of grace.

~God Bless!