Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Genesis 47:27 Goshen

"Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen.  They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number."  (Genesis 47:27 NIV)

The Israelites settled in Goshen, in the Nile delta.  It was a fertile area, and the Israelites flourished there.  However, we need to remember that their increase was not just a result of the delta's fertility, but because God was keeping His promise to Jacob:

"And God said to him, 'I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number.  A nation and a community of nations will come from you..." (Genesis 35:11 NIV)

Also:  "...Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there..." (Genesis 46:3 NIV)

Of course, this promise was the same one which God had made to Abraham and Isaac, Jacob's grandfather and father.  It was all part of the covenant which God had made with Abraham and his descendants.

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