Nominative Repetition: Warning and ComfortApril 8, 2011 at 9:07 am | Posted in Genesis | 3 Comments
Tags: 1 Samuel 3, Acts 9, assurance, Biblical names, Christ in Genesis, commentary on Genesis, Genesis 46, Luke 10, relocation, Sunday School lessons on Genesis
In Chapter 46 Jacob moves his family to Egypt, but first he built an altar and worshiped.
And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
This was very wise. It is always wise for us to seek counsel from the Lord before we make any move, and especially before we relocate our family.
Jacob was concerned about going to Egypt, and understandably so: He was aware of the trouble that Abraham had experienced there.
And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.
When the Lord says someone’s name twice, it is as if the first time is to get their attention, and the second time is to give assurance or comfort.
I Samuel 3:10: “Samuel, Samuel” (when the Lord spoke to Samuel as he served Eli)
Luke 10:41: “Martha, Martha” (when Jesus wanted to contrast Martha and Mary)
Why did God want Jacob and his family in Egypt?
And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:
Even though going down to Egypt is sometimes a picture in the Bible of “going down” spiritually, God wanted to use Egypt as the place where He would fashion a people for Himself – not for themselves.
And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.
The “land of Goshen” (which is sort of an exclamation where I’m from) was very fertile – good for herdsmen. Judah led the way, continuing to establish his leadership role in the family – and foreshadowing the fact that the tribe of Judah would be the “royal tribe.”
Lord, I confess that I am not depending on anything other than the shed blood, atoning death, and bodily resurrection of Christ Jesus for my righteousness. Lord God, when you look at the account sheet of my life, none of my works are going to pay the price for even my slightest sin. You’re going to look on the righteousness side of the account sheet and see nothing but the blood of Jesus. This I confess in His holy Name. Amen.