Genesis 46 – Jacob Reunites with Joseph
On his way to Egypt to see if Joseph really is alive and well Jacob, or Israel whichever you are feeling like at the moment, came upon Beersheba and gave sacrifices to god.
Within the very same verse (v.2) the text talks about Israel but god calls him Jacob. Not even god follows his renaming of Jacob. God tells Jacob to not fear going to Egypt that he will go with him and he will bring him out safely. They leave Beersheba and make their way Egypt.
v.8-27 detail the family that came with Jacob including Joseph and his wife and kids, a total of 70 people.
A tear-filled meeting between Jacob and Joseph. Jacob/Israel said he could now die having seen his son alive after all this time.
Joseph says he will go tell Pharaoh that his family had arrived but he warns his family that if they are asked about what they did they were to explain that they took care of the cattle just as their fathers had because shepherds were an abomination to the Egyptians. Really? If they had god on their side why must they lie about what they do? I guess lies aren’t so bad huh?