January 23 – Why was Jacob afraid to go to Egypt?

January 23
Genesis 46:1-47:31
Matthew 15:1-28
Psalm 19:1-14
Proverbs 4:14-19

Biblical illustrations by Jim Padgett, courtesy of Sweet Publishing

Genesis 46:3. “Fear not to go down into Egypt.” Abraham went down into Egypt because there was a famine in Canaan (Genesis 12:10). But he lied about his wife there (Genesis 12:12), and likely picked up Hagar there whom he sinned with (Genesis 16:3). Ishmael did not take a wife of the believers, but of Egypt (Genesis 21:21). God forbade Isaac from going to Egypt (Genesis 26:2). Joseph was sold into Egypt (Genesis 37:28). Perhaps that’s why Jacob/Israel was scared to go back to Egypt. He had learned that before you go – seek God’s face, and God gave Israel wisdom.

Matthew 15:1/28 – Jesus accused the Scribes and Pharisees of sin, but had mercy on the gentile woman. God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5, James 4:6, Proverbs 3:34).

Psalm 19 – Patch the Pirate composed a great song based on this Psalm – The Heavens Declare. 


Psalm 19:7 – If you have time it’s worthwhile to do a quick search on the phrase “the Law of the Lord” in the Old Testament. And if you haven’t memorized Psalm 19:14 – that is a great verse to hide in your heart to keep your life pure!

Proverbs 4:18-19 – The path of the just is as the shining light…. the way of the wicked is as darkness. A pretty clear contrast. Which path do you want to take?

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