“And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I. 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: I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.” Genesis 46:2-4 (KJV)
Israel is the new name God had given to Jacob. Jacob had been a “supplanter” a deceiver; and had tried to have things his own way.
Jacob’s life had now changed at the end of his life. He had just heard that his son Joseph was not only alive, but was a ruler in the land of Egypt, and due to famine throughout the Middle Eastern countries was being invited by that son and the Pharaoh of Egypt to come into the land and dwell there.
Now there was no more scheming, no more planning and or plotting to achieve his desired path, but now Jacob was in the hands of the Sovereign hands of GOD. “Fear not to go down into Egypt…” were the words of God to Jacob.
God promised Jacob that when he died Joseph would be at his side. He also promised that it would be in Egypt that “I will there make of thee a great nation”. He also promised that they would come out of Egypt, to the land He had promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
We can learn from these passages; as Joseph’s brethren had learned – You cannot thwart the plan of God. Instead they were used in their evil plot to work the plan of God. How do I explain that? I do not even try.
It is best for me and all God’s children to leave these matters in His hands; to trust Him, and believe that whatever happens is going to be for our good and His glory. It was, for example, our evil that caused Jesus to be nailed to the cross; however it was the plan of God that His Son die for our sins, that we might have access to the very throne of God.
God speaks, and He sees to it that what He speaks comes to pass just as He has spoken. Just as Jacob/Israel saw his son Joseph again; so too will Jesus come again.
Believe God and trust Him today.