REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD!

Genesis – First, God
 
Genesis 44 reunited
I was a fool to ever leave your side
Me minus you is such a lonely ride
The breakup we had has made me lonesome and sad
I realize I love you ’cause I want you bad, hey, hey
 
I spent the evening with the radio
Regret the moment that I let you go
Our quarrel was such a way of learnin’ so much
I know now that I love you ’cause I need your touch, hey, hey
 
Reunited, and it feels so good
Reunited ’cause we understood
There’s one perfect fit
And, sugar, this one is it
We both are so excited ’cause we’re reunited, hey, hey…
 
I can’t help but hear this classic from The Peaches as I read about the reconciliation caravan of Israel’s family to be reunited with his son, Joseph. Jacob/Israel is reassured by God that this long journey (about 300 miles) with everyone in tow along with everything he owns is in His plan.
 
Genesis 46 God“I am the God of your father. Don’t be afraid of going down to Egypt. I’m going to make you a great nation there. I’ll go with you down to Egypt; I’ll also bring you back here.”
 
This is enough for Jacob, who is weaker with age, to make the trip. It is God’s leading, so God will be with them and will protect them. Holding Jacob together and giving him strength for the journey is the anticipation and excitement of being reunited with his long lost son.
 
Genesis 46, The Message
So Israel set out on the journey with everything he owned. He arrived at Beersheba and worshiped, offering sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac.
 
2 God spoke to Israel in a vision that night: “Jacob! Jacob!”
 
“Yes?” he said. “I’m listening.”
 
Genesis 46 all3-4 God said, “I am the God of your father. Don’t be afraid of going down to Egypt. I’m going to make you a great nation there. I’ll go with you down to Egypt; I’ll also bring you back here. And when you die, Joseph will be with you; with his own hand he’ll close your eyes.”
 
5-7 Then Jacob left Beersheba. Israel’s sons loaded their father and their little ones and their wives on the wagons Pharaoh had sent to carry him. They arrived in Egypt with the livestock and the wealth they had accumulated in Canaan. Jacob brought everyone in his family with him—sons and grandsons, daughters and granddaughters. Everyone.
 
8 These are the names of the Israelites, Jacob and his descendants, who went to Egypt:
 
Genesis 46 Jacobs journeyReuben, Jacob’s firstborn.
 
9 Reuben’s sons: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.
 
10 Simeon’s sons: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman.
 
11 Levi’s sons: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
 
12 Judah’s sons: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah (Er and Onan had already died in the land of Canaan). The sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul.
 
13 Issachar’s sons: Tola, Puah, Jashub, and Shimron.
 
14 Zebulun’s sons: Sered, Elon, and Jahleel.
 
15 These are the sons that Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram. There was also his daughter Dinah. Altogether, sons and daughters, they numbered thirty-three.
 
16 Gad’s sons: Zephon, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli.
 
17 Asher’s sons: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, and Beriah. Also their sister Serah, and Beriah’s sons, Heber and Malkiel.
 
18 These are the children that Zilpah, the maid that Laban gave to his daughter Leah, bore to Jacob—sixteen of them.
 
19-21 The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin. Joseph was the father of two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, from his marriage to Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. They were born to him in Egypt. Benjamin’s sons were Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard.
 
22 These are the children born to Jacob through Rachel—fourteen.
 
23 Dan’s son: Hushim.
 
24 Naphtali’s sons: Jahziel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem.
 
25 These are the children born to Jacob through Bilhah, the maid Laban had given to his daughter Rachel—seven.
 
26-27 Summing up, all those who went down to Egypt with Jacob—his own children, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six. Counting in the two sons born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob’s family who ended up in Egypt numbered seventy.
 
Genesis 46 reunion28-29 Jacob sent Judah on ahead to get directions to Goshen from Joseph. When they got to Goshen, Joseph gave orders for his chariot and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. The moment Joseph saw him, he threw himself on his neck and wept. He wept a long time.
 
30 Israel said to Joseph, “I’m ready to die. I’ve looked into your face—you are indeed alive.”
 
31-34 Joseph then spoke to his brothers and his father’s family. “I’ll go and tell Pharaoh, ‘My brothers and my father’s family, all of whom lived in Canaan, have come to me. The men are shepherds; they’ve always made their living by raising livestock. And they’ve brought their flocks and herds with them, along with everything else they own.’ When Pharaoh calls you in and asks what kind of work you do, tell him, ‘Your servants have always kept livestock for as long as we can remember—we and our parents also.’ That way he’ll let you stay apart in the area of Goshen—for Egyptians look down on anyone who is a shepherd.”
 
REUNITED!
 
IMG_4734When our son returns from deployment in lands far away, it is such a sweet reunion when he comes back home safe and sound from his Air Force assignment. This is only a glimpse of what Jacob is feeling for Joseph, his beloved son when he sees and touches him once more after many long years of grieving for him.
 
Genesis 46 reunited with JosephNow imagine the reunion of the entire family of Israel/Jacob! This reunion was made possible by the love, mercy and grace of God, the Father! This family reunion was brought about by repentance, reconciliation and restoration of the brothers. Changed hearts reunited Father to Son.
 
Mm, What was it like for Jesus, God’s Son, when he returned from his mission on earth to go back to His Father? (Think about it!) The Father had to turn his back on His Son while he carried our sin to the cross because God cannot be where sin is. When the mission was complete, the victory over sin and death was accomplished, Jesus returns to his rightful place! I hear the words, “This is my son in whom I am well pleased” coming to me as I think of the reunion of Father and Son. Don’t you?
 
Genesis 46 reunitedAND what about us? (Now it get’s personal.) What will it be like after we admit, repent, accept, believe and follow Jesus here on earth to be united with him forever in heaven? We will be together with Father and Son! Wow! He also promises us we will be reunited with our families who have gone on before us…Not to mention basking in His glory and praising him in Person forever!
 
REUNITED AND IT FEELS SO GOOD! INDEED!
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
What a blessed assurance you have given to me this morning as I read and meditate on your Word! You always come to the surface as we read, revealing who you are in your story of life, redemption and restoration. You are God and we are not. You love us so deeply and so profoundly I am overwhelmed. Continue to transform us by your love. Thank you for saving my soul. Thank you for being with us always here…and there.
In Jesus Name, Amen
 
And I’m singing…(Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave)
 
Genesis 39 God is with youI see the work of Your Hands
Galaxies spin in a Heavenly dance oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming
 
I hear the sound of Your Voice
All at once it’s a gentle and thundering noise oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming
 
I delight myself in You
Captivated by Your beauty
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
 
Genesis 46 first dayGod, I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
 
I know the power of Your Cross
Forgiven and free forever You’ll be my God
And all that You’ve done is so overwhelming
 
I delight myself in You
In the Glory of Your Presence
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
 
And God I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
 
You are Beautiful, You are Beautiful
Oh God, there is…

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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