Jacob was able to spend 17 years in Egypt. He lived in the best of Egypt and was able to renew and restore the relationship with his beloved son Joseph. While the move was a great thing and saved the nation of Israel, Jacob knew he was not home. So as he was starting to fade, he called Joseph in and asked him to take him home after he died. For as nice as Goshen was, it was simply borrowed land from a gracious king.
God had already supplied a nation for Israel. The land of Canaan was to be their home. So Israel asked the son that took him away from home, to ultimately put him back. He dared not trust the others. For as reformed as they had become, he knew they were still driven by self-interest. Joseph had lived selflessly and restored his family and the nation of Egypt–he could be trusted.
In our journey, we also are faced daily with the choice of settling in here and calling this life home–OR–journeying through this life with the knowledge and confidence that our father has our home ready and waiting at the end of this journey. We need to walk as Jacob did–grateful for this life, but focused upon what is to come. Paul said it best–“Set your heart on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above–NOT on earthly things!” (Colossians 3:1-2) Let’s walk as Israel walked–As ambassadors, not citizens.
God Bless You
Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number.
28 Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven. 29 When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.”
“I will do as you say,” he said.
31 “Swear to me,” he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.