Genesis 46-47: Building a People

Genesis 46:27 tells us that the family of Israel was about 70 people strong when they came to Egypt. This is the beginning of the whole nation of Israel, a dozen shepherds and their families just looking for a place to settle their flocks. But God’s plans for them are greater than they could even begin to imagine.

Prophets, priests, and kings will come from this family, and they will shape the flow of the entire world. And God will use them to bring about the salvation of the whole world through the Prophet, Priest, and King. Deuteronomy 7:6-9 explains God’s heart towards this little family:

“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
(Deuteronomy 7:6-9 ESV)

God chose them because they were the smallest. They were the least of all peoples. They were a bunch of shepherds living in a small corner of Egypt, yet He looked on them with favor. Why? Because the grace and love of God is faithful to the end. And this same grace is still being extended to those who are of no accord. God is building His kingdom with the broken and making it beautiful. He keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love and obey Him, and because of Christ, we can be counted righteous before Him, so that even though we do not always love Him and keep His commandments, He looks at us and sees the perfect goodness of His Son. We have a sure and lasting covenant with God in Christ. Trust in Him for He will never fail you.

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