Summary: Goshen is the place of breakthrough.
1 The Goshen Breakthrough
Gen 46:1 And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to
Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
Gen 46:2 And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said,
Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.
Gen 46:3 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:
Gen 46:4 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.
Joseph has his brothers who sold him into slavery and wanted to kill him.
They are at his mercy. They do not know that Joseph is their brother.
There is weeping and Joseph says…
Gen 45:8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath
made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler
throughout all the land of Egypt.
Gen 45:9 Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith
thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me,
I was low, I was broken, I was alone, I was far from the father, I was hurt
but God has made me
While I was hurting I was being made, alone, broken, without hope,
stranded, looked over
Gen 45:10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, (drawing near and
overflowing) and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and
thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou
Gen 45:11 And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of
famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to
You are going to be surrounded for a long while by famine hunger,
sorrow, dying scarcity need want but in the place of drawing near I am
going to nourish you.
2 The Goshen Breakthrough
“God is great, and therefore He will be sought: He is good, and therefore
He will be found.”
Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the
LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk
humbly with thy God?
Enoch’s son was Methuselah (maybe you’ve heard of him --- he lived
longer than any other person recorded). Enoch’s grandson was named
Lamech. Both Lamech and Methuselah died in the Great Flood. But not
Enoch. Evidently, when he was walking along with God one day, they just
walked right up into Heaven.
Now here’s something I found interesting: it sounds like Enoch started
walking with God at age 65. He lived to be 364 years old, and the
scripture says that for 300 of those years he walked with God. What
happened at age 65? It seems that Enoch made a CHOICE at that point in
time. From age 65 onward, Enoch he walked with God.
Hebrews 11:5 says, By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did
not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him
away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased
In the 5th chapter of Mark’s gospel we find one of the most striking
portraits of desperation in Scripture.
-This woman, a constant bleeding that could not be stopped.
She also faced a financial issue. No insurance. Depleted financial
resources. Condition no better. No answers on solving the problem.
-She also had psychological issues. She had to sneak around (v.27) It was
an embarrassing kind of illness.
3 The Goshen Breakthrough
-She also had a spiritual and social issue. She was unclean. Note Leviticus
-This woman’s total life was one big issue. She was defiled, destitute,
discouraged, and desperate. Twelve years of constantly having to endure
would be more than most of us could take.
--There’s something about getting desperate. There’s something about
that situation that brings God’s truths into focus as never before.
-In Mark 5, Jesus was in town and word had gotten out that He was good
-The problem was that this woman was not in Jesus’ appointment book.
When she caught sight of Him, he was already being busy with someone
-Before telling us about the woman with the hemorrhage, Mark tells us
about an important man that approached Jesus. (v.22-23) Also note v.24
-In the midst of this surging throng was this bleeding, desperate woman. A
penniless, nameless, nobody in the crowd. Look at vv.27-28
-She approached Him from behind, sight unseen.