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,

tarry not:

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


Mark 5:25-34

In the 5th chapter of Mark’s gospel we find one of the most striking

portraits of desperation in Scripture.

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-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

with issues.

-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

else. (v.22)

-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.

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Anonymous Contributor

commented on Oct 28, 2015

This is an awesome sermon. As we draw near to God He draws near to us.

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