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Summary: Jacob’s blessing and deliverance was on the way, he just did not know it.

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The Wagons Are On The Way

Genesis 45:16-28 KJV And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh’s house, saying, Joseph’s brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants. [17] And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan; [18] And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land. [19] Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come. [20] Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours. [21] And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way. [22] To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment. [23] And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way. [24] So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way. [25] And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father, [26] And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed them not. [27] And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived: [28] And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.

I. JACOB’S PREDISPOSITION TO DOUBT

A. The Voices of the Past

-If we look into a little background about Jacob, we see that he has a tendency to believe bad news. It started very early in his life.

• His mother would tell him, “Your father loves Esau more than he does you.”

• His mother would tell him, “Esau is going to kill you.”

• His mother would tell him, “Your father and brother are in a plot to leave you out of the inheritance.”

• His uncle would tell him, “You have seven more years before you get Rachel but in the meantime take Leah.”

• His uncle would tell him, “You are a conniving cheat and I am going to kill you.”

• His wife would tell him, “You hate me. . . You have no time for me. . .”

• His men would tell him, “Esau is waiting down by the river to kill you. . .”

• His sons would tell him, “We found this bloody coat. . .” With Jacob assuming the worst, the seed of doubt grew and implied that Joseph was dead at the paws of a wild animal.

-All of these voices over the course of his life and all of the situations that Jacob found himself in, predisposed him to huge doses of doubt.

-Add in the components of a hugely dysfunctional family:

• Four mothers.

• A tent full of boys that had dark markings on their character.


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