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2022/09/21 【每日拾穗】創世記 46章,2-4節

Gen 46:2-4                                                 

And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
“I am God, the God of your father,” He said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”

Jacob sought God's face before he was about to step out of the promised land to go down to Egypt.
And God was there to meet him at this critical moment of his life!

First, by calling out his name "Jacob!" twice, God let him know that He was no stranger to him.
He knew him from the beginning and He knew him intimately ... all his strength and weaknesses, all his virtues and transgressions.
God had given him the new name Israel for his "potentials" to be the prince of God.
But for the moment, he was still the Jacob needing further refinement in the mighty hand of God!

Then God reiterated His promises to his forefathers --- He would always be with him, and He would make him into a great nation even in Egypt, and his descendants would be brought back to the promised land again!
But all these promises would be fulfilled beyond his own lifetime for he himself would die in Egypt while under the care of Joseph ... all but one: "I will go down to Egypt with you!"

When God's thoughts are too high for us to grasp, and His ways are hidden from us for the time being, we need only to hang on to this one promise of His: "Where I lead you, I will go with you!"

《創世記 46章,2-4節》
夜間,神在異象中對以色列說:「雅各!雅各!」他說:「我在這裡。」神說:「我是神,就是你父親的神。你下埃及去不要害怕,因為我必使你在那裡成為大族。我要和你同下埃及去,也必定帶你上來。約瑟必給你送終。」

《楊弟兄分享》
雅各在即將離開應許之地、下埃及前尋求神的面。
在他生命的關鍵時刻,神也在那裡等候他!

首先,神呼喊他的名字「雅各!」兩次,神要他知道,神對他並不陌生。
祂從起初就認識他,並且非常了解他……他所有的長處和軟弱,他一切的美德和過犯。
神給他「以色列」這個新名字,因為他有“潛力”成為神的王子。
但眼下,他還是那位需要在神大能手中進一步提煉的雅各!

然後神再次重申對他祖先的應許——祂會一直與他同在,他會在埃及成為大國,他的後裔將被帶回應許之地!
而這一切承諾,都不會在他有生之年實現,因為他將在約瑟的照顧下死在埃及……除了這個應許:「我要和你同下埃及去!」

神的意念高得我們的,當祂的道路暫時向我們隱藏時,我們只需要緊緊抓住祂這個應許:「無論我帶你去哪,我都會陪你去!」