Genesis 46:28-34 (NKJV) 28 Then he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to point out before him the way to Goshen. And they came to the land of Goshen. 29 So Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel; and he presented himself to him, and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while. 30 And Israel said to Joseph, “Now let me die, since I have seen your face, because you are still alive.” 31 Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and tell Pharaoh, and say to him, ‘My brothers and those of my father’s house, who were in the land of Canaan, have come to me. 32 And the men are shepherds, for their occupation has been to feed livestock; and they have brought their flocks, their herds, and all that they have.’ 33 So it shall be, when Pharaoh calls you and says, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34 that you shall say, ‘Your servants’ occupation has been with livestock from our youth even till now, both we and also our fathers,’ that you may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination to the Egyptians.”
This is a wonderful picture. Joseph embraced his father Israel and wept on his neck for a good while. Joseph’s emotion was quite real. It was a marvelous meeting between a long-lost son and a heartbroken father. It was a joyful moment for old Jacob. He found his favorite son, and now he could die in peace. But God sustained him, and he was able to live for a few years in the land of Egypt. Joseph and his father Israel were blessed to have these last years together. Old Jacob is now “the child of God who lives by faith.” Therefore, Jacob is called by his name Israel. It is interesting that Joseph warns his father and brothers that shepherds are not liked very much by the Egyptians. But God has had so much good things to say about shepherds. In many ways our Lord Jesus Christ is described as a Shepherd. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who gives His life for His sheep. Jesus is the Great Shepherd who watches over His sheep. Jesus is the Chief Shepherd who will return for His sheep. But like in Jesus’ day, the people of the world do not care much for Jesus. Jesus is not received well today. The world does not like the real Jesus that is. The Lord Jesus who was virgin-born, performed miracles, died for the sins of the world, and arose bodily from the grave on the third day. That is the Jesus whom the world doesn’t like. What about you my friend, do you believe in the real Jesus? Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ who is God the Son, the Second person of the triune Godhead, Elohim? If you believe, then have you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior?
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.