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Journeys of Jacob & His Family

Egypt, Jacob & Joseph, The Exodus (A great river crossed or only a ‘sea of reeds’ or marshland?)Pharaohs of Egypt and Particularly Ramses II (ruled during Moses’ time)

The story of Jacob and Joseph

Genesis (37–50)

The Old Testament history of the son of the patriarch Jacob and his wife Rachel is very enlightening for us today. As Jacob's name became synonymous with all Israel, (A Tribe that became a Nation) so that Joseph (Ephraim) was eventually recognized with all the tribes that made up the northern kingdom.
Ge 48:14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. Eze 37:16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:

The inheritance of the children of Joseph

Jos 24:32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.

Shechem is the oldest of the northern shrines. Promise price power Faith finance fight Word working warring buried

Ge 33:19 And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money.

Ge 48:22 Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.

Joh 4:5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

Joseph was the most beloved of Jacob's sons while he was hated by his green with envy brothers. Angry and jealous of Jacob's gift to Joseph, a magnificent coat of many colors, the brothers seize him and sell him to the Ishmaelites, who take him to Egypt. There Joseph eventually gains the favor of the pharaoh of Egypt by his interpretation of a dream and obtains a high place in the pharaoh's kingdom. His achieving of grain supplies enables Egypt to endure a famine. Jacob sends the brother’s from Canaan to obtain food from Egypt. They prostrate themselves before Joseph but do not recognize him. After Joseph achieves reconciliation with his brothers, he invites Jacob's whole household to come to Goshen in Egypt, where a settlement is provided for the family and their flocks. His brothers' sale of Joseph into slavery thus proves providential in the end, since it protected the family from famine. The family's descendants grew and multiplied into the Hebrews, who would eventually depart from Egypt for Canaan land that would become the land of Israel.

                                            Ephraim--- double fruit

Joh 11:54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples. There are some very interesting points to be made concerning the places associated with the name Ephraim. Ephraim A city located eight to twenty miles northeast of Jerusalem on the borders of the wilderness.

  • Ephrain. Ephrain, or Ephron, a city of Benjamin north of Jerusalem, near Bethel.
    Josephus calls Ephraim and Bethel two little cities; and places Ephraim in the tribe of Benjamin, near the wilderness of Judea, in the way to Jericho.

Joshua gave Ephraim to the tribe of Judah,

Jos 15:9 And the border was drawn from the top of the hill unto the fountain of the water of Nephtoah, and went out to the cities of mount Ephron; and the border was drawn to Baalah, which is Kirjathjearim:

2Ch 13:19 And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took cities from him, Bethel with the towns thereof, and Jeshanah with the towns thereof, and Ephrain with the towns thereof.

2Ch 13:4 And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel; 2Ch 13:12 And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper. 13 But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them: so they were before Judah, and the ambushment was behind them.

Ps 120:7 I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war

Joh 11:54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples. Jesus did everything for a reason. More than just seeking rest from persecution but always doing the Will of the Father protecting the disciples and preparing them. This place was not to far from where He had been tempted of the devil. Not too far from where Joshua fought his first hard battle in the promised land. Jos 8:24 And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword. BETWEEN BETHEL AND AI