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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Genesis 45



Verses 9-13

Joseph's Request to Bring His Father to Egypt- It was Joseph's passionate plea to bring his family under his tender care and protection during the years of famine. Despite the way he had been treated, he still wanted to return his kindness upon them.

The Father's Heart- Note these words from Frances J. Roberts regarding this story in Genesis.

" Hosea , every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price ( Isaiah 55:1). Lo, My heart is grieved by thine independence. How would Joseph have felt if his father and family had remained at home, starving in the famine, when he had invited them to share the bountiful stores which he had at his disposal and desired to share freely with them? ( Genesis 45) Would he not have grieved far more deeply than over that unjust actions of his brothers who hated him? For to be rebuffed by a loved one causeth pain not to be compared with the cruelties inflicted by an enemy. So thine indifference and unresponsiveness to My call bringeth anguish to My soul, yea, deeper grief than the crimes of the reprobate sinner. For My rod have I laid upon the sinner, but Mine hand have I laid upon thee." 256]

256] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 169.

Genesis 45:10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, 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 hast:

Genesis 45:10 — "thou, and thy children, and thy children"s children" - Comments- Besides the generation of Jacob and the two maidservants of his two deceased wives, there were three generations of Hebrews who came into the land of Egypt. There were the twelve sons of Jacob, with their sons. The third generation were a few grandchildren who were born to the twelve sons of Jacob. These will be listed in the following chapter.

Genesis 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 poverty.

Genesis 45:12 And, behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you.

Genesis 45:13 And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither.

Verses 14-28

Genesis 45:24Comments- Joseph tells his brothers not to quarrel along their journey back home. Why this warning: because they felt guilty at what they had done to Joseph and would have argued over whose fault it may have been?

NIV, "Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, "Don't quarrel on the way!"

Genesis 45:26"And Jacob"s heart fainted, for he believed them not" - Comments- Gesenius says the Hebrew word "fainted" ( פּוּג) (H 6313) means, "to be cold, to be void of vital warmth." He says it Genesis 45:26 it means, "was not warmed or moved with joy." Strong says it means, "to be sluggish," and is translated "cease, be feeble, faint, be slacked." Thus, in Genesis 45:27, when Jacob's spirit revived, you can see the word "revived" throbbing up and down on the page.

Genesis 45:28Comments- As we see in the following chapter, the Lord spoke to Jacob to go down into Egypt and dwell there. We know that this was to fulfill the words that God spoke to Abraham in a vision that his children would dwell in a strange land and be afflicted and come out in the fourth generation ( Genesis 15:12-16).


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Genesis 45:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.

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