WHEN HE REACHED BEERSHEBA: Beersheba was a place of
worship for Abraham (Gen 21:33) and the place where both he and Isaac dwelt
after the events of Gen 22 (see Gen 22:19). Also Isaac and, for a time, Jacob
stayed there (Gen 26:23,32-33; 28:10). Had a sanctuary there stayed intact since
the days of Abraham?
WITH ALL THAT WAS HIS: Typ Jacob, despite the
assurances of Gen 45:20.
Apparently Jacob prayed to God, asking if he should go down
HERE I AM: "The phrase 'Here am I' seems to carry with
it more than simply telling another of your physical presence. It is used 16
times and each time it is in the context of a person giving his service to
another -- here to God. It suggests an absolute willingness -- a characteristic
we do well to develop!: Gen 22:7,11; 31:1; 37:13, AV; Exo 3:4; 1Sa 3:4-8; Isa
"Jacob must have shuddered at the thought of leaving the land
of his father's sojourning, and dwelling among heathen strangers. It was a new
scene, and likely to be a trying one: who shall venture among courtiers of a
foreign monarch without anxiety? Yet the way was evidently appointed for him,
and therefore he resolved to go. This is frequently the position of believers
now -- they are called to perils and temptations altogether untried: at such
seasons let them imitate Jacob's example by offering sacrifices of prayer unto
God, and seeking His direction" (CHS).
I WILL GO DOWN TO EGYPT WITH YOU, AND I WILL SURELY BRING
YOU BACK AGAIN: What a wonderful comfort the hope of the resurrection is for
all God's people. It is true that Jacob's bones were finally interred in the
land promised to him and his fathers -- but the laying of his bones to rest in
the dust of the earth is not what is here referred to. "I will surely bring you
back again" refers to that resurrection to glory that every child of God is
comforted with, when he, with the fathers of old, shall inherit the land of
CLOSE YOUR EYES: That is, in death (Gen
SEVENTY IN ALL: Note recurrence of number 70. Stephen
mentions 75, including (as does LXX) Joseph's 5 grandsons (1Ch 7:14,19,20-22).
See Num 26:28-37; cp Exo 1:5.
NOW I AM READY TO DIE: Joseph's Egyptian title was
"Savior of the World"! Jacob, having laid his eyes once more on the son of his
love, the one who was named by him 'Increaser', who was sent before his face to
preserve life in Egypt (the 'world': John 3:16) is now content to go to his
grave in God's good time.
Was Simeon, many years later, thinking of this incident
recorded here in Jacob's life as he took the infant Jesus into his arms? "Lord,
now let your servant depart in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation" (Luk
2:29,30). The old man Simeon -- like the old man Jacob -- had seen the "Savior
of the World", truly! His life of waiting was complete!
ALL SHEPHERDS ARE DETESTABLE TO THE EGYPTIANS:
Apparently at this time Egypt was ruled by the "Shepherd kings" who had come in
from adjoining Eastern countries and imposed their rule on Egypt. So the native
Egyptians would not look highly upon shepherds, since they did not like being
ruled over by non-Egyptians with the same occupation. This very fact (that they
were shepherds) would help to keep Jacob's descendants a separate people while