Judah went first.
Jacob sent Judah
before him to Joseph,
to point out the way to Goshen.
God sent His Son
to bring forth the way.
He who makes that which has been made,
sent Jesus into the world to be His first fruit.
And they came to the land of Goshen.
Goshen is considered
a place of comfort and plenty;
it was situated on the Nile, northeast of Egypt.
When Judah and Jacob arrived in Goshen,
Joseph went up to meet with his father.
Joseph presented himself before his Lord.
He fell on his neck and wept a good while.
Israel said to Joseph,
“Now let me die,
since I have seen your face,
because you are still alive.”
Then Joseph said to his brothers
and to his father’s household,
“I will go up and tell Pharaoh
that you have arrived.”
“I will tell him you are shepherds,
for your occupation has been
to feed livestock;
and they have brought their flocks,
their herds, and all that they have.”
Joseph warned them that pharaoh would ask,
‘What is your occupation?’
And he urged them to say
that they were shepherds
from youth until now.
This would enable them to live
in the fertile ground of Goshen,
“for every shepherd
is an abomination to the Egyptians.”
Why would shepherds
be an abomination to Egyptians?
Why would Egyptians
want to be separated from them?
Perhaps it’s because Egypt bowed down
to livestock they believed
were made in the image of the gods?
Perhaps it’s because Egypt had ultimate power
and every other nation was subservient to them?
Perhaps the pastors of the Canaanite fields
were viewed as poor wanderers
who had no real home?
I really do not know.
But I do know this -
Yahweh chose Jacob for a specific reason,
perhaps it’s because of the faith of Abraham?
For some reason all other nations
had been given to the gods,
and God chose Israel to be his own
as described in Deuteronomy 32.
“When the Most High
divided their inheritance to the nations;
When He separated the sons of Adam,
He set the boundaries of the peoples
According to the number
of the children of Israel.
For the Lord’s portion is His people;
Jacob is the place of His inheritance.”
For more information on the
“Sons of God," look up Michael S. Heiser,
a biblical languages scholar.
If one were to read 1 Enoch 6 and 8
(which was included in the Septuagint)
one gets a detailed description
of the sin of the watchers,
nephilim referred to in Gen. 6,
and the judgement of the 200 Watchers,
and 70 Sons of God.
Far from being poly or henotheistic,
these 70 would be
considered angelic in nature.
They are created
and share in certain governing duties
on a divine council.
They were NOT to be worshipped ever.
They are not children or offspring.
They govern humans
not create humans to serve the gods
as in other polytheistic religions.
If we are going to get at the context
we are going to need to understand
how people 2000 years ago
thought about Enoch's account.”
This passage above came from
a Biblical Hermeneutics website.
The 12 tribes of Israel
would be fertile ground
(much like Goshen)
for God our Father to bring forth His seed.
“And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”