When Jacob travelled to Egypt, he thought it was to see his son again, but God had bigger plans. God knows the future, the past, and the present, and in this case, He was working to make a nation. The LORD told Jacob in a dream what he was going to do: God addressed him as “Israel”, the name his descendants would take, and that their destiny was not to stay in Egypt. God also assured Jacob that he would be reunited with Joseph.
This was the beginning of Israel’s journey into Egypt. After 400 years, God would call them out. For perspective, as of 2020, the United States is 244 years old; Israel was in Egypt for 156 years longer than the US has been alive. For Israel, the last 50 years were the worst. Attitudes would change and Israel would be thought of as vermin and be enslaved.
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