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Moving Trucks

Genesis 45:18-21, 46:5
18 Bring your father and your households and come to me; I will give you the best of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the land. 19 Now you are commanded—do this: Take carts out of the land of Egypt for your little ones and your wives; bring your father and come. 20 Also do not be concerned about your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’”
21 Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them carts, according to the command of Pharaoh, and he gave them provisions for the journey.

5 Then Jacob arose from Beersheba; and the sons of Israel carried their father Jacob, their little ones, and their wives, in the carts which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.

OBSERVATION
Pharaoh had been so blessed by Joseph, that upon hearing about his family (and Joseph’s request that his family come to Egypt) that he gave not only food provisions, but “moving trucks” (carts) to carry their people and possessions. The journey would have been between 200-300 mi. This task was also like moving a small city because of all the extended family members and employees.

Also, their departure point, Beersheba, was the location of Israel’s (Jacob) reconciliation with his brother Esau.

APPLICATION
I don't know why I find it so interesting that Pharaoh sent carts to Jacob/Israel to bring them to Egypt. But here's my thoughts....

"Israel" comes into Egypt as a family, but leaves 400 years later as a nation. I'm not sure that's what Jacob (or his fathers) imagined when God spoke to them about what He was going to do in making them great. No one would think that it would take that long or under those circumstances. But upon their departure, they asked the Egyptians for gold and clothing. In fact the scripture records that the Israelites "plundered" the Egyptians (Exodus 12:35-36). Although the Bible doesn't mention it, I can't imagine transporting all those people and goods without...carts.

PRAYER
Lord, help me to always see the "carts" you provide in each situation; the simple things that make the circumstance easier and helps keep it moving. Though I'm always thankful for your provision of supply, I want to be thanks for all the assistance you give to help me move forward.

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