Summary of passage: Israel/Jacob set out with all of his household and belongings for Egypt. At Beersheba he offered sacrifices to God. There God spoke to him, reassuring him to go to Egypt.
3a) Because last time God spoke to Jacob (Genesis 35:1), God had told him to go to Bethel, the Promised Land. Jacob may have had doubts if he was following God’s will or not to go to Egypt and as BSF pointed out in Genesis 26:2, God had previously said not to go to Egypt. God was reassuring Jacob that this was His plan.
b) Genesis 26:2 & 46:3: God tells us where to go.
Proverbs 3:5-6: God will guide you if you trust and know Him and His ways with all your heart.
James 1:5-7: Ask God for what you desire and it will be given. But you must believe and not doubt that it will be so and that God will accomplish it.
4a) God will make Jacob into a great nation in Egypt. God will go to Egypt with Jacob. God will bring Jacob back again. Joseph’s own hand will close his eyes.
b) Exodus 1:7 says how the Israelites were fruitful and multiplied and filled the land. God was with them in Egypt (Exodus 1:20; 3:8). God commissions Moses to bring the Israelites back (Exodus 3:10; 6:8) and God will be with him (Exodus 3:12). Exodus 12 is the Exodus from Egypt. Genesis 50:1 has Joseph throwing himself upon Jacob when he died and crying and kissing him so presumably he closed his eyes since that is what one normally does when one dies.
Conclusions: Short and sweet. Wish the rest of Genesis would be this way cause I don’t know about you but I’m ready to be done with this study. It has definitely been a long one this year it seems.
Beersheba was one of the last towns in the Promised Land before reaching Egypt. Many events have taken place in Beersheba in Genesis here with God so it probably held special significance as well to Jacob (Genesis 21:22; 21:33; 26:24-25; 22:19).
Jacob could also have been hesitant to go to Egypt because of the evil it brought upon Abraham with Hagar and Sarah.
I like the emphasis on prophecy being fulfilled. Great example of how God is faithful to us always.