• W. Austin Gardner

Travel Tips


Genesis 46:1-27, 1-4


  • Joseph has sent for Jacob to come to Egypt

  • Jacob prepares to make the trip

  • An old man is leaving all he knows and understands to travel to an unknown place and lifestyle

  • His present and future both cause him to be afraid

  • The real story here is how God works in the hearts and lives of His people

  1. Start your journey at an altar before God 46:1

  2. Egypt is probably a scary place for Jacob

  3. God will come to him and speak to him about his fears 46:3

  4. Egypt was where his grandfather Abraham went before him when there had also been a famine in the land

  5. Pharaoh had taken Abraham’s wife because he said she was his sister and she was so pretty 12:15

  6. God plagued Pharaoh for having Abraham’s wife and Pharaoh got mad at Abraham and sent him on the road 12:20

  7. Hagar--Abraham’s concubine was from Egypt and causes great heartache for the family from then until now 16:4, 15

  8. Isaac (his father) was told not to go down to Egypt in time of a famine 26:2

  9. Now Egypt is where his son is and has suffered for 13 years

  10. The way things are is usually much more comfortable than the place you may be called to go by the Lord

  11. Change or moving should cause us enough concern to seek God’s face Proverbs 27:8

  12. Be careful how you wander and let it never be away from God’s will Proverbs 21:16

  13. Beersheba--the border town--a lot of family history

  14. The place where Abraham (his grandfather) put away what was probably his biggest mistake and sin 21:14

  15. Abraham had called on the name of God in this very place 21:31

  16. Probably where Abraham was when he heard that he was to take his son to offer him in sacrifice 22:1, 19

  17. Isaac (his father) built an altar there 26:23-25

  18. Jacob himself had just left Beersheba when he met with God in his life-changing experience 28:10-22

  19. Beersheba marks an apparent turning point in the family and in their lives

  20. Do you have a place where you wait especially on the Lord

  21. Definitely when you are going to make a change in your life

  22. You should not begin marriage or even business without definitely seeking for the Lord Psalm 127:1-2

  23. Seek His guidance and help always but especially when you are starting something new

  24. Stops to offer sacrifices and worship

  25. Time with God is never a hindrance but rather a benefit

  26. Many would lead you to think that the decision is easy to make and you do not need to confer with the Lord--Joseph and the wealth of Egypt is waiting on him

  27. Reasons to stop at the altar possibly

  28. Get their sin confessed and out of their lives

  29. His family had all sorts of problems

  30. 4 wives

  31. Jealousies among the wives and the children

  32. Wicked sins that had been committed by his sons

  33. It is always wise to be ever watchful lest sin take us and our families--Job prayed for his children regularly

  34. Let’s get sin out before it brings greater harm to our family and us

  35. Let’s get rid of sin and prepare to serve the God of Heaven where ever we are going

  36. The move was taking them to a possibly more dangerous place than they were accustomed to--Egypt

  37. Possibly wants to stop and sacrifice--worship to give thanks

  38. Joseph is alive and well

  39. Benjamin was not lost

  40. Simeon is returned to him

  41. Do you magnify and thank God for all the good things that He is doing in your life

  42. Possibly he feels like he needs direction in such a large endeavor

  43. I worry about how quickly we make decisions about what we should do without seeking God

  44. God wants you to be concerned about getting His direction and staying in His will for your life

  45. He still directs the paths of His children!

  46. Joshua got into major trouble because he did not ask God about the Gibeonites Joshua 9:14

  47. How often are you too busy and too hurried to spend time seeking God--your life, your job, you have become more important than stopping the whole caravan to worship because you are on the way to what you want and great success

  48. He is worshipping the God of his father

  49. What kind of godly heritage are you leaving for your family?

  50. Though you may be the first generation in your service for the Lord, you should begin leaving a heritage

  51. What habits and customs are you developing in your family

  52. Church attendance

  53. Family prayer

  54. Bible reading

  55. Giving

  56. Witnessing of your faith

  57. Abraham had commanded his children after him 18:19

  58. Do you have a spiritual life worth passing down to your children?

  59. Realize that every move you makes affects a lot more people than just you

  60. Your mistakes affect a lot more people than you think

  61. Jacob has a family of 70 looking to his leadership 46:27

  62. You are not an island--in other words, no one lives and dies to themselves alone Romans 14:7

  63. You are an open letter known and read of all men II Corinthians 3:2

  64. Achan’s sin caused the death of his entire family

  65. Amazingly God writes the name of everyone in the family as this trip is being made 46:8-27

  66. All of his family goes with him and so does your far more than you would like to admit 46:7

  67. Believe and you will be saved and those of your household Acts 16:31

  68. Old Testament kings show the same tendency, Ahab, Jezebel, and children

  69. How is your life affecting the life, faith, and service of your family and friends?

  70. Travel in the spirit and not in the flesh, Israel versus Jacob 46:2

  71. It is Israel on the journey, 46:2, yet God speaks to him as Jacob, Jacob

  72. Jacob was the name of his weakness

  73. The name he was born with

  74. He was the supplanter 25:26--born holding on to his brother’s heel

  75. He stole his brother’s birthright 25:31-34

  76. He stole his brother’s blessing 27:21

  77. He was deceived and deceived his father in law to make himself rich 30:37

  78. Israel is the title of his strength 32:28

  79. The man who had wrestled with God and prevailed

  80. The man who had God’s power and promises

  81. The moment that he takes such a major step in his life he is afraid and lapses into his old weakness and weak nature

  82. How often do we alternate between being Israel and Jacob?

  83. We are and have many promises as the children of God

  84. We are new creatures II Corinthians 5:17

  85. We are dead to sin Romans 6, Galatians 2:20

  86. Accepted in the Beloved Ephesians 1:6

  87. Yet we fail to live up to who we are

  88. We feel like miserable creatures Romans 7

  89. We worry about everything Philippians 4:6

  90. We let fear dominate our thoughts and lives II Timothy 1:7

  91. We allow sin to dominate us Romans 6:1-2