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Jacob's Interview With Pharaoh.

Jacob's Interview With Pharaoh.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.



Genesis xlvii. 8, 9.

And Pharaoh said unto Jacobs How old art
tJum P And Jacob said unto Pharaoh,
The days of the years of my pilgrimage
are an hundred and thirty years : few and
evil have the days of the years of my life
been, and have not attained unto the days
of the years of the life of my fathers in
the days of their pilgrimage.
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.



Genesis xlvii. 8, 9.

And Pharaoh said unto Jacobs How old art
tJum P And Jacob said unto Pharaoh,
The days of the years of my pilgrimage
are an hundred and thirty years : few and
evil have the days of the years of my life
been, and have not attained unto the days
of the years of the life of my fathers in
the days of their pilgrimage.

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JACOB'S ITERVIEW WITH PHARAOH.BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.Genesis xlvii. 8, 9.And Pharaoh said unto Jacobs How old arttJum P And Jacob said unto Pharaoh,The days of the years of my pilgrimageare an hundred and thirty years : few andevil have the days of the years of my lifebeen, and have not attained unto the daysof the years of the life of my fathers inthe days of their pilgrimage.Mr. Scott observes upon this verse that wehave in it, ^^ a very uncommon answer givento a very common question, but that it is ananswer full of pertinent instruction and ad-monition." It is an answer, we may add,that is exceedingly suitable in the mouth of an aged man of God, whose mind is habi-tually intent upon eternal things, and whoseJacob's interview with pharaoh. 453heart is desirous of communicatiiig somespiritual good to all into whose companjrhe may come. It is an exemplification of the rule long afterwards given bj St. Paulto the Ephesians, (iv. 29,) ^^ Let no corruptcommunication proceed out of your mouth,hut that which is good to the use of edifying,that it may minister grace unto the hearers ;"to the Colossians^ (iv. 6,) " Let your speechbe alway with grace, seasoned with salt,that ye may know how ye ought to answerevery man." Before we can enter upon theconsideration of this answer, it will be neces-sary, in the first place, to pursue the historyfrom the place at which we left it to thispresent introduction of Jacob to the royalpresence of the sovereign of Egypt. We
 
saw, in our last sermon, the afiecting mannerin which Joseph made himself known to hisbrethren, and the kind and consolatory wordsi^ith which he endeavoured to encourage andcomfort them. The report of the arrival of Joseph's brethren having reached the ears of Pharaob, he and his nobles were well pleasedthereat, and the king immediately directed464 JACOBUS ITBRVIBWJoseph to aend for his lather aod his wholefamily, promkmg that a settlement shovlclbe assigDed them in the best port ei tibeeaanixj, and abundant pxovisioR be gi^enthem. Therefore Joseph gave las Wethrensufficient proTisien fer their jovmey home,and sent waggons fmr the conveyance ot hsafather, and maur rich preseDts- for hkn. andaddressed tl»s partmg\!^irK»itbn to the»,** See that ye fiedl not oat by the way."Probably he thcMight that th^ might be dis-posed to cast reflections upcm each o&er forthe part which they had severally taken inthe former ill usage of himself, or it mightonly be a general admonitien to them tocultivate brotherly love and kindness on theroad, an admomtion very appropriate fi» diedifferent members of all jGaimlies, for what ismore useful or honourable m happier forthem than to cherLdi union and concord witheach other. And may not all CSkristiansywho are Wethren in Christ, be herel^ re*mupided to go on their way to their eonunonfathar^s home in peace and good-wffl <metowards another, without mnrmuiings andWITH PBAAAOH. 455fjiyntings, stnfe and cQntentkm. The wkoletanor oi the go^d teadies ns to endeaToorto ** keep the umty of the spirit in the headof peace," and '^ if it be possible, as m«ch
 
as lieth in ns, to Eve peaceably with allmen/'Whein tibe sons of Jacob arriTod at homethej instand J oommnnicated to their fiitherthe joyinl tidings ; '^ Joseph," said they, *'isyet alii^, and he is goTemor over all the landof £|^ypt." The sadden inteUigi^ice, so un*hoped for, seemed incredible, and almostoveipov^ered him ; his '^ heart fainted, for hebeliei^ them not." Bat when they told himall ihat Joseph had said, and when he sawthe waggons which he had sent for his re-moral to him, the spirit (^ the i^d patriarchrevived, and he joy&lly exclaimed, "It isenough ; Joseph my son is yet alive : I willgo and see him before I die." They bad toldbim of Joseph's power and glory in the landof Egjrpt, they had also brought him severalvaluable presents from that aflFectionato andBEiach favored son, yet all these things wereas nothing to him, it was enough that Joseph456 Jacob's interviewwas alive; this swallowed up every otherconsideration ; with this he was satisfied, andthought of nothing else : he would go andsee him, and then he thought he could die inhappiness and peace, and as he actually saidin the following chapter, when they had met^" ow let me die, since I have seen tiby face,because thou art yet alive/' It is often so,when the summit of happiness seems to beobtained, that the soul desires then to closeits earthly course, lest in the various changesand chances to which this mortal life issubject, some cup of sorrow should again beprepared. ever however was this desire sowell or so happily expressed as it was bythe good old Simeon, when holding the infantSaviour in his arms, he said, " Lord nowlettest thou thy servant depart in peace, formine eyes have seen thy salvation.'*

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