Prayer- Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
8 These are the names of the sons of Israel (Jacob and his descendants) who went to Egypt: Reuben the firstborn of Jacob.
9 The sons of Reuben: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron and Carmi.
10 The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman.
11 The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari.
12 The sons of Judah: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez and Zerah (but Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan). The sons of Perez: Hezron and Hamul.
13 The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, [a] Jashub [b] and Shimron.
14 The sons of Zebulun: Sered, Elon and Jahleel.
15 These were the sons Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram, [c] besides his daughter Dinah. These sons and daughters of his were thirty-three in all.
16 The sons of Gad: Zephon, [d] Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi and Areli.
17 The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah. Their sister was Serah. The sons of Beriah: Heber and Malkiel.
18 These were the children born to Jacob by Zilpah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Leah—sixteen in all.
19 The sons of Jacob's wife Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 20 In Egypt, Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. [e]
21 The sons of Benjamin: Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard.
22 These were the sons of Rachel who were born to Jacob—fourteen in all.
23 The son of Dan: Hushim.
24 The sons of Naphtali: Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem.
25 These were the sons born to Jacob by Bilhah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Rachel—seven in all.
26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons' wives—numbered sixty-six persons. 27 With the two sons [f] who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob's family, which went to Egypt, were seventy [g] in all.
Roll call! I know what you are thinking; How could the family tree of Jacob be of importance to me? All it is a bunch of really weird names. Yes...and no. This gives a real base for the stories of the Old Testament, legitimacy if you will. This is not a fairy tale, because here are the names of the real people involved. Notice that the number listed here is seventy. By the time of the Exodus the number had risen to hundreds of thousands.
When Joseph meets his father they have a very emotional reunion. Jacobs life is complete. God has blessed him one more time. God blesses us every day, and we should always give Him our thanks and praise.
Prayer- Lord, Thank you for all the blessings you give me. Your love and support is much more than I could ever deserve. I will always praise you, because without you- I am worthless. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.