God Keeps His Promises Podcast with David Platt for Radical
“And the sons of Joseph who were born to him in Egypt were two. All the persons of the house of Jacob who came into Egypt were 70.”
This verse is a powerful picture of the promises of God that we’ve seen all throughout the Book of Genesis. God promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that He would make their line into a great nation. Now we see near the end of Joseph’s story this picture of the persons of the house of Jacob coming in Egypt as 70, which there’s so much we could talk about with that number and a variety of issues around it, but the overall picture is a picture we see all throughout Scripture of perfection, completion associated with seven, and particularly here with 70, the whole picture is God has done what He has promised. God has made the family of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob into a nation that will begin to multiply from this point.
The key takeaway from Genesis 46:27 is that when God makes a promise, God always keeps it. The promises of God are sure, sure than anything else in this world. I make promises, and I want to do my best to keep my promises and will do my best to keep my promises, but I am not perfect, and neither are you. But when God makes a promise, He is perfect, and He always keeps it. As we read through the Bible and we see promises from God, we can know, you can bank your life on that. Read another promise, you can bank your life on that. Read another promise, you can bank your life on that amidst a shifting world with all kinds of unknowns.