Gen 45:10 And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children’s children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:
Gen 45:11 And there will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.

When Jacob discovered that his son Joseph was alive in Egypt he and his sons moved there to be with him. When he got to Egypt Joseph provided the best of the land for them in which to live. This land was called the land of Goshen. It was the place where God’s people were to live. It was the place where those who believed in God went to dwell. It is interesting to see what the name Goshen means in Hebrew. Names and their meanings in the Bible and especially in the Old Testament are very significant. Often the names given to places were to teach spiritual lessons. The meaning of Goshen is “drawing near”. Joseph told his brothers that they should live in Goshen, so that they and all they had would be near to Him. Goshen was located near to Joseph so He could watch over them and care for them. It was important that they stayed in the land of Goshen because it was the land of provision, blessing, and protection.

When the plagues hit the land, there was a distinction between the people of God and the people of the world. The people of God experienced provision and protection and those in the world did not. All that dwelt in Goshen experienced provision and protection.

Joseph was a type of Jesus. Jesus is our heavenly Joseph! You are near to God through the blood of Christ. Confess: I am near to God by His grace. As you do this you will experience God’s presence. In this presence you will hear His voice and direction that will lead you out of your darkness into light. If you will obey by faith what you hear then you will be led out of lack into plenty. You will be led out of danger to a safe place. You will come into the land of Goshen, the place of blessing and protection. Draw near today!

Rick McFarland