Foundational themes in Genesis – Study 103 (Key verses: Genesis 46:28-34; Gen 47:1-26)
All things in the scriptures have both a negative and positive application and that helps us to understand that God is the sovereign Creator of both good and evil and that He works both of these to fulfil His purposes in this creation, even as we all live “by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God” (Isa 45:5-7; Matt 4:4; Rom 11:36; Eph 1:11). This spiritual mystery is inherent in the way God uses His Word, even Jesus Christ, as revealed through the pillar of cloud during physical Israel’s wanderings in the wilderness (Col 1:15-20; Rev 1:8):
Exo 14:19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
Exo 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.