And He said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes. Genesis 46:3-4 (KJV)
Jacob/Israel is at the time God speaks these words to him, still in Canaan. God is speaking to him through a dream, reminding him of the promise he has made to him previously (Genesis 28:1-15). He also tells him to “Fear not to go down into Egypt”. That is, after all, the place where God would make a great nation. Knowing the sovereign hand of God is one of the most powerful things for overcoming fear in one’s life.
For Israel, the words of his sons, telling him that Joseph is alive have been “Heart stopping” (Genesis 45:26). He was shocked to hear the news the 10 brothers had told their father that they had found Joseph’s coat with blood on it; which was the blood of an animal; not Joseph’s. So for probably around twenty years or more, he had thought Joseph dead.
Now, they have returned with carts, goods of all kinds, and an invitation from Joseph to pack up and come to Egypt. He was told they would receive the best of the land of Egypt to live and care for all their livestock – the land of Goshen.
Israel must be somewhat reluctant to go, so God the Mighty comes to him in plurality [Elohim], and assures him of His plan being carried out just as He has spoken to Abraham, Isaac, and to Jacob. In this dream, God shows the whole of the God-Head the Trinity – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
When you have the fullness of God speaking to you, it is best that we listen and heed what He says.
In this message it was “Fear not to go down into Egypt”; and it would mean for this one extensive purpose in fulfilling God’s will and purposes for His people.
For God’s people today (2018) it is a really good policy, that when God says, “Fear not to go”, that we go. Follow the Lord Jesus Christ in doing what He is doing and do it joyfully.