Day 52 – Genesis 50

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V. 1 What tender love Joseph shows for his father.
V. 2-13 One of the great funerals of the scriptures. Jacob is buried beside Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah and Jacob's first wife Leah (49:31). There, today, in Hebron, their bodies wait for the resurrection when we, with them will hear the blessed voice of the Lord Jesus 1 Thess. 4:16-1716For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16‑17).
V. 14-26 When Jacob is dead, Joseph's brothers become afraid that he will take revenge on them. In other words, they thought of Jacob as being their protector more than Joseph. They had enjoyed the love, protection and provision of food for 17 years from Joseph and now they fear him! But all this is so much like ourselves. The heart of each believer quickly has doubts about God's unchanging love. Nothing but love remains for us. All God's anger about every sin we commit in our whole life, has been spent upon the Lord Jesus. There is just no anger left. Nothing but love! And every act of His toward us (even the difficulties) is an act of love Heb. 12:5-135And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. (Hebrews 12:5‑13).
V. 22-26 Beautiful end. Joseph's faith takes him far beyond the coffin in Egypt. It goes on to a better day. An eternal day. "God shall surely visit you!" So he gives commandment concerning his bones. That they too are to be carried back to the land (they were see Josh. 24:3232And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph. (Joshua 24:32), Ex. 13:1919And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you. (Exodus 13:19), Heb. 11:2222By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. (Hebrews 11:22)). In the last reference we see God's value of Joseph's faith. Egypt can only give a coffin. This world is our Egypt. But we can thank our blessed Lord Jesus Christ, for through Him we can say. "God shall surely visit you"!