Genesis 50 : Joseph buries his father, and later dies

July 20, 2023 ·

Summary:

Upon his father’s death, Joseph wept profusely and arranged for his father to be embalmed in the Egyptian manner. Subsequently, Joseph requested permission from Pharaoh to take his father’s body to Canaan for burial. The Pharaoh granted his request and provided a sizable company to accompany Joseph on the journey. They laid Jacob to rest at Machpelah, the burial place of Abraham.

Meanwhile, in Egypt, Joseph’s brothers were filled with anxiety, fearing that Joseph still harbored anger towards them. However, Joseph reassured them, offering forgiveness and reconciliation.

Years later, Joseph passed away, expressing his desire to be buried in Canaan.

Key verse:

25. Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.”

My thoughts:

Well, this marks the conclusion of Genesis. Following chapter 11, the book primarily traces the lives of four generations, beginning with Abraham, then Isaac, Jacob, and finally Joseph. With Joseph’s passing, Genesis reaches its conclusion. His parting words serve as a clear indication of Israel’s future, highlighting that they will not remain in Egypt, but that God will lead them to Canaan.

The need for Joseph to reassure his brothers once again suggests that their relationship may not have been completely solid. However, to his credit, Joseph appears to be actively working towards strengthening their bond.

Yay for finishing the first book!

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