Joseph threw himself on his father and wept over him and kissed him.2 Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him, 3 taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.
4 When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s court,“If I have found favor in your eyes, speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him, 5 ‘My father made me swear an oath and said, “I am about to die; bury me in the tomb I dug for myself in the land of Canaan.” Now let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.’”
6 Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to do.”
7 So Joseph went up to bury his father. All Pharaoh’s officials accompanied him—the dignitaries of his court and all the dignitaries of Egypt— 8 besides all the members of Joseph’s household and his brothers and those belonging to his father’s household. Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen. 9 Chariots and horsemen[a] also went up with him. It was a very large company.
10 When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed a seven-day periodof mourning for his father. 11 When the Canaanites who lived there saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “The Egyptians are holding a solemn ceremony of mourning.” That is why that place near the Jordan is called Abel Mizraim.[b]
12 So Jacob’s sons did as he had commanded them: 13 They carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite. 14 After burying his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, together with his brothers and all the others who had gone with him to bury his father.
Joseph Reassures His Brothers
15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.
18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
The Death of Joseph
22 Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived a hundred and ten years 23 and saw the third generation of Ephraim’s children.Also the children of Makir son of Manasseh were placed at birth on Joseph’s knees.[c]
24 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” 25 And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.”
26 So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.
Today we finish the book of Genesis. The famine is over and it’s been 12 years. Jacobs death was a deeply moving and dramatic scene. Pharaoh allows Joseph to take an army of people with him and pay respects… taking him back to Canaan to bury him. Joseph made that promise and now he’s keeping it.
Now the brothers are worried. With their father dead there is no buffer between them and Joseph. They are nervous because they feel like Joseph is going to seek revenge because of the way they treated him over the years. So they ask for forgiveness. Look at verses 19 through 21. Joseph tells him please don’t worry I will take care of you. Yeah you treated me like crap but God took with the enemy meant for evil and he turned it to good. It was all part of Gods plan. Look at the snowball list of events in Joseph’s life. Joseph told them do not be afraid. Papa H said this morning, “do not allow your fears to rob you of your blessings. “ Read that again. Write it down, keep it in your pocket, put it on your fridge and look at it over and over again when you encounter that fear or valley in your life.
From a humans perspective Joseph had the right to bring retribution to his brothers but he knew that it was God’s place only to do that… not his. Gods hands have the authority and ability to use what the enemy brings to us in evil and turn it around for good. Every. Single. Time.
Our lives are not in the hands of men, but Gods.
Joseph led a dramatic life of faith. On his deathbed he told his brothers God will take care of you. Not might, not maybe… HE WILL! He will lead you back to the land he promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and when you go take my bones with you.
According to Hebrews 11:22 Joseph was never buried. His coffin lay above ground for about 400 years until it was taken back to Canaan. (We will read about this journey in Exodus.)
Sometimes God‘s promises take a long time, but you can be sure if God says he will do something he will! What are you waiting for? And what are you doing in the waiting? Yesterday I posted the song by Casting Crowns, “ Praise you in this storm” Listen to it again today. My sister in Christ Maria B reminded us this morning, “praise through the storm… but We have been given the authority in Jesus Christ to be the storm against the schemes of the enemy.”
Amen! Rise up and stand firm in the waiting. This book/chapter with many lessons. True forgiveness, Remembering that God will keep his promises and the Power of Jesus to turn things around in your life.
Who do you need to forgive?
What are you waiting for?
Are you praising through the storm?
Motivational Monday with Papa H 🥰
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Praise, pray and love through every situation!