Genesis 50 Soap Bible Study
Scripture: Genesis 50
6 Pharaoh agreed to Joseph’s request. “Go and bury your father, as he made you promise,” he said. 7 So Joseph went up to bury his father. He was accompanied by all of Pharaoh’s officials, all the senior members of Pharaoh’s household, and all the senior officers of Egypt. 8 Joseph also took his entire household and his brothers and their households. But they left their little children and flocks and herds in the land of Goshen. 9 A great number of chariots and charioteers accompanied Joseph.
21 No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.” So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.
25 Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath, and he said, “When God comes to help you and lead you back, you must take my bones with you.” 26 So Joseph died at the age of 110. The Egyptians embalmed him, and his body was placed in a coffin in Egypt.
(Exodus 13:19 – Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the Israelites swear an oath. He had said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.”)
Joseph’s integrity inspired to the point that his fallen father was honored. The procession was packed with adults and chariots. How different this procession would look like in 400 years…a different kind of mourning, Israeli adults being chased by chariots.
Joseph’s brothers were greatly worried that Joseph would release his awaiting wrath, now that their father was gone. Joseph spoke in a soft, gentle way to reassure them.
Joseph wanted his bones to follow with Israel, ‘when God comes to help you and lead you back.’ Exodus 13:19 shows the parallel passage where this comes to be after Moses makes good on God’s direction.
Honor is paid to those who provide.
The way you say something is just as important as saying something.
Joseph’s desire might have been accompanied by foreknowledge (dream) of what was to come, since he did dream about the future in the past. Either way, having hope in God for the following generations is an important element of faith in God. It is bowing to his perspective.
God – Help me to honor others by speaking in ways that reassure them of your work here and now, and in the future. Have your way.