vs. 1-13 - The funeral of Jacob
v. 1 - "And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon
him, and kissed him" - Joseph had no doubt closed
the eyes of his father as God had promised to
Israel - ch. 46:4
Joseph has his father embalmed, asks permission of
Pharaoh to take his father back to Canaan to be buried -
Pharaoh okays the proposal and sends along servants
and elders of his house.
v. 9 - "And there went up with him both chariots and
horsemen: and it was a very great company"
v. 11 - an impression is made on the Canaanites
vs. 12-13 - Jacob's sons did for him as he commanded -
the buried him in the cave of the field of
Machpelah which Abraham bought for
a burying place.
The funeral itself said, Egypt is not our home. It pointed
with prophetic significance to the future of God's people.
Canaan, the home of God's people, is the symbol of the
vs. 15-21 - After Jacob's death Joseph's brethren are
afraid that Joseph will turn on them but it
makes Joseph weep because he had truly
forgiven them and had seen the hand of God
in it all - ch. 45:4-8
How difficult it is to shake oneself free from the
evil consequences of sin, even after it has been
God is a Great and Forgiving God - he wants us to
One of my favorite passages is Psalm 130:4 - "But
there is forgiveness with thee" - Psalm 130:7 - "with
the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous
God revealed Himself to Moses in Exodus 34:6-7 as -
"The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious,
longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and
transgression and sin, and that will by no means
clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers
upon the children, and upon the children's children,
unto the third and to the fourth generation."
We are counseled many times in the New Testament
to forgive and if we do not forgive, neither will
we be forgiven.
Matt. 6:14-15, 18:21-35, Eph. 4:32, Col. 3:13
We have no right to play God as Joseph said to
his brethren in v. 19 - "am I in the place of God?"
vs. 22-26 - Joseph's charge to his brethren, his death
v. 23 - He lived to see his great, great grandchildren.
It is well when death approaches to remember God's
promises. The thoughts of God are very suitable for dying
v. 26 - Joseph lived to be 110 years old, his death occurring
fifty-six years after Jacob.