July 24 – Genesis 50:1-14
July 24 – Genesis 50:1-14
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Father, none of us know how many years, or maybe its only days we have left on this earth. Help me to not spend my time frivolously. Help me realize how important time is and spend it doing Your work and sharing Your message with others. Please bring people into my life that need to hear Your message. People that need Your love. Help me make a difference every single day to someone for You.
In Jesus’ name.
It doesn’t matter how long you know that a loved one is going to die, it is never easy. We see here that they spent many days mourning for Jacob and followed Jacob’s requests for his burial. It is interesting that Joseph is the one that carried out his father’s wishes. Maybe because they had so many years without contact, these last years together were extra special. They had a bond the first years of Joseph’s life and it doesn’t seem that changed with the time spent apart.
Think about those that mean so much to you. Tell them how special they are while you can.
Then Joseph fell on his father's face and wept over him and kissed him. 2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel. 3 Forty days were required for it, for that is how many are required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.
4 And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, 5 ‘My father made me swear, saying, “I am about to die: in my tomb that I hewed out for myself in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me.” Now therefore, let me please go up and bury my father. Then I will return.’” 6 And Pharaoh answered, “Go up, and bury your father, as he made you swear.” 7 So Joseph went up to bury his father. With him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8 as well as all the household of Joseph, his brothers, and his father's household. Only their children, their flocks, and their herds were left in the land of Goshen. 9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen. It was a very great company. 10 When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they lamented there with a very great and grievous lamentation, and he made a mourning for his father seven days. 11 When the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning on the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a grievous mourning by the Egyptians.” Therefore the place was named Abel-mizraim; it is beyond the Jordan. 12 Thus his sons did for him as he had commanded them, 13 for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place. 14 After he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt with his brothers and all who had gone up with him to bury his father.