Sometimes dreams can be the pits (Genesis 47-50)

Joseph understood wisdom so very much that he was able to bring both the land and the people together under Pharaoh as a result of famine. Egypt became very wealthy in spite of these 7 years of hardship.

The Israelites settled in the land of Goshen, which was part of Egypt. Jacob was 130 years old when he and his descendants migrated to Egypt. He would live another 17 years. Before he died, he requested that be buried not in Goshen, but in the land of his fathers.

In the final chapters of Genesis, Jacob disburses his land among his sons. He also blessed Joseph’s two sons, the younger ahead of the older.

Everything Jacob said at the end of his life regarding the promises of God eventually came to pass.

Joseph had lived much of his life without his father’s presence, so the moment Jacob died was indeed a bittersweet moment.

Joseph had his father embalmed and both the Egyptians and the house of Jacob mourned for him for many days.

Pharaoh graciously allowed Joseph to carry his father’s body back home to bury him. Pharaoh also sent along everything Joseph would need.

(You just ooze favor when you’re walking with God.)

This was an incredibly long funeral procession. They were doing this more for Joseph than Jacob. In fact, we are told that this was a grievous mourning for the Egyptians.

Indeed, Jacob was ultimately laid to rest in Canaan, in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which had been purchased by Abraham as a burying place.

(In Middle Eastern culture, history never dies. They can speak of events than occurred 2,000 years ago as though they were yesterday.)

So that left just Joseph and his brothers, and Joseph’s brothers were now concerned that Joseph would seek revenge on his brothers for what they had done to him all those years before.

How you perceive someone is how you receive someone. With negative thoughts, you can think things into existence that hadn’t ever existed.

The good thing is that the brothers recognized that what they had done before was evil. Now they invoked the name of their father to try to prevent a retribution they believed was coming. Joseph wept because he never had any intention of revenge.

Joseph said, “Fear not: for am I in the place of God?” Things get dangerous when you start trying to play God in other people’s lives. You cannot bring redemption into someone’s life with judgmental nonsense.

Joseph explained to his brothers that God had turned their evil into something good.

We like for everything in our lives to be neat and orderly but sometimes God blows that up.

Either we believe that pain is a platform or we don’t. Joseph’s platform was “to save much people alive.”

It is a difficult thing, but it is best to let God bring us through pain in order to deliver us to our purpose. Otherwise, we can end up filled with regret (coulda, woulda, shoulda).

Joseph made sure to speak kindly to his brothers and to care for them.

Joseph lived 110 years. He saw his son’s descendants to the 3rd generation. From the moment of his death, it would be 430 years until Moses delivered the Israelites out of bondage. The artifacts that the children of Israel would carry out of Egypt included Joseph’s bones, as he had prophesied.

Likewise, Joseph was embalmed and placed in a coffin. (The coffin was an Egyptian creation. The word “coffin” means “hope chest.”)

Never lose hope in what God is doing in your life.

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