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Genesis - Chapter 50

Bible Study Notes

Genesis 50:1-3 Joseph wept over his father’s death. Joseph commanded Jacob to be embalmed (The custom of the Egyptians). All Egypt mourned over Jacob’s death.

Genesis 50:4-6 Joseph asked permission of Pharaoh to carry out his father Jacob’s wish that he be buried, not in Egypt, but in the cave of Machpelah in Canaan. Pharaoh granted Joseph’s wish.

Genesis 50:7-9 All the top brass of Egypt, all of Joseph’s household, his brothers, and his father’s household (minus the children), went on the journey to Canaan to bury Jacob.

Notes: This extraordinary event gave assurance to later generations because the bodies of the three patriarchs were in Canaan and Joseph’s bones awaited transport there when, as per Joseph’s last words, God’s promises to the three began to be fulfilled.

Genesis 50:10-14 They stopped at the threshing floor at Atad, there for seven days lamented, and mourned for Jacob. They then journeyed to the cave, buried Jacob, and then returned to Egypt.

Genesis 50:15-18 Joseph’s brothers were concerned that with their father dead, Joseph would get back at them for what they did to him, selling him into Egypt. They sent a message to Joseph that before their father died, Jacob commanded Joseph to forgive his brothers. The brothers then went to Joseph, bowed down before him and declared themselves Joseph’s servants.

Genesis 50:19-21 Joseph comforted his brothers by saying he would not pass judgment, which is reserved for God alone. Joseph reassured them that God turned their evil into good (The crucifixion is the prime example) for preserving their lives through the famine. Joseph promised to continue providing for them.

Genesis 50:22-26 Joseph lived to be a 110 years old. About to die, Joseph reminded his brothers that God would visit them in the future, take them from Egypt, and bring them back to Canaan. He made his brothers swear to take his bones out of Egypt when they left. Joseph died, was embalmed, and put in a coffin.

Notes: Joseph died just as he had lived, firmly trusting in God to carry out his promises. Later, Moses fulfills this instruction and Joseph’s remains are eventually buried at Shechem. Joseph is a magnificent illustration of the Messiah, the rejected Kinsman Redeemer who will ultimately be reconciled with His Jewish brethren in the Land of Israel.

Interesting side note: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel led the Israelites into the Promised Land. These three men also represent the Godhead in the New Testament thus, Joseph cannot be included. As these three men led the Israelites into the Promised Land, so does the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit lead the spiritual body of Christ into the invisible Kingdom of Christ, which is the new and last Promised Land.

Joshua 24:32
32 As for the bones of Joseph, which the people of Israel brought up from Egypt, they buried them at Shechem, in the piece of land that Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of money.[a] It became an inheritance of the descendants of Joseph.

Genesis 33:18-20 (After reuniting and departing from Esau)
18 And Jacob came safely[d] to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, on his way from Paddan-aram, and he camped before the city. 19 And from the sons of Hamor, Shechem's father, he bought for a hundred pieces of money[e] the piece of land on which he had pitched his tent. 20 There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.[f]


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