Hi! I greatly appreciate your bible
studies. I was just reading Genesis 50. And verses 24 & 25 jumped
out at me. It may be minutiae, the phrases about coming to Israel's
aid. But I was curious and immediately thought of your site. Is
there a particular depth to plumb or is it just a nod to Joseph
being given a prophetic word or... Well, you know. Thanks again.
22 Joseph and his father's household remained
in Egypt. Joseph lived 110 years.
23 He saw Ephraim's sons to the
third generation; the sons of Manasseh's son Machir were recognized
24 Joseph said to his brothers, "I am about to die,
but God will certainly come to your aid and bring you up
from this land to the land He promised Abraham, Isaac, and
25 So Joseph made the Israelites take an oath: "When
God comes to your aid, you are to carry my bones up from here."
26 Joseph died at the age of 110. They embalmed him and placed him
in a coffin in Egypt.
thanks for the email. Can't say I've given it
much thought recently but reading that passage you sent again brings
to mind the similarity to Jesus' statement before He departed. Whether
it is meant to be a type of that we can't be dogmatic but we should
remember that Joseph himself is one of the most impressive types of
Christ that there is in the entire Bible. So Joseph, anticipating his
coming departure, comforts his people with the thought that God will
not forget them after he dies, but will give them aid and bring them
to the Promised Land. Does this not remind us of Jesus last statements
before departing, that our hearts shouldn't be troubled by His
departure but that He will take us to our Promised Land (Heaven) and
God will aid us in the meantime (through the gift of His Holy Spirit)?
John 14:1-3 "Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in
God, believe also in Me. (2) "In My Father's house are many dwelling
places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare
a place for you. (3) "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be
John 14:26-27 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the
Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring
to your remembrance all that I said to you. (27) "Peace I leave with
you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.
Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
Also, in terms of the promise that Joseph gave that they would leave
Egypt and go to the Promised Land, this is a Midrash (a repeated type)
that flows throughout scripture. For example, Abraham left Egypt and
went to the Promised Land. In like manner, his descendants, the nation
of Israel did the same. Joseph, according to his command, had his
bones taken from Egypt to Israel (just as Jesus' bones didn't remain
in Egypt (the World) but went to the Promised Land (Heaven). We see
the same thing play out with Jesus as a child, who came out of Egypt
(with Mathew quoting Hosea stating 'Out of Egypt I called my Son').
And yet the pattern still repeats, for the Apostle Paul tells us that
our salvation is, spiritually speaking, coming out Egypt (the world)
and into the Promised Land of Godís family and inheritance. And the
cycle will play out again when Jesus returns for His bride for we
shall then be physically taken out of this world and taken to our true
home that Jesus said He would prepare for us. So it is a Midrash, a
repeated pattern that plays out throughout scripture and history.
Not sure if that helps but I'll let you chew it over!