Genesis Chapter 50

Genesis 50

1And Joseph fell upon his father’s face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.

2And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel.

3And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.

4And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,

5My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again.

6And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.

7And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,

8And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father’s house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen.

9And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company.

10And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days.

11And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim, which is beyond Jordan.

12And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them:

13For his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.

14And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.

15And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.

16And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,

17So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.

18And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.

19And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?

20But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

21Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

22And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.

23And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph’s knees.

24And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

25And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.

26So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

13 thoughts on “Genesis Chapter 50

  1. 3 things stand out to me here..

    1. The Egyptians mourned for Jacob three score, that is 70 days, and more than the time needed for embalment. They may not have believed in the same god as Jacob, but they had deep respect for him.

    2. Joseph humbles himself to ask for Pharaoh’s permission to travel to the land of Caanan to bury his father. I’m sure as 2nd in command he could have just taken off and left a note behind to notify Pharaoh. But no, he did the right thing by asking the one with authority, above him first. This sort of reminds me of Nehemiah, when he asked to go rebuild the same city.

    3. Leah, who competes with her sister, Rebekah for Jacob’s attention for much of her life, at last has Jacob’s compasionship- she will be burried with him in death. Jacob makes a point that Abrhaham and Issac have been buried their with their wives, yes theire 1st wives, and he wants to lie next to his wife Leah. Rachel is not there because she died during childbirth to Benjamin, and were traveling on a spiritual pilgrimage near Bethlehem. This is why we will see Joseph request being buried in the same cave, his fathers are there. For some of us, we gotta run to our 1st love, true love, Jesus! Die and run to Him!

  2. Although we read a few chapters back that Joseph revealed himself to his brethren and wept and hugged them, no where do I remember reading that they were sorrowful for what they had done to him, fearful of his reaction to them for what they had done, but not sorrowful, until their spiritual covering, Jacob was no longer alive. Now in this chapter we see their sorrowful spirit, asking forgiveness of their brother Joseph. Lesson to be learned from this is that when God removes spiritual covering from our lives, we must have the right heart and right attitude, because we are going to stand alone at judgement.

  3. The blessing of a good name.

    We see in this chapter that Joseph had Israel embalmed as it was the custom in Egypt. This costom was only for Royalty and certain high officials. So it was because that Joseph was second in command, and Israel was his father that he had the “blessing” of being embalmed. Even though Joseph was second, he still understood the importience of the leadership in Egypt. He asked permission to bury his father in a different land.

  4. The life of Jacob. He was born second to Esau. Decieved him for a birthrite. Tricked his father into blessing him. Worked for many years for Laban whom deceived him and changed his wages many times.

    Goes home to face the consequences of his decisions. Wrestles an angel, changes his name, fathers 12 children. Reconciles with his brother. Loses his wives. Loses his son Joseph.

    Faces thoughts of losing benjamin and then discovers his son is alive. Moves to Egypt. Dies as a King.

    Leave your life in Gods hands in the good times and in the bad. It may seem like rags now but wait God may be brining you from rags to riches.

  5. v 21 Now therefore fear not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

    The Goodness Of GOD will cause us to show brotherly kindness, compassion, forgiveness.
    It will unock prison doors , and give us tender hearts again and what peace, joy, and blessings
    were upon Joseph.
    With GOD All Things Are Possible

  6. The book of Genesis gives us rich description of the lives of Manu great men and women who walked with God. They sometimes succeeded and often failed. Yet we learn much by reading the biographies of these people. Where did they get their motivation and courage? They got it by realizing God was with them despite their inadequacies. Knowing this should encourage us to be faithful to God, to rely on him for guidance and to utilize the potential he has given us.

  7. joseph had the true spirit of God,He had forgiven them even before they asked.I believe he never really held it against them. He had unconditional love for them. Jesus said, forgive them Father for they know not what they do. He didn’t say I forgive them! Like Pastor said we need to “get over ourselves” If I need to continually forgive others,maybe just maybe the problem is in me.Joseph knew through a dream that he was in the right place.He even found favor with the egyptians.

  8. LATE IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR GOD TURNED IT AROUND

    20But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

    21Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

    Remain TRUE to GOD and no doubt HE will remain TRUE to his promises to you. What others may intend for evil; GOD will turn it into GOOD.

    BE Chruch

  9. Joseph’s brethern could not believe that Joseph would not hold a grudge or that he would forgive them. But Joseph shoed how much he believed God by understanding that all that was done ws for good. God had directed the whole thing. We too should have such an attitude toward what happens to us in life.

  10. 20But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

    One day, when you stand before those who tried so hard to destroy you, quote this verse.

  11. 50:20 God meant it unto good. Their act, out of personal animosity toward a brother,had been used by God to save life —-the life of the Israelites, the Egyptians and all the nations that came to Egypt to buy food in the face of a famine that threatened the known world. At the same time, God showed by these events that His purpose for the nations is life and that this purpose would be effected through the descendants of Abraham.

  12. 24And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

    Joseph didn’t loose his vision, even though they were still on Egypt, he knew that God had promised more and was NOT letting go of that promise.

  13. This chapter illustrates forgiveness. When we can also see the good in bad we will be the one that is blessed. Pastor has often asked which of us have not been wronged; none of us have ever been wronged like Joseph was. We must therefore look for the good in a bad situation, for it may just be God making away for us (Gods ways are not our ways). May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

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