22 Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his father’s family. He lived a hundred and ten years 23 and saw the third generation of Ephraim’s children. Also the children of Makir son of Manasseh were placed at birth on Joseph’s knees.
24 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” 25 And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.”
26 So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.
• The miracle of mended relationships (22): there is such grace lying behind the opening sentence of verse 22. Only God could bring this about. What forgiveness Joseph exhibited – all because of God. He chose, with divine help, to take the high road;
• The majesty of this long life (22b, 26a): Joseph lived to be 110. Now, at the end of his life, we can pause, look back, and remember the highs and lows, the peaks and troughs of Joseph’s journey. He had experienced such adversity; endured great injustice. But he rose above it all, like some huge mountain towering above the valley floor. There is a majesty about his story which, as we have seen, is a foreshadowing of the life of Christ Himself;
• The mortality of all men: even if you should live to be as old as Joseph, your day to leave the world will come. Life is short, even when it is long, and the greatest among us will pass away. As someone observed, ‘Death is the ultimate statistic: one out of one dies!’;
• The meaning bestowed by faith (24): On his death-bed Joseph spoke in faith, with the Spirit of prophecy upon him. There is almost a parallel with his father Jacob. He died trusting God’s Word. May this be true for us all.
‘Like his father, Joseph knew what he believed and where he belonged. If we consider all the experiences he had experienced in life, it is remarkable that Joseph had any faith at all. He knew God’s promise to Abraham that the nation would be delivered from Egypt (15:12-16), and he reiterated the promise to his family. Joseph had brought them to Egypt and cared for them in Egypt. His coffin reminded them that God would bring them out of Egypt. What an encouragement this was during the dark days of their bondage. Our encouragement today is not a coffin but an empty tomb (1 Peter 1:3ff.).’ Warren W. Wiersbe: ‘With the Word’, p.46.
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