Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. ~ Matthew 11:28-30
As we read Genesis 50:1-26 we are once again reminded of the similarities in the lives of Joseph and Jesus.
Joseph was wrought with grief over the passing of his father, “then Joseph fell on his father’s face, and wept over him and kissed him.” He did not allow his grief to prevent him from being a righteous man. Just as he had sworn to his father, he took him to the Cave of Machpelah to be buried with the patriarchs and matriarchs.
Machpelah, “a double portion,” is here described as “possession of a burial place” ~Gen 50:13. It is the only possession the patriarchs received in the Promised Land during their lifetimes… a burial place. By faith, they would receive their “double portion”, the Promised Land of Israel in the future.
Once Israel’s funeral was done, Joseph’s brothers, who still felt guilt over selling Joseph, grew fearful of what Joseph might do to them. They thought he just might get some revenge on them. So they tell Joseph that their father had asked for him to forgive them. This fear was unwarranted. Joseph had already forgiven them; he was already taking care of them, and had not shown any malice towards them.
Genesis 50:17 “…and Joseph wept when they spoke to him.” This also grieved Joseph because he genuinely loved his brothers, the way Christ loves us; he had already forgiven them and his actions said as much. However, their guilt had enslaved them and made them fearful. Although Joseph had forgiven them, they had not forgiven themselves.
How many times do we take something to God in prayer, repent of our sins, yet continue to carry the guilt around with us like a ball and chain? Jesus just as freely forgives us as Joseph forgave his brothers. Let us be cautious not to grieve Jesus as Joseph’s brothers grieved him by continuing to hang on to that guilt. Release your guilt to Him and freely receive the forgiveness He is offering.
Joseph replied to his brothers, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. So therefore, do not be afraid: I will provide for you and your little ones.” Joseph spoke lovingly to his brothers and comforted them.
That is just what Jesus says to us. He tells us, “I love you! Your sins are forgiven. Do not be fearful. I am taking care of you and your children.”
Joseph’s forgiveness of his brothers, his live devoted to God, allowed him an abundant life. While the years of his life were shorter than his father’s, he was allowed to see the third generation of Ephraim’s sons. Joseph also had his brother’s swear to take him out of Egypt…to remove his bones. Why would Joseph want his bones removed from Egypt? Having his brothers swear to remove his bones from Egypt is a reminder to them that Egypt is NOT their home! It is not the promise God made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Hebrews 11:22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones.
Romans 1:7 May grace and peace be yours from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace are what we see in this chapter, and well as mercy and love. Again, through the life of Joseph we see the image of Jesus and his life. Joseph gave love, grace, and mercy to his brothers; Jesus offers these to us!
May you walk in the peace of God and feel His love surrounding you!
- Genesis 25 – Abraham Left Everything that He Owned to Isaac! (lastdayscalendar.com)
- God the Father (prayercommunicationwithgod.wordpress.com)
- Vayechi in a Nutshell Jacob Blesses his Sons, in Rhyme! (acquiescere9.wordpress.com)