Genesis 50:1-14 … JACOB IS MOURNED BY HIS FAMILY AND A GREAT COMPANY OF EGYPTIANS.
Q.1. How much did Joseph love his father? How was the patriarch’s passing observed? Did they bury Jacob in the Promised Land according to his wishes? How? – (Gen.49:1-6) =
Q.2. How greatly was Joseph respected by the Egyptians? Did all the families of his brothers join them? What impact did the mourning for Jacob have on the Canaanites? – (Gen.49:7-14)
50 Then Joseph fell on his father’s face and wept over him and kissed him. 2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel. 3 Forty days were required for it, for that is how many are required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.
4 And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, 5 ‘My father made me swear, saying, “I am about to die: in my tomb that I hewed out for myself in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me.” Now therefore, let me please go up and bury my father. Then I will return.’” 6 And Pharaoh answered, “Go up, and bury your father, as he made you swear.” 7 So Joseph went up to bury his father. With him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8 as well as all the household of Joseph, his brothers, and his father’s household. Only their children, their flocks, and their herds were left in the land of Goshen. 9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen. It was a very great company. 10 When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they lamented there with a very great and grievous lamentation, and he made a mourning for his father seven days. 11 When the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning on the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a grievous mourning by the Egyptians.” Therefore the place was named Abel-mizraim;[a] it is beyond the Jordan. 12 Thus his sons did for him as he had commanded them, 13 for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place. 14 After he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt with his brothers and all who had gone up with him to bury his father.
Q.1. How much did Joseph love his father? How was the patriarch’s passing observed? Did they bury Jacob in the Promised Land according to his wishes? How? – (Gen.49:1-6) = What Genesis records is significant: – Then Joseph fell on his father’s face, and wept over him and kissed him (Gen.50:1). Joseph shared a deep bond with his father, probably because Jacob chose his mother Rachel as his first love. In Jacob’s eyes Joseph was the firstborn, had acted with great integrity to honour his father, and so was given the firstborn’s double blessing (P.S. Jacob passed on the birthrights from Reuben to Judah, but the double blessing to Joseph –Gen. 48:5 & 22 c.f. Dt.21:15-17). Jacob recognized that it was in Joseph’s power as prime minister in Egypt to fulfill his request to be buried in Canaan (Gen.47:29-31). As a faithful son – 2 Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father … 3 Now forty days were required for it, for such is the period required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days (Gen.50:2-3). Joseph then sought Pharaoh’s permission to bury Jacob’s body in the Promised Land, and was encouraged to keep his promise to his father by Pharaoh (Gen.50:5-6).
Q.2. How greatly was Joseph respected by the Egyptians? Did all the families of his brothers join them? What impact did the mourning for Jacob have on the Canaanites? – (Gen.49:7-14) = So greatly was Joseph respected, that – Joseph went up to bury his father, and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household and all the elders of the land of Egypt (Gen.50:7). All Jacob’s families went, but spared their children and flocks such an arduous journey (Gen.50:8). The sons of Jacob were united in grief as they descended on the field of Machpelah near Mamre. The procession was huge – There also went up with him both chariots and horsemen; and it was a very great company … When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they lamented there with a very great and sorrowful lamentation; and he observed seven days mourning for his father (Gen.50:9-10). The Canaanites concluded that Jacob must have been a VIP – a very great man to be buried like royalty and attract such a time of mourning (Gen.50:11). He was both the inheritor of the unconditional covenant made with Abraham, as well the father of the Israelites.
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