By KD Manes
These verses set the groundwork for the Israelites plight in Exodus; the book of Joshua brings it to completion. The Israelites would have to rely on God’s promises to make them into a great nation, lead them out of Egypt, and bring them into the promised land.
I am about to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite, the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in Canaan, which Abraham bought as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite . . .” -Genesis 49:29-30
Jacob’s instructions for his sons to bury him where his fathers are buried in Canaan reveals his faith that God’s covenant promises to give them the land will come to pass. (Related: The Death of Sarah)
You may read Genesis 49:29-33; 50:1-26 here: Bible Gateway.
Interesting Facts and Observations
- Jacob dies at the age of 147. Although he claimed his years to be “few and difficult” (Gen. 47:9), his relationship with God became a priority. God changed his name to Israel, meaning “he struggles with God.”
- Joseph never appears to shed tears for himself, but rather tears for his brothers’ plight. He also mourns his father’s death for months…..read the rest of the post here: Jacob’s and Joseph’s Final Days, Genesis 49:29-33; 50:1-26