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Genesis 50:22-26 (NIV)
The Death of Joseph
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.
Joseph had lived a long and interesting life. Through trial and difficulty, God used Joseph to save his people and to restore the family of God. And here, at the end of Joseph’s life, we see that he continues to hold to God’s promise. Joseph says, “‘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’”. (Gen 50:24) Joseph’s family had lived in Egypt for a good, long while at this point and there were no signs of a change. Yet, Joseph believed that God would lead them to the Promised Land. May we have that same faithfulness: even when all the evidence that we can see points in another direction, let us cling wholeheartedly to the promises of God. Now, as we live so far from Egypt, so far from the Promised Land, what are God’s promises to us today? What are God’s promises for you? Rest in God’s enduring grace and love as you reflect on his promises for you this day.