by, September 17th, 2016 at 07:30 AM (317 Views)
†. Gen 50:22-26 . . So Joseph and his father's household remained in
Egypt. Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. Joseph lived to see
children of the third generation of Ephraim: the children of Machir,
son of Manasseh, were likewise born upon Joseph's knees.
. . . At length, Joseph said to his kin: I am about to die. God will
surely take notice of you and bring you up from this land to the land
that He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. So
Joseph made the children of Israel swear, saying: When God has
taken notice of you, you shall carry up my bones from here.
. . . Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years; and he was
embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.
Josephs' "coffin" was probably an ornate mummy case; and kept in storage
above ground in a special location sort of like a shrine or a memorial. As
they say: Out of sight, out of mind. Keeping Joseph's remains perpetually on
view would make it difficult for the people of Israel to forget him.
Did Joseph ever make it back home again? Yes; he finally did.
"Now the Israelites went up armed out of the land of Egypt. And Moses took
with him the bones of Joseph, who had exacted an oath from the children of
Israel, saying: God will be sure to take notice of you; then you shall carry up
my bones from here with you." (Ex 13:18-19)
"The bones of Joseph, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were
buried at Shechem, in the piece of ground which Jacob had bought for a
hundred kesitahs from the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, and which
had become a heritage of Joseph's progeny." (Josh 24:32)
Genesis records Jacob purchasing the property (Gen 33:17-20). But Stephen
said it was Abraham's transaction (Acts 7:15-16) which strongly suggests
that the county recorder in the community of Shechem was a bit careless
with his paperwork and let Abraham's deed slip through a crack;
necessitating Jacob pay for the lot all over again; no doubt at a higher price
the second time around.
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