We wrap up Genesis 50 with Jacob’s death. Joseph “fell on his father’s face and wept over him and kissed him”. He was heartbroken to see him die after their reunion together. Joseph has his servants embalm his father, which took forty days. It is interesting that not only did the family mourn Jacob’s death but “the Egyptians wept for him seventy days”. Joseph was part of the kingdom, well loved and respected. And that carried to his family who had come to live with him there.
But now Joseph has to keep a promise he made to his dad. So he goes in to talk with Pharaoh in order to make a huge request. “Let me please go up and bury my father”. Joseph had been sworn to take Jacob back and bury him with his parents and grandparents, and Joseph now has to fulfill those wishes. Pharaoh gives permission and sends a small army of people with Joseph to make the journey. “Only their children, their flocks, and their herds were left in the land of Goshen”.
“Thus his sons did for him as he had commanded them, for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field at Machpelah”. With Jacob dead and buried, the brothers of Joseph now begin to worry about what he might do to them for their selling him as a slave many years ago. After all, maybe Joseph has been nice for the benefit of their father, and now will turn against them and punish them for what they did. So they come up with a scheme to “’Say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you” which they were going to say was Jacob’s request. Another lie which this family has been far too good at making.
“Joseph wept when they spoke to him”. Even after all these years of taking care of his family, they still don’t trust him. Then Joseph makes a powerful statement we all should cling to every day. “Joseph said to them, Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people. should be kept alive, as they are today”. God is in control of all things. Bad things may happen to good people, but they don’t happen without God’s knowledge and outside His plan. He is in control. He does take evil and turn it to good. God has a way. He will make a way through the wilderness if we only follow!