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Author: Kent Berghuis
"Finishing Strong" or, "All's Well that Ends Well" (Genesis 49:29-50:26) Intro: What does it mean to die with dignity? I. Dying with dignity requires faith in the promises of God (49:29-50:14) A. Jacob's instructions and death (49:29-33). --Jacob wanted to be buried with his ancestors. --Jacob also believed God would keep His promises to his family. --Jacob was "gathered to his people," which means that his spirit lived on. B. Jacob's burial (50:1-14) --Jospeh wept and kissed his father; a sign of his love and attachment. --The Egyptians embalmed Jacob's body and mourned 70 days, just two days short of mourning for Pharaoh; a sign of their respect. --Joseph, his brothers, and the Egyptians buried their father as he asked them to do; a sign of their faithfulness. --The burial procession foreshadows the coming Exodus of Israel II. Dying with dignity requires faith in the sovereignty of God (50:15-26). A. The brothers' fear (50:15-18). --They feared Joseph's kindness was only for the sake of their father. --They sent word that Jacob wanted Joseph to forgive them. --Joseph wept over their inability to see his true kindness. --They bowed to him and offered themselves as slaves (which reminds us of Joseph's childhood dream) B. Joseph's faith (50:19-26). 1. Shown in his kindness to his brothers (19-21). --Based on his belief in God working evil for good. 2. Shown in his instructions to his brothers and Israel (22-26). --Based on his belief in God keeping His word. Conclusion: Wrapping up Genesis 1. We began in paradise, we end in a coffin. 2. We receive promises of land, seed, and blessing, but the fulfillment is still future. 3. We are reminded we need something beyond ourselves and beyond this life.