Read 21.) Genesis 47:28 thru Exodus 1:7. We begin by reading the details of Jacob’s passing. It takes us thru chapter 49. Let’s note the highlights. Jacob is a man of great faith, despite his faults and failings. See 48:3+4, where he recounts God’s promises to him of land and descendants. One of these is about to see fulfillment! See how Joseph is also a man of faith, as for a 19th time we read of him invoking God in his regular conversation in verse 9. This never stops, as we shall see! We should do as he did. Chapter 49 might not seem like much, but there is a good bit here. Reuben is his firstborn, and Jacob’s blessing of him seemed to start off well, but it must have closed with great embarrassment to Reuben because of what he did some 27 years before, in 35:22. He had slept with Jacob’s concubine, and the mother of 2 of his half-brothers, Dan and Naphtali. Besides the embarrassment, it had much far-reaching consequence, as Jacob said his line would no longer excel! The next 2 sons, Simeon and Levi, are not blessed of Jacob, for what they did in chapter 34. And, we read that they, too, will experience far-reaching consequences for their failing. We should take note as to how our present thoughts, words, decisions and actions may reap negative consequences much farther down the road than we can imagine! 49:10 is truly KEY! This, along with 3:15 and 12:3, is God’s 3rd promise of Messiah! The first was that He would be born of a woman. The second, that He would be a descendant of Abraham; and on this occasion, Messiah would come thru the line of Judah! After this, Jacob gives final instructions, as he wants to be buried in the Promised Land with his forebears, Abraham and Isaac, and their wives, which 50:1-14 records for us.
Then, with Genesis 50:15 thru 21, we have a final interaction between Joseph and his brothers. See how that these older brothers seemingly never became men of faith, or of strong character. Even here they conspire and lie to Joseph! But thru this account, we see the faith and character of Joseph, and how that thru eyes of faith, and the invoking of God in his speech 2 more times, he sees how that God uses even the wickedness of men for His own good purposes, just as we noted several times already in chapters 37 thru 41! May we see the same thing! It may help us to not ask ‘Why, God?’. Genesis closes with the account of Joseph’s passing at 110, or about 1805 BC. Even at this point in time, we can note Joseph’s great faith in the promise of God, and how that he seasons his speech with mention of God 3 final times, for a total of 24 since 39:9. Let us be about doing the same!
Now note Exodus 1:1-7. This is the end of The Patriarchal Stage, and it is the fulfillment of the First of God’s 7 Promises and Prophecies by which He is going about bringing forth Messiah, His blessing to the world, and the means by which it would be possible for people to be received by God into His everlasting Kingdom of Revelation 21 and 22; His very own personal goal and purpose for all things! He gave Abraham, Isaac and Jacob many descendants! This is truly is what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell