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January 20 - Evening

"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.'

 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.'
So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. 
And after they embalmed him, he was
placed in a coffin in Egypt.

- Genesis 50:24-26

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The Promise and Joseph's Sarcophagus    

The dying words of Joseph would help sustain the family of Abraham for the next 400 years. Joseph’s words spoken around 1805 BC reaffirmed the promise and prophecy that had been given to his great-grandfather Abraham around 2000 BC. This promise was inherited by his grandfather Isaac, and confirmed to his father Jacob by the Lord. Joseph understood and believed this promise in the fourth generation from Abraham, and his words of faith, and request to be buried in the Promised Land, will still be on the minds of this family 400 years later in 1445 BC when Moses leads a generation out of Egypt.

“Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the Israelites swear an oath. He had said, ‘God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.’ – Exodus 13:19

Joseph’s coffin, or sarcophagus, was with Israel during the 40 years in the wilderness and was carried across the Jordan by Joshua's generation when they entered the Promised Land in 1405 BC. When Joshua and the Hebrews had conquered the Land they took Joseph’s Egyptian sarcophagus and his 400 year old bones and placed them in a tomb at Shechem. The Promise was fulfilled, Joseph’s faith was proven true and the children of Israel had been obedient. Six hundred years of faithful waiting had been fulfilled:

“And Joseph’s bones, which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt, were buried at Shechem in the tract of land that Jacob bought for a hundred pieces of silver from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem. This became the inheritance of Joseph’s descendants.” – Joshua 24:32

The writer of Hebrews in the New Testament comments on Joseph’s personal faith. Joseph’s faith helped influence several generations of Hebrews, especially Moses and his generation:

“By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.” – Hebrews 11:22

The Land belonged to the Hebrew people because of a promise made and kept by the Lord. The plot of land where Joseph’s bones were placed to rest was a plot of ground that was rightfully purchased by Jacob from the sons of Hamor in a legal transaction (see above Joshua 24:32).

The nation of Israel was in the land God had promised to give to Abraham’s descendants. This was the land where the patriarchs had purchased ground (Abraham also purchased land from the Hittites in Genesis 23) and Joshua had taken in a military conquest. Now, the sarcophagus with Joseph’s bones would be placed in a tomb in this very land his fathers had been promised and he had been born.
  Christian Quote from Church History
"When happenings happen
to happen happily,
you have happiness;
when happenings happen
to happen unhappily,
you have unhappiness; happiness, then, is merely circumstantial happenness. But joy is independent of circumstances."

- J. Sidlow Baxter
Something to Ponder??

"As we survey all the evidence, the thought insistently arises that some supernatural agency - or, rather, Agency - must be involved. Is it possible that suddenly, without intending to, we have stumbled upon scientific proof of the existence of a Supreme Being? Was it God who stepped in and so providentially crafted the cosmos for our benefit?"

- George Greenstein (astronomer)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Therapeuo (Gr) - Heal (Eng) - therapeuo is a Greek word for "heal" in the New Testament, but in Classical Greek it meant "to wait upon," "to serve," "to minister," "to provide service." In the Greek New Testament therapeuo is used 43 times and is translated "healed" 21x, "heal" 9x, "healing" 5x, "cure" or "cured" 4x, and "served" 1x.

  Along a fault line on the eastern shoreline of the Dead Sea near Bab edh-Dhra (possible Sodom) and es-Safi (possible Zoar) are three additional sites. Archaeologists (Rast and Schaub) found that all five sites were abandoned at the same time around 2450-2350 BC covered with the same ash deposits from their destruction by fire.  One of the sites was a heavily fortified city (called Numeira today) was covered by seven feet of ash.
(Details here)
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Do I hold on to God's promises? Do I pass those promises down to the next generation? future generations? I will speak of my faith and explain my actions of faith to the next generation.
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him forfeits his life."
- Proverbs 20:2
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