|50:1 Joseph threw himself upon his father and
wept over him and kissed him.
||Luke 23:46 Jesus called out with a loud voice,
"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed
||Joseph and Jesus both threw themselves upon
|2 Then Joseph directed the physicians in his
service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him, 3 taking a full forty
days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him
seventy days. 4 When the days of mourning had passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh's court,
"If I have found favor in your eyes, speak to Pharaoh for me. Tell him, 5 `My father
made me swear an oath and said, "I am about to die; bury me in the tomb I dug for
myself in the land of Canaan." Now let me go up and bury my father; then I will
return.'" 6 Pharaoh said, "Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to
do." 7 So Joseph went up to bury his father. All Pharaoh's officials accompanied
him--the dignitaries of his court and all the dignitaries of Egypt-- 8 besides all the
members of Joseph's household and his brothers and those belonging to his father's
household. Only their children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen. 9 Chariots
and horsemen also went up with him. It was a very large company. 10 When they reached the
threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there
Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father. 11 When the Canaanites who
lived there saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, "The
Egyptians are holding a solemn ceremony of mourning." That is why that place near the
Jordan is called Abel Mizraim. 12 So Jacob's sons did as he had commanded them: 13 They
carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Machpelah,
near Mamre, which Abraham had bought as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite, along with
the field.14 After burying his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, together with his
brothers and all the others who had gone with him to bury his father.
||no parallel seen
||no parallel seen, verses regarding the burial of
|15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father
was dead, they said, "What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for
all the wrongs we did to him?" 16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, "Your
father left these instructions before he died:
||John 14:9 Jesus answered: "Don't you know
me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has
seen the Father. How can you say, `Show us the Father'?
||Even after having shown great kindness and even
miracles in the case of Jesus, the brothers still do not know Jesus' and Joseph's true
|17 `This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask
you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so
badly.' Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father." When
their message came to him, Joseph wept.
||Luke 23:34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive
them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by
||Of course Joseph had forgiven them. Christ
has forgiven those who ask for forgiveness even though His death was because of our sins.
|18 His brothers then came and threw themselves
down before him. "We are your slaves," they said.
||1Peter 2:16 Live as free men, but do not use
your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.
||We are willing and joyful servants of Jesus, as
Joseph's brothers similarly once again reaffirmed their position.
|19 But Joseph said to them, "Don't be
afraid. Am I in the place of God?
||Matthew 27:43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue
him now if he wants him, for he said , ` I am the Son of God.'"
Philippians 2: 6
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped
|Jesus is God, part of the Godhead. Joseph
had power but did not equate himself to God.
|20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it
for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
||Hebrews 2:10 In bringing many sons to glory, it
was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author
of their salvation perfect through suffering.
||Again, the brothers wanted to harm Joseph
because they were evil but God allowed only so much in order to accomplish salvation.
|21 So then, don't be afraid. I will provide for
you and your children." And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
||1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you
except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond
what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you
can stand up under it.
John 14:1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in
God; trust also in me.
|Like Joseph, Jesus provides for His brothers.
He, as the Great Shepherd, protects His flock, even though we do not deserve it.
|22 Joseph stayed in Egypt, along with all his
father's family. He lived a hundred and ten years 23 and saw the third generation of
Ephraim's children. Also the children of Makir son of Manasseh were placed at birth on
||Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, "Let the little
children come to me , and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as
||Both loved children.
|24 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."
||John 14:25 "All this I have spoken while
still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my
name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me
that you also may be where I am.
|Both reassured their brothers that they would be
taken care of by God in their absence. They also promised that the promised land
will be theirs as well.
|25 And Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an
oath and said, " God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones
up from this place." 26 So Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after
they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.
||John 20:25 So the other disciples told him,
"We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks
in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will
not believe it." 26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas
was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said,
"Peace be with you!" 27 Then he said to Thomas , "Put your finger here; see
my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." 28
Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" 29 Then Jesus told him, "Because
you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have
||Big difference here. No bones will ever be
found of Christ. Joseph's existed. Jesus was free of sin and gave Himself as a
offering without blemish for our sins that only those who believe in Him will be
accepted by Him as the bride of Christ in Heaven. The rest will go to Hell.
Thomas shows the doubting, careful examination to prove to him that Christ's body was
raised from the dead. Each of the remaining 11 disciples who had been puzzled by
Christ's death and gave up on His teaching became complete believers to the point that
they were persecuted greatly and all but one died terrible deaths. They would
not do this if they knew they themselves were lying. They knew the truth and stood
firm till the end since they knew that it was true and their eternal rewards were far
greater than a life of struggles. What about you? There is no promise of