February 9, 2021
Genesis 50:12-14, 24
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 along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite. 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.

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.”

Exodus 1:8
8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.
New International Version (NIV)
Have you seen the movie The Dig?  Melanie and I saw the story of the discovery of an Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton Hoo.  The deceased was buried in a large ship with his armor and beautiful gold art work and coins.  Those who buried him dragged the ship on logs a long way from the river below.  Perhaps a king, the person buried there was, without question, an important person in the Anglo-Saxon world.

Generations of Abraham’s family were buried in the cave at Machpelah which he purchased from Ephron the Hittite.  So when Jacob died, they did not bury him in Egypt but took his body back to the family burial ground.  Similarly, Joseph made his family promise to take him back and bury him in Canaan.  When he died the Egyptians embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.  Thinking about the pyramids, we may surmise that the burial ground for the Prime Minister of Egypt would have been amazing.  But before long, a Pharaoh arose to whom Joseph meant nothing.

Sociologists used to say that we would be remembered only by a few generations of our family.  Increasing longevity means our families may get to know their great grandparents.  Perhaps because my parents married young, my dad now has ten great-grandchildren at the age of 81.  He makes it a point to get to know each one. 

Did Joseph’s descendants fulfill his wishes?  Joshua 24:32 tells us after the Israelites fled Egypt at the Passover, crossed the Red Sea and wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, they finally buried Joseph’s bones in Shechem.  Going out on a limb, I think his burial was probably not as impressive as the pyramids in Egypt.  

Joseph’s story may make us wonder, “Who will remember us?”  Even more important, perhaps, “For what will we be remembered?”  C. T. Studd’s words ring true for me today:  “Only one life.  ‘twill soon be past.  Only what is done for Christ will last.”  What will we do for Christ today?  When future generations have forgotten us, our work for Christ will last for all eternity.  Isn’t that better by far than a burial boat?

Pray with me:         
Father, as we remember all that you have done for us, help us not to waste our lives.  Empower us today to make some difference in someone’s life for eternity.  Help us to live our lives and love our neighbors for your glory.  Let it be said of us that the Lord was our portion.  You have always been enough for us.  Show us what you are doing around us today and give us the grace to join you in the work.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.  
Scripture memorization for this week:    
Genesis 50:20
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Hebrews 11:24-26
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
New International Version (NIV)
Our 2021 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations Bible reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy here:
We would love for you to join us as we read through the Bible in one year, while still having the flexibility of reading 5 days per week.  In addition, I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  We will also memorize 2 scriptures each week.  As we journal together this year,  Robby Gallaty’s H.E.A.R. plan is a good resource: Highlight a verse that stands out to you, Explain what it means, Apply that truth to your life and Respond to what you’ve read with an action or prayer.

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