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How to Die Without Fear (30 of 31)
Series: Foundations for Life
Ernest L. Easley
Take your Bible this morning and turn please to Genesis 47. Last Sunday in our study of the book of Genesis, Joseph's family was reunited and restored!
A little boy was talking to his daddy one time and said, ''Dad, where were you born?'' He said, ''Well, I was born in Kentucky.'' He said, ''Well, where was Mother born?'' He said, ''She was born in Indiana.'' The little boy then asked, ''Where was I born?'' The Father said, ''Oh, you were born in Georgia.'' Then he asked, ''Where was baby sister born?'' He said, ''She was born in Alabama.''
Then the little boy broke out into a huge grin and said, ''Daddy, isn't it great that God got us all together?'' There is nothing like having the family all together! And in Genesis 45 we read about the greatest family reunion in human history. Chapter 45 ends with Jacob and his family all moving down to Egypt. Look in 45.9-11,
And listen to what Pharaoh said when he heard that Joseph's family had arrived, 45.19-20, What an exciting time for Jacob and his family!
Now chapter 46 records Jacob's family traveling in Egypt. And we read in 46.29, ''So Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel; and he presented himself to him, and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while.''
Twenty-three years had passed since Jacob and seen his son Joseph. And for the next seventeen years, Jacob and Joseph and the brothers were together!
Now as we come to verse 27 of chapter 48 Jacob has come to the time when he is going to die. He calls for Joseph and discusses with him the funeral arrangements and what he wants him to do when he dies and what he wants him to do about his burial.
Jacob tells him, ''Son, be sure that you do not bury me in Egypt. I want you to carry me back to the land of my fathers and there I want you to bury me.''
Jacob had come to the place where ev ...
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