by Jerry Vines

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Creation to Coffin (34 of 34)
Jerry Vines
Genesis 50

Here we have the account of the death of Jacob. We are told, back in chapter 49, the conclusion scene in Jacob’s life. It tells us that Jacob yielded up the ghost. That’s the Bible way of saying that he died ‘‘and was gathered unto his people.’’ That’s the Bible way of saying that he went to heaven.

We are coming to the final chapter in our journey through the book of Genesis. I think we have been studying this book for over a year. We started off with that marvelous first chapter which lies before us, God’s creation of the universe. Genesis 1, verse 1, ‘‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’’ That is the fundamental postulate of all rational thinking. If you do not believe that God is the Creator God, if you do not believe that this universe came into existence as a direct result of the hand of God, then you have deprived yourself of any logical understanding and meaning and purpose in life.

Genesis chapter 1 begins with the creation. Chapter 50 gives us the final scene. Rather interestingly, this final chapter begins and closes with the account of a death and a burial. The opening verses tell us about the death of Jacob. The closing verses tell us about the death of Joseph.

What a scene it is. What a book it is. We have followed all the way from the Garden of Eden. Coming out of the Garden of Eden we have a trail of tragedy and a trail of mourning. We have a trail of guilt and a trail of blood. We have a trail of sin and death.

Back in Genesis 2, verse 17, in the Garden of Eden, God said to Adam and Eve, ‘‘You can eat of all of the trees of the garden but one. You are not to eat of that. In the days you eat thereof, you will surely die.’’

Romans 5, verse 12, says this. ‘‘Wherefore even as by one man (Adam), sin entered into the world and death by sin, so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned.’’

The book of Genesis tells us about the entrance into the world o ...

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