The Kraig Josiah Rice
Devotional Bible Commentary on Genesis

Genesis chapter 50

Kraig J. Rice
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Genesis chapter fifty
Also Joseph as a type of Christ
 Chapter 50- Jacob made it to the Promised Land
 Gen. 50:1 - 13 Good intentions versus faith
 The loss of a loved one
 Gen. 50:14 - 21 What is the Genesis 50:20 Rule?
 Do we make wrong comparisons?
 Will you choose kindness and forgiveness?
 Gen. 50:22 - 26 Will you leave a good legacy?
 Joseph was a type of Christ
 The Fourth Dispensation
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Genesis Chapter 50
Jacob made it to the Promised Land

"And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him. And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel. And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days. And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, if now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, my father made me swear, saying, lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again. And Pharaoh said, go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear. And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, and all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen. And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company. And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days. And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, this is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim, which is beyond Jordan. And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them: for his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre"
(Genesis 50:1-13).

Good intentions versus faith (Jacob had faith in God):
It was Jacob's faith that got him to the Promised Land. But what if a person only has good intentions- will not that get him or her to Heaven? No. Good intentions will not get one to Heaven. Are there any examples in God's Word about that? Yes. Achan may have had good intentions but he stole some things that belonged to God
(Joshua 7:21). Korah may have had good intentions but he gambled against God and lost
(Numbers 16:32). Ananias and his wife may have had good intentions but they lied to God
(Acts 5:3-5). Let us live a life of genuine faith- let us love God and our fellow man as much as we can
(Luke 10:25-28). Let us not rely on any good intentions but only rely on our faith to get us to Heaven like Jacob did.


The loss of a loved one (Jacob was mourned and missed):
Whether we lose a loved one by divorce, death, or some other way, it tears your guts out. In other words, it feels very painful. God wanted to spare us that feeling and that is why He forbid death in the very beginning
(Genesis 2:17). But Satan wanted to force death upon us and that is one reason why he lied to Eve and falsely accused God of being a liar
(Genesis 3:4). The death of a loved one also means abandonment. That is why Joseph cried and mourned after Jacob died. He loved and missed his father. Forty days were required for Jacob's embalming. Seventy days of mourning took place for a member of the royal family of Egypt. As well, seventy days was the amount of time required for the mummification of a body.

Jacob's funeral procession made it's way to the Promised Land and his burial was with great lamentation. The name Abel Mitsrayim (Abel-mizraim) in Hebrew refers to an area east of the Jordan River that was very fertile and known as "the meadow of Egypt". It was the most convenient place for that multitude to camp that was closest to "the cemetery". That was where the mourning took place for one week.

If you have lost a loved one in death, it is emotionally healthy to cry and grieve. The normal grieving time is approximately one year, but for some, it takes longer. If your loved one has died under grace, you know that he or she is in a better place and that knowledge, based upon your faith, can give you much comfort.

The Genesis 50:20 Rule:
"...you meant it for evil against me-
but God meant it for good..."

"And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father. And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, thy father did command before he died, saying: so shall ye say unto Joseph, forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, behold, we be thy servants. And Joseph said unto them, fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them"
(Genesis 50:14-21).

What is the Genesis 50:20 Rule? (Joseph taught his brothers):
"...you meant it for evil against me; but God meant it for good...". That is one of the first rules that a young Christian is supposed to learn in discipleship class in church. You may be persecuted, slandered, lied about, and horribly mistreated by others. They mean it for evil purposes to hurt you. But God is so BIG that He can turn any negative in your life into a positive for His glory. That is exactly what happened to Joseph and he explained that rule to his brothers. Later, Paul the Apostle, put it this way:
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose"
(Romans 8:28). "Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ"
(Philippians 1:6).


Do we make wrong comparisons? (Joseph's brothers made a wrong comparison):
Joseph's brothers were afraid, since Jacob was gone, that Joseph would take revenge on them for their attempted murder and slavery of him. They were worried. I have mentioned this before- if you worry about something that does not exist, are not you worrying about nothing? Is that logical? Why did they think that way? Possibly, because the brothers wrongly measured Joseph in relation to themselves rather than in relation to God. If you always measure one person against another, someone comes out a winner and someone comes out a loser. I did not like it, in secular college, when a professor would grade on the curve basis. Even if I was at the top of the curve, I felt sympathy for those who were at the bottom. To me, it was not a fair way of grading. One should be graded on the amount of knowledge that one learned about a particular subject rather than comparison graded on how one ranked against his or her peers.

Jesus does not grade you and I on a curve basis- rather, He grades on the cross. Instead of each of us comparing ourself against another person, each of us should compare ourself against Christ. How Christ-like are you? How well do you compare against Him? That is the real question. So, Joseph's brothers had wrong thinking and failed in their comparison of Joseph because they measured him against themselves rather than against God.


Will you choose kindness and forgiveness? (Joseph did that with his brothers):
Joseph's brothers worried if he was going to punish them for their past crimes against him. Joseph stated: "Am I in the place of God?". What did he mean by that? Joseph was not prideful and did not elevate himself to be a god as some of the Roman emperors did later on. My guess is that he meant: "Am I in the place of God, to whom alone vengeance belongs? No, I will leave you to His justice". In other words, those who avenge themselves step into the place of God. Paul the Apostle wrote:
"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written: "vengeance is Mine; I will repay, saith the Lord"
(Romans 12:19).

Joseph was a humble and patient man. As a type of Christ, he set a good example for us to follow. He was kind to his brothers and promised to help take care of them. He made a choice to forgive them. Your forgiveness of others is not an emotion, it is an act of your will- a choice. Life is full of choices and we are wise if we make the right ones. Jesus said: "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock"
(Matthew 7:24-25).

Jesus gave us some teachings about forgiveness:
"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses"
(Matthew 6:14-15).
"Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times: but, until seventy times seven"
(Matthew 18:21-22).
"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven"
(Luke 6:37).
"And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil"
(Luke 11:4).
"Take heed to yourselves: if thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him"
(Luke 17:3-4).

I encourage you to live a life of kindness and forgiveness towards others. It is always good to use Jesus as our example.


"And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years. And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying: God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt"
(Genesis 50:22-26).

Will you leave a good legacy? (Joseph left a good legacy):
Joseph was gone but not forgotten. Joseph left a wonderful legacy of faith behind him after he departed in death. While he was alive, he was able to pass that legacy of faith onto "Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees." What did Joseph teach them by his life and by his words? I am sure he taught them about God, salvation, right from wrong, their ancestors, and God's plan for their lives. My guess is that he compiled all available family tree documents and writings and had them published. That way they would readily be accessable to the person who God would choose to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt (Moses) many years later. Likewise, let us leave a wonderful family legacy of faith behind us as we depart this earth.

With the death of Joseph, the patriarchal age of the history of Israel came to a close.

Joseph wanted to be buried and then raised from the dead in the land that God had promised to his ancestors- the Promised Land. Joseph's body remained in Egypt until the Exodus many years later. Likewise, our destination should also be the Promised Land. But, we might not get there right away and have to wait patiently until that time comes.

What were Joseph's last words? He gave a prophecy to his brethren and made a request of them:
1) The Promised Land of Canaan would be their permanent homeland.
2) They were to take Joseph's bones along with them when they left.
Both of these were fulfilled at a later date, proving Joseph had faith. The Word of God says:

"By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones"
(Hebrews 11:22).
"And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you"
(Exodus 13:19)
"The bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel had brought up out of Egypt, they buried at Shechem, in the plot of ground which Jacob had bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for one hundred pieces of silver, and which had become an inheritance of the children of Joseph"
(Joshua 24:32).

The Israelites were to stay in Egypt for a total of 430 years until they had developed national strength enough to take physical possession of the Promised Land of Canaan. By that time it has been estimated that there could have been 2-3 million of them.

Let us take a brief look at the years of Joseph:
He was sold into slavery at the age of seventeen. He endured a thirteen year trial of his faith as a slave and was falsely accused and condemned as a criminal. At age thirty he became ruler in Egypt. At about age forty he moved his father to Egypt. He probably spent about seventy years as governor over Egypt. He was one hundred ten years old when he died.


God's Genesis wife changes her name before the Exodus:
As already mentioned in Genesis chapter three, God's Old Testament wife, His redeemed by the blood of the Lamb
(Genesis 4:4), is seen in two distinct periods of time in the Old Testament. We spiritually see her as God's Genesis wife in the bible book of Genesis. And as this book of the bible comes to a conclusion, so does the name of God's Genesis wife. We next see her again as Israel of Glory throughout the rest of the Old Testament dressed in Hebrew regal attire. In other words, it is the same wife in two different time periods. Starting in the bible book of Exodus, I call God's wife Israel of Glory. We can study about the redeemed of the Lord, saved by the blood of the Lamb
(Exodus 12:21-24), all the way from the bible book of Exodus through the bible book of Malachi. God's wife is a beautiful wife, a queen on her throne
(Revelation 12:1), one who is very special and greatly loved. That is how Christ looks at you and I today as the Bride of Christ. And God will have the same wife in the future during the Great Tribulation but with a new name and appearance. God loves the redeemed and changes to meet their ever changing circumstances.






Joseph was a type of Christ

Joseph was a type of Christ. Let's look at a few examples how:

Each was loved by His Father
(Genesis 37:3; Matthew 3:17; John 3:35 & 5:20).

Each was hated by "his brothers" without a good cause
(Genesis 37:4; John 15:25).

Each suffered rejection by "his brothers".

Each was conspired against to be put to death
(Genesis 37:20; Matthew 27:35-37).

Each acquired a (gentile) bride and became a blessing to many people
(Genesis 41:45; Acts 15:14; Ephesians 5:25-32).

Joseph reconciled his brothers to himself and then exalted them. Christ will reconcile converted Israel to Himself and then exalt them
(Genesis 45:1-15; Deuteronomy 30:1-10; Hosea 2:14-18; Romans 11:1, 15, 25-26).

Each was in prison with two others (the Lord was crucified with them). One prisoner with Jesus was saved and one was lost. One prisoner with Joseph was saved and one was not saved (the chief butler was saved but the chief baker was not saved).

Each lived an innocent and pure life.

Each was wronged again and again- every wrong was a step in the pathway to His exaltation.

Each was sent to see after the peace of His brethren.

Each was delivered to death (Joseph thrown into the pit to die)- raised later to glory.

Like Jesus, Joseph had kindness of heart (Genesis 40:7-8).

Like Jesus, Joseph had integrity (Genesis 39:7-12).

Like Jesus, Joseph had humility (Genesis 41:16; 45:7-9).

Like Jesus, Joseph had wisdom (Genesis 41:33-57).

Like Jesus, Joseph had devoutness (Genesis 41:51).

Like Jesus, Joseph had faith (Genesis 45:5-8).

Like Jesus, Joseph was a prophet (Genesis 41:38,39, 44:15, 50:25; Exodus 13:19).

Like Jesus, Godís providence was with Joseph (Genesis 39:2-5; Psalms 105:17-22).

Christ was betrayed or sold for 30 pieces of silver but Joseph was betrayed and sold for 20 pieces of silver.

Joseph came up out of the pit- Christ came up out of the tomb.

A counsel was held to kill each of them.

They were each persecuted.

They each had spiritual gifts (Genesis 44:15).

They each were stripped (Genesis 37:23; Matthew 27:28).

They each left behind a coat or robe.

Each one faced temptation.

They were each falsely accused.

The person judging them knew they were innocent.

Each was 30 years old when they started their ministry.

Each was considered dead and then resurrected to greatness.

Each arose from His humiliation to a position of prominence.

And there are other examples that prove that Joseph was a type of Christ.






The Fourth Dispensation

This is a brief note on the Fourth Dispensation for those who are studying the Word of God by this method. It is called the Dispensation of Promise and extends from
Genesis chapter 12 to Exodus chapter 12. The amount of time of this period is not known, but it is also known as the patriarchal period of time. Who was God's promise to? It was to Abraham and his descendants in the Abrahamic Covenant. The covenant was based upon God's grace and was unconditional. This dispensation ended in the national deliverance of the Hebrew race from Egyptian slavery (bondage). In this dispensation was
1) The story of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
2) The children of Israel (descendants of Jacob)
3) The story of Joseph
4) The nation of Israel's going into Egypt, their stay in Egypt, and their deliverance out of Egypt.



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