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Israel had no more land at this point than a cave his grand-dad bought for family burials.  Yet, when he died, he was afforded all the rights and privileges that Pharaoh himself would enjoy.  Full embalming, 70 days of mourning and a full state procession to Canaan for his funeral.  It was so amazing that the locals even stopped in wonder.  From the world’s standpoint, Israel was a failure.  He had to live his final days in a different country on borrowed land.  But, from God’s perspective—He was the Patriarch of God’s chosen people.  In God’s eyes, Israel owned all of Canaan, and when the time was right, his people would occupy their land again.

It is critical that we do not get discouraged as we sometimes see things from the world’s perspective.  Others around us may seem to have it all—but, like Jacob, we are King’s kids. We have an eternal stake in a life of fellowship with God in a perfect heaven–with our sin forgiven.  It simply does not get better than that. We will be welcomed to our home by the God of the universe.  He will grab us up, hug our necks and say, “Welcome home my child—I’ve been waiting for you.”  That, my friend, beats any “pomp & circumstance” this world could ever provide.

God Bless You

Joseph threw himself on his father and wept over him and kissed him. Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him, taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

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, ‘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.’”

Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to do.”

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— 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. Chariots and horsemen[a] also went up with him. It was a very large company.