The Bones of Joseph


Now Joseph stayed in Egypt, he and his father’s household, and Joseph lived one hundred and ten years. 23 Joseph saw the third generation of Ephraim’s sons; also the sons of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were born on Joseph’s knees. 24 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will surely take care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.” 25 Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones up from here.” 26 So Joseph died at the age of one hundred and ten years; and he was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt (Gen 50:22-26 NASB).

Joseph was 110 years old when he died. He lived in Egypt 93 years, and his father’s descendants lived there 215 years. In using the names of his great-grandfather, his grandfather, and his father, Joseph portrayed the fact that when the torch of Faith was passed to him, he did not allow it to dim.

When the Children of Israel left out of Egypt, some 3 million strong, Moses was careful to “take the bones of Joseph with him” (Ex 13:19).

Wandering some 40 years in the wilderness, making a total of approximately 162 years from when Joseph died, Joshua, no doubt, attended the burial of Joseph’s bones.

The Book of Genesis begins with life and ends with death. It starts with Creation and ends with a coffin. It begins with a living God and ends with a dead man—and all because of the Fall. But Joseph died in Faith, making mention of the departing of the Children of Israel, as according to the Promise.

By Faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the Children of Israel; and gave Commandment concerning his bones (Heb 11:22 KJV).

Source: Joseph– The Foundation Stone