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22 By faith [pistis] Joseph [Ioseph], when he died [teleutao], made mention [mnemoneuo] of [peri] the departing [exodos] of the children [huios] of Israel [Israel]; and [kai] gave commandment [entellomai] concerning [peri] his [autos] bones [osteon]. KJV-Interlinear
22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel, and gave orders concerning his bones. NASB
Joseph died approximately two hundred years after Abraham. Since the time of Abraham, through Isaac, and Jacob, to the time of Joseph, all four generations of men lived their lives and never saw the fulfillment of Gods promises during any of their lifetimes.
Yet at the time of his death, Joseph, like his father and grandfather, made his descendants promise to take his bones back to the promised land in Canaan, and bury him there in the land of promise.
Joseph lived most of his adult life in Egypt. He was deceived by his brothers and sold into slavery at a young age. From Canaan, Joseph was transported to Egypt and resold and then ended up in prison. There he remained for quite a number of years.
The chance of a dream by the Pharaoh, was his ticket out of prison, and that launched his career as one of the most powerful men in all of Egypt.
Through all of those years, Joseph could easily have become bitter about his life. It wasn't what he expected. Being a slave and in prison and all. Yet through all of those years he held fast to the scriptures. He never lost sight of the promises that God had given his father and grandfather, and even his great-grandfather, Abraham.
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. NASB
19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, 'God shall surely take care of you; and you shall carry my bones from here with you.' NASB
After his promotion out of prison, to a very high office in Egypt, Joseph lived a long life in Egypt. When his father, Jacob, died, he took Jacob's body back to Canaan and buried him there, but Joseph returned to Egypt, along with his entire family, to live out his own life.
Joseph could have gotten comfortable in Egypt and thus called Egypt his home. But even after living a good life in Egypt, he still looked to the promises of God and wanted to be taken back to Canaan, a place where he had hardly lived any time at all.
It is easy to get comfortable with our lives in this world. It is easy to even forget about God and to forget that God has promises for us in this life as well as promises for us in the next life. The promises for the next life far outweigh any blessings that we might receive in this life.
But remember that God has a plan. That plan covers all of human history, not just your few years of life. Certainly, God will take care of all of your needs now, but that does not mean that you are going to become a trillionaire in this life. Your priority in this life is to grow up spiritually.
So do not get discouraged now, for not having something now, that is scheduled for the future. These four men, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph all lived for a period spanning over two centuries. None of them received the promises given to each one of them. They knew that those promises were destined for a future time.
Abraham had received word, through a prophecy, that the Israelites would live in slavery for 400 years. At the time of Joseph, that had not yet occurred. Abraham and all of them, knew that the savior was still to come. That of course had not yet occurred.
We can look back in history and see that many centuries passed before Christ came. And we can look back through still more centuries up to our current time, and still history continues to unfold.
Just because lots of years have passed, just because many believers of passed generations have lived and died, just because time seems to continue endlessly without divine resolution, does not mean that we should get depressed or discouraged concerning our individual lives.
Some of us will fair very well in this life. Most of us will live our lives just barely getting by from paycheck to paycheck. But one day, God will shift history into another gear and bring to a close all of the waiting for those who persevere.
For those who believe, 'Death is swallowed up in victory,' 1 Cor. 15:54.
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