Sunday, January 9, 2022

God’s Timeline – Part 57 The Death of Jacob

 God’s Timeline – Part 57

The Death of Jacob

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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 -         Creation Week

o   Adam, Eve, and the Fall

-         Cain and Abel

o   Evil Fills the World

-         Noah Did All God Commanded Him

o   The Flood

o   God’s Covenant with Noah

o   Noah’s Sons and Ham’s Sin

o   Nations of Noah’s Sons

-         Tower of Babel

 -         God calls Abram

o   Abram and Lot part ways

o   Rescue of Lot


-         The Lord’s Covenant with Abram for Isaac

o   Hagar and Ishmael Born Abram 86 years old

o   Sarai and Isaac

o   The Three Visitors

o   Abraham Pleads for Sodom


-         Birth of Isaac (Abraham 99 years old Sarah 90-Hagar and Ishmael sent away)

o   The Lord tests Abraham

o   Sarah Dies 127 years old


-         Isaac marries Rebekah

 -         Jacob and Esau are born

o   Abraham dies at 175

o   Isaac receives the Birthright and his father’s blessing

o   Esau marries two Hittites at 40

o   Esau marries a daughter of Ishmael

o   Jacob travels to his grandfather’s family to find a wife

o   Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

o   Jacob marries Leah then Rachel

§  Levi is born

§  Joseph is born

§  Benjamin is born

o   Jacob fled Laban and is pursued

o   Jacob Prepares to meet Esau

o   Jacob Wrestles with God & Becomes Israel

o   Jacob Meets with Esau after 20 Years

o   Jacob’s Daughter Raped by Shechem

o   Jacob Returns to Bethel

o   The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac


-         Joseph’s Dreams (Joseph is seventeen at the time)

o   Joseph Sold by His Brothers

o   Joseph Imprisoned

o   Joseph interprets dreams while in prison

o   Joseph Interprets the Pharaoh’s Dream

o   Joseph enters the service of Pharaoh

o   Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt

o   Joseph’s Brothers Return Home from Egypt

o   Benjamin’s Silver Cup

o   Joseph reveals himself to his brothers

o   Jacob Travels to Egypt

o   Joseph and the Famine

o   The 12 Tribes Complete

o   Jacob blesses/prophecies over his sons

o   The Death of Jacob




Genesis 49:29b-32

“I am about to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 30 the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre in Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite. 31 There Abraham and his wife Sarah were buried, there Isaac and his wife Rebekah were buried, and there I buried Leah. 32 The field and the cave in it were bought from the Hittites.”




Today we will look at the scriptures and see the death of Jacob.


We will also see promises being kept, and how unbelief could have been the end of relationship.


    I.            THE DEATH OF JACOB

a.      Jacob gave the sons instruction just before his death

                                     i.      Wanting to be buried with his “fathers”

1.      Abraham and Sarah are there

2.      Isaac and Rebekah are there

3.      And Jacob buried Leah there


                                  ii.      Remember last week I talked about how the Tomb of the Patriarchs is still located right where the Bible says. It is n Hebron in the Palestinian Territories.


                               iii.      In fact, if you wanted, you could visit it today. They allow tours for free.


                                iv.      The Palestinian Territories is where Gaza and East Jerusalem is also located.


                                   v.      You will find a mix of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism here, because they all believe in Father Abraham.



b.     Jacob previously asked Joseph not to let him be buried in Egypt

                                     i.      In Genesis 47:29-31 “When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.”


“I will do as you say,” he said.


31 “Swear to me,” he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.”


                                  ii.      Though Jacob was grateful for the salvation found in Egypt, his desire was to be buried with his fathers.


                               iii.      Joseph swore he would see to it Jacob would be returned to the Hittite cave originally purchased by Abraham for Sarah.



c.      Joseph then drew his feet onto the bed and died

                                     i.      Though we are not told how much time passed, the point is, this was the last time Jacob returned to his bed.




a.      Genesis Chapter 50 begins with mourning

                                     i.      This brings us to Genesis Chapter 50


                                  ii.      We read Joseph wept over his father and kissed him.


                               iii.      Joseph then directed the physicians to embalm his father, “ISRAEL”

1.      Embalming was an Egyptian ritual taking 40 days

a.      40 in the bible is the number of testing, trial, or probation

b.     During the flood, it rained 40 days and nights

c.      Moses lived 40 years in Egypt and 40 in the wilderness

d.     Moses was also on Mount Sinai for 40 days and nights on two separate occasions, receiving God’s Laws

e.      Elijah went 40 days without food at mount Horeb

f.       Jesus was tempted by Satan during His 40 days fast in the wilderness


2.      Two things we must look at here in Genesis 50:2-3

a.      The name Israel is used, not Father Jacob, meaning, this event is guided, or ordained by the Holy Spirit of God.

b.     Second, the 40 days are going to be a trial, or test of some sort

c.      But for who, and why?

d.     We will see in a moment…


b.     Joseph asked Pharaohs permission before leaving Egypt

                                     i.      Remember, Joseph is still second in command over all of Egypt

                                  ii.      But he also knows the Pharaoh is above him by position

                               iii.      So, Joseph asks permission to leave Egypt and bury his father


                                iv.      Genesis 50:7-9 “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— 8 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. 9 Chariots and horsemen[a] also went up with him. It was a very large company.”


                                   v.      It would have been quite the procession

                                vi.      This large caravan crossing the land



c.      Jacob’s sons did as he commanded them

                                     i.      We see when they arrived, the Canaanites saw the huge caravan and heard them crying in unison and said, “The Egyptians are holding a solemn ceremony of mourning.” That is why that place near the Jordan is called Abel Mizraim.”


                                  ii.      Abel Mizraim means mourning of the Egyptians.

                               iii.      Verse 12 tells us the sons did as they promised and buried Jacob in Canaan

                                iv.      They all then returned to Egypt




a.      Joseph’s brothers feared him, and lied to save themselves

                                     i.      Now Josephs brothers are afraid.


                                  ii.      I believe this was the “test”, the 40 days mentioned earlier


                               iii.      For 40 days after Jacob’s death, Joseph never held a grudge, tried to pay them back, punish them, nothing!


                                iv.      Remember, Joseph is second in command of all of Egypt, he could basically do anything he wanted, even before his father’s death.


                                   v.      I believe they failed the test, losing faith and trust and deciding to lie to Joseph

                                vi.      Genesis 50:16-17 “So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.”


1.      Why is it important we see Joseph weeping here?

2.      Joseph is a type of Christ

3.      He brought salvation and forgiveness to his brothers

4.      They reaped the benefits of the kingdom in Goshen

5.      They were fed, protected, cared for

6.      And after all of this, they lie to Joseph out of fear, which boils down to the brother’s “unbelief”

7.      When Christ forgives us, and saves us, and gives us a life of blessings and protection in His Kingdom, and we repay Him with unbelief, it breaks His heart, just as these brother’s broke the heart of Joseph after everything he did.


                             vii.      Josephs brothers had ample time “of testing” to prove, to believe that their brother, who brought them salvation from the famine, gave them forgiveness, and the land of Goshen for the benefits, protection and blessings of the kingdom, he was right, true and a man serving God.


                           viii.      Instead, they listened to themselves and their own deceitful hearts.

                                 ix.      They were in unbelief.



b.     The brothers threw themselves down and cried, “we are your slaves,”

                                           i.      Josephs brothers then come to him and throw themselves at his feet crying, “we are your slaves”

1.      Again, just as Joseph prophesied when he was 17 so many years ago


c.      But Joseph said to them, “do not be afraid,”

                                           i.      “Am I not in the place of God?”

                                        ii.      “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

                                     iii.      “So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.”

                                      iv.      And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.



So, we see here the continuation of the promise and covenant God made with Abraham.


How God continues to work with the free will of man, bringing His own will into fulfillment through the guidance of His Holy Spirit.


Though Jesus has forgiven us, and brought our salvation, allowed us the protection, blessings and benefits of the Kingdom, we must submit to him, as slaves to Christ Jesus, in turn, making Him our Master.

Next week – The death of Joseph and the beginning of the Book of Exodus



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