Gen. 50:1-3 Judgment of Sin
50:1 “And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and
kissed him. 2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm
his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel. 3 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.”
Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.”
Most often one mourns for the loss of one’s father. With Joseph this
was true. Joseph was the first born of Jacob’s beloved wife Rachel.
Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son and Jacob did much to cause Joseph to
realize this. Jacob mourned for his son all the time that he thought he
was dead. The bond of love was strong between Joseph and Jacob. While
death is not an end of things, it is the end of fellowship while here on
earth. The felt loss of fellowship is strong when we lose the
companionship of those we love.
Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and
the physicians embalmed Israel.” Joseph sought to preserve the body of
his father as long as Egyptian embalming would allow him to. This
action parallels the action of Christ who has eternally preserved the
elect unto glory: John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them,
and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall
never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” By
covenant arrangement we are preserved in Christ unto eternal glory.
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.” In the scriptures there are associations between certain
bible numbers and associated subjects. For instance the number two is
association with witness; the number three is associated with the
Godhead, the number five is associated with death; etc.
number forty in scripture is associated with trial and judgment. Jacob,
like all of mankind was a sinner. The judgment of sin is death.
Jacob’s body now was experiencing the judgment of sin as the forty days
number seventy is a kingdom number. The numbers one, twelve, and
seventy are closely associated with the kingdom of Israel and the
Kingdom of God:
1. The one man, Jacob, had twelve sons and
seventy descendants that came into Egypt. This was the beginning of the
kingdom of Israel.
2. When the children of Israel departed Egypt
and came into the wilderness, they came unto Elim, where there were
twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees.
3. When God established Israel as a kingdom
through covenant with them, God was king over them and the nation had
twelve princes and seventy elders according to God’s arrangement.
4. When Christ came as the King of the Kingdom
of God, he appointed twelve apostles and seventy other elders in the
beginning of His kingdom.
Egyptians mourned for Jacob seventy days, it was an indication that they
were mourning for a king. So in the estimation of the Egyptians, Jacob
held the status of a king in their eyes.
50:4-6 Joseph's Promise to Return
50:4 “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, 5 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. 6 And Pharaoh said, Go
up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.”
recognized the authority of the government of Egypt and of Pharaoh the
king of Egypt in the above passage. It was not only by the providence
of God that Joseph came into Egypt and came to the position he had in
Egypt, but also by the authority of Pharaoh and his government that had
been gracious unto Joseph and to his family. Joseph sought the approval
of Pharaoh to temporarily leave Egypt to fulfill his covenant promise to
his father Jacob concerning Jacob’s burial request.
Moreover, Pharaoh recognized the blessings of God that brought Joseph
into Egypt and the wisdom that God gave Joseph in delivering Egypt in
the midst of a great famine. Pharaoh showed his appreciation unto
Joseph in his ready willingness to let Joseph leave Egypt to bury his
promised to Pharaoh that he would return unto Egypt after burying his
father. This is another parallel between the life and circumstances of
Joseph and the life and circumstances of Christ. Christ also in leaving
promised to come again: John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for
you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am,
there ye may be also…28 “Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away,
and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I
said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” Just like
Joseph left Egypt and returned to Egypt, so Christ left the earth and
will return at the appointed time to earth to take his children home.