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Genesis 50 Commentary: The Perfect Funeral
“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” -George Santayana
+Our relationships with our pasts have an equal and opposite danger of not only forgetting their pasts, but getting stuck in them as well. In order to properly move on from our pasts, we need to properly deal with them.
+Joseph was a fine example of a man, who by looking back, was able to find healing instead of opening old wounds.
-Abel Mitzraim – Mourning of Egypt
+The perspective of a child trusts the majority of life's challenges and obstacles to our parents. Our foundations were in those who led our family. In time however the positions shift and as they go the way of all flesh, we are required to grow up. They say life has two stages, when it gives and when it takes them away. The people we depended the most on and thought would be with us forever eventually go away and we are left to continue on because of sin's impact on this world.
+The poorest comfort a Christian can provide is to consider mourning a bad thing. That is simply not the case. There is a greater hope we have than anyone else in the world in the face of death, but it does not make it any less horrible a thing to happen to those we love.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:
+Our loved ones are not lost in death, but our ability to have a relationship with them is for a time.
+Our comfort in the midst of death is knowing that Resurrection is promised to us.
+The peace we have in the midst of death is best shown when contrasted with a non-Christian funeral. The Evolutionary perspective claims that life is just being an island in a sea of death. That sounds good to them when making fun of Christians on the internet in their white lab coats, but when in front of their faces, even they look at death with an innate despondency that is undoubtedly an echo of Eden. We understand as a species that Death was never intended for us, but our capability of having hope during those inevitable times are what separates us from those whose only hope is in this world when they know one day they'll be separated from it forever.
2 Corinthians 5:6:
+Our bodies are what sleeps, otherwise Jesus would have told the thief on the cross that He'll be back to wake him up come a few thousand years. The inevitable
1 Corinthians 15:50-58:
+This body will not ultimately be disposed of by God, but simply set aside for a time until all things are reconciled.
John 11:35: Jesus wept.
+There is nothing ungodly about grieving over the death of a loved one. It is our last enemy and though we know where they are, like Joseph and Jesus, there is nothing wrong with grieving them.
+Joseph's grief lasting for seventy days stands out as a good example of not rushing the grieving process. It's not something you get over or move on from. It needs to pass in its own time.
+The people that are simply there for you when you need them are those you can truly see the value of a friend. They don't need scripture bombs, they don't need their theology sorted out, they need you.
+Jacob married two women in his life, Rachel, the wife he wanted, and Leah, the wife his father in law cheated him into marrying. Rachel was born in Bethlehem, yet Jacob chose to be buried with Leah. The reason for this is likely because at the end of his life he realized how much of a blessing from God she was in his life. Rachel's sons were certainly his favorite, yet the greatest blessing Jacob's family would give to the world would come from Judah, Leah's 4th born son. His priorities went from being closest to those he enjoyed the company of the most to wanting to be as close to Jesus as possible that he even chose his burial to be with the wife who would be apart of the process God would bring the Messiah into the world through.
-People wonder if cremation or whole burial are the proper Christian treatment of loved ones after death. The Bible doesn't address one or the other. It simply records what happened in history. What you choose is simply up to you. Burial is fine. Cremation is fine. It makes no difference either way.
+There's nothing like a guilty conscience that puts your twisted motives onto other people. It's not to say that their suspicion wasn't unfounded. If any one of them put themselves in Joseph's shoes, they'd probably want payback for all they had done to him too. It's the approach to life, which isn't all that unreasonable, that if something is too good to be true, it is.
+There are two lines of thought that clarify this conclusion they came to. Either because of their outright deception towards their father and abuse of their brother, Jacob may have left Joseph with full permission to do what he wanted to his brothers in the will, or his brothers are just so guilty and paranoid that they were just so convinced by their guilt induced fantasies that they needed to act in order to preserve their lives. It's probably the former.
+It's important to note Joseph's consistency of character. He was the same person after his dad died as he was before. The reason he didn't change was because his character came from the Holy Spirit.
-Joseph's weeping isn't that of bawling, but the kind of weeping that tears filled his eyes hearing this from his brothers. The reason for this heartbreak is because he was so grieved that they still didn't understand how much he, and by extension God, loved them and didn't want to hold their sins against them even if they had reason to.
+Why did Jesus weep? The same reason Joseph wept. Out of compassion as much as grief, that it not only pained Him to see those He loved hurting, but that those weeping at the tomb still didn't understand how much He loved them when they wondered why He would allow them to suffer the loss of their brother.
+Our times of hopelessness in life are the times that God weeps for us because we still don't understand how much God loves us.
+How do you know when you've forgiven someone? It's not by how you feel about them, but by relating to them on the basis of how God feels about them from that point on. We can't change the lives of those who have harmed us, but we can change and become more like Jesus in any circumstance.
+It's God's job to judge people, it's our job to love people. Don't get those two confused.
+One of the greatest signs of God's favor on your life is letting you become a great grandpa.
+If someone so profoundly impactful to Egypt's history died in their lands, odds are Joseph would have had a Pyramid built for him. But Joseph made special care to make himself a reminder of God's promises knowing that Israel would return to the promised land and would not be buried anywhere else.
+Of all the things that Joseph did to illustrate Jesus, the thing God will remember more than anything else about how He used his life was that he left instruction concerning his bones trusting God's promises to be true.
+Genesis tells us a lot about history, a lot about God, and a lot about our current state today. It began with a perfect creation and ended with a good man dying. Of all the perspective we can gain from this record of history, we see more than anything else from the life of Joseph and the founding of the nation of Israel, that God's promises are worth waiting for, even beyond death itself.