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GENESIS 47:1-13, 27-31
God had promised Jacob that He would make a great nation of him in Egypt and that
they would return to the land. Jacob's faith in God's promises was revealed in that he
asked Joseph to bury him back in Canaan. His request must have had a great impact on
Joseph because Joseph later requested the same thing for himself (Gen. 50:24-25).
God had fulfilled His purpose through Joseph. Joseph had been used to preserve the
posterity of the Hebrews. They were now safe in the land of Goshen. Years later, when it
was time to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, God used another man—Moses. God has
limited Himself to working through people to accomplish His will.
Joseph had experienced the fulfillment of the truths stated in Psalm 37. He had
delighted himself in the Lord, and the Lord had given him the desires of his heart (v. 4).
He had waited upon the Lord and had inherited the earth (v. 9). Being meek, he had
delighted himself in the abundance of peace (v. 11).
Because he was a good man, his steps had been ordered by the Lord, and he had
delighted in the Lord's way (v. 23). He had waited on the Lord and had kept His way;
therefore, he had been exalted to inherit the land and had seen the wicked cut off (v.
He had been a perfect (mature) man; therefore, his end was peace (v. 37). We need to
apply this psalm to ourselves.
Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he
promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise (1 Kings 8:56).
Theodore Epp

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