Joseph cried over his father and kissed him. He had the physicians in his service embalm his father, which took 40 days, as that was the time required for embalming in those days. The Egyptians mourned 70 days. Afterwards, Joseph requested permission from Pharoah to bury his father where he promised. He buried his father and all Pharaoh’s officials accompanied him, as well as Joseph’s household and his brothers and those belonging to his father’s house. Only their children, flocks and herds were left in Goshen. Chariots and horsemen also went. When they reached Atad, near the Jordan, Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father. Jacob’s sons did as he had commanded them. After burying his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, together with his brothers and all the others who had gone with him.
Joseph Reassures His Brothers
When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: ‘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. His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. But Joseph told them, “Don’t be afraid. You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
The Death of Joseph
Joseph told his brothers, “I’m about to die. Joseph made the sons of Israel swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.” So Joseph died at the age of 110. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.
It may take me a bit longer than 365 days to read this here Book but we’ll get through it together, yeah? Lots to do. Lots to write and blog about. I will be doing the Bible study blog daily until I finish reading It. The other stuff will appear here and there as I put in the time and effort. Lots of changes coming…
Have a lovely evening! *squish*