(1) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Gen 49: 28—33
(Jacob Looks Forward To Being Resurrected In Jerusalem)
28All these are the twelve tribes of Israel. This is what their father said to them as he blessed them, blessing each with the blessing suitable to him. 29Then he commanded them and said to them, “I am to be gathered to my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 30in the cave that is in the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place. 31There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife. There they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah— 32the field and the cave that is in it were bought from the Hittites.” 33When Jacob finished commanding his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed and breathed his last and was gathered to his people.
(2) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Gen. Gen. 50: 1- 6 (ESV)
(Jacob Is Embalmed Over 40 Days with Great Detail & Joseph Gets Permission To Bury Jacob In Canaan)
1Then Joseph fell on his father’s face and wept over him and kissed him. 2And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel. 3Forty days were required for it, for that is how many are required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.
4And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, 5‘My father made me swear, saying, “I am about to die: in my tomb that I hewed out for myself in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me.” Now therefore, let me please go up and bury my father. Then I will return.’” 6And Pharaoh answered, “Go up, and bury your father, as he made you swear.”
(3) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Gen. 50: 7-10 (ESV)
(Jew & Gentile Travel To Jerusalem, The Site Of Patriarchal Resurrection)
7So Joseph went up to bury his father. With him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8as well as all the household of Joseph, his brothers, and his father’s household. Only their children, their flocks, and their herds were left in the land of Goshen. 9And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen. It was a very great company. 10When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they lamented there with a very great and grievous lamentation, and he made a mourning for his father seven days.
(4) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Gen. 48: 15–18 (ESV)
(Jacob Blesses Ephraim, The Younger Over Manassaeh, The Older)
7So Joseph went up to bury his father. With him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8as well as all the household of Joseph, his brothers, and his father’s household. Only their children, their flocks, and their herds were left in the land of Goshen. 9And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen. It was a very great company. 10When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they lamented there with a very great and grievous lamentation, and he made a mourning for his father seven days. 11When the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning on the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a grievous mourning by the Egyptians.” Therefore the place was named Abel-mizraim; it is beyond the Jordan. 12Thus his sons did for him as he had commanded them, 13for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place.
(5) (Yellow – Not In Your Notes)
The New Testament explains God’s principles
The Old Testament shows us the processes of how those principles work in our lives!
- The Old Testament traces a family bloodline to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- God nurtures that family into a nation, and society that will receive and safeguard His Word.
- God’s Old Testament Word points to and prepares us for His Messiah!
- The Old Testament uses the members of that bloodline as the primary examples to demonstrate how God works in the lives of His people then and now.
- The New Testament shows how Christ fulfills the Old Testament through His redemptive “Born Again” experience, and how God uses the transformed disciples to spread the Gospel and explain God’s principles that transform our lives and civilization!
(6) Message map: Series: #13 Bouncing Back From Betrayal!
Gen. 48—49 “Prophecy Proclaims Israel’s tribal History As well as our Predestined Success!”
- Like Jacob, we will be gathered to god’s people
- Jew & Gentile Travel To Jerusalem, The Site Of Patriarchal Resurrection
- Jesus’s Account of Lazarus & The Rich Man (Luke 16: 19-31) Explains Life After Resurrection
- Jacob’s Body is prepared for burial over 40 days — As Christ presented Himself 40 days before He ascended
- A Great Company commemorates Jacob’s Burial In Jerusalem, as a great cloud of witnesses commemorate Christ’s
- In Communion we Commemorate Christ’s Death, burial & resurrection
(7) Gen 49: 29 & 33 (Like Jacob, we will be gathered to God’s people)
Gen. 49: 29 Jacob 29… commanded them and said …, “I am to be gathered to my people. The phrase “to be ‘gathered’ to my people is designated for all those who “Upon death we will be assembled with those who are to be resurrected to salvation.
33When Jacob finished commanding his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed and breathed his last and was gathered to his people.
- In Gen 25:8 Abraham is gathered to his people. (Seth, Enoch, Methuselah, Noah, Sarah etc…)
- In Gen 25:17 Ishmael is gathered to his people. (His dad, Abraham, and all the Godly who’ve passed on before)
- In Gen 35:29 Isaac is gathered to his people. (His dad, Abraham, and all the Godly who’ve passed on before)
- In Gen 49:33 Jacob is gathered to his people. (His granddad, Abraham, and all the Godly who’ve passed on before)
(8) Luke 16: 19-31 (The Resurrected Are Gathered TO Abraham’s Bosom & Hades!)
Abraham’s bosom in Luke 16: 19-31 is a place where all the dead abide until the judgment.
Hebrew scholars considered Abraham’s side/bosom a place of rest, comfort and joy, like heaven.
But the term bosom literally means each of the following:
- “side” (as besides or next to — in an affectionate, well-meaning way)
- the fold or pocket of a garment that is formed as a hollow by folding up the loose fitting forepart.
- a bay
- a gulf
Jesus described the place to where the dead are transported is divided into two sections:
- paradise or “Abraham’s Bosom” for the saved, and
- Gehenna or hell/hades for the unsaved.”
In Luke 16 Jesus explained that justice and retribution will be served to all in the judgment after death.
For some, justice means they’ve received the mercy and grace of God through the sacrifice of Christ, and so they are justified by faith.
For others justice means they will receive the Rom 6: 23 payment for sin, which is death. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(9) Luke 16: 19-31 (Some Are Resurrected To Comfort — Others To Torment)
Luke 16: 19-31. 49: 29 Jacob 29… commanded them and said …, “I am to be gathered to my people. The phrase “to be ‘gathered’ to my people is designated for all those who are to be resurrected to salvation. In Genesis it is said of …
which means … “Upon death we will be assembled with those who are to be resurrected to salvation.
19 “Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, joyously living in splendor every day. 20 “And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, 22 and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. 22 “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. 23 “In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and * saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 “And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’ 25 “But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. 26 ‘And besides all this, between us and you there is a great chasm fixed, so that those who wish to come over from here to you will not be able, and that none may cross over from there to us.’ 27 “And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house—28 for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 “But Abraham * said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 “But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ 31 “But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”
Luke 16: 19-31 The Account of Lazarus & The Rich Man reveals to us the following:
- 19-23 the rich and powerful and the poor will be submitted to the Lord’s judgement.
- “The account is not to portray that the poor are more virtuous than the rich, and automatically are admitted into Heaven, nor that the rich automatically are Hell bound. 25 Abraham speaks kindly to the rich man, saying “that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.” All of us receive good things from God, such as air to breath, and food to eat, so receiving good in this life is not an indication that in the next life we will receive bad.
- That “the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom” is to indicate that regardless of our station in life on earth, the saved are transported into God’s care.
- It also refutes what the Politically Appointed Religious Crowd (PARC) believed, which is in Luke 16:14-15, 14The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
- Thayer’s Lexicon says Lazarus means: “him whom God helps.” Though Lazarus was a beggar, God cared for Him, and saw that he had his minimum daily needs met. Who relied on God more, Lazarus or the rich man? Who needed God more Lazarus or the rich man? Now rich people can rely upon God for wisdom and knowledge as to how to earn money, and for wisdom and knowledge for how to spend it. But in this case, the rich man did not do that.
- 24 – The unsaved will experience Hades and its torment of agony in flames.
- Upon death, the decision regarding heaven and hell is made, and it is not going to be reversed. The Bible does not support the concept of purgatory, where one only suffers for a time, and then is released to Heaven, based upon time served or the prayers of others.
- 29-31 31“But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’ ” Thus the rich man is not allowed to go tell his family members about their potential impending future in Hell, because Moses and the Prophets — meaning the Word of God is sufficient to achieve the Born Again conversion experience of John 3: 3-16 that results in salvation. 27-30 —
- God does not allow the dead saints to do His Will and call us to repentance! There are no apparitions or appearances of dead people, proclaimed as saints
FB Meyer says, Notice that memory plays a conspicuous part in the sorrow of Gehenna; that Christ gives no hope of changing the soul’s habitation; and that we have in the Scripture a more certain agent of spiritual renewal than would be provided by even the apparition of the dead.
(10) Gen 49: 28 – 33 (Jacob Looks Forward To Being Resurrected In Jerusalem)
Jacob wants to be buried with his fathers in what will become Jerusalem which at that time is a field and a cave 30…Abraham bought/purchased from Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place.
Thus 31… Abraham & Sarah, Isaac & Rebekah, and Jacob’s & Leah, are buried in the first piece of property in the land God granted them! In Communion, We honor Christ … The Good Shepherd Who Restores Our Souls (Psalm 23: 1-3) And Who Is Our Resurrection And Source of Abundant Life Click To Tweet
From Jacob’s request to be buried in Jerusalem he indicates…
- Jacob believes in the resurrection of the dead. (John 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,)
- In Gen 47:9 Jacob says “Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life,” so he knows he is a sinner, and so he has faith and is relying upon God’s mercy and grace for his salvation. (Gen 15:6 And he [Abraham] believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.)
- Gen 15:6, Rom And he [Abraham] believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.)
- Rom 4:13-16 13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression. 16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all,
- 2: 8-9 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
- Jacob’s hope is for the physical place/location of Jerusalem, in the promised
- Our hope is in heaven and The new Jerusalem of Rev 21:21
(NIN) Regarding this first purchase of the land-grant God bestows upon Israel we can assert …
- Many people groups cling to their burial sites of their ancestors, so why should Israel be denied theirs in Jerusalem, especially after they legally purchased it from Hittites, a no longer existing people group, as they initially were diminished by the Egyptian and Assyrian Empires? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hittites) Lacking a continuity, their descendants are scattered and have ultimately got merged into the modern populations of the Levant, Turkey and Mesopotamia.  The Levant is a huge land mass that includes Cyprus, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and the Northern Sinai.
- The Bible does not show where Ishmael is buried, but Arabic Literature cites of his 12 sons, Kedar was the ancestor of Mohammed. Ishmael is reputed to have been buried near the Kaaba, which is a Cube shaped structure in the center of holiest mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
(11) Gen 50: 2-3 (Great Preparation Was Made Over Jacob’s Body for 40 Days As Christ’s Presented Himself To His Disciples for 40 Days)
Jacob is prepared for burial for 40 days, as Acts 1: 3 shows Jesus presented Himself alive to them [His disciples] after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
Hebrews 10:5-7 5Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; 6in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. 7Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’” 8When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), 9then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
In Psalm 40: 6-7 Christ says, 6In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. 7Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll (volume) of the book it is written of me:
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
(12) Gen. 50: 7-13 (Jews & Gentiles Travel to Jerusalem The Site of The Patriarchal Hope of Resurrection)
Gen. 50: 7-13 The great company of Jews & Gentiles that travel To Jerusalem to intern Jacob in Jerusalem, site of patriarchal resurrection, is provided to demonstrate … though John 4:22 explains that God brings salvation through the Jews, Jesus extends an invitation to all, including each of us here today.
The great company of Egyptians & Hebrews symbolizes that …
- Jew and Gentile can appreciate what God has worked through Israel’s Patriarchs.
- Jew and Gentile can participate in the resurrection to life and the other benefits of God’s salvation.
Thus Jesus extends this invitation to us all and says in John 14:2 “…I go to prepare a place for you.
- John 14: 1-3 1“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
(13) Gen. 50: 7-13 (Jews & Gentiles Travel to Jerusalem The Site of The Patriarchal Hope of Resurrection)
A great company commemorates Jacob’s burial In Jerusalem, as we here are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses whom we want to lead to commemorate Christ’s death. (Hebrews 12:1) Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
How can we be raised?
We are eternal spirits housed inside our temporary flesh.
Jacob is buried physically but he will be raised spiritually. (I Corinthians 15: 50, 15: 42)
I Corinthians 15: 50 says “I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.”
I Corinthians 15: 42 says, “So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable [flesh]; what is raised is [our] imperishable [spirit].”
1 Corinthians 15:44 says “it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”
1 Corinthians 15:42 —48 says…
42So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.
Let’s celebrate what God has done for us, as we sing Nothing But The Blood and prepare for Communion:
We Reflect on Christ, …
Whose Body Took On God’s Punishment for Our Sins.
Who Indeed Has Prepared A Place For Us (John 14:2)
We honor Christ …
The Good Shepherd Who Restores Our Souls (Psalm 23: 1-3)
And Who Is Our Resurrection And Source of Abundant Life
(John 14:6 & John 10:10)
In John 11, as Jesus was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, He told Martha, “23… “Your brother will rise again.” 24Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”
1Cor. 11: 23- 26 the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
25In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.