Joseph’s Kindness

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Genesis 49:1-33, Genesis 50:1-26, Isaiah 55:8-9, Romans 8:28-30

At the end of the day, and the end of our lives, we all want to be carried home.

Israel experienced the dysfunction and joy of family (Genesis 28 and 29), life and death (Genesis 29–30, 35:18), abundance and famine (Genesis 30 and 42). He wrestled with God and walked with Him.

There is typography to all of our lives, highs and lows, peaks and valleys, times when God’s blessings flow like roaring rivers, and times when they seem like a barely trickling brook. Each individual moment, experience, or circumstance is just a snapshot; only God has the 10,000 foot view. And at every elevation, He is wooing us back toward home.

Though Israel met the love of his life and experienced smashing success in Haran, he never stopped thinking about Canaan. Though his children and grandchildren put down deep roots in Egypt, he never shook the pull of home. After calling them to himself to offer one final blessing over each of them, he gave instructions for his own burial—not in Egypt, where Joseph was interred, but with his forefathers, in the cave found in a field, in the land of Canaan (Genesis 49:29–30). He told them: “This is the field Abraham purchased from Ephron the Hethite as burial property. Abraham and his wife Sarah are buried there, Isaac and his wife Rebekah are buried there, and I buried Leah there’” (Genesis 49:29–31). Israel wanted to rest with his people.

Whether we are in a moment of success or failure, whether we find ourselves deeply rooted or adrift, whether in the highest of highs or the lowest of lows—our hearts ache for our true and future home. There is a longing, placed deep inside of each one of us, not for the land of our fathers, but the land of the Father. We know, deep down in our guts, that eternity with Him is where we belong.

Israel’s ache exists in each one of us. Like him, we want to know that we won’t have to stay forever in this foreign, broken land. In every peak and every valley, we can cling to this hope: in Christ, our homesickness will be satisfied. Someday soon—it won’t be long now—we, too, will be carried home.

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  1. Casey Evans says:

    The feeling and desire for home is so deep and primal in us. It really is ‘eternity placed in our hearts’, the Father calling us home ❤️

  2. Tiffany Lashmet says:

    This made me think of the song “Almost Home” by Mercy Me. As I sat with a friend in hospice this week before he went to our eternal home, that song kept replaying in my mind.

  3. K D says:

    Home. Oh come Lord Jesus…

  4. Cori says:

    Topography, not typography ;)

  5. Pam Williams says:

    Amen Churchmouse❤️

  6. Churchmouse says:

    Christina Higgins, thank you for your kind words. My comments are welcome to be shared by anyone at any time. I pray they would be a blessing, an encouragement and sometimes a challenge – and always for the glory of God. Please express my appreciation for your son’s service (my son in law is in the Air Force) as both a Marine and a police officer. As I too have renal cancer, I will pray for him even as I pray for myself – that we would be faithful ambassadors for Christ in this our tour of duty. God bless him, you and all your family.

    1. Cristina Higgins says:

      Thank you. God bless you and hold you in his hands.

  7. PamC says:

    Oh Churchmouse! What a fabulous, new perspective you have blessed me with. I grew up a Naval officer’s daughter so this perfect. Daddy received his orders “home” at the ripe old age of 41. It shattered “his girls”, but this is healing. Thank you.

  8. Angi Morrison says:

    This made me think about my dad. My parents lived in South Georgia where I was born most of their lives. They retired to a town in north Georgia for several years. After my mom died she was buried back in my hometown where my brothers were buried as well. After a few short my months my dad wanted to go back home to spend his last 7 years, back home close to his family. He lived those 7 years to the fullest, but there was definitely a part of him those last few weeks that were now longing for his eternal home.

  9. Lisa says:

    Thank you for this work you’re doing! I was introduced to She Reads Truth through AnniE F. Downs podcast and began studying with you with the Advent book. For Christmas I was gifted the SRT Bible and for the first time in my 46 years I’m consistently reading God’s Word daily. Today’s study wraps up beautifully by listening to Almost Home by Mercy Me! Truth sung resonates with me more than anything and throughout this study of Genesis so many songs have been my soundtrack, paralleling the stories in Genesis. It’s been fun, and cathartic to sing praises along with the truth being read. Thanks for blazing the trail for us!

    1. Camille English Davis says:

      ❤️

  10. Gina says:

    I have always enjoyed the stories of the Pentateuch, but I am not sure if I have ever read Genesis cover to cover before. This has been awesome! I was so excited to see a prophecy of Jesus’s coming in Genesis 49. Thanks so much! This has been a great study!!!

  11. Tina says:

    My stepfather, a couple of years ago, gave some money to my brother with instructions on his burial when the time came.. BACK HOME!
    He has lived here for over 60years, studied, married had 6 children has 12 grands, and 9 greats..and yet the request is to carry him home to the land of his birth and roots..
    My siblings have tried to reason with him, but that is his wish.. and the cantankerous old man is not budging..

    I think this is a generational thing, as in our fathers, fathers, fathers thing.. we are a lot more transient now, settling and living away from our homeland and family..and making ‘new’ lives for ourselves.

    Home is where the heart is.. comes to mind as I write, and home to me right now is where eternity is.. my forever home.. a place Jesus is preparing for me… a place of no pain of this world, a place where tears are no more..a place of no need… for anything.. a place, sisters, where we will meet over coffee, tea, lattes.. a place we will not need virtual hugs, but the real deal..

    For now home is the bricks and mortar I live in, where my beloved here on earth have made memories.. but I know the best is to come… Amen..!

    Happy Happy Friday sisters…❤

  12. Carol says:

    Awesome study! Can’t wait for the next one.

  13. Mari V says:

    I long for that day when I see my Jesus face to face. I think about this pretty much daily. In those quiet moments and how I long to be HOME! Away from all the problems, heartaches, the unknown. Then I start to think about my two beautiful children and what will happen to them. It brings me great joy that they both love Jesus! While I long to be HOME with my Jesus I’m grateful that I am here for both of my kids. My human nature gets concerned for their wellbeing and that’s when I have to trust my God, the God who gave me my two beautiful children that HE will take care of them.

  14. Dinahrae says:

    I love that thinking Churchmouse. The disease lost and she won! This was a great study SRT. Looking forward to the next one.

  15. Ramona says:

    Courtmouse, you are so right. She has won over that disease and won her battle here. Her rewards are external.

  16. Nancy Stinson says:

    And this is the truth.

  17. Kara says:

    Oh how I long to be free of this world and home with my Father! When life gets hard, I remember that this is not what I was made for – even the best days will pale in comparison to our eternal life. Praise Jesus!

  18. Churchmouse says:

    A friend of mine had died after a six year battle with ALS. It was mentioned she “had lost” her battle against this dreaded disease. She was a strong woman of faith and had loved her Jesus deeply. I struggled with the idea that she “lost the fight”. I don’t think that’s the right phrase. And so I said I didn’t really believe that. The battle wasn’t lost. The disease didn’t win. I think the war was simply over. Her Commander in Chief told His soldier the battle was over. Her tour of duty was done. It was time for her to go home. The soldier hasn’t lost the battle when he receives his orders to go home. And so my dear friend got her orders and went home to heaven, greeted with a hero’s welcome. I believe her Commander in Chief held His arms open wide and proclaimed “Well done, good and faithful servant!” The disease lost. She won. It wasn’t even close.

    1. Mari V says:

      ❤️

    2. Nancy Singleton says:

      Beautiful perspective!

    3. Cristina Higgins says:

      Thank you so much Churchmouse! My son is living with kidney cancer right now. But, some day, pray God not too soon, he will be going home. May I use your words for him at that time? He was, and is, a proud Marine and a compassionate and strong cop. He served his country and his community with all he had. He struggles with not being able to do the work he did before. Yet, he still reaches out to others to help all he can. He’s helping a friend pack up to move today and will come back home tired and aching. But he never thinks that the pain he’s in is a reason he can’t help others.

    4. Sarah Miller says:

      Agree!!! My beautiful mother-in-law went to be with Jesus after an 18 month battle with stage 4 cancer last August. She held firmly that God had given her that mountain to show others her mountain could be moved and lived those 18 months bravely with many who met her not even knowing she had cancer. The girl rocked her wigs!! When she finally went into liver failure in July, it stunned and shook us all. But I listened to an amazing sermon by Steven Furtick – I know how this story ends. It was then that God gave me the peace – she’s going to see a victory. She’s going to see Jesus!! While her healing came on the other side of eternity, I truly believe she moved her mountain and saw a victory. Death does not defeat us!!

    5. Christine Smith says:

      ❤️

    6. Jennifer Anapol says:

      Amen!

    7. Jennifer Anapol says:

      I love this idea of coming home. Of finding a place you feel comfortable, safe and secure. A place you belong and know you are loved. I feel a glimpse of that here on earth, but I know that in heaven I will be completely at home. May I long for they day that every tear will be wiped away.

    8. Camille English Davis says:

      ❤️❤️

  19. Chelsea says:

    I love this Angie. Thank you for this.

  20. Bessie says:

    Oh how I look forward to going home. I love to read about it in Revelation 21.

    “Look, the home of God is now among men, and he will live with them and they will be his people; yes, God himself will be among them.[a] 4 He will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. All of that has gone forever.”

    One of the things that is so hard for me is to say goodbye to those I love. I hate saying goodbye, What joy to know that we will all be together, living with God and those we love. It is hard to see those we love in pain. I long for the day when there will be no more tears or sorrow.

    I also look forward to being with all of you precious women who I’ve come to love. We are bound for the Promised Land!

    1. Mari V says:

      ❤️

    2. Jennifer Anapol says:

      ❤️

  21. Linda J says:

    Today’s scripture includes one of my favorite verses. “You meant it for evil but God used it for good”. How often I have experienced this in my life and the lives of others. So thankful that God has the 10,000 ft view and more importantly that He is watching. This has been a great study. Thanks SRT.

    1. Nancy Singleton says:

      Amen!!

  22. Blessed Beth says:

    Oh how we long to go home as much as we love our family we know where we eventually want to be. What peace we derive from knowing we have a Heavenly Father awaiting us.
    I remember why I went home to Bermuda to bury my father my sister and I chose men he has helped during his life to carry him to his final resting place, they were humbled to of been asked to carry him to the place he had chosen. They thought of what he did for them, me I was at peace know he was at home with our Heavenly Father where he longed to be.

  23. Angie says:

    Have you ever made something?
    My students will color pictures, or make a craft at home, and give it to me.
    Those gifts mean the most. There is a part of the child in the creation. They have chosen to give me something that mattered to them.

    We are gifts, created by God, given to our parents. Our children are gifts, created by God, entrusted to us.
    Every person…created by God. Every person…a gift.
    Each one of us formed, the days of our lives planned, the hairs on our heads counted. And, given the breath-kiss of God to bring our soul to life.

    God’s creation started in the garden, and will continue until the triumphant day when He comes to take us Home!
    Jesus, give me vision for Your purpose, hands that heal, ears that listen, and a heart of obedience and love.
    For the one who finds themselves among ashes of a bonfire of their own making (as one SRT sister stated), I pray we remember that God brings beauty from ashes. I pray that He will use those ashes to enrich the soil for His good. And, in the Today’s until His return, may we use this gift He has given us, the days, the hours, the minutes, to guide others back HOME, where we belong. May they not see us on this journey, only Jesus.
    Garden beginnings. Heavenly endings – for His children.
    Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

    1. GramsieSue . says:

      Well spoken. ❤️

      1. Nancy Travers says:

        Beautiful heart prayer. Thank you