From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Comfort En Route Home
And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. (Genesis 50:24)
Joseph had been an incarnate providence to his brethren. All our Josephs die, and a thousand comforts die with them. Egypt was never the same to Israel after Joseph was dead, nor can the world again be to some of us what it was when our beloved ones were alive.
But see how the pain of that sad death was alleviated! They had a promise that the living God would visit them. A visit from Jehovah! What a favor! What a consolation! What a heaven below! O Lord, visit us this day; though indeed we are not worthy that Thou shouldest come under our roof.
But more was promised: the Lord would bring them out. They would find in Egypt a cold welcome when Joseph was dead; nay, it would become to them a house of bondage. But it was not to be so forever; they would come out of it by a divine deliverance and march to the land of promise. We shall not weep here forever. We shall be called home to the gloryland to join our dear ones. Wherefore, “comfort one another with these words.”
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October 4, 2014 at 6:56 AM
Thanks for these comments from Spurgeon on Genesis 50. Here are a few more thoughts on Genesis 50. I hope they’ll be a blessing to you.
It was a time of ‘very great and sorrowful lamentation’ (Genesis 50:10). Jacob had died (Genesis 49:33). Soon, Joseph would be gone (Genesis 50:26). God was still there. He had been there in the past (Genesis 50:20). He would be there in the future (Genesis 50:24-25). Times are hard. We rejoice: ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases’. An earthly life has ended. We say, ‘His mercies never come to an end’. We cannot cope. We discover that ‘His mercies are new every morning’. Everything seems to be changing. We trust in God’s unchanging love: ‘Great is Thy faithfulness’. It seems hopeless. We say, ‘I will hope in the Lord’ (Lamentations 3:22-24). ‘Bad’ things are happening to you. Do you need to be ‘reassured… and comforted’? – ‘God meant it for good… Do not fear’. The Lord ‘will provide for you’ (Genesis 50:20-21). Whatever happens, remember this – God is in control, and He loves you (Romans 8:28)!
God bless you and make you a blessing to others.
May 28, 2015 at 10:13 PM
Yes He does. Great is His faithfulness to us, and His mercies to us never end, and for that we should all be thankful.