WHY IS THIS? PLEASE COMMENT.
When Jacob finished commanding his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed and breathed his last and was gathered to his people. Then Joseph fell on his father’s face and wept over him and kissed him. And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel. Forty days were required for it, for that is how many are required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days. Genesis 49:33-50:3
I’m posting this on Facebook today to get your thoughts as you contemplate these verses. I’m also inviting your comments here on my blog.
I confess that I do not understand why the Egyptians would mourn over Jacob’s death for 70 days. The quick assumption would be that it was out of respect for Joseph. That’s the easy answer but it just doesn’t explain it to me. Seventy days were how long people mourned the death of their Pharaoh. Jacob was not a pharaoh. He was not even an Egyptian, but a Hebrew. To further baffle me is the fact that Egypt did not value Israelites. They saw them as peculiar, as outsiders.
Did Joseph just rule so well that people loved his father also? Was Judah a visible presence to the people throughout the 17 years he lived there? Did he make a mark somehow?
I am wide-eyed over this. I’m missing possible explanations.
Lord, what is there for me to learn here? Please speak to Your people and teach us. In Jesus’ name, Amen