Christian Devotional – January 9, 2019

Jacob died and made his sons promise to bury him in Canaan. So, off they head to Canaan with s very large company of people. Read Genesis 50:4-14.

Now when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a grievous mourning for the Egyptians.” Therefore it was named Abel-mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan.
Genesis 50:11 NASB

This would have been a strange sight for the locals to see such a large company of people and especially Egyptian officials coming to Canaan to bury this person. Yet Joseph and his brothers did exactly what Jacob asked them to do.

Jacob’s burial had as much of an impact on the lives of those he was around as his life did. He continued to bring people to focus on God through his death as through his life.

Will our lives, and deaths, be so focused? How are we planning to point people to Jesus, even in our deaths?

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