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Joseph's Bones

"And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years. And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees."

"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 sware to Abraham [see On His Own Two Feet], to Isaac [see Isaac's Faith And Obedience], and to Jacob [see Where Jacob's Pillow Became Jacob's Pillar]. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence."

"So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt." (Genesis 50:22-26 KJV)

"God will surely visit you"

Prophecy is not entirely limited to those who are usually regarded as the Prophets. As plainly stated in the verses above, the Israelite patriarch Joseph (see the Fact Finder question below) knew that the Exodus was coming in the future. And when the time came, as Joseph said that it would, Moses made Joseph's bones a part of the Exodus.


"And Moses [see The Education Of Moses] took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you" (Exodus 13:19 KJV)

Joseph's bones did not immediately reach their final resting place; they spent 40 years being carried around and around in the desert (for the reason that a journey that could have been done in 40 days took 40 years see A Journey Without A Destination). Nevertheless, the place of burial had been secured centuries before at a place purchased by Jacob, who The Lord renamed Israel.

"And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram; and pitched his tent before the city. And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money. And he erected there an altar, and called it Elelohe-Israel" (Genesis 33:18-20 KJV)

Joseph's journey was completed at Shechem in the time of Joshua.

"And Israel served The Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of The Lord, that he had done for Israel.

"And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph." (Joshua 24:31-32 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did the Israelite patriarch Joseph come to be in Egypt? What happened to him there?
See Potiphar

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