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28th October 2023

Life and Death

Joseph said to his brethren, “I am dying; but God will surely visit you . . .”

Genesis 50:24

The first book of the Bible; Genesis, is the book of beginnings. However, it is also a book that concludes important endings. At the beginning of chapter 50, we find one of the Old Testament’s greatest examples, Joseph, weeping over the death of his father, Jacob.

Many of the heroes of our faith experienced God’s faithfulness when they died. For instance, Jacob announced he would soon be “gathered to (his) people” (Gen. 49:29–33). Jacob’s son Joseph also announced his impending death: “I am about to die,” he said to his brothers while instructing them how to hold firm in their faith. He seems to be at peace, yet eager that his brothers trust the Lord (50:24).

None of us knows when or how we will breathe our last breath, but we can ask God to help us trust that He will be with us. We can believe the promise that the Lord Jesus will prepare a place for us in His Father’s house (John 14:2–3). The Lord will never abandon us, especially at the time of our death.

Bible Reading

Genesis 50:22-26.


Father God, Thank You that You will never abandon me, and will be with me when I take my life breath on this earth. I praise You, in Jesus name. Amen.



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