Genesis 49:29-50 Resurrection Hope.
Jacob commanded that he be buried with his forefathers in the promised land. It was a declaration of the faith they shared in a resurrection hope in a new earth, from the very first promise of Genesis 3:15 reiterated to Abraham. So trusted and esteemed was Joseph in the eyes of the Pharaoh that he was allowed to take Jacob back to the cave as he commanded (46:29-50:14). “When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, ‘Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.’” (v. 15) The brothers thought that Joseph was only kind to them because of their father, when it was the other way around. Jacob came out of his bitterness through the mercy of Joseph. So when they lied saying that their father had commanded them to tell Joseph to forgive them, he wept, and they also wept (vv. 16-18).
However, Joseph put his relationship with the sovereign LORD before all else. Joseph was able to forgive because he recognized that the LORD in his providence is ultimately in charge of everything, including in his own life, for good ends. As he said to his brothers, “you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones. And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” (vv. 20-21) Although Jacob had declared Ephraim and Manasseh as his own for inheritance sake, we read that their children were brought up on Joseph’s knees to the third generation (vv. 22-23). Joseph, also when he was about to die, commanded the children of Israel to take his bones with them when the LORD would fulfill his promise concerning the land (vv. 24-26).