3We Must All Die A universal truth The fact that we die is not what is importantWhat is important is how we face deathThere is a right way and a wrong way to die!The wrong way, we suffer eternallyThe right way, we live eternallyImportant to face death in the right way
4Jacob is Dying Remember Jacob was very sick and on his deathbed He had called all his sons to his bedsideNow it was time for God to take Jacob home
5Jacob’s Charge Genesis 49:29-32 Jacob made two important requests concerning burialTo be buried in Canaan, in the cave bought by AbrahamTo be buried in the place where his loved ones were buried
6Jacob’s Charge Genesis 49:29-32 Jacob faced death believing in the promise of eternal lifeHe believed he was to be gathered to his peopleHe believed that his people—Abraham and Isaac—were still living in the presence of God, living eternallyHe believed that he was to be gathered to them, that he was to join them in eternity
7Jacob’s Charge Genesis 49:29-32 Jacob was declaring his faith in God’s promisesHis burial was to be a great testimony to God and His great promisesHe wanted his descendents to knowThat God had truly given the great promises to the worldThat God had given the great promises to him personallyGeorge Washington CookseyTombstone – born 18 Jan 1829, died 20 June 1906"Remember friends as you pass by, that all mankind are born to die, then let your cares on Christ be cast, that you may dwell with Him at last."
8Jacob’s Death - v. 33As soon as he had finished the instructions to his sons, Jacob slid back up onto the bed and diedHe was gathered to his peopleJacob joined all the believers who were living with God in eternityIf we believe in the promised seed—the Savior of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be gathered to Jacob and all other believers who are living with God in eternity
9Grief and Mourning Genesis 50:1-14 Grief (vv. 1-3)The moment Jacob died, Joseph leaned over to his father’s face and wept over him and kissed himGrief and Sorrow caused by:The death of loved ones - John 11:33-35; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14Death - To be conquered - John 20:14-16The danger of grief and sorrow is that they often becomes self-centered - John 16:5-6
10Mourning Passes vv. 4-14 Funerals – great gatherings - vv. 7-9 Joseph organized a large funeral procession to demonstrate his father’s faithAll the household of Joseph and his brothers - except the children and the workmenAll the officials of Pharaoh’s court
11Mourning Passes vv. 4-14 Funerals – great gatherings - vv. 7-9 Fulfilling wishes – vJoseph completed his father’s faithHe buried him in the promised land of CanaanLove those of our family and honor their wishes for burialWe must love our parentsEspecially if they are believers who truly follow GodLove them no matter how much they may have failed in the past
12Mourning Passes vv. 4-14 Funerals – great gatherings - vv. 7-9 Fulfilling wishes – vReturning to the Former LandDidn’t stay thereBrings back memoriesFamilyNeighborsFriends
13Guilt and Fear Genesis 50:15-21 Fear Drives Guilt – v. 15Fear begins with doubtThe brothers began to fear that Joseph might seek vengeance against themJoseph had said that he had forgiven themHad Joseph really forgiven them?How could a person forgive so terrible a wrong?Eventually a spirit of fear gripped their souls
14Guilt and Fear Genesis 50:15-21 Fear Drives Guilt – v. 15Fear begins with doubtGuilt is caused by unbelief - John 20:24-25Deliverance from guiltBy God’s love - 1 John 3:20-21By the conviction of the Holy Spirit - John 16:8-11Godly sorrow vs. worldly sorrow2 Corinthians 7:10 - For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death
15The Cure for Guilt vv. 16-21 Repentance – vv. 16-18 The brothers sent a messenger to JosephJacob wanted the sons to confess their sin to Joseph and to ask his forgivenessThe brothers asked Joseph to forgive themWhen Joseph heard the message, he weptTrue repentanceNo trouble in asking forgiveness when they had wronged a personThey came to JosephGenuinely following God, and wanted the family to be reconciled
16The Cure for Guilt vv. 16-21 Repentance – vv. 16-18 Forgiveness –vvJoseph’s response - a model for all who would respond in a godly way to ungodly persecutionGenesis 50:19-21But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them
17The Cure for Guilt vv. 16-21 Repentance – vv. 16-18 Forgiveness –vvVengeance belongs to God, not manTheir attitudes and actions were evil, but the result was intended by God for goodHow could Joseph be angry when good had come of their sin through God’s providence?Instead, Joseph returned kindness for cruelty
18The Cure for Guilt vv. 16-21 Repentance – vv. 16-18 Forgiveness –vvJoseph had forgiven his brothers 17 earlierHe had never gone back on his forgivenessGod gave him God’s very own spirit of forgivenessWhat is God’s spirit of forgiveness?Once forgiven, always forgivenThe old sin is never brought up againIt cannot be if it has been truly forgiven
19The Cure for Guilt Repentance & Forgiveness God had overruled their evil and worked it out for goodRomans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”Joseph repaid evil with goodRomans 12:21 “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good”Joseph encouraged his brothers not to fearAn example of forgiving others!If Joseph could forgive his brothers, we can forgive any person for anythingNo matter how terrible the wrong done against us, we can forgive the person
20Joseph Facing Death Genesis 50:22-26 Faithfulness – vvJoseph lived to be 110 years oldThe last half of Joseph’s life — 54 years — covered in 5 versesOver 12 chapters to cover how God prepared and used Joseph to save the worldWhat was Joseph to do with the rest of his life?Be faithful to GodKeep his family togetherLive a godly and righteous life before the world
21Joseph Died vvMoses intentionally placed the deaths of Jacob and Joseph side by sideThe burials of Jacob and Joseph are different butBoth reflect the same faith and hopeBoth believed that Israel’s blessings in the future would be realized in the promised landBoth would be a testimony to their faithJoseph was a continual reminder that some day the exodus would occur
22The End? The end of a magnificent book But wait a moment! 2 funerals – doesn’t seem like a good ending for a bookBegan in the garden - perfection & beauty - paradiseEnds in 2 coffins, one in Canaan, one in EgyptBut wait a moment!Genesis 50 is not the end of the story!Moses still has 4 books to writeGod has ordained another 61 before the final chapterThe final chapters of Revelation - return to paradise!
23Revelation 21:1-4And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them, and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away”
24Revelation 22:1-5And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. And on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His bond-servants shall serve Him; and they shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. And there shall no longer be any night; and they shall not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall illumine them; and they shall reign forever and ever.
25Death is not the End! Jacob came to a very different view of death No longer did he consider death the endEven if a man were to lose his cherished sonAs God had commanded Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, God could raise him againJacob, like Abraham and Isaac, came to see that there was life after death
26Hebrews 11:17-19By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac; and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son; it was he to whom it was said, “IN ISAAC YOUR SEED SHALL BE CALLED.” He considered that God is able to raise men even from the dead; from which he also received him back as a type
27Death is not the End!The way you view death makes all the difference in the worldIf it is the end of everything, then there is no need to seek heaven or to avoid hellIf there is no life after death, the world is right when it says “… eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die”
28Death is a Beginning! What lies after death Compels us to face eternity squarely, before deathWe need not fear death once we are rightly related to God by faith in His SonWe need not avoid talking about itDeath promises us a time eternallyWith GodWith those in the faith who have been separated from us by death
29John 14:1-3Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you, for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
302 Corinthians 5:6-8Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord — for we walk by faith, not by sight — we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
31Philippians 1:23But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better.
32Not the end, but the beginning! 1 Corinthians 15:55-58“O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
33John 11:25-26Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”