The Death and Burial of Jacob (Genesis 49:29 – 50:14)

Scripture Text:

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Genesis 49:29 – 50:14

Questions:

1. How many different places have you lived in your life? Of these, which was your favorite? Which was “home”?

2. When you die, which would you most like to have performed at your funeral: 76 trombones? A simple banjo? An electric guitar? A full orchestra in tails? What does your choice say about how you hope to live?

3. Why is it so important to Jacob that he be buried in Canaan (remember Genesis 46:1 – 4; 47:29 – 31)? What does this say about Jacob’s faith in God’s promises?

4. Where would you like to be buried? Will your funeral be bigger or smaller than your wedding or your graduation party? What does that say about how long you expect to live or how many survivors and friends you will have accumulated?

5. How do you feel about death and dying? Are you afraid of dying? Why  or why not? Have you managed to avoid talking about it with your family? Why? Why not talk about it sometime soon?

Additional Comments:

Joseph’s political importance is underlined by the elaborate mummification procedure for his father. Jacob’s mourning period was only two days shorter than that given for a Pharaoh. In addition, all the court dignitaries traveled to Canaan for the funeral.

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