March 23, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Genesis 48-50
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Context: Since Reuben and Simon had sinned against their father, their blessings were instead given to the sons of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim. Jacob (Israel) then gives his blessings to all of his sons. Joseph promised to bury his father with his fathers in Canaan. Following Jacob's death, he was embalmed by physicians, possibly to avoid the occult rights normally associated with embalming in Egypt. Joseph's brothers were concerned that Joseph still held a grudge and would act now that their father was dead. Unwilling to directly confront the problem, they used their recently deceased father to try and gain favor with Joseph. Such an act was unnecessary, as Joseph had truly forgiven his brothers. When Joseph died, he was buried in Egypt.