BSF Study Questions Genesis Lesson 31, Day 5: Genesis 50:22-26

Summary of passage:  Joseph spent his entire life in Egypt and died at the age of 110. Before he died, he reassured his brothers that God will aid them and take them out of Egypt to the Promised Land and requested that his bones be brought out of Egypt.  He was embalmed and placed in a coffin in Egypt.


11)  God will aid them and take them up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

12a)  To have his bones moved to the land God promised.  This encouraged the Israelites in their faith in God as they trusted in God’s plan to return them to the Promised Land.

b) Exodus 13:19:  “Moses took the bones of Joseph with him.”

Joshua 24:32:  “And Joseph’s bones which the Israelites had brought up from Egypt were buried at Shechem in the tract of land that Jacob bought for a 100 pieces of silver from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem.”

13) Personal Question.  My answer:  From this passage:  “God will surely come to your aid and take [your loved one] up out of this land to the land He promised (heaven).”

Other passages are better:  Genesis 50:19-21:  “Don’t be afraid…God intends it for good…He will provide for you and your children.”

Conclusions:  Disappointment reigns.  I think Lesson 30 & 31 should have been combined.

Did you catch the fact that Joseph was never buried?  (I didn’t until I read commentary on this passage.  I had assumed he was buried and then would be dug up for the trip to the Promised Land).  Scholars suggest his bones were left out as a visual reminder to the Israelites that one day Joseph would be buried in the Promised Land.

Joseph’s request was showing great faith in God’s promises.

And so ends the Book of Genesis with God’s chosen people looking forward to the fulfillment of God’s promises.

7 thoughts on “BSF Study Questions Genesis Lesson 31, Day 5: Genesis 50:22-26

  1. In the mid 70’s we saw the mummy of King Tut in an Egyptian exhibit. The Egyptians back then were able to embalm a body and preserve it for a couple of thousand years. Remarkable!! They probably preserved Joseph’s body in the same way, so that only 430 years later Moses was able to take his remains with him and give him a burial in the Promised Land

  2. Agree – Lesson 30 and 31 should have been combined. Felt like the last few weeks have been stretched out!

  3. Dear Atozmom, it has been agreat study and thank you so much for all the hard work you have done in providing significant insight in the Genesis study. See ya next study which is Matthew for us here in Evansvill Indiana.

    God Bless and keep ya His.

  4. Ditto to Fred Reynolds post !! Have a blessed summer!:) you are appreciated more than words can express Thanks

  5. Thanks so much !!! After reading the chapters i read your summary to reall get an understanding of what I’ve read. You make the bible come alive!! May God continue tio bless you!! Have a wonderful summer!!! Hope u are back for the nest session!!!

  6. I loved this week’s study. I would have combined lessons in the early weeks that dragged on and on in the early chapters where it seemed like we camped ’til Christmas. I wish we had taken more time these last few weeks. I love the character of Joseph.

    I do appreciate all you do and hope the new puppy is halfway to housebroken! <3 Big dogs make such big puddles until they figure it out.

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