As we read the story of Joseph, the climax rests in Genesis 50:15-21. This is the moment where, if the story were a movie, the music would swell and the screen would fade to black as the brothers embraced and talked. But the story was still not complete. A post-credit scene is recorded in Genesis 50:22-26.
In these closing verses, we read that God gave Joseph a long life of 110 years. When he was about to die, he called his brothers together and told them something prophetic. God was going to come to their aid and take them from the land of Egypt back to their promised homeland. Then he made them promise to take his bones with them.
This postscript links ahead to the Book of Exodus. It also reminds us of the central truth of Joseph’s life—God’s sovereignty over all. Joseph knew that God had worked providentially in his life, and he knew that God was not done. God would continue working His plan to redeem His people—from Egypt, yes, but in an even greater way in Christ, as had been promised so long before to their ancestor Abraham and to Adam and Eve before that.
In what ways do you need to trust in God’s sovereignty in the days ahead?