Genesis 50:1-3 - At Jacob's death, Joseph instructed the Egyptian "physicians" to embalm him, a process that takes forty days.
Genesis 50:4-6 - Joseph received permission from Pharaoh to take his father to their family burial place in the Cave of Machpelah near Mamre, that Abraham had bought from Ephron the Hittite.
Genesis 50:7-14 - Joseph went up to Canaan to bury his father, Jacob. All of Pharaoh's officials went with him. Probably for protection, possibly to ensure Joseph's return to Egypt! The Canaanites may not have had horses yet at that time. So Pharaoh's chariots, etc. from Egypt must have been quite a spectacle to them.
Jacob had been 130 years old when he moved to Goshen in Egypt, and he died at age 147. So he lived in Goshen for 17 years, the first five of which were during Egypt's seven years of famine. Further calculations suggest 453 years from Jacob's burial, to the nation Israel's crossing the Jordan into Canaan (including, of course, the 40 years in the desert).
Genesis 50:15-18 - Joseph's brothers have an anxiety attack. They reasoned that Joseph was holding off reprisals for their treatment of him until their father died. So they told him, "Your father left these instructions before he died: 'This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly...'"
It was likely a false quote, but Joseph cried when he saw his brothers' mindset. The parallel here may be that Jesus also weeps when we expect bad things from Him, showing our lack of trust.
Genesis 50:19-21 - "Don't worry. God is sovereign. You intended harm, but God worked it to the good, saving many lives".
Genesis 50:22-26 - Joseph was 56 years old when his father died. He stayed in Egypt, and saw the third generation of Ephraim's children. He lived in Egypt for 93 years, then asked that his bones be taken back to Canaan. He recognized that his stay in Egypt was temporary, and that God's promise was in Canaan. Joseph died at age 110. "They embalmed him, and placed him in a coffin in Egypt". In a coffin, because several hundred years down the road, it would be transported through the desert to the promised land:
The main events or "mountain peaks" of Genesis:
So the Bible is composed of 66 books, written by about 40 different authors, but fits together as a supernatural communication from God to Man, from outside the realms of time.
"He died upon a cross of wood
But he made the hill on which it stood."
Next week - The Trinity: misconceptions about it. Be thinking of models to try to explain it, even though we don't understand it fully.