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rom the pit to the prison to the pal-  Associated with a Promise
             ace, Joseph reminds us of the Lord
                                               First of all, we notice that Joseph’s bones
        FJesus. His Hebrew name given at     are connected to a promise. The first two
        birth by his mother Rachel means “He   Bible references (Gen 50:25, Exo 13:19)
        will add.” Projecting our minds forward   repeat the promise, “God will surely visit
        to our heavenly Joseph, He had a work   you, and ye shall carry up my bones from
        of addition to do: “The Lord added to the   hence.”  No doubt Joseph was familiar with
        church daily such as should be saved”   the “horror of great darkness” that was
        (Acts 2:47, KJV).                    Abram’s experience in Genesis 15 when it
          Pharaoh, subsequent to Joseph’s exalta-  was revealed to him that his descendants
        tion, also gave him an Egyptian name,   would be slaves in captivity for 400 years.
        Zaphnath-paaneah. While the exact mean-  The promise was that one day God’s people
        ing may not be entirely conclusive, we   would be taken out of Egypt. John Ritchie
        appreciate Thomas Newberry’s marginal   teaches us in his excellent book Egypt to Ca-
        reference to two suggested meanings. The   naan that the believer is in “Fact” in Egypt,
        first is “savior of the world,” and the sec-  in “Experience” in the wilderness, and
        ond, “revealer of a secret.” The woman of   in “Position” in Canaan.  Dear Christian,
        Samaria in John 4 said, “Come, see a man,   though you are in the world (John 17:11),
        which told me all things that ever I did”   you are not of the world (John 17:16). We
        (v29, KJV). This is our heavenly Joseph, the   who are in the world in fact have been
        “Revealer of a secret.”  We further read in   given a promise by the Lord Himself, “I
        John 4:42 of the testimony of the Samari-  will come again” (John 14:3). It is Paul
        tans: “This is indeed the Christ, the Savior   who associates the Lord’s Supper with that
        of the world.”                       promise. We read in 1 Corinthians 11:26,
          There are four references to Joseph’s   “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink
        bones in Scripture. Joseph died at age 110   this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till
        and was expertly embalmed by the court   he come” (KJV). What a great promise this
        physicians of Egypt. Several hundred years   is, and our hearts yearn for it: “Even so,
        later, the exodus took place. It was another   come, Lord Jesus!”
        60 years before his remains were buried in  Associated with a Passing
        Shechem.                               Joseph’s instructions regarding his re-
          Throughout  the  duration  of  Israel’s   mains were given immediately prior to
        enslavement in Egypt and wilderness   his death. In the Genesis account we read,
        journey, there was a careful preservation   “Joseph said unto his brethren, ‘I die’”
        of Joseph’s remains. His bones were a   (50:24). In the Hebrews account we read,
        memorial – a constant visible reminder   “By faith Joseph, when he died …” (11:22).
        of his death. We can draw some parallels   This brings to mind the closing hours of
        between Joseph’s bones and the Lord’s   our Lord’s life, when He took the bread and
        Supper.                              cup and instituted the Lord’s Supper. Paul

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