So Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions there and grew and multiplied exceedingly. And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. So the
length of Jacob's life was one hundred and forty-seven years. When the time drew near that Israel must die, he called his son Joseph and said to him, "Now if I have found favor in your sight, please put your hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with
me. Please do not bury me in Egypt, but let me lie with my fathers; you shall carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place."
And he said, "I will do as you have said."
Tuesdays with Jacob
Do you have dreams? Jacob had lived a long life---one that had taken him far from his homeland and his people. So as his days near their end, he longs to return to the land of his fathers, to
be reconnected with the heritage he once deceived to lay hold of. This final promise seals the fulfillment of the dream that drove the heart of this old man.
Just as Egypt wasn't Jacob's true home, this world is not ours. We long for the day when we will be forever in the land we were made for---the place that God has promised for those who love Him.
For us, it's not a tomb with our forefathers that awaits. Instead, we will live forever with them.
Are you living for that day? Do you find yourself homesick for the place of no more sin and suffering? That day will one day come, but we can live today with such a future in mind. This is the
day we live with and will enjoy forever and ever.
---Dr. Mike Clarensau serves as Senior Director of the Healthy Church Network
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