Jacob lived for seventeen more years after he arrived in Egypt. When he was 147 it was near the time for Israel to die. He called his son Joseph to him and said, “If I have found favor in your eyes, put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindness and faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, but when I rest with my fathers, carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.” I’ll do as you say, Joseph answered. “Swear to me,” Jacob said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on his staff.
Putting a hand under another person’s thigh was the custom for swearing an oath.
Joseph and Israel
Interestingly, Jacob, also called by God, Israel, cared for Joseph for his first seventeen years, and now we see Joseph care for Israel for his last seventeen years.
This is a great article written by Kurt from bennett’s blog, about Israel Joseph, and Jesus. A lot is asked of Israel, find out what. God cared for Israel and still does, He will not abandon Israel, and He will not abandon us either.
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