This was the most difficult and painful day of his life, even more so than when the only woman he had ever loved died while giving birth to his youngest son. This may have been the day he lost all reason for living. Shown by his other sons a bloodied robe which was torn to pieces, Jacob knew it was the one he had specially made for his beloved son, Joseph, and was convinced some wild animal had killed him. Genesis 37:35 tells us, All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said “in mourning will I go down to the grave to my son.” So his father wept for him.
I see three significant stages in this story regarding Jacob and Joseph. We just saw the first one, death’s blow, the devastating and agonizing feeling the death of a loved one brings. The second stage was the day Jacob was told that Joseph was not dead, that he was, in fact, the ruler of all Egypt and was waiting there for him. Genesis 45:27 tells us the Jacob’s spirit was revived that day. I’ll call it the stage of enlightenment and hope. The third stage is the reunion itself which culminated a 13 year span. Genesis 46:29 says that As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father and wept for a long time.
As God’s children, we will all experience these three stages in our own lives. Most of us have already been through the first painful stage and many of us have arrived at the second as well, which is the knowledge that our departed loved ones in Christ are not dead but waiting for us in Heaven. The third and best stage of all is still up ahead, the reunion itself. Can you imagine the joy and gladness that awaits us on that day? I bet some of you have even dreamed about that day. As an old Christian chorus says, “What a day that will be!” I’m not one who gets easily excited but I suspect that on that day, I’ll really let loose. I may even get as excited as the pooch in this clip that was forwarded to me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC5DXGIC8s8
Memory verse for the week: (Hebrews 10:25) Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
PS: I’ll let you have a day off and won’t post a meditational thought tomorrow. I pray you’ll enjoy your 4th of July weekend with your family and friends.