The Israelites (Israel’s family) moved to Egypt and Israel (Jacob) lived the last seventeen years of his life there. Jacob made Joseph promise to bury his body where his father Isaac and grandfather Abraham were buried. I’m curious if Jacob thought back to the time of his own father’s funeral and how he and his brother Esau had buried Isaac. When we know we are at the end of our lives, what will we look back on with joy?
A whole lot of blessing takes place at the end of Jacob’s life and it begins with Jacob recalling the way in which God had blessed him. Jacob reminisced and told his son Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, and said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a company of peoples and will give this land to your offspring after you for an everlasting possession.’” Who can forget a blessing like that?
The twelve tribes of Israel came from Jacob, and indeed the Promised Land would be theirs. God’s good Story is worth passing down from generation to generation. What has He done in our lives that we are sharing with the generations that follow us? Are we purposefully leaving a legacy of thanksgiving? If not, it may not be too late to rethink and align afresh to God the giver of all blessings. We have been given the gift of life; I pray we would choose to live wisely.