3. a. Jacob seems ready to join those of his family who have passed on before. The verse in Hebrews says he worshiped. He isn’t begging God for more time on earth the way Hezekiah did.
b. Jacob did not cease to exist when his earthly body died. Jesus says God IS the God of Jacob. He is not the God of the dead but of the living.
- Hebrews 9:27 Each of us had an appointment with death. Sometime after that we have an appointment with judgment.
- Romans 3:23 None of us is worthy of God’s glory. Romans 6:23 We’ve earned death, but God offers us a free gift of life forever in Jesus Christ.
- John 5:24 Those who hear and believe have already left death and entered into life!
- John 8:24 Those who do not believe Jesus is the I Am, will die in their sins.
- John 11:26 Everyone who lives and believes the Jesus is the I Am will never die.
b. This world no longer has a hold on me like it did at one time. Life has been challenging. As I have endeavored to seek first the kingdom of God more and more, the things of earth seem in the way. For now, I have much work that God has given me to do. I find comfort reading of the death of the saints. They knew when the time had come. What a beautiful scene of Jacob with his sons around him! He was lucid, blessed them and prophesied over them, gave them instructions, worshiped, and voluntarily left this world. That is the way to go.
5. Immediately after the time of mourning was concluded, Joseph approached Pharaoh with Jacob’s death-bed request.