TOPIC: WHERE IS THE DEAD GOING?
Memory verse:-"Joseph threw himself upon his father and wept over him and kissed him. Then Joseph
directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians
embalmed him, taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming.
And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days. When the days of mourning had
passed, Joseph said to Pharaoh’s court, "If I have found favor in your eyes, speak to
Pharaoh for me. Tell him, My father made me swear an oath and said, "I am about to
die; bury me in the tomb I dug for myself in the land of Canaan.” Now let me go up and
bury my father; then I will return.’”
Pharaoh said, "Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear to do.” So Joseph
went up to bury his father. All Pharaoh’s officials accompanied him—the dignitaries of
his court and all the dignitaries of Egypt— besides all the members of Joseph’s
household and his brothers and those belonging to his father’s household. Only their
children and their flocks and herds were left in Goshen. Chariots and horsemen also
went up with him. It was a very large company. When they reached the threshing floor
of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed
a seven-day period of mourning for his father. When the Canaanites who lived there saw
the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, "The Egyptians are holding a
solemn ceremony of mourning.” That is why that place near the Jordan is called Abel
So Jacob’s sons did as he had commanded them: They carried him to the land of
Canaan and buried him in the cave in the field of Machpelah, near Mamre, which
Abraham had bought as a burial place from Ephron the Hittite, along with the field. After
burying his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, together with his brothers and all the others
who had gone with him to bury his father.”
Like Joseph we weep so much when a relative or love one demise and that obviously is natural. But the important thing in all is that we pause and ask, "Where is the dead going?” the sorrow and danger in going to hell is greater than the temporal lamentation that we seriously engage ourselves in.
It is beautiful when one is given a befitting burial but that does not determine the final destination of that dead. We ought to strive all that we can to die in the Lord and enter into His rest. He who has an ear let him listen to wisdom.
Prayer:-pray for Christ-like life and dying in the Lord
pray for all your family and love ones that they will die in the Lord when their time is due
What to meditate on:
Why both the righteous and the wicked die?