I was reading in Exodus chapter 12 and 13 today where it talks about God delivering the Israelites from slavery under Pharoah and the Egyptians. I’ve heard this story several times, but I’ve never thought of Joseph’s bones like I did today. Let me explain. At the end of Genesis in Chapter 50, Joseph is about to die, but He knows God is still going to fulfill His promise to the Israelites and bring them back to the promise land. So Joseph ask that when God brings them back, which He knows they will, God is always faithful, to bring his bones with them. Well if you read in Exodus 12 you will see that 430 years later God begins to fulfill His promise, but this isn’t what grabbed my attention, in Chapter 13 verse 19 it says that Moses grabbed Joseph’s bones. Moses never even met Joseph. Moses didn’t even know any of his sons, but what I realized is that He knew of Joseph’s bones because all the Israelites were clinging to God’s promise, they were clinging to the day they were going to march those bones out of Egypt! What hope! What conviction I have to cling to God’s promises and trust in His timing not my own.
The following song is called “Skeleton Bones” by John Mark McMillan.