“Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, ‘God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones up from here’” (Genesis 50:25).

Moses would fulfill the request and take with him the bones of Joseph, and those of the other patriarchs according to Acts 7:16, from Egypt to the Promised Land. By so doing, the Hebrews had with them a constant reminder that a seemingly uncertain future is but a part of God’s proven past. So strong was the patriarch’s belief in the promises given by God to Abraham, that God’s people would someday inhabit the land of the Canaanites and the Philistines, these ancient figures desired more to be buried in the future of God’s people than in the past of their own experiences. We can never allow our hope to be buried where we are. It must always aspire to where we are going.

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