After Jacob had lived in Egypt for 17 years he knew his life was coming to an end. He called for Joseph. Then, according to tradition, he pronounced a blessing on Joseph’s sons and made Joseph promise that when he died they would not bury him in Egypt but return him to his homeland. Joseph promised.
Some time later, Jacob called together his whole family and gave prophetic blessings over all his sons. One of the most interesting is in Genesis 49:10. In this verse Jacob is foretelling that Jesus will be a descendent of Judah as well as many other mighty kings. He again made them promise to return his body to his home land. Not long after he died.
When he died, Joseph had him embalmed (or preserved) and made plans to take him home. Not only did Joseph go, but all his brothers and their families went. Pharaoh sent his officials along to show respect to Joseph’s family. Now you may be asking why it matters that they did what they promised? Number one, we should always keep our word; so it is good they did that. But, more importantly, number two they were showing honor and respect for their parent by doing his wishes. Jacob was dead, he would not have known if they tossed him in the Nile River in Egypt! But Joseph and his brothers knew that God wants us to honor our parents. So, by honoring Jacob, they were also showing honor and obedience to God!!
Do you honor your parents?
If you have done something mean or disrespectful to your parents you need to apologize to them and ask God’s forgiveness. Try to think of something you can do today that will show your parents how much you honor, love and respect them.