Preparing for death

Re: Verse reading–Genesis 47:27-31, 48:1-2,8-19, 49:33, 50:1-6 (day six)
“When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called his son Joseph and said to him. . .’do not bury me in Egypt.’ ” (47:29-30)  It is a time that will come for every one of us.  The time to die.  “As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or, if due to strength, eighty years.”  (Psalm 90:12)  Notice Jacob’s absence of avoidance?  Both culturally and spiritually he is prepared.  No fear.  Calm preparation for the next steps.  As a Pastor, I hear the stories, (and deal with the consequences for the family) of people who refuse think/talk about death.  Too fearful.  Too depressing.  Believers have a greater opportunity.  We write our wills.  We speak to our children and friends of our wishes.  We do not fear death.  We prepare for it.  “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven”, said Jesus. (Matthew 6:20)  It is a day that comes for everyone.  Are you prepared?

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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