By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones” . (Heb11:22) And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die; and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from thence” (Gen 50:24-25).
This is a very interesting, but seldom scrutinized portion of the Scriptures. There were twelve men from each tribe of Israel who took their turns to carry a strange-looking Egyptian coffin on their shoulders through the wilderness journey. They carried this coffin containing the dead bones of their forefather Joseph from the very beginning of their departure from Egypt. It was a long journey to the Promised Land. On their way they came to the river Jordan where the waters were rolled back. The Scripture tells us that they continued to carry the coffin containing the bones of the ‘man of God’, for Joseph was no ordinary man. He had been a ruler over Egypt at one time. But more significantly, he was a prophet of God who had prophesied about Israel’s deliverance and possession of the Promised Land. Joseph saw by the Spirit things far ahead of his days. He longed to be part of that which was yet to come; he hungered for it; and not only that, he went ahead and made provision to be found in it. And he was part of that great event about which he prophesied and prepared for. This is also very prophetic for the church of Jesus Christ as well in these last days. There is a glorious message here.