When the Canaanites who lived there saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “The Egyptians are holding a solemn ceremony of mourning.” That is why that place near the Jordan is called Abel Mizraim. – Genesis 50:11

This may seem like an obscure Scripture but it should challenge every one of us. This passage describes the funeral of Jacob, the father of the 12 tribes of Israel. His son Joseph, has fulfilled a promise to bury his father in the land of Canaan and all of Egypt is mourning. These were God followers whose lives influenced everyone around them. There was a legacy that was so profound that it affected the people who disagreed with Jacob and the God he served. What about our lives? If we left our neighborhoods, would our neighbors mourn the loss to the community?

Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

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