20 By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. 21 By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his burial.Meditation: Why does the Author to the Hebrews link Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph together? They persevered to the end of their days and their faith did not waver even in the face of death. They did not live to see the fulfillment of God's promises to make of them a great nation and to bring them into the Promised Land. Isaac died a nomad (Genesis 27). Jacob died as an exile in Egypt (Genesis 47:29, 48:15-16). And Joseph died as a great figure and a stranger in a foreign land as well (Genesis 50:22-26). They, nonetheless, hastened the day of this fulfillment through their faith and hope in God's word. Their faith enabled them to see beyond the present circumstances to the future which God promised. As links in a great chain of men and women of faith they hastened the fulfillment of God's promises. We, too, are called to be links in a great chain of hope and faith that passes from one generation to the next. Is your hope in this present life only? Ask God to give you the faith to see beyond the grave to the victory which awaits those who persevere to the end.
"Lord Jesus, your promises never fail because you are ever faithful to your word Give us eyes of faith to see beyond the grave to the victory which awaits those who persevere in hope."