It is interesting to note that the narrrative of the book of Genesis begins "in the beginning" and ends "in Egypt." The reader is being prepared for the continuation of the story in the book of Exodus, which describes a time in Egypt when the descendants of Israel no longer enjoyed the privileged status they held under Joseph's leadership. With Joseph's death at the end of Genesis, it seems that things began to dramatically change for God's people and they ultimately were enslaved by the Egyptians.
Before we leave Genesis, take a moment today to reflect on what you have learned so far. What new insights have you gained? What questions do you still have? How has your faith been strengthened?