Genesis 50:10-11 (NIV)
When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father. 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.
Abel-mizraim means “mourning of the Egyptians.”
Matthew 3:11-13 (ESV)
“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.
Did not the whole nation of Egypt mourn at Jacob’s death? Did not Pharaoh give permission to Joseph to take Jacob’s body back to the Promised Land? Did not Joseph and Mary seek refuge from Herod in Egypt? Look with kindness upon the nation of Egypt. We pray that this nation will turn their eyes and give their hearts to the Root of Jesse, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Messiah, Jesus.
Jesus will come again, with the winnowing fork in His hand, to clear His threshing floor. He will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in Him. We cry out for the nation of Egypt. Have mercy! Amen.