It would be decades before it was to happen. The Exodus was a long way off, yet Joseph with his dying breath made mention of it. By faith he believed all that God had said and through faith's eyes was just as certain of it as those would be who witnessed it with the eyes of their body.
Joseph is dying and what is on his mind? Being numbered with the people of God! "He made mention by faith of the departing of the children of Israel, that the time should come when they should be delivered out of Egypt. Though he should not live to see their deliverance, yet he could die in the faith of it. He gave commandment concerning his bones, that they should preserve them unburied in Egypt. Though he had lived and died in Egypt, yet he did not live and die an Egyptian, but an Israelite. He preferred a significant burial in Canaan before a magnificent one in Egypt."
Wow! What do I prefer? In covenant mercy, may I be numbered among the people of God. Bury my bones with them!