24 At length, Yosef said to his brothers, “I am about to die. Hashem will surely take notice of you and bring you up from this land to the land that He promised on oath to Avraham, to Yitzchak, and to Yaakov.”
50:24 Hashem will surely take notice of you
These words are spoken by Yosef to reassure his brothers that Hashem will one day bring the Israelites out of Egypt and into Eretz Yisrael. The Sages point out that the phrase used by Yosef, “surely take notice,” is repeated many years later by Moshe when he tells the Jewish people that the time had come for their redemption (see Exodus 3:16). Yosef initiated an oral tradition among the descendants of Yaakov; the words “surely take notice” became a code for their national redemption. When later generations hear this phrase uttered by Moshe, they understand that their redemption is imminent.
The story of the origins of the Jewish nation through God’s selection of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov is timeless. Though God indeed fulfilled His promise redeem Avraham’s children from Egypt, the story does not end there; it continues to unfold over thousands of years. Hashem made an eternal promise to Avraham and to his descendants, the Jewish people. While there are many difficult times along the way — persecution, slavery, exile, pogroms, and even the horrors of the twentieth century — the Jewish people will ultimately emerge as a great nation residing in Eretz Yisrael.