In an earlier version of his notes on Genesis (written in 1960 and re-issued in 1970), George Philip offered a thought-provoking contrast between the first verse of Genesis - "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1) and the final verse of Genesis - "Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt" (Genesis 50:26).
He calls us to "remember, it was Joseph who was in the coffin, and not God. God buries his workmen, but carries on His work."
Link for his notes on Genesis