Genesis 48:1,3-5,17-19 After this, Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is ill.” So he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim... And Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, and said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a company of peoples and will give this land to your offspring after you for an everlasting possession.’ And now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are... When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he took his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said to his father, “Not this way, my father; since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.” But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations.”
Why do all good things have to come to an end one wonders and that is the reality of life. Israel (Jacob) lived a full life and walked in the ways of the Lord.
His life was not easy until the end but his faith was and even though he did not fully see God's promise of making him the father of the nations and blessing him with his land, he still remained faithful.
Is today a reminder of Jacob's blessing to Joseph and his sons or is there more to this chapter?
Through Jacob, 12 tribes of Israel were created and we see in this chapter how he takes the 2 sons of Joseph and makes them leaders of God's own nation by calling them his own.
We also see Joseph's concern for the mistaken blessing by Israel and how then Israel confirms to him that this was no mistake but an act of obedience to God who revealed their futures to him.
The message that stood out to me today was that in God's eyes, the paradigms of this world don't really matter. The 12 tribes of Israel were all not Israel's own children, Manasseh was blessed over his older brother, Ephraim, and Joseph was given the land of Shechem over his brothers.
I am reminded of Jesus' words in Matthew 20:15-16 "Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?' So the last will be first, and the first last." He speaks this after He narrates the parable of the laborers in the vineyard.
This is why I worry about trying to fit God in my paradigm but rather try to bring my understanding into His light because He is the truth and in Him is the truth alone.
Lets never take for granted what we know but instead lets lean on God for wisdom and walk in His righteous ways. Our lives are meant to be an offering of praise to our Lord, Jesus Christ who is, was and forever will be!
In His Loving Service,
Matthew 20:15-16 "Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?' So the last will be first, and the first last." He speaks this after He narrates the parable of the laborers in the vineyard.
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