It is hard to believe we are at the end of the book of Genesis. This makes the completion of the second book of the Bible we have completed together. Last year was the first time I had ever read the Bible completely through and I learned SO much. This year, I am totally being blown away by all the new things the Lord is revealing to my heart. I pray it is the same for you, regardless if this is your first time of reading the Bible through or your 1000th!!
Chapter 48 – Joseph was told that his father was ill so he went to see him and took his two sons with him. Jacob reviews with Joseph, the blessing the LORD gave him in verse 3. Then Jacob tells Joseph that the two sons born two him while he was in Egypt will be “reckoned to him as mine” in verse 5. In other words Jacob is adopting Ephraim and Manasseh so they would be part of the blessing. Did any bells start going off in your head when Jacob is blessing these two young men (remember Jacob stole Esau’s birthright and then the blessing from Isaac)??? Jacob shifts his hands in the blessing so that Ephraim (the youngest) will receive a double portion rather than Manasseh!!! Joseph tries to correct his father, but Jacob REFUSED to change his hand position. (The right hand is significant of special honor being conferred).
Then in verses 15-16 he blessed Joseph and said:
15 Then he blessed Joseph and said,
“May the God before whom my fathers
Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully,
the God who has been my shepherd
all my life to this day,
16 the Angel who has delivered me from all harm
—may he bless these boys.
May they be called by my name
and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
and may they increase greatly
on the earth.”
Vs 15 God=Elohiym is used here which is the PLURAL form of God indicating the TRINITY is present during this blessing.
God= is the use of Elohiym again, which is again the PLURAL form of God indicating the TRINITY. Jacob’s attitude change can really be seen when he refers to God as his SHEPHERD (the Holy Spirit). Jacob was acknowledging his TRUST and DEPENDENCE on HIS PERSONAL GOD which is a huge change from the “heel grabber” we started with who felt he had to “grab” things for himself and not depend on God. Just think about Psalm 23 when thinking about this SHEPHERD!!
Vs 16 – The Angel who has delivered me from all harm – Angel in this instance =mal’ak which is the theophanic angel ( theophanic means a visible manifestation of a deity… remember when Jacob wrestled with the angel). Also The Angel who DELIVERED was JESUS and is a foreshadow of Jesus.
WHAT a powerful prayer!!! God gives us these people in the Bible so we have examples to live by/ mentors to learn from. Prayer is a powerful gift from God and I am sure we could all learn powerful lessons of how to pray over our loved from this.
Chapter 49 – I KNOW more names!! However, Jacob is blessings his sons. (Remember he has already blessed Joseph and Joseph’s sons are NOW 2 of the 12 tribes of Israel. SOOOO.. if he already had 12 sons/tribes what happened to the other two?? There are a LOT of Prophetic fulfillments listed here that we will embark on in future readings.
Reuben– Do you recall that Reuben slept with his father’s concubine (Gen 35:22) while Jacob was away… and then Jacob found out? Jacob refers to him as his first born (which he was). However this scripture shows how the sins of our past do catch up with us (CHOICE =CONSEQUENCE). We may be forgiven, but that does not mean that consequences of our sin simply disappear. NOPE… we usually have to deal with them. If you take a look at Deut 27:20 it says: “Cursed is the man who sleeps with his father’s wife, for he dishonors his father’s bed.”
Simeon and Levi. Remember the murders from Dinah’s rape? They too will have the consequence of being scattered as it says here in this chapter (God will scatter them by not allotting them land when they enter the Promised land, they will literally be scattered around) But know that even from their consequences God used it for His ultimate Glory! Plus if you have heard of the term Levites…. Levi… who become the tribe of the priesthood where no land was given to them directly because as we will see the priesthood was supposed to be taken care of and provided for by the other tribes.
And look what it says about Judah in verses 8-12:
“Judah, your brothers will praise you;
your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;
your father’s sons will bow down to you.
9 You are a lion’s cub, Judah;
you return from the prey, my son.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,
nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
until he to whom it belongs shall come
and the obedience of the nations shall be his.
11 He will tether his donkey to a vine,
his colt to the choicest branch;
he will wash his garments in wine,
his robes in the blood of grapes.
12 His eyes will be darker than wine,
his teeth whiter than milk.
This text can be considered a prophecy of Judah as well as a parallel of Jesus. Jacob promises to Judah a descendant who is to be the coming Ruler, Christ is called the Lion of the tribe of Judah in Rev 5:5,Your hand will be on the neck of the enemy. Much of the Bible like we saw with Joseph, has a parallel as well as a prophesy. You can look at the following Scriptures concerning prophesy if you have time Numbers 24 , Isaiah 2 and 42, Hebrews 1, Psalms 2 and 60, “end of Days” in Hebrew is Shiloh!!! Remember that God teaches us where we are ~~ He KNOWs where your understanding is and will meet you and me right there — then next year — He’ll add more to it for you and me. Isaiah 28:9-10 (KJV) it says: “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.”
- Dan is mentioned here and then in the book of Judges they are mentioned under the subtitle “The Moral failure of Israel.” Idolatry will be their weakness.
Chapter 50 —Do you remember all that Scripture of buying the cave when Sarah died back in Chapter 23. This is where Jacob is to be buried, with his whole family (except Rachel who was buried in Bethlehem after she died giving birth to Benjamin). So Jacob dies, and according to Egyptian culture he is embalmed and mourned for, but then allowed to be taken to Machpelah to be buried.
Something that struck me was that Joseph spent his first 17 years with his father as he grew up. Then Jacob spent his last 17 years with Joseph before his death!!! GRACE, GRACE, GOD’S GRACE!!!
Did you take note of Joseph’s character? He wanted to follow his father’s request to be buried with his ancestors. Joseph shares this with Pharaoh and Pharaoh not only encourages him to go and bury his father but also sends Joseph and his family with ALL Pharaoh’s officials accompanied him!!!
Once Jacob had died and was buried, the brothers got nervous. They thought maybe they were only forgiven because their father was there. Joseph reassures them that they truly are forgiven. Look at what Joseph says in Gen 50:19-21
But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Ro 8:28)
FORGIVENESS is a powerful thing. It is part of God’s character. It was part of Joseph’s character. It is what God calls each of to do in our daily lives with others and ourselves. Once we confess our sins, and ask for forgiveness ..we must BELIEVE God’s word that says he forgives us of ALL our sin… ALL… not some, not the easy ones… but ALL. In Psalms 103:12 we are told that when God forgives our sins he NO LONGER remembers the forgiven sins. It says: “as far as the east is from the west,so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Once we ask God for forgiveness if we come back to Him and say: “God remember when I ….” His response is: “WHAT sin????”
Joseph could have held on to bitterness towards his brothers. Yet instead of nursing old, bitter wounds, Joseph freely extended grace. He led… remembered….spoke… and forgave by grace. Grace enabled him to enjoy his later years surrounded by his brothers, his sons, and his grandsons, and his great grandsons “on his knees.”
The death of Joseph. His dying words were a confidence to his brothers that God’s Covenant will be fulfilled, and his people will be taken to the land that was promised to them, and God will aid them in that. Then Joseph made them swear an oath that they will take his bones back to Canaan. And, in Ex 13:19 they do.
WHAT AN AWESOME RIDE we’ve been blessed to be on in this read!!!
Sharing HIS love,