March 7, 2019

 

JACOB’S LIFE IN EGYPT DRAWS TO A CLOSE

Jacob was given 17 years to live in Egypt with his son Joseph. God of restoration proved Himself once again that He would be with him till the end. As he was getting close to the end, they sent to Joseph who brought his two sons to visit his father . Jacob did what has been the pattern, which was to pronounce some prophetic blessings on the sons. Genesis 48 reads thus, “Now it came to pass after these things that Joseph was told, “Indeed your father is sick”; and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.  And Jacob was told, “Look, your son Joseph is coming to you”; and Israel strengthened himself and sat up on the bed. Then 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 multitude of people, and give this land to your descendants after you as an everlasting possession.’  And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.  Your offspring whom you beget after them shall be yours; they will be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance.  But as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died beside me in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”  Then Israel saw Joseph’s sons, and said, “Who are these?”  Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place.”  And he said, “Please bring them to me, and I will bless them.” Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. Then Joseph brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them.   And Israel said to Joseph, “I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring!”  So Joseph brought them from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the earth.   And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near him. Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn.   

And he blessed Joseph, and said:  “God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has fed me all my life long to this day,  The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them, And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”  Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for 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; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.”  So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will bless, saying, ‘May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!’ ” And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh. Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am dying, but God will be with you and bring you back to the land of your fathers.   Moreover I have given to you one portion above your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.” (Genesis 48: 1-22)

I have included the entire scripture for us to see the way Jacob and his son Joseph shared some personal things which was a reflection of the love between them. Jacob told Joseph about his mother’s death and where she was buried, and also being a favorite child, he had given him a portion above his brothers what he acquired by his own sword.  He also blessed the two sons of Joseph and made them his direct sons just like Reuben and Simeon, and placed his name on them. He poured special blessings on them. He also mentioned that he did not know he would see his face again let alone his offspring, but God made it possible.  Truly, God has been merciful to Jacob, sparing his life in Egypt for another 17 years making him to be 147 years at the time of his death.  He also reminded them that God will visit them and bring them back to the land of Canaan, “This God is faithful, his grandfather and father walked before Him, He fed him all the days of his life and redeemed him from all evil.” was the statement from Jacob, calling upon this God to bless Joseph and his children. This God is truly God from generation to generation, and He will continue to be your God and mine.

If Jacob were to write a book by himself of all that transpired during his lifetime, he will caption it as “The man that enjoyed Uncommon Favor from God”, because from the beginning to the end, the LORD had mercy on him, showering him with favor above his twin brother (Esau) despite all he did to snatch his brother’s blessings. God’s promise is that “He will have mercy on whom He will have mercy.”  My prayer is that we will be among those that will receive God’s mercy and uncommon favor all the days of our lives in Jesus Name, Amen. Be Blessed!!!

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