Today you should read: Genesis 48:1-22
The Israelites are now living prosperously in Egypt. Jacob is about to die and Joseph is called to come see him along with his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. When they arrive, Jacob tells Joseph of God’s promise to him, his father, and his grandfather concerning the land of Canaan. How great it is to see someone in his old age, who never saw God’s promise fulfilled in his lifetime, still trust that it will come to pass. I pray that I will have that kind of faith and trust in God when I am older.
Jacob tells Joseph that he is claiming his two boys as his own sons and that he wants to bless them. Jacob sees the two boys and thanks God that not only did he get his son Joseph back, but he has now seen Joseph’s sons also. What a blessing it must be to see your children’s children, to see your lifetime of investment, prayer, and love spring forth a new life and begin all over again! I hope to leave a legacy through my children that I will be proud of and that honors God so that they too will pass it on to their children.
Joseph places the boys in front of Jacob with the older on the right and younger on the left so that the older will receive the blessing he is due. Jacob, however, does the ol’ switcharoo: he crosses his arms and gives the boys opposite blessings. How ironic this is to see Jacob do, himself being a younger son who stole the blessing of his older brother, Esau! After Jacob blesses the boys, he gives an extra portion of inheritance to Joseph from the land of Canaan.
So here are few take-aways:
– Leave a legacy to your children that honors God and will help them to raise their own children.
– Trust God even when it doesn’t seem like what is supposed to happen actually will. This is true faith.
Posted by Robbie Byrd