Genesis Lesson 28 Day 5

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Genesis Lesson 28 Day 5

Genesis 48:15-22

Jacob blesses Ephraim and Manasseh.

13a+b) Jacob asks God to bless Manasseh and Ephraim.

Genesis 48:15-16

Abraham and Isaac walked in Elohim’s presence.

Israel is deeply aware he carried the promise God made with his grandfather Abraham and his father Isaac. Now it’s time to entrust the covenant to the next generation.

Elohim has been my shepherd all my life to this very day.

Some versions say “the one who fed me”, but shepherd is the literal translation.

This is the first mention of God as a shepherd to His people. “Jacob’s testimony was a testimony of grace, not personal merit. He did not say how faithful he was to God, but how faithful God was to him.”1

Jacob became a shepherd in Haran. He knows the Good Shepherd’s rod [to protect] and staff [to guide] have been with him even before birth. God spoke to his mother Rebekah saying “the older shall serve the younger (Genesis 25:23).”

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod  and your staff,
they comfort me (Psalm 23:4).

When Jacob ran from Esau and spent the night alone under the stars, he dreamed about a ladder that reached to heaven. He saw angels of Elohim going up and down on it. Yahweh spoke to him and again promised to fulfill the covenant He made with Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 28:12-18).

May the Messenger Angel who rescued [redeemed] me from all evil, bless these boys.

“This angel must be understood to be Christ, as in Genesis 31:13; Genesis 32:1.”10

May they be called by my name (Israel) and by the names of Abraham and Isaac. May they have many children on the earth.

Joseph’s sons will be the representatives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.7 And fulfill the covenant by becoming a multitude of nations. (Genesis 17:4)

14) Jacob crosses his arms intentionally.

Joseph brought his sons close to Jacob who hugs and kisses them. He intentionally positions the young men so that Manasseh, the firstborn, was on Jacob’s right and Ephraim on his left. Jacob reaches out crossing his arms so that his right hand is on Ephraim’s head and his left on Manasseh’s head. This displeases Joseph so he takes his father’s hand and points out his mistake. Even though Jacob has lost his eyesight, he says, “I know, my son, I know.”

“The right hand is associated with God’s strength (Exodus 15:6), favor (Psalm 16:11), and help (Psalm 20:6). This is why Jesus is described as sitting at the right hand of God the Father (Mark 14:62).”1

“God chose him to take the position of firstborn. Jeremiah 31:9 described this: For I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn (Jeremiah 31:9).”1

Interestingly, although God chose Ephraim above Manasseh, Ephraim’s descendants later turn to idolatry and their tribe is removed from Israel.

. . . David kept the nation united; but on his death, they threw off the yoke of his successor, and became a separate kingdom. From this time, their animosities and strifes became an importer and painful part of the history of the Jewish nation, until the kingdom of Ephraim was removed. The language here is evidently figurative . . .8 (Barnes commentary on Isaiah 11:13)

Other verses note that Ephraim did not remove the Canaanites when they entered the promised land. (Exodus 23:23–25; Judges 1:29; Joshua 16:10) Later, when Ephraim became part of the northern kingdom, their wickedness and idolatry are mentioned in Hosea 5:3, Hosea 13, and Isaiah 28:1-3.

15) God’s work in my life

My brother surprised me one day when he called and offered me a job. Even more surprising, I decided to accept it. (Long story) It worked out really well for him and for me. This was the third time in my life I discovered an employee was either embezzling or costing the company thousands of dollars per month through negligence. In this case, it was the latter.

That year, our father passed away. The time we spent working together proved an invaluable benefit to both of us emotionally and financially. I also know it fulfilled a desire of our dad’s heart to see us working and spending time together.

16) Jacob blessed Joseph.

“God will be with you and will bring you again to the land of your fathers. Moreover, I have given to you rather than to your brothers one mountain slope that I took from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and with my bow (Genesis 48:21-22).

The footnote in ESV — Or one portion of the land; Hebrew shekem, which sounds like the town and district called Shechem.

Jacob’s faith

If he didn’t believe God would bring his family back to the land God promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and himself, he wouldn’t prophesied this to Joseph. Nor would he have given him to portion of land.

As for the bones of Joseph, which the people of Israel brought up from Egypt, they buried them at Shechem, in the piece of land that Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of money. It became and inheritance of the descendants of Joseph (Joshua 24:32).

[Jesus] had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph (John 4:4-5).

This is near the place where Jesus asked the woman who came to the well at noon to give him a drink.

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5 Spirit Filled Life Bible®copyright © 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (The Holy Bible, New King James Bible) copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
6 The Book of Genesis by Chuck Smith © 2012 The Word For Today
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8 Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, public domain.
9 Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament, public domain
10 Geneva Study Bible, public domain.

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