We often think of Jacob of a patriarch, a founding father of the Jewish faith. He is often referred to when the Jews list the big three Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But today we found out that he is more than just a patriarch, today we find out he is a prophet!
Today’s Reading: Genesis 47:28-50:26
Jacob is in Egypt on his deathbed. It is time for the family to gather around him. He wants to impart his blessing on his sons and grandsons. He begins with a blessing for Joseph’s two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. It is interesting how once again the oldest son does not get the blessing that one would expect. Remember Jacob and Esau and their blessing from Isaac in Genesis 27?
Jacob then goes on to bless is 12 sons. I can imagine that it was a tear filled time as each son hears his fathers words of encouragement, curse or blessing. Some examples:
Encouragement – Genesis 49: 3 NLT
3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn,
my might, the first sign of my strength,
excelling in honor, excelling in power.
Discouraging curse – Geneses 49:4 –5 NLT
5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers—
their swords[i] are weapons of violence.
6 Let me not enter their council,
let me not join their assembly,
for they have killed men in their anger
and hamstrung oxen as they pleased.
7 Cursed be their anger, so fierce,
and their fury, so cruel!
I will scatter them in Jacob
and disperse them in Israel.
Judah is the next to receive Jacob’s blessing and it we find two prophecies.
Genesis 49:8 – 12 NLT
8 “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.
In verse 8 we read that the other brother’s sons will bow down to Judah. In verse 10 we read that there will be royalty in Judah’s line of descendants. In 10 we see not only will there be royalty, but that the reign will be one for all the nations and it will be an eternal one. These two verses are referring to King David and to Jesus, the lion of Judah.
Revelation 5:5 NIV
5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
it is always encouraging to me when I read my Bible chronologically to see how well planned and thought out the path of history was. It constantly reminds me of how powerful and much in control God is. He knows all and sees all. God is great.
Job is Next
Today we finished Genesis. Yeah for us! Tomorrow we begin the Book of Job. Some date it earlier, near the time of Abraham but they do so with uncertainty. Either way, it definitely occurs before the Exodus so it is a good time to read it. IF you have never read Job, it is a good opportunity to join us in our adventure.