Genesis 48

Death of Jacob/Israel.

I must do a new tag to identify the theme of the “blessed second”. Jacob tricked dying Isaac into blessing himself, the younger, as the older. Now he deliberately and knowingly repeats the scene as he dies with two of Jacob’s sons, giving the blessing of his right hand to the younger, ephraim, not the first born.

God shows his strength by exalting the lesser. Jacob, who had this habit of being in struggling, furious agreement with God, tricked his way into seizing the blessing of the second for himself. The wrong means, when he should have had faith. But the end was a godly insight.

He shares with Joseph the promise God made him if return to Canaan. He can see now, as he reviews his life before death, god’s hand everywhere. Promises kept and promises to come.

Yesterday I wanted to reclaim god’s plans for me. I can strengthen that by remembering what he’s done for me already.


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