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Review of Genesis 47: Joseph presented five of his brothers and his father to Pharaoh, vs. 1-12. Joseph dealt very wisely with the Egyptians as the famine continued, vs. 13-26. Joseph vowed to Jacob that he would bury him in the land of Canaan, Genesis 47:27-31.
Observation: Genesis 47 concluded with information that Jacob lived another 17 years, and of Joseph promising to bury him in the land of Canaan. Some time must have passed between chapters 47 and 48, for Joseph was away when news came that his father was “sick,” Genesis 48:1.
Brief Outline of Genesis 48: Joseph and his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, visit his dying father, Genesis 48:1-7. Jacob blessed the two sons of Joseph, Genesis 48:8-22. –Note: “By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshipped, leaning on the top of his staff,” Hebrews 11:21.
Joseph and his two sons visit his Dying Father, 48:1-7. “After these things,” Joseph was told “indeed your father is sick,” v. 1. –The “things” mentioned in Gen. 47:27-31. –Joseph “took with him his two sons,” v.1; their births recorded in Genesis 41:50-52. Jacob was told that Joseph was coming, so he “strengthened himself and sat up on the bed,” v. 2.
Joseph and his two Sons visit His Dying Father, Con’t. Jacob told Joseph what God had done for him, Genesis 48:3,4. –“God Almighty appeared to me at Luz.. And blessed me,” v. 3; Gen. 28:19; Genesis 35:1-3, 9-15. –“God said..I will make you fruitful and multiply you,” v. 4; Genesis 28:14. –God said I will “give this land to your descendants,” v. 4; 28:13; 35:12.
Joseph and his two sons visited his Dying Father, vs. 1-8, con’t. “And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh,…are mine,” Genesis 48:5. –Jacob was adopting Joseph’s sons! –He said they “are mine; as Reuben and Simeon..,” v. 5; Genesis 29:32,33. Eventually they would supersede Reuben and Simeon, I Chron. 5:1; Genesis 35:22; 34:25. –Ephraim and Manasseh would become two of the tribes of Israel. Levi was not given a specific land allotment; Josh.14:4; Num.35
Joseph and his two sons visit His Dying Father, versus 1-7, con’t. “Your offspring…after them shall be yours; they will be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance.” Joseph then mentioned the death of Rachel, Genesis 48:7. –Joseph and Benjamin were the sons of Rachel, Gen. 30:24; 35:16-19, Jacob’s first real love, Genesis 29:18-20. So the sons of Joseph would receive favored status.
Jacob Blessed the Two Sons of Joseph, Gen. 48:8-22. Jacob (Israel) saw Joseph’s sons, and asked “whose are these,” Genesis 48:8. Jacob said “bring them to me, and I will bless them,” Genesis 48:9,10. Jacob’s gratitude: “I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has shown me your offspring,” v. 11.
Jacob Blessed the Two Sons of Joseph, Genesis 48:8-22. Note the scene in Genesis 48:13,14. In Blessing Ephraim, Jacob praised God, saying: –He has “fed me all my life…v. 15. –“The Angel..has redeemed me from all evil,” v. 16. –“Let my name be upon them,” v. 16. –“Let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth,” v. 16
Jacob blessed the Two Sons of Joseph, Gen. 48:8-22, con’t. Joseph thought his father was confused, but Jacob knew what he was doing, Genesis 48:17-19! Jacob blessed both Ephraim and Manasseh; said the “younger brother shall be greater than he and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations,” 48:19,20. cf. Isaiah 7:8,17; 11:13. Note also Numbers 1:32-35.
Jacob Blessed the Two Sons of Joseph, Gen. 48:8-22, con’t. To Joseph: “God will be with you and bring you back to the land of your fathers,” Genesis 48:21. “I have given you one portion above your brothers,” Genesis 48:22. –Joseph, through his sons, would receive two portions of the land of Canaan. –Thus Joseph, the first born son of Rachel, received a double portion. Cf. Deut. 21:17.
Some Practical Applications to be Obtained from this Chapter: Children are Gifts from God! Genesis 48:9; Psalm 127:3. God-Fearing Parents Share their Faith with their Offspring, 48:9; Eph. 6:4. God-Fearing Children show Respect for their God-fearing Parents, 48:12; Exodus 20:12.
Practical Applications – con’t Things are often Better than they Seem, Genesis 48:11; Romans 8:18. We Reap as we Sow, Galatians 6:7; Genesis 48:5; 49:3-5. God is our Shepherd! Genesis 48:15; Lit. “the God Who..shepherded me.” cf. Psalm 23:1; 80:1. –God wants His people properly shepherded! John 10:11; Heb. 13:20,21.
Conclusion: God kept His promises to His people in Old Testament times! In due season, “in the fullness of the time,” Galatians 4:4, God sent His own Son to save us from our sins, Luke 24:44; John 3:16. But Jesus only saves those who obey Him, Hebrews 5:9.