Note: (added 4/28/2021) I first sent out the last post without a title. I have corrected it on the website. Sorry for any confusion this caused for my email subscribers.
“By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.” – Hebrews 11:21
“And Joseph said to his father, ‘Not this way, my father; since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.’ But his father refused and said, ‘I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations.’ So he blessed them that day, saying, ‘By you Israel will pronounce blessings, saying, “God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh.”’ Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh. Then Israel said to Joseph, ‘Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you and will bring you again to the land of your fathers.’” – Genesis 48:18-21
Jacob/Israel realized there was a great calling in Joseph’s life, even though societally, Joseph should have been the least to be blessed as the youngest (besides Benjamin, his younger half-brother). Israel chose to bless his son greater than the others in anticipation of what God would do next.
Admirable Qualities of Israel’s Faith:
- Israel listened to the calling on Joseph’s life and chose to further it.
- He watched God move and chose to be a conduit rather than a roadblock.
Are you a conduit or a roadblock to what God is doing in your life and the world?
[Addendum 4/28/2021: The story of Joseph is really magnificent. Camp out in it for a couple of days for devotionals. Check out this teaching about spiritual highs and lows that uses Joseph as a major example. It’s got more to teach than Sunday School lessons may have led on.]