Today’s passage: Genesis 49:1-33
- Prior to Jacob’s death, he brings his sons together to give them their “blessing.” He seems to understand that this blessing also includes what was to come in the future, and yet each blessing given was “suitable” to each son based on how they had lived.
- Jacob reserves the greatest and longest blessings for Judah and Joseph.
- The brothers had bowed down to Joseph in Egypt. But the children of Israel would one day bow down to a descendant of Judah!
- Jacob’s last words to his sons ensures he would be buried in the Promised Land. The sons would take one more journey to the land God had promised them before the entire nation would return centuries later.
Questions to consider:
- What is Jacob acknowledging in verse 18? Would these men or their descendants be able to survive on their own? Who did they (And we) need to intercede on their behalf?
- “The obedience of the peoples” which Jacob refers to at the end of verse 10 speaks not just of Israel, but the nations. How would this promise point forward to the reign of Jesus Christ? (e.g. Revelation 1:5)
- In what ways had Joseph been “set apart” from his brothers (Verse 26)? Who set him apart and for what purpose? How has God’s providence been displayed through the narrative of the book of Genesis? How can this encourage us to trust Him?