March 27, 2022 | Mike Avato
Passage: Genesis 48:1-49:27
Last words are important. If someone speaks at the end of their life, we should listen. These are the last words of Jacob as we near the end of Genesis. We saw the climax of the Joseph narrative where Joseph was reconciled with his brothers. Since that scene, all of Joseph's family has moved to Egypt to survive the famine.
Jacob is nearing death and he desires to bless his sons and once again the younger receives the greater blessing. In doing so he adopts Joseph's two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, charging the later with the greater blessing.
The covenant promises are front and center in Jacob's blessing beginning with, "God Almighty..." He follows this with reiterating the three specific promises from 12:1–3, 7: land, descendants, and divine blessing. And once again the reiteration of 1:28, the mandate to be fruitful and multiply. Yet throughout Genesis this divine mandate, originally given to Adam and Eve, gradually becomes transferred to the Lord himself—it is God who will cause his people to be fruitful and multiply. The grace of this catches us off guard—what God has called his people to do, he undertakes to fulfill himself. What he demands of us, he does for us. This truth could not be more clear than how it is displayed by our Savior Jesus. He lived the live we should have lived and died the death we deserved to die--in our place, as our substitute. What he demands from us, he gives to us in Christ! Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus!