|48:1 Some time later Joseph was told, "Your
father is ill." So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him. 2 When
Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph has come to you," Israel rallied his strength
and sat up on the bed. 3 Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in
the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me
||Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel,
because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the
Jew , then for the Gentile.
||Jesus, like Joseph, brings along others when He
goes to the Father.
|4 and said to me, `I am going to make you
fruitful and will increase your numbers. I will make you a community of peoples, and I
will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.'
||Luke 10:2 He told them, "The harvest is
plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest , therefore, to send out
workers into his harvest field.
||God gives the harvest.
|5 "Now then, your two sons born to you in
Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be
mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine.
||Romans 9:24 even us, whom he also called, not
only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25 As he says in Hosea: "I will call
them `my people' who are not my people; and I will call her `my loved one' who is not my
loved one," 26 and, "It will happen that in the very place where it was said to
them, `You are not my people,' they will be called `sons of the living God.'"
||God accepts both His chosen people (the Jews)
and Gentiles, as did Jacob. Christ, like Joseph, brought along Gentiles and
therefore we are accepted by the Father.
|6 Any children born to you after them will be
yours; in the territory they inherit they will be reckoned under the names of their
||Ephesians 3:21 to him be glory in the church and
in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Romans 11:17 If
some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been
grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,
|The promises of blessings extend to the
generations of believers. For this reason, to collect the whole harvest of
individuals saved, Christ has delayed returning for His people. All people are
welcomed to Him, to the glory of God.
|7 As I was returning from Paddan, to my sorrow
Rachel died in the land of Canaan while we were still on the way, a little distance from
Ephrath. So I buried her there beside the road to Ephrath" (that is, Bethlehem).
||no parallel seen
||no parallel seen
|8 When Israel saw the sons of Joseph, he asked,
"Who are these?" 9 "They are the sons God has given me here," Joseph
said to his father. Then Israel said, "Bring them to me so I may bless them."
||Luke 14:21 "The servant came back and
reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his
servant, `Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor,
the crippled, the blind and the lame.'
||God (Israel) has His "chosen people",
some of whom are not saved because of their own choices. In the parable of Jesus,
God then invites others who are accepted by Jesus (like Joseph). God gives the
|10 Now Israel's eyes were failing because of old
age, and he could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons close to him, and his father
kissed them and embraced them. 11 Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected to see
your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too."
||John 6:37 All that the Father gives me will come
to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
||God will embrace Christ's followers and rejoice
in the company of us for eternity.
|12 Then Joseph removed them from Israel's knees
and bowed down with his face to the ground.
||John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven not
to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who
sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last
||Joseph was greater than his father in Egypt.
Jesus clearly humbled Himself for the Father and for our sakes. Joseph came
to his true father in humility.
|13 And Joseph took both of them, Ephraim on his
right toward Israel's left hand and Manasseh on his left toward Israel's right hand, and
brought them close to him. 14 But Israel reached out his right hand and put it on
Ephraim's head, though he was the younger, and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on
Manasseh's head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.
||Matthew 20:16 "So the last will be first,
and the first will be last ."
||Much has been written on the significance of
these verses. Jacob was blessing the youngest similar to the blessing he got through
trickery from his father, Isaac. Prophetically, this projects to Christ's teaching
|15 Then he blessed Joseph and said, "May
the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd
all my life to this day, 16 the Angel who has delivered me from all harm --may he bless
these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
and may they increase greatly upon the earth."
||Romans 11:26 And so all Israel will be saved, as
it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from
||The descendants of Israel will be blessed
according to this blessing.
|17 When Joseph saw his father placing his right
hand on Ephraim's head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father's hand to move it
from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head. 18 Joseph said to him, "No, my father, this
one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head." 19 But his father refused and
said, "I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become
great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will
become a group of nations." 20 He blessed them that day and said, "In your name
will Israel pronounce this blessing: `May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.'"
So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.
||see v. 13 above.
||see v. 13 above
|21 Then Israel said to Joseph, "I am about
to die, but God will be with you and take you back to the land of your fathers.
||John 16:28 I came from the Father and entered
the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father ."
||We look forward to going to the final land of
our fathers, Heaven.
|22 And to you, as one who is over your brothers,
I give the ridge of land I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow."
||Ephesians 1:21 far above all rule and authority,
power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but
also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to
be head over everything for the church,
||Joseph was again restored to be greater than his
brothers, as Christ is. All (people and possessions) are under Christ's control.