Jacob blessing Joseph’s sons – II
Children of Destiny!
(Gen 48:14) But before Jacob gave them his blessing, he
crossed his arms, putting his right hand on the head of Ephraim and his left
hand on the head of Manasseh.
This morning we continue our series on the ‘Greatest Stories
Ever Told’ with the second part of the story of Jacob blessing Joseph’s sons.
We saw yesterday how Jacob crossed his arms when it was time to bless the boys,
switching the higher blessing (the right hand) to the younger son. We also
talked about how this pattern was seen in Abraham, Isaac, and their sons. The greatest example of this, however, is
Jesus Christ Himself. God’s first son was Adam and Jesus is God’s second and
last (1 Cor 15:45) son. It is very clear to see here that the latter (Jesus) is
greater than the former (Adam). But we did not have the time to finish our
thoughts yesterday, so let’s seek to glean a few golden nuggets from this story
that apply to our lives today:
1. God does not make mistakes:
Joseph thought that his father was making a mistake because of his old age; but
his father told him that he knew what he was doing. He even went on to declare
that the younger, Ephraim, would be much greater than the older, Manasseh.
Jacob knew what He was doing when he blessed whom he blessed and so does
God. He does not make mistakes and He
has purpose wrapped up in everything He does. You may not like it when He
blesses someone you don’t think deserves it, but that is not your choice to
make. Likewise, others may not like it when you are blessed, but God’s
blessings are reserved for God’s wisdom.
2. No one can stop God’s plan:
The text says that Joseph tried to move his father’s right hand from Ephraim’s
head and place it on Manasseh, but Jacob did not let him. That’s great news for
us. When we find ourselves as the underdog, the second choice, the runner-up;
and God decides to shift His favour upon our lives, other’s cannot stop God’s
blessing (favour), no matter how hard they try. Favour ain’t fair and once
God’s favour for increase in upon your life, no one can stop you!
3. The power of the ‘right-hand
man’: The reason that Joseph was making such a big deal about this was
because the greater blessing was tied to the right hand. The right hand is the
position of authority, stature, and power. That is why the bible says in
several places (Heb 1:3, 8:1, 10:12, 12:2, 1 Pet 3:22 are just a few) that
Jesus died, was raised to life, and is now seated at the right hand of the
Father, pleading and interceding for us (Ro 8:34).
So no matter what position you find yourself in this morning,
you can find comfort in knowing that: (1) God has not made a mistake and knows
what he is doing in your life, (2) no one, no matter how hard they try, can
stop God’s destiny for you, and (3) Jesus is seated at the right hand of the
Father pleading and interceding on your behalf!
Confession for this day: Lord God.
You know what You are doing in my life. Every hair on my head is numbered and
every day of my life is destined. I am exactly where You knew I would be. I
accept that and move forward by faith. No weapon formed against me shall
prosper. Every attack of the enemy will turn on him. All things are working
together for my good. Your plans for me will come to pass in my life. Jesus is
seated at Your right-hand and is my advocate with You. He pleads and intercedes
for me. I am covered by His blood, anointed by His Spirit, and called according
to Your purpose for my life. Thank you for Your grace. I am a child of Destiny!
Jacob blessing Joseph’s sons – II