Jacob: A Determined Man
- Jacob: A Determined Man
Through faith Jacob blessed his family.
(Genesis 48:1-20 and Hebrews 11:21)
Most adults grow accustomed to schedules and routines. The newspaper is
delivered during the early morning hours, lunch is usually served
around noon, and the nightly news is televised the same time every
evening. There is consistency in the familiar. When something
interrupts the routine, many of us automatically don't like the
Joseph didn't appreciate it when his father Jacob blessed his youngest
son (Ephraim) before the older (Manasseh). It just wasn't done like
that. His father must have made a mistake. But it was no error. Jacob knew
what he was doing. His poor eyesight wasn't failing him. He
intentionally blessed the younger son.
Why did Jacob bless Joseph's children, his grandsons? The Bible doesn't
specifically say why Joseph's sons received such a gracious blessing.
Could it be that Joseph was the only one of his 12 sons who came to
visit Jacob on his deathbed? Or was it because of Rachel, Joseph's
deceased mother and the love of Jacob's life.
Did Jacob want to make up for lost time when Joseph was taken from him
for many years? Perhaps it's the fact that three of Jacob's sons
disappointed him by hurtful acts and the patriarch was transferring
their rights to his grandsons. Regardless of the reason, Jacob blessed
Ephraim and Manasseh with the same blessing his own children would
receive. While both boys would be great, Ephraim would be greater than
his older brother Manasseh. Ephraim's descendants would become a group
Why do we respond hesitantly when change arrives in our lives? If we
knew that change would bring about a favorable outcome would we be so
resistant and cautious? Joseph wanted to fix his dad's mistake but
Jacob would have none of it. We may do the same thing when we pray to
God. We predict or want a situation to turn out a certain way, but when
we leave it in the Lord's hands the circumstance turns out God's way
and not necessarily ours. That's when we have to adapt to God's
sovereign power and reverence Him. According to Proverbs 19:21, "Many
are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that
prevails." (NIV) See also Proverbs 16:9 and Luke 18:27.
Lord, Thank You for creating me. May I enjoy this life on Earth to the
fullest. May I have no regrets and let obedience in You be my guide.
In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.