The SIGNIFICANCE of ‘BLESSING’ our CHILDREN
January 16 Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 46-48
In Genesis 48 we see that the aged Jacob is sick, so Joseph brings his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim to Jacob so that he may bless his grandchildren before he dies. Joseph knows the significance of a patriarchal blessing as he has seen the effects of the blessings in the life of his father Jacob, who had deceitfully snatched away the blessings of a firstborn from his elder brother Esau. Jacob actually blesses Joseph (Gen. 48:15a) even though his hands are laid on the heads of his children. So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will bless, saying, ‘May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!’” (Gen. 48:20a).