Genesis 48:1,3-5,17-19 (ESV) After this, Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is ill.” So he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim… And Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, and said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a company of peoples and will give this land to your offspring after you for an everlasting possession.’ And now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are… When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he took his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said to his father, “Not this way, my father; since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.” But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations.”

Why do all good things have to come to an end one wonders and that is the reality of life. Israel (Jacob) lived a full life and walked in the ways of the Lord.

His life was not easy until the end but his faith was and even though he did not fully see God’s promise of making him the father of the nations and blessing him with his land, he still remained faithful.

Is today a reminder of Jacob’s blessing to Joseph and his sons or is there more to this chapter?

Through Jacob, 12 tribes of Israel were created and we see in this chapter how he takes the 2 sons of Joseph and makes them leaders of God’s own nation by calling them his own.

We also see Joseph’s concern for the mistaken blessing by Israel and how then Israel confirms to him that this was no mistake but an act of obedience to God who revealed their futures to him.

The message that stood out to me today was that in God’s eyes, the paradigms of this world don’t really matter. The 12 tribes of Israel were all not Israel’s own children, Manasseh was blessed over his older brother, Ephraim, and Joseph was given the land of Shechem over his brothers.

I am reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 20:15-16 “Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?‘ So the last will be first, and the first last.” He speaks this after He narrates the parable of the laborers in the vineyard.

This is why I worry about trying to fit God in my accepted point of view but rather I try to bring my understanding into His light because He is the truth and in Him is the truth alone.

Lets never take for granted what we know but instead lets lean on God for wisdom and walk in His righteous ways. Our lives are meant to be an offering of praise to our Lord, Jesus Christ who is, was and forever will be!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Matthew 20:15-16 (ESV) “Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ So the last will be first, and the first last.” He speaks this after He narrates the parable of the laborers in the vineyard.

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  1. Ann says:

    “…Our lives are meant to be an offering of praise to our Lord, Jesus Christ who is, was and forever will be!”

    “This is why I worry about trying to fit God in my accepted point of view but rather I try to bring my understanding into His light because He is the truth and in Him is the truth alone.”

    Strike three ….

    Vineet, I missed your blogs a couple days so I came to play catch up… I cried at Deb’s blog. Linda’s blog broke me to pieces and now you’ve added to what I’m feeling.

    All I can say is thank you for being obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit. May God reward your faithfulness in sharing His word.

    Blessings
    ann

  2. ServantBoy says:

    Hi Ann,

    I often feel that same brokenness when I am worshipping God and I sometimes wonder what is wrong with me but then I’m reminded that I’m in the presence of the most holy and righteous God and awe is all I can express at that moment.

    Thank you for inspiring Deb, me and so many others and I pray that God will continue to minister to and through you to grow and bless His body.

    In Christ,
    Vineet

  3. Debbie says:

    I’m with Ann on this one, Vineet. It is a humbling thing trying to write these blogs. Trying to live these lives. Like I really know what I’m doing? No . . .I don’t. Praying to take it all into His light, let Him shine His truth on me there. God bless you and your precious faith that clings to Him.

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb,

      After many debates with atheists, humanists and people who have no belief or don’t care to have one, I have found that the problem with Theism generally is that it is a lot of noise with little example to non-believers.

      Then again, when there is proof, people chose to avoid such proof and pick on mistakes and so it always seems like an uphill battle but one that is won with Christ working in and through us.

      I find that as we spend time in His word and keep praying, there is change within us that is evidenced in our lives not by us or our families but by those who are seeking help. Everyone who is not of God is seeking and notice us and we just need to keep living faithfully.

      Thank you for being a role model to us and for always being so cheerful regardless of the challenges in your life. God bless you as you smile for Jesus!

      In Christ,
      Vineet

  4. Vineet,

    The things you brought out of this passage make me so glad! These words mean so much to me:

    “The message that stood out to me today was that in God’s eyes, the paradigms of this world don’t really matter. The 12 tribes of Israel were all not Israel’s own children, Manasseh was blessed over his older brother, Ephraim, and Joseph was given the land of Shechem over his brothers.

    I am reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 20:15-16 “Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?‘ So the last will be first, and the first last.” He speaks this after He narrates the parable of the laborers in the vineyard.

    This is why I worry about trying to fit God in my accepted point of view but rather I try to bring my understanding into His light because He is the truth and in Him is the truth alone.

    Lets never take for granted what we know but instead lets lean on God for wisdom and walk in His righteous ways. Our lives are meant to be an offering of praise to our Lord, Jesus Christ who is, was and forever will be!”

    I have come to like that passage from Matthew a lot. I have it in my favorite quotes section on my facebook info page. There is so much in the Word that I long to understand. There is another verse that means so much to me. Here it is:

    “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4

    If we can keep our minds fixed on the fact that all of God’s ways are immeasurably higher than ours it will help us to be more accepting when He chooses to deal with us in unexpected ways. I believe it helps us to show mercy to others. 🙂

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Theresa,

      Thank you for your comment and THANK YOU for saying ‘If we can keep our minds fixed on the fact that all of God’s ways are immeasurably higher than ours it will help us to be more accepting when He chooses to deal with us in unexpected ways. I believe it helps us to show mercy to others”. WOW!

      When we fix our eyes on Him and are in awe of Him, we certainly are a changed people and His love flows through us. That is so well said and thank you for that reminder.

      I pray that as we continue to walk with Jesus, our lives, testimonies and relationships will be evidenced with God’s amazing love.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

      • Thank you Vineet! I hope it is okay that I respond to part of your comment to Deb above:

        “I find that as we spend time in His word and keep praying, there is change within us that is evidenced in our lives not by us or our families but by those who are seeking help. Everyone who is not of God is seeking and notice us and we just need to keep living faithfully.”

        I am thinking about this passage:

        41The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.

        42And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?

        43Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.

        44No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:41-44

        I just love the way you put that! I have a habit of focusing on the negative…the fact that people will refuse to acknowledge the Lord and will reject us on account of that. But you pointed out that those who are seeking the Lord (those who are being drawn) will be drawn to us, too, because He dwells in us. It is so exciting when people bring up the subject of the Lord in conversation with us because they are really seeking and not wanting to debate.

        I have had a couple who either didn’t know the Lord yet or had been astray for a long time and were being drawn back again to Him show up on my doorstep because they wanted to tell me that the Lord was on their minds. Yesterday was one of those days. They wanted to tell me that they had went to church and also read some out of their Bible. I do not even know them really well. The male works with my husband, and had become friends with Him, and would very gently witness from time to time. They had added me as a fb friend last year and I would put up a status with a link whenever I posted on my blog, and the woman started reading them. Whenever they would drop by I never tried to talk about the Lord. Occasionally they would just bring Him up in conversation, and I would just listen. I just let them share what was on there heart. It truly is amazing how the Lord works in these situations! I am just so thankful to know that even though I am just a wife and mother who doesn’t leave the house very much…the Lord makes these “divine appointments” so I get the privilege to work in “the harvest”, too!

        • ServantBoy says:

          Hi Theresa,

          WOW! What a blessing to have God bring that couple to your home to talk to you about ‘God’. Having been on the evangelism quest for many years myself, I’ve seen such instances and always wondered how best to approach it and I have found prayer to be my best tool as God works in the invisible more powerfully than the visible, or so it seems.

          I will be praying for this couple that they find Christ and are saved by His grace alone. I have found prayer a great way to minister to people and point them to Christ. I believe that under everyone’s skin, there is a festering wound and there is always need for prayer.

          At work, when I connect with people, inordinately I find that they share some burden in a very general sense after we get friendly and then I ask them if I can be praying for them. Have not been refused till date and it has been a great starting point to sharing Christ.

          I follow up every few days/week to check on status and assure them of my family and prayer group’s support and over time, I see God working amazingly in their situations. Being new to Canada, I have not figured how to get them to a church because they live in different parts of the lower mainland but God will provide that too 🙂

          Blessings to you as God uses you and your beautiful family to minister His word and bless those around you with the light.

          In Christ,
          Vineet

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