A Study of Genesis 48- 50
Wow, I can’t believe this is our last week of this study. It was so informative and intense at times. Please remember, what I wrote was only some of what I got out of the study personally. There is so much more that wasn’t covered. If you are interested in really learning more about God’s covenant with his people, how mighty it is, I encourage you to check out this study. You will truly have a sound foundation on how the covenant with God came about and so much more.
At the end of chapter 47, we thought that Jacob had breathed his last, but we see Chapter 48 open with the fact that he is still alive. Joseph hears that his father is very ill and takes his sons to see him so Jacob can bless them. Do you remember back in week four, when Jacob stole his older brother’s birthright? Well, it looks like we have gone full circle. We see that Jacob blesses the younger son and then the older one. They would both be successful, but the younger one would inherit the position of leader and most of the wealth.
Jacob gathers all his boys to tell them all how their lives will go in the last days.
Rueben: He was the firstborn, but he gave up his birthright by his evil actions
Simeon and Levi: Their land would be divided
Judah: would be a leader of the other tribes
Zebulun: Would be given lots of lands
Issachar: Would be a farmer
Dan: Would become a judge in Israel
Gad: He would be good in military struggles
Asher: would have fertile land
Naphtali: He will be liked by all other tribes
Joseph: He received many blessings
Benjamin: Would become a warrior
At the end of chapter 49 and the beginning of 50, we see Jacob finally dies. He had Joseph promise to take him back to where his family is all buried. Joseph goes to Pharaoh for permission to go back to Canaan to bury his father. Not only was that the resting place of all his family, but Jacob knew his tomb would forever be in God’s promised land.
At this point, the brothers became afraid of Joseph, thinking that Joseph would now exact his revenge on them for selling him into slavery with their father gone. Joseph assured them that he had forgiven them, and he was exactly where God put him for a reason, to do what God wanted him to do.
Joseph lived in Egypt for the rest of his days. He said to his brothers: “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and Jacob.” Genesis 50:24
He instructed the sons of Israel to promise, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” Genesis 50:25
Joseph died at 110.