READ : GENESIS 48 : 13 – 19.
13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left
hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought
them near unto him.
14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who
was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands
wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and
Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day.
16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be
named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them
grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of
Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from
Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head.
18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the first
born; put thy right hand upon his head.
19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall
become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall
be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 CHRONICLES 16 : 1 – 18 : 27 AND LUKE 23 : 18 – 43.
Shortly before Israel’s death, Joseph his son visited him with his two sons.
When it was time to bless the boys, he positioned Manasseh his firstborn to
come under his father’s right hand, while Ephraim would come under the left.
He knew the implication of position and blessing. But when Israel stretched his
hands to bless the boys, he crossed his hands, placing his right hand on the
younger and his left hand on the older. Joseph protested but Israel insisted.
Let us draw out a few lessons from this passage. The first of these is that
after a period of service comes a time of reward. Hence, John the beloved
warns in 2 John 8 that :
“Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but
that we receive a full reward.”
It is therefore possible to labour for something and never get the reward.
There will always be a time to reap after sowing. Hence, you need to be very
careful what you sow, because the harvest is always around the corner.
Another lesson from today’s Bible passage is that after a long stretch of
service, there comes a time for the impartation of generational blessings. That
is, after serving God for several years, a time comes when the blessing that
transcends you will be delivered to your children. This can only be done if you
have brought up your children in the way of the Lord. Generational blessings
come from God. It is more than just a right; it is a reward for quality and
consistent service. Psalm 23 : 30 says :
“A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.”
When the time comes for a generational blessing to be transferred to your
children and your grandchildren, may they not be found wanting in Jesus’
Name. The implication of this is that whatever effort you put into God’s
Kingdom is duly recorded, and that for all your efforts in God’s kingdom, a
reward awaits your children. This is why you cannot afford to get tired of
loving, serving, pleasing and sacrificing to God. Such efforts help to lay a solid
foundation for your children’s future. To what extent are you preparing your
children for their tomorrow? Abraham served God and it created a higher
platform for Isaac. Isaac also served the Lord and Israel rode on the pedestal.
Israel continued from there and Joseph was given a soft landing. Joseph loved
the Lord and it affected his sons positively. What kind of blessing will be
transferred to your children through your service?
KEY POINT :
Whether your children will have a smooth ride to destiny or not depends on your
relationship with God today.
AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.
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