Our Blessing

Wendy Pope

Day: 49 | Plan: Genesis

Today's Reading: Genesis 49

Genesis 49:1 (NIV) “Then Jacob called for his sons and said: ‘Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.’”

Jacob’s life is coming to an end. In the days prior to his death, he follows the Hebrew custom of speaking blessings over his family. These prophetic words gave insight into the tribe’s future. The prophetic words were not only important to the men who stood around the deathbed of their father; they are equally as important to you and me. 

According to Hebrew custom, the firstborn would inherit a double-portion or twice the inheritance of the other sons. Of Jacob’s sons, Reuben was the firstborn and stood to receive the double-portion. Reuben forfeited this right when he slept with his father’s concubine (Genesis 35). The next in line would have been Simeon or Levi but the double-portion passed them because of the misconduct concerning their sister in Shechem (Genesis 34). The next in line for the double-portion was Judah. 

When we trace the line of Judah, Jacob’s fourth son, we find our blessing as we are spiritually tied to the line of Judah. The lineage line can be drawn from Jesus, our Savior, to Judah, Jacob’s son. Jacob’s blessing in Genesis 49:10 foreshadows the coming of our Savior, “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.”

Isn’t it amazing how under the new covenant of Jesus our lives are connected to the old covenant God made with Abraham? Celebrate your heritage today!

Prayer: Lord, I’m amazed at the connection the Old Testament has with my life as a child of the risen One. I praise You today for my inheritance of eternal life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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