Jacob blessing Joseph's sons

by Jim Holben
(Green Valley, Nevada)

In Genesis, Chapter 48 Jacob blesses Joseph's sons Ephraim and Manasseh. Why did he or for what reason he blessed the younger son in this chapter. I've read this a bit, but I can't seem to understand what is happening here.

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by: Christopher

That 's a great question! In Old Testament times, a blessing was given to indicate what would become of the one being blessed. It was prophetic.

In Genesis 48, Jacob blesses Joseph's sons Ephriam and Manassah. In verse 11, Jacob (Israel) says, "I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring." Essentially, Jaboc is telling Joseph that God has revealed what would become of Joseph's sons in the future.

God had revealed to Jacob that Ephriam, the younger son, would have a greater future than his older son, Manassah. This troubled Joseph (Gen. 48.17-19).

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