Prophetic Blessings Upon Joseph
"By the God of your father who will help you, and by the Almighty who will bless you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb." -Genesis 49:25
When Israel comes to the blessing that is to be pronounced upon Joseph, he describes Joseph's life as a living proof of the almighty power of God. God has shown Himself to be unlimited in His ability, a caring Shepherd, and a solid foundation stone.
The blessings for Joseph are described as so great that they rise up above the "utmost bound of the everlasting hills." These are the type of blessings we all would love to have from God. But there's another part of Joseph's life we must not forget. His blessings from God were preceded by some of the most difficult tests and hardships imaginable.
We would all do well to remember both. It is during trials that our character can be molded so we will not later become corrupted by the blessings God sends. May God give us grace and faith to embrace the transforming power of trials, seeing these difficulties of life as the raw material to prepare us for blessings that will exceed our wildest expectations.
13 "Zebulun shall dwell by the haven of the sea;
14 "Issachar is a strong donkey,
15 He saw that rest was good,
16 "Dan shall judge his people
17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way,
18 I have waited for your salvation, O LORD!
19 "Gad, a troop shall tramp upon him,
20 "Bread from Asher shall be rich,
21 "Naphtali is a deer let loose;
22 "Joseph is a fruitful bough,
23 The archers have bitterly grieved him,
24 But his bow remained in strength,
25 By the God of your father who will help you,
26 The blessings of your father
27 "Benjamin is a ravenous wolf;
28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father spoke to them. And he blessed them; he blessed each one according to his own blessing.
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