Genesis 49

Genesis 49 Jacob, on his deathbed, gathered his 12 sons together to “bless” them.  I use quotes here, because some of the blessings didn’t seem like something you would want put upon you. Now, remember, these are the sons who wanted to kill one of their brothers and lie to their father about it, so maybe …

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Genesis 48

Genesis 48 As Jacob is dying he wants to bless Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Even though Manasseh is the oldest, he blesses Ephraim higher, saying both will become a people, but that Ephraim will be greater. Joseph isn’t happy about it, but Jacob insists it.  Jacob wants them to be counted among his people, while …

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Genesis 27

Genesis 27 Sibling rivalry. Jacob tricks old, blind Isaac (at his mother’s insistence) into giving him a blessing meant for Esau. Rebekah takes advantage of her husband’s bad eyesight by dressing Jacob in Esau’s clothes and putting hairy skins on him. The upshot is that Jacob gives Isaac food and Isaac blesses him a whole lot. Esau us upset about …

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