Jacob Blesses His Sons
Comments for Study 27
Memory Verse 49:10
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I. Manasseh and Ephraim (48)
1. When Jacob was nearing the end of his life in this world what did Joseph do? What did Jacob tell Joseph? (3-4) What does "a community of nations" mean? Why is this significant to those who believe in Jesus and are not of Israel?
2. What did Jacob tell Joseph he wanted him to do? Why Joseph and not any of his other sons?
3. Who were Joseph's son's mother? (41:45, 50-52) What did Jacob do that was against custom of those days? (5-9) What is significant about the crossing of the hands? (12-14) What did Joseph try to do? What did Jacob tell him the reason for what he had done? (19-21)
4. What does "a group of nations mean?" What happened many years later after King Solomon died? What was the northern kingdom sometimes called? What happened to the northern kingdom? What did the Prophets have say about this? What does Paul teach us about this?
5. What will happen at the end of the age we are now in? How is it that Jacob knew all this so that he could bless Joseph's sons so? What does this tell us about how God works in his people's lives?
II. What Will Happen in the Days to Come (49)
6. How did Jacob bless his two oldest sons? Why? (In those days the oldest normally received a double portion of the blessing.)
7. How did Jacob bless Judah? What does this mean to the future of his tribe? How did Jacob prophecy about Jesus in this blessing?
8. How did Jacob bless Joseph? Since Joseph's blessing went to his two sons how much blessing did he actually receive?
III. God Intended it for Good (50)
9. What did Joseph have done to Jacob's body?
10. What did Joseph ask permission to do? Why did he have to? What can we learn about Pharaoh's impression of Joseph here? What did the Canaanites say?
11. How did Joseph comfort his brothers? What does this show about them? About him? What did Joseph tell about the future?