Bible.com Keep The Feast, day 15
And Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face; and behold, God has let me see your offspring also.”
Jacob (Israel) puts his hands on the “wrong” grandsons when blessing Ephraim and Manasseh. Joseph tries to correct him. I don’t know whether to be surprised by the great impacts that small change had many generations later, or to simply chalk that up to cultural truths in ancient Mesopotamia.
It’s interesting to me that Jacob desires to be buried with Leah.
And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third generation. The children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were counted as Joseph’s own.
This portion of the Bible is definitely concerned with generations. The way to be counted mighty is to become many persons. As a father, I desire to see my children grow up and have children of their own; that’s only natural.
For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
and my bones waste away.
If I do not have strength, it is because of my own sin and failings.