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Old 13th September 2017, 08:26 PM
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[Genesis 48]
{48:1} After these things were done, it was reported to Joseph that his father was sick. And taking his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim, he went directly to him.

Notice that Joseph takes his two sons to their grandfather, as an act of mercy to visit the sick (one of the corporal acts of mercy) and also because a grandfather blessing is important too (Jacob was in danger of death, so Joseph and his children may receive his blessing before he dies).

{48:2} And it was told to the old man, “Behold, your son Joseph is coming to you.” And being strengthened, he sat up in bed.
{48:3} And when he had entered to him, he said: “Almighty God appeared to me at Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, and he blessed me.

God blessed Jacob, so Jacob's blessing to someone else transmits God's blessing to the other person(s) as well.

{48:4} And he said: ‘I will increase and multiply you, and I will make you influential among the people. And I will give this land to you, and to your offspring after you, as an everlasting possession.’

Jacob's offspring is also blessed.
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{48:5} Therefore, your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came here to you, will be mine. Ephraim and Manasseh will be treated by me just like Reuben and Simeon.
{48:6} But the remainder, whom you will conceive after them, will be yours, and they will be called by the name of their brothers among their possessions.
{48:7} As for me, when I came from Mesopotamia, Rachel died in the land of Canaan on the very journey, and it was springtime. And I entered Ephrath and buried her next to the way of Ephrath, which by another name is called Bethlehem.”

This place Bethlehem was also blessed to receive and welcome our Lord to this world in His humanity.

{48:8} Then, seeing his sons, he said to him: “Who are these?”
{48:9} He responded, “They are my sons, whom God gave to me as a gift in this place.” “Bring them to me,” he said, “so that I may bless them.”

Children are gifts of God; therefore, we should not attempt to cut this plan of God for families. Things like abortion or contraception are of the evil one. Since children are gifts for the family, those gifts come with provisions for they are God's children first, so one should not worry when someone or something comes from God.
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{48:10} For Israel’s eyes were clouded by reason of his great age, and he was unable to see clearly. And when they were placed up against him, he kissed and embraced them.

The love of grandparents to their grandchildren is something that families should not cut out. Let the children know their grandparents, to learn more about them, from who they come from, or of how God makes their story perfect.

{48:11} And he said to his son: “I have not been cheated out of seeing you. Moreover, God has shown me your offspring.”
{48:12} And when Joseph had taken them from his father’s lap, he reverenced prone on the ground.

Here Joseph is not "adoring" or "worshiping" Jacob, but showing a sign of respect and honor to his father. Worship starts with an interior act of the heart and mind, so any exterior act of honor or respect does not equal worship.

{48:13} And he placed Ephraim on his right, that is, towards the left hand of Israel. Yet truly Manasseh was on his left, namely, towards his father’s right hand. And he placed them both up against him.
{48:14} And he, extending his right hand, placed it over the head of Ephraim, the younger brother, but the left hand was on the head of Manasseh, who was the elder, so that his hands were crossed.
{48:15} And Jacob blessed the sons of Joseph, and he said: “God, in whose sight my fathers, Abraham and Isaac, walked; God, who pastured me from my youth until the present day;
{48:16} the Angel, who rescues me from all evils: bless these boys. And let my name be invoked over them, and also the names of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac. And may they increase into a multitude across the earth.”
{48:17} But Joseph, seeing that his father had placed his right hand over the head of Ephraim, took it gravely. And grasping his father’s hand, he tried to lift it from Ephraim’s head and transfer it onto the head of Manasseh.
{48:18} And he said to his father: “It should not have come to pass this way, father. For this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand over his head.”

A father or, in this case, a grandfather's blessing is important, that's why Joseph took it seriously when Jacob was blessing Joseph's older son with his left hand, and the younger with the right hand.
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{48:19} But refusing, he said: “I know, my son, I know. And this one, indeed, will be among the people and will be multiplied. But his younger brother will be greater than he. And his offspring will increase among the nations.”

Perhaps Jacob had a revelation from God of who of the two children was going to be greater, that's why he blessed the younger with his right hand, and the older with the left hand. Or it can also be in connection of himself receiving his father's Isaac blessing over of his older brother Esau. Notice that in that case, he too, Jacob, was the younger brother.

{48:20} And he blessed them at that time, saying: “In you, Israel will be blessed, and it will be said: ‘May God treat you like Ephraim, and like Manasseh.’ ” And he established Ephraim before Manasseh.

Despite this, both children received blessings, though the younger Ephraim was named first.

{48:21} And he said to his son Joseph: “See, I am dying, and God will be with you, and he will lead you back to the land of your fathers.

Now this prophecy that "God will lead you back to the land of your fathers" was meant to the Israelite people, not Joseph personally.

{48:22} I give you one part beyond that of your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.”
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