Daily email Number 161 – from the Vicar

I’m back with the daily email, and before I forget (again), happy birthday to Terry Hillyard today.  A few of us sang at the end of the Zoom service yesterday, but I should have mentioned it previously when more were present.
Many thanks to Derek for his daily emails last week when we were away, and for the Biblical teaching and pastoral wisdom contained in them.
We are returning to the book of Genesis to finish off the stories of Jacob and Joseph, and then we will do something different for a while.
So today’s passage is Genesis Chapter 49 verses 1-28.  These are Jacob’s last words on his deathbed as his 12 sons gather round and he blesses them, and their descendants that follow.
The words come across like poetry, and are not always easy to take in first time round, so feel free to take your time over them, perhaps over 2 days, as I won’t be sending a daily email tomorrow.
Some brief notes/pointers:
Note that the most amount of words go to Judah and Joseph.
Judah, who although he was the fourth son, seems to have become the heir apparent, through his increasingly humble leadership and godly behaviour, and as I have said previously it is from Judah’s line that we come to David and later the Lord Jesus.  Verse 10 is probably understood as pointing to the Messiah, also v.11 with its references to blood and wine, and the references to lions in v.9 are later echoed in the Book of Revelation Ch.5 v.5, where the risen and ascended Lord Jesus is described as ‘the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David…’
And Joseph obviously gets many words of blessing, because of his victorious overcoming of all that has been thrown at him in his earthly life, and because he has been the most Christ-like of all the brothers.
If you read this passage again tomorrow you might like to do it with a map of Israel in the time of Joshua in front of you, (some Bibles have them or find one on the internet), when all the 12 tribes have been allocated land, and then some of Jacob’s words of blessing will make more sense geographically.
Any questions, as always feel free to ask.
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