Genesis 49 Commentary: A Young Man Who Would Change The World
+God's priority is for us to gain perspective, not at the expense of having a good time, but in preference over it. Going to Memorials and seeing what people's lives have ultimately amounted to in the lives of others causes us to walk away with more than we walked in concerning how we view our own lives as much as the lives of others. Taking these things to heart are not only advised by King Solomon, but based on Jacob's final words to his sons, are also some of the times God can speak most powerfully through us.
+Following Jacob's blessing to Pharaoh, he is now passing on his final blessings to his sons. Beginning with Ephraim and Manasseh, the sons of Joseph that would collectively make up his tribe, the blessings of the firstborn passed to the child who wasn't born first, but who was the most prominent between the two. Jesus continues this pattern being referred to as the firstborn over all creation, not referring to His time of birth, but His prominence over all Creation.
+The Law of first mentions is a rule of scriptural interpretation that turns to the first time a term is used in the Bible as the standard by which it should be considered throughout scripture as a whole. This is the first mention of the Last Days in the Bible, being the standard by which end times prophecy should be taken. The Spirit of Prophecy not only focuses itself around the continued promise of the coming of Jesus Christ, but centered around the nation and descendants of Israel.
+Jacob's Godliness wasn't based on his behavior or moral standards, but his faith in God and the ways he was used to be a demonstration of His mercy and power.
-Jacob's focus on his death bed wasn't on his own circumstances, poor fortune, or loss of time. His focus and concern was for the continued work of God in his family and how each of his sons would understand their anointing. He took this role so seriously that despite his 147 year old body being well worn with age, stands up with the same consideration and respect for the role as someone making a business transaction in the city gates. This would be an extremely taxing action on his part considering the fact that he didn't know how much longer he had to live, yet simply chose to stand strong while he had the ability to do so.
+Moses passed the same blessing to the nation of Israel.
+Paul passed the same blessing to the Church.
+Our power isn't event by event, but moment by moment, trusting God for each step as much as each breath. The hardest part of a marathon is usually the psychological factor that kicks in around the 18 mile mark. When you realize you still have 8 more miles to go, it can be miserable unless you get your mind off of how much farther you have until you finish and simply focusing on where you are at the moment.
+Reuben's blessing should have been the highest, but his actions in life disqualified him from inheriting them. Jacob is specifically referring to the incident with Bilhah in Genesis 35:22. Reuben attempted time and time again to get in favor with his father and had tried every trick in the book except coming to his father confessing his sins and apologizing for his actions. The question isn't if we'll blow it or not, it's what we do afterward that shows the impact our actions will have in our future. Sin flourishes in the dark, but it dies in the light. Reuben had great potential but because of the neglect he showed towards the sin in his life, it robbed him of all he could have had if he had just dealt with it.
1 John 1:9:
+ “There is no greater burden in life then having great potential.” -Dandy Don Meredith
+Simeon and Levi also are left out of the blessing because of their actions because of what happened in Genesis 34:1-31 where they took vengeance for their sister's honor after the Prince of Shechem by using circumcision as a means to cripple the city and allow them to commit mass murder instead of allowing God to enact true justice on their behalf. It wasn't the first time in history that people used something intended to be holy and made it a tool to take advantage of people. Simeon and Reuben were the least prominent of the tribes of Israel, and Levi never inherited any territory in the promised land.
+This is an incredibly profound passage of scripture since it plays the most direct application to the coming of the Messiah and the Last Days. Judah was introduced to us as a dishonest, selfish, lustful, and self-righteous man in Genesis 38. However, what set him apart from Simeon, Levi, and Reuben was when he was confronted with his sin, he acknowledged and confessed it, setting his future on a very different path.
+Two very different Judah's are shown in these passages. It's not where you start in the Christian walk, it's where you finish.
+Judah is being given the spiritual blessing of Abraham to bring the Messiah into the world.
+Judah would not only be the linage from which the kings and leadership of Israel would come from Judah's descendants, but the term Shiloh means “One to whom it is given.” Yet another Messianic term.
2 Corinthians 9:15:
+The prophecy of the Scepter not departing from Israel until the Promised One is referring legally to the right of capital punishment not passing from Israel until the True King had come. This was not only a historical stumbling point for the nation of Israel in the Talmud as well as the writings of Josephus, but also a mark on history that remains on most maps to this day. The territory known as Palestine was named after a people group that were eradicated by Nebuchadnezzar in the 5th century BC. When General Titus burned Jerusalem to the ground and scattered the Jews throughout the Roman Empire, they renamed it after their greatest historical enemies though they as a people group were extinct. The Philistines weren't even Arabs, they were settlers from the Island of Crete. The modern people who claim the identity of Palestinian are actually Jordanians that settled in Israeli territory when it was under occupation by the Ottoman Empire until the mid 20th century when Israel was re-founded as a land and revitalized by the Zionist Movement. Even sooner than that however, historically when Rome first began to tighten its grip around the Jewish nation and culture, Rome took away their right to capital punishment by Coponius approximately around 17AD. The Jewish Rabbis that made up the Sanhedrin wept over this decree because Messiah hadn't come. Little did they know a child had been dedicated in that temple and was likely celebrating His Bar Mitzvah during this time talking with the members of the Sanhedrin and asking them questions.
+This is a prophecy of Jesus' second coming and the Battle of Armageddon.
+When Jesus finally rights this world gone wrong, it won't just result in blood, but when evil is finally done away with, there will be rejoicing.
+Zebulun did settle on the coastal regions of the promised land.
+Issachar's territory settled between a very fertile and arable land between two mountains that took care of most of their needs for them. Due to this easy access to life's necessities, he grew lazy and ended up being the first tribe to be taken over by Gentile invasion during Israel's time of Apostasy.
+Dan was the first tribe of Israel to fall into idolatry, and as well are one of the tribes omitted from the 144,000 Jews anointed to share the gospel during the first half of the Tribulation Period. Why is Dan left out?
+The two beasts come from different sources that are consistently referring to the non-jewish nations as the sea, and the land, referring to the land of Israel. It is possible that the tribe of Dan will include the False Prophet and fall into the ultimate idolatry worshiping the Antichrist himself.
+Gad was Israel's military, who would see victory in the last days at the return of their King.
+Asher would make up Israel's bakers.
+Naphtali was described as a joyful animal and ties it back to the reason why they'll have joy is the words they are given.
+Jacob's blessing on Joseph includes 2 titles and names for God and how He had manifested Himself through Joseph's life.
1. God the Mighty – the strength of God that not only preserved Joseph's life through slavery and prison, but also saw Jacob personally through his reunion with Esau after having wrestled with Him all night and found victory when he surrendered and chose to trust Him.
2. God the Shepherd – the care God had shown towards Joseph and all of his children was not only in providing for their needs, but tracking them down and bringing them back home when they had wandered away.
-El Shaddai means the many breasted one. Breasts naturally are providers of life and nourishment for helpless infants, and in this case calling God their provider in the land of Egypt by saving them along with the whole world during a time where they were helpless to depend on anyone but God for their needs.
+Benjamin's history included both times of generous provision as much as predatory ferocity. King Saul is the best example of this. Once a mighty king who gave great victories for the nation of Israel, also spent 10 years trying to hunt down and murder David who dared to be the object of his paranoia.
+Considering our deaths and our final words is an important one to plan in advance. Our lives can leave a legacy of blessing or regret. Jacob left a legacy of blessing despite of how much he had to regret. Not because of what he had done, but because of Who was his God.