Genesis – Chapter 48: Manasseh and Ephraim

Joseph has spent several years stealing from the people and forcing them to suffer through horrible famine conditions.  Jacob, after meeting his son Joseph again, dies.  Genesis Chapter 48 focuses more on Jacob’s death.

“Some time later Joseph was told, ‘Your father is ill.’ So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him.” – Genesis 48:1

This puts some context on who Manasseh and Ephraim are.

“Jacob said to Joseph, ‘God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me and said to me, ‘I am going to make you fruitful and increase your numbers. I will make you a community of peoples, and I will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.’’” – Genesis 48:3-4

A community of peoples was made, but to do so, many people had to suffer needlessly.  That’s the blessing God brought to Jacob.  I don’t know about you, but I want no part of a God who allows others to needlessly suffer.  Jacob next says:

“Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine. Any children born to you after them will be yours; in the territory they inherit they will be reckoned under the names of their brothers.” – Genesis 48:5-6

Um…no…that’s not how fatherhood works.  Ephraim and Manasseh will ALWAYS be Joseph’s sons, not Jacob’s.  What the heck?

“But his father refused and said, ‘I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations.’” – Genesis 48:19

Ug, we’ve heard this story before.  What is so hard about blessing both children and saying both will grow to do great things?  The parenting ‘lessons’ in the Bible are HORRIBLE!!!

“Then Israel said to Joseph, ‘I am about to die, but God will be with you and take you back to the land of your fathers.’” – Genesis 48:21

If this is really true and God is with Joseph, we can expect far more misogyny, hatred of the poor, and evil.  That does it for this chapter.

Coming Soon:  Genesis – Chapter 49:  Jacob Blesses His Sons


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