The blessings on the Patriarchs: being fruitful and increasing, and being a blessing to the nations are worked out in the life of Joseph.
Joseph and the Famine
31 “Swear to me,” he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
Manasseh and Ephraim
1 Some time later Joseph was told, “Your father is ill.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him. 2 When Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed.
Manasseh means God made me to forget. Pray for the grace to forget.
Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully,
the God who has been my shepherd
all my life to this day,
16 the Angel who has delivered me from all harm
—may he bless these boys.
May they be called by my name
and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
and may they increase greatly
on the earth.”
‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’”
Elevating Joseph to the status of the first-born.
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