Genesis 49:1-28 & Blessing, Blessing, Blessing

We only took a few steps on our journey through Genesis before man was cursed.  From that point on you long for the one who will crush the head of the serpent so that “his blessings flow far as the curse is found.”  In Genesis 12 we gain further insight as God reveals that it is through Abraham that all the families of the earth are to be blessed.  Now as Genesis begins to close we see blessings being pronounced three times by Jacob, grandson of Abraham.

In Genesis 47:7-10 Jacob blessed Pharaoh, in 48:15-20 he blesses his grandsons through Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, and finally here he blessed his twelve sons.  So the book that began with a curse now ends with a triad of blessings all coming through Israel.  In case the triple emphasis isn’t enough the narrator caps this pronouncement by emphasizing blessing three times as well (Genesis 49:28).

But let’s focus in some more.   Can we look more specifically within the nation of Israel for where the serpent shattering, curse reversing hope of the nations will come from?  Will he be the child of the donkey Zebulun?  Or Dan the serpent?  Perhaps Naphtali the doe?  Will a king come from the wolf, Benjamin?  No, none of these will suffice.  The pronouncements are too concise.  But there are two sons who receive extended treatment; together they comprise 40% of our text.  Surely the fruitful bough of Jospeh will again bring deliverance and blessing?  No, it is the Lion of the tribe of Judah whom all the brothers shall praise and bow down to.  It is one from Judah who will crush all enemies and restore a paradise better than Eden.

Refuse to bow to God’s King, and you are surely cursed.  Kiss the Son and know the blessedness of taking refuge in Him (Psalm 2), for “He comes to make His blessings flow as far as the curse is found.”  Indeed you are more blessed in Christ than you are cursed in Adam – blessed, blessed, blessed, superlatively blessed.

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