Genesis 48: The View from the Graveyard

*These notes come from Bob Deffinbaugh’s study on Genesis 48 at
  • Things we dread in our youth come to appreciate, like suffering which we seek to avoid but realize it is a good thing from the hand of God
  • Jacob goes from describing his life as unpleasant to praising God for His care
  • Joseph received the rights of the firstborn because of the various sins of his brothers
  • Jacob adopts Joseph’s sons to give them one portion which gives Joseph a double portion. This gives Joseph the birthright
  • Jacob sees God’s presence in his sufferings
  • Genesis is full of instances where younger is chosen over the older
  • Sufferings drew Jacob to God
  • God does not choose us because of our potential but to demonstrate His power
  • Joseph is the most pious of his family but Jacob is chosen by God to be the patriarch. Joseph is not the forefather of Christ but Judah is. Joseph is not the one through whom the priesthood is named but Levi is
  • God can do great and wonderful things with the likes of us

*Link to study on the rest of the chapters in Genesis


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