Genesis 48 – Jacob Blesses Joseph and his Sons
Even though the end of Gen. 47 seemed to end with the death of Jacob, the beginning of Gen. 48 Joseph learns that his father is ill.
Joseph took his two sons to Jacob on his deathbed and Jacob blesses them. Jacob tells Joseph of the promise god had made to him about the land belonging to his descendants and the death of Rachel.
The blessing is pretty basic with one change in the ritual. Joseph tried to move his father’s hand when he was placing his hands on the boy’s heads. The right hand was for the first born but Jacob was placing that hand on Ephraim, not Manasseh. Joseph tried to correct this but Jacob said he knew what he was doing and the younger would be greater than the older one.
Jacob tells Joseph that he himself is going to die but god would be with Joseph and bring him out of Egypt to the land of his fathers. This is much like the promise god made to Jacob to have him return out of Egypt but he is dying now there so what happened to that one?
Jacob also reiterates that Joseph was his favorite son saying that he had given him a portion above his brothers which he took by force from the Amorites.