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Genesis 48:11–22 ‘May they increase greatly on the earth.’ (v16)

All of Jacob’s sons give their names to tribes, except Joseph, because his sons become a tribe each. In this way Joseph is doubly blessed, and once again we see Jacob’s favour towards his son Joseph. Joseph’s inheritance was also more than the other brothers. He was deeded some land in Canaan that Joseph’s descendants would take possession of some 400 years later.

Let’s consider for a moment the inheritance we have in the Lord. Jesus said that in His Father’s house there are many rooms and that He would prepare a place for us. Romans tells us we are co-heirs with Christ both in his sufferings but also His glory. Titus tells us that because we are heirs, we have the hope of eternal life.

Christ’s righteousness becomes ours as we are justified through faith. Many spend thousands of pounds trying to prolong life, while we have the promise of eternal life. Hope beyond the grave, a hope that is sure and true. We are a blessed people just like Joseph’s sons Manasseh and Ephraim.


A Prayer To Make:
‘Lord, thank You for all Your blessings that You pour out on us. Amen.’

An Action To Take:
Study the Bible to understand more deeply the inheritance we have in Christ.

Scripture To Consider:
John 14:1–7,15–21; Rom. 8:14–17; Heb. 6:16–20; Titus 3:5–8

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.