Genesis 48:1–7 (ESV)
Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh
this, Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is ill.” So he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. 2 And it was told to Jacob, “Your son Joseph has come to you.” Then Israel
summoned his strength and sat up in bed. 3 And Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, 4 and
said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a company of peoples and will give this land to your offspring after you for an everlasting possession.’ 5 And
now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are. 6 And the children that you fathered after
them shall be yours. They shall be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance. 7 As for me, when I came from Paddan, to my sorrow Rachel died in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was
still some distance to go to Ephrath, and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”
Have you ever wondered why Joseph
is not counted in the Twelve Tribes of Israel? Today’s reading explains it. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “There would be no tribe of Joseph. Jacob’s adoption of Joseph’s two sons gave Joseph a double share when Canaan
was later divided (Jsh 13–22) and allowed 12 divisions in the land of Canaan, even though the priestly tribe (Levi) would be landless.
I pray: O Lord, help me to be content with what I have and trust in you to provide all I need. Help me to understand that “want’s” and “need’s” are different.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran
Study Bible (p. 89). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.