Genesis 49:22–26 (ESV)
Jacob Blesses His Sons
22 “Joseph is a fruitful bough,
a fruitful bough by a spring;
run over the wall.
23 The archers bitterly attacked him,
shot at him, and harassed him severely,
24 yet his bow remained unmoved;
his arms were made agile
by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob
(from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
by the God of your father who will help you,
by the Almighty who will bless you
with blessings of heaven above,
blessings of the deep that crouches beneath,
blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
The blessings of your father
are mighty beyond the blessings of my parents,
up to the bounties of the everlasting hills.
May they be on the head of Joseph,
and on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers.
The blessings of Joseph are great! Luther states: “The blessing of Joseph refers to the kingdom of Israel, and is said completely of bodily government.… Thus the spiritual
blessing and kingdom remains on Judah and the bodily kingdom on Ephraim” (WA DB 8:195). God singled out Joseph for blessings beyond his brothers: bountiful agriculture, large families, etc. As Joseph was richly blessed, so his descendants (esp
Ephraim) would be rich and powerful, rivaled only by Judah. Joseph went through a lot, but receives a choice blessing. I still maintain that a parent should not single out a child as a favorite. Each child is different and has his/her weaknesses.
All children are the creation of God.
I pray: O Lord, help me to be a good parent and to raise my children in a God pleasing way. Amen.