Genesis 49:28–33 (ESV)
Jacob’s Death and Burial
these are the twelve tribes of Israel. This is what their father said to them as he blessed them, blessing each with the blessing suitable to him. 29 Then he commanded them and said to them, “I am to be gathered to my
people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 30 in the cave that is in the field at Machpelah, to the east of Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field from
Ephron the Hittite to possess as a burying place. 31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife. There they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah— 32 the field and
the cave that is in it were bought from the Hittites.” 33 When Jacob finished commanding his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed and breathed his last and was gathered to his people.
blessing (testament) of Jacob is a prophecy about each son and his tribe. All 12 sons are blessed as participants in the promise that began with Abraham, emphasizing return to the land. Jacob concentrates on Reuben, Simeon, Judah, and Joseph—the first
two negatively, the latter two positively. Jacob’s testament promises great blessings, including the height of God’s goodness: messianic kingship for Judah’s line. Jacob’s predictions are not uniformly happy. The reality of sin includes
judgment (Simeon and Levi), oppression (Issachar), warfare (Gad, Benjamin), and other distress. Though Joseph will prosper in many ways, the greatest gift to Jacob’s descendants is Judah’s scepter. The Seed of Abraham culminates in an eternal kingdom
for Judah’s descendants, fulfilled in the Messiah, Jesus (Shiloh).
I pray: “I wait for Your salvation, O Lord” (v 18). Amen.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (p. 92). St. Louis,
MO: Concordia Publishing House.