The Legacy

Joseph took his two sons to Jacob. Now watch what happened. I never connected the significance of this conversation before. Genesis 48:5 says, “And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Rueben and Simeon, they shall be mine.”
Later when the tribes of Israel were named, Jospeh was not there. Ephraim and Manasseh took his place and the place of Levi. Judah received the blessing of the firstborn since Reuben abdicated it through his immorality.
In chapter 49 Jacob called his sons to tell them what would befall them. He revealed their legacy through their character. Here is what he said about Joseph. Verse 22 says, “Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well; his branches run over the wall.”
Jacob died and they carried his bones to Canaan to be buried beside Leah. Then as Joseph was dying, he foretold what would happen in Genesis 50:24. “…God will surely visit you, and bring you out of the land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”
Verse 25 says, “Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and you shall carry my carry up my bones from here.” That was fulfilled in Exodus 13:19. “And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had placed the children of Israel under solemn oath…”
What legacy are you leaving to your natural children and your spiritual children? David taught Solomon about wisdom. When the Lord said ‘Ask’ Solomon knew to ask for wisdom. God gave him wisdom such as never before him nor after him.
Psalm 20:4-5 says, “May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose. We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.” There are many ways we can sow into our legacy. One is through prayer, that they may reap His righteousness in their lives.

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