The Joseph Files: “Blessings”

The Joseph Files: “Blessings”

Genesis 48 – 49

Brian Kenning
13 July 2014

• Joseph blesses his grandsons – Manasseh and Ephraim chapter 48: 10 – 22
• Jacob prophesise over his sons chapter 49

Reading: Genesis 48: 10 – 22 (NIV)

The right hand was used for honouring and blessing the left hand for menial, dirty tasks.
Jacob went against culture and tradition to bless Ephraim above Manasseh

There is strength in the act of blessing
Blessing bestowed goodwill, prosperity, happiness

Jesus gave a more profound spiritual dimension to Blessing

Reading: Matthew 5: 3 – 12 (The Message)

Paul gives examples of spiritual blessings in Ephesians 1
• redemption
• forgiveness
• wisdom
• understanding
Eulogia means to speak a good word
James 3 – there is power in the words we speak
• power to bless and build up
• power to curse and tear down
God has given us the privilege to build up and bless one another
Examples of Blessings/Benedictions

The “Aaronic Blessing” of Numbers 6: 24 – 26
The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make his face to shine on you
and be gracious to you
The Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace