Ge 48:1-22. Joseph's Visit
to His Sick Father.
1. one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is
sick—Joseph was hastily sent for, and on this occasion he
took with him his two sons.
2. Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the
bed—In the chamber where a good man lies, edifying and
spiritual discourse may be expected.
3, 4. God Almighty appeared unto me at
Luz—The object of Jacob, in thus reverting to the memorable
vision at Beth-el [Ge 28:10-15]—one of the great landmarks in his
history—was to point out the splendid promises in reserve for his
posterity—to engage Joseph's interest and preserve his continued
connection with the people of God, rather than with the Egyptians.
4. Behold, I will make thee
fruitful—This is a repetition of the covenant (Ge 28:13-15;
35:12). Whether these words
are to be viewed in a limited sense, as pointing to the many centuries
during which the Jews were occupiers of the Holy Land, or whether the
words bear a wider meaning and intimate that the scattered tribes of
Israel are to be reinstated in the land of promise, as their
"everlasting possession," are points that have not yet been
5. thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh—It
was the intention of the aged patriarch to adopt Joseph's sons as his
own, thus giving him a double portion. The reasons for this procedure
are stated (1Ch 5:1, 2).
are mine—Though their connections
might have attached them to Egypt and opened to them brilliant
prospects in the land of their nativity, they willingly accepted the
adoption (Heb 11:25).
9. Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will
bless them—The apostle (Heb 11:21) selected the blessing of Joseph's son
as the chief, because the most comprehensive, instance of the
patriarch's faith which his whole history furnishes.
13. Joseph took them both—The very act
of pronouncing the blessing was remarkable, showing that Jacob's bosom
was animated by the spirit of prophecy.
21. Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I
die—The patriarch could speak of death with composure, but he
wished to prepare Joseph and the rest of the family for the shock.
but God shall be with you—Jacob, in
all probability, was not authorized to speak of their bondage—he
dwelt only on the certainty of their restoration to Canaan.
22. moreover I have given to thee one portion
above thy brethren—This was near Shechem (Ge 33:18; Joh
4:5; also Jos 16:1;
20:7). And it is probable
that the Amorites, having seized upon it during one of his frequent
absences, the patriarch, with the united forces of his tribe, recovered
it from them by his sword and his bow.