Lessons for Study from Genesis 48:1-22
Are We Qualified to Be Used By God? A quick Genesis Bible study about Manasseh and Ephraim helps us to learn how God does not always use people who are qualified.
If you do not feel suited for the job He has for you, remember that neither did many of the people from Scripture.
Read this lesson about how Jacob blessed Ephraim and Manasseh to get inspiration.
Blessing of Joseph’s Sons: Manasseh and Ephraim
When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him; and he grasped his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.
Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand on his head.”
But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great.
However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.” – Genesis 48:17-19 NASB
Manasseh and Ephraim – The Cross-Handed Blessing
Why did Jacob lay his right hand on Ephraim? He gave the younger son the greatest blessing which was against tradition.
When Joseph protested and tried to remove his hand Jacob stated that this was no mistake.
The God Factor
In truth, God had directed Jacob in this matter as He had all through the life of Israel (Jacob).
The old man was told by God that Ephraim, not Manasseh would be the greater of the two sons saying; “his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.”
When God chooses people to do His will, it is not always the oldest, the strongest or the most talented.
He goes much deeper into a person’s life than what is shown on the surface.
There are hundreds of stories in the Bible about people God used. Many were far from perfect.
People like Saul (Paul), David, who was also a younger son, Samson, and the list goes on and on.
So, you see? When God calls upon a person to do His work, the background or the position of that person doesn’t seem to matter.
God Called Manasseh and Ephraim – He Calls Us Too!
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Yes, there is a chance that God will call you to do a task for Him.
It might be something you feel totally unqualified to carry out but, with God, all things are possible.
Remember, God is qualified – all we have to be is willing.
Love in Christ
If you would like to learn more about how to receive the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please go now and read John 3:16.
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