When Jacob was ready to die, he gave a final talk to his sons. He took time to “bless” each of them. The blessing he provided was not a treasure or property of some sort, instead, it was disclosure of what was to come for each of them—based on their character and behavior. In the “blessing”, Jacob told his sons some pretty hard things. None were intended as an insult, instead, each was simply a look ahead at what was to come. Still, as the last visit with their dad, the sons probably had a difficult time hearing the hard words.
For our lives, God reveals the truth through his word. So many times, the truths of his word do not line up with our culture. As such, those of us that believe them and follow them are often called intolerant and hateful. People do not want to be confronted with the truth, they want to be told that any and all behavior is OK. But, as with Jacob’s sons, our behavior does have consequences. Our behavior builds a character that becomes not only what we do, but it also becomes who we are. We should, therefore, live in a way that honors God and shows the world his true nature of love and integrity. Make no mistake, your life and character are intertwined and will define you and your journey.
God Bless You
Then Jacob called for his sons and said: “Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come.
2 “Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob; listen to your father Israel.
3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, the first sign of my strength, excelling in honor, excelling in power. 4 Turbulent as the waters, you will no longer excel, for you went up onto your father’s bed, onto my couch and defiled it…v26
Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than[n] the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among[o] his brothers.
27 “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder.”
28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him…When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people