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God does not forget.  Joseph’s efforts and faithfulness had not been in vain for he and his family.  At age 17, he was sold into slavery by his brothers.  He was then made the trustee for the estate of the Captain of the Guard for Egypt.  He blessed the family and did so well that Potifer left it to him.  He was wrongfully accused and imprisoned.  Throughout his stay, he made such a difference they left it to him.  Then, he was made co-regent of Egypt and literally saved the Egyptian world and the nation of Israel.  The most exceptional part of the story was that Joseph’s faith carried him through thick and thin.  It also allowed him to do all humbly and without looking back.

Now centuries later, God was rewarding his family with the inheritance they deserved.  They were second in line—only behind Judah.  They were given double portions and the prestige of being in the place of honor.  There was nothing exceptional about Ephriam or Manassah as a people, but they were given much due to their lineage.

Our lineage is also significant.  As his chosen, we are part of the lineage of the Savior.  Even though our accomplishments are not exceptional, the life and sacrifice of Jesus provides us with an inheritance unmatched by any other man.  Eternal life and a full and meaningful journey are gifts we can only receive by surrendering to him and humbly following Christ.  Like the tribes of Joseph, we only have to accept the reward he provided. We will never fully appreciate the depth of love or the greatness of our reward for following Christ.

God Bless You

The allotment for Joseph began at the Jordan, east of the springs of Jericho, and went up from there through the desert into the hill country of Bethel. It went on from Bethel (that is, Luz),[a] crossed over to the territory of the Arkites in Ataroth, descended westward to the territory of the Japhletites as far as the region of Lower Beth Horon and on to Gezer, ending at the Mediterranean Sea.

So Manasseh and Ephraim, the descendants of Joseph, received their inheritance.

This was the territory of Ephraim, according to its clans:

The boundary of their inheritance went from Ataroth Addar in the east to Upper Beth Horon and continued to the Mediterranean Sea. From Mikmethath on the north it curved eastward to Taanath Shiloh, passing by it to Janoah on the east. Then it went down from Janoah to Ataroth and Naarah, touched Jericho and came out at the Jordan. From Tappuah the border went west to the Kanah Ravine and ended at the Mediterranean Sea. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the Ephraimites, according to its clans. It also included all the towns and their villages that were set aside for the Ephraimites within the inheritance of the Manassites.

10 They did not dislodge the Canaanites living in Gezer; to this day the Canaanites live among the people of Ephraim but are required to do forced labor.