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    Was the kingship blessing passed to Ephraim or Judah?


    Lou Newton, former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher

    Genesis 48 NIV

    “ 12 Then Joseph removed them from Israel’s knees and bowed down with his face to the ground. 13 And Joseph took both of them, Ephraim on his right toward Israel’s left hand and Manasseh on his left toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them close to him. 14 But Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim’s head, though he was the younger, and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.

    15 Then he blessed Joseph and said,

    “May the God before whom my fathers
    Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully,
    the God who has been my shepherd
    all my life to this day,
    16 the Angel who has delivered me from all harm
    —may he bless these boys.
    May they be called by my name
    and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
    and may they increase greatly
    on the earth.”

    17 When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”

    19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations.” 20 He blessed them that day and said,

    “In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing:
    ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’”

    So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.

    21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “I am about to die, but God will be with you and take you back to the land of your fathers. 22 And to you I give one more ridge of land than to your brothers, the ridge I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow.”

    NOTE : Ephraim was made one of Jacobs sons, and a tribe of Israel, even though the other grandsons were not tribes, but part of their fathers tribe. But no Kingship blessing here.

    Genesis 49 NIV

    8 “Judah, your brothers will praise you;
    your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;
    your father’s sons will bow down to you.
    9 You are a lion’s cub, Judah;
    you return from the prey, my son.
    Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
    like a lioness—who dares to rouse him?
    10 The scepter will not depart from Judah,
    nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
    until he to whom it belongs shall come
    and the obedience of the nations shall be his.
    11 He will tether his donkey to a vine,
    his colt to the choicest branch;
    he will wash his garments in wine,
    his robes in the blood of grapes.
    12 His eyes will be darker than wine,
    his teeth whiter than milk.

    A descendant of Judah shall be King until He whom it belongs shall come.

    until he to whom it belongs shall come
    and the obedience of the nations shall be his.
    11 He will tether his donkey to a vine,
    his colt to the choicest branch;
    he will wash his garments in wine,
    his robes in the blood of grapes.
    12 His eyes will be darker than wine,
    his teeth whiter than milk.

    This was of course Jesus Christ. Pilate declared Jesus to be King of the Jews and he was the authority recognized by men at the time. His robes were certainly washed in His own blood shed for us. No other King of the Jews has had the obedience of the nations. Certainly people of every nation follow and obey Him.
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