“Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers.” Genesis 49:26
Being a dad to a daughter, son-in-law, son and a grandpa to three boys, I often think about father-son/daughter/grandchild relationships and I recently thought about an example of such from one of my favorite Old Testament stories – the story of Joseph and the relationship he had with his father Jacob. I was again reminded of the relationship both of them shared with their Heavenly Father and what our relationships should be like with Him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MTB is a husband, father and grandfather and life-long follower of Christ. He serves as a Elder at a Reformed Church in Hudsonville, MI and has served on a variety of ministry teams. He is an avid bowhunter and enjoys spending time with his wife and grandkids.
While Jacob was far from being the perfect father or grandfather, as he grew older, he often spoke of himself as a sheep that needed to be and was continually shepherded by God. Joseph, who was sometimes referred to as Jacob’s favorite, no doubt learned many things from him and their story is one of the richest examples of God’s providence as well as His righteousness, faithfulness, grace, mercy and love ever recorded.
In Genesis 49: 26 it says, “Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers.”
My wife and I won’t have a lot in terms of material possessions to pass on but what about those blessings of being able to enjoy and live in God’s righteousness, faithfulness, grace, mercy and love given freely to us from Him? Have or eventually will those blessings be passed on and come to rest not only on the brow of my kids and grand-kids but more importantly, will they come to rest upon their hearts? What kind of an example have we set as “sheep”, willing to be “shepherded”? Have we been a conduit for and do we provide the environment necessary for the Holy Spirit to work in their lives? How much time – quality time – do my wife and I spend in prayer for each one of them collectively and individually?
Hopefully, by God’s grace, they’ll have learned at least a little bit about God’s righteousness, faithfulness, grace, mercy and love from us and like Jacob and Joseph, they’ll go on to demonstrate the same to future generations. The prayers of my wife and myself will always be that our daughter, son-in-law, son and grandsons will be a blessing to others and that God equips them with the gifts necessary to always bring Him honor and glory.
Will your kids and grand-kids learn the same from you? Are we showing our kids and grand-kids what it means to live as sheep, followers of our Shepherd?
May God grant us all that we need to be Jacobs to all the Josephs in our lives and may the heritage of blessings that are greater than the ancient mountains, more bountiful than the age old hills, come to rest upon the brow of all our Josephs and on their hearts as well.