And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk…
I. A DISTINCTION OF BLESSING. Jacob was, doubtless, divinely guided to make this distinction. The choice he made was inspired by God; and God's will was discerned and obeyed. We may learn to avoid pride, envy, and ambition, and to abide by God's will and the Divine disposal of events and circumstances (comp. 1 Samuel 2:7; Psalm 75:6, 7; 1 Corinthians 12:11).
II. A CONTINUITY OF BLESSING (read verses 15 and 16, and note the reference to Abraham and Isaac).
III. A FUTURITY OF BLESSING.
IV. A UNITY OF BLESSING. The lots of one and another among God's people may differ. But all that is good, and hopeful, and blessed, comes from the One source of blessing — the One God, Guide, Deliverer. Conclusion: Let us ask ourselves these questions: Are we trying to learn from our elders God's truth? Are we seeking to live as those who look for God's blessing as the best thing? Do we wish to hand down the truth and premises of the Lord to those that come after us (Psalm 78:3, 4)?
(W. S. Smith, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,