[bible1year] Devotional comments on Genesis 49-50

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 17 Jan 2017 12:35:08 -0000
        Chapter 49 continues Jacob's last message and 
his dying blessing. He assembled his twelve sons 
together to prophesy of their tribal future. The 
prophecy, covered in verses 3-27, covers the entire 
sweep of Israelite history--past, present, and future. 
The prophecy concerning Reuben (verses 3 and 4) and 
Simeon and Levi (verses 5 and 7) characterized the 
nation of Israel until the Messiah's advent. Judah 
(verses 8-12) pointed to the period when our Lord was on 
the earth. Zebulun (verse 13) and Issachar) verses 14 
and 15) portrayed Israel, a trading people scattered 
among the nations. Verses 16-18 suggest apostate Israel 
during the reign of the Antichrist. Gad (verse 10), 
Asher (verse 20) and Naphtali (verse 21) portray the 
godly Jewish remnant of the Great Tribulation, and then 
Joseph (verses 22-26) speaks of the second advent of 
Messiah, and Benjamin of the rod-of-iron righteous rule 
of the King in the Kingdom Age.

        The deaths of Jacob and Joseph are recorded in 
chapter 50. Jacob was buried in Canaan, the land God had 
given him. He did not belong to the world or to Egypt. 
Joseph was buried in Egypt, but as we read the Book of 
Exodus we will see that Moses took Joseph's remains from 
Egypt when the children of Israel left there.