Genesis 48-50 The End!

(This might be long BUT by far the best post this month.  I have countless hours invested in research.  I will try to be as concise as possible) 😉

I hear people say “I have read Genesis before”.  Even if you have, I hope this was like it was brand new to you.  There are chapters we tend to say “Ummm I have no idea why I have to read this” and we skip it.  Chapter 49 is usually one of those chapters.  But we are NOT skipping it.

First, Chapter 48: The Adoption!  We already covered that Judah will get the Blessing (the Covenant), but now it is time for the birthright.  This is a very important section because it explains how Joseph’s sons, born and raised as Gentiles (that’s you) are adopted into the Hebrew’s EQUALLY.  Joseph does not become the head of a tribe,  but Ephraim and Manasseh will have equal standing as Jacob’s other sons.

“Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine.

Ancient Eastern adoptions exercised placing the adopted child on the knees of the adopting parent to symbolize giving birth to the adopted.  In verse 12,  Joseph removed the sons from his knees and puts them close to the adopter: Jacob.  Joseph arranges the sons in birth order assuming the birthright will be chronological.  This is actually the 4th consecutive generation where the prominence of the firstborn was reversed!

  • Isaac over Ishmael
  • Jacob over Esau
  • Joseph over Reuben
  • Ephraim over Manasseh

Looks like I am going to have to give Charlie more than Elliot, or at least a nicer car to keep the tradition going! LOL!!

Jacob, even though his health and eyes are failing, when Joseph said “You’re doing it wrong”, Jacob says in verse 19: “I know my son, I know”.

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.”

Look at this map.  The Amorites settled the land on the east side of the Jordan River.   That is what we are going to call the “Transjordan” land.

:Map of the Amorites Settlements (Bible History Online)

Chapter 49.  Are you ready to geek it out with me??  Read it once over BEFORE reading my notes.  Now that you have hung on every word of the first 48 chapters I think you could probably do this chapter without me!  Keep notes anyway that suits you best, I actually copy and pasted the scriptures in large print to write on them from bible gateway because I refuse to wear readers and look old like my husband.

Jacob will foretell what would become of each tribe and their descendants.  We will see blessings, curses, judgments, and prominence.  Jacob will draw on the past and look to the future.  Here we go!  For the super geeky like.  click here for a map you can print to look at while we do this.  ONE day they will be given the Promised Land, and it will be allocated to the 12 tribes.  The map shows you what Chapter 49 is prophesizing!  (does that make sense)

If anything, look at the east side of the Jordan river.  Make sense? 🤓

Tribe of Benjamin - Wikipedia

Here are the notes to put next to the scriptures:

  • Reuben- #1
    • vs 3: firstborn, should have been given the birthright, blessing, double portion, leadership of the tribes.
    • vs 4: tribe of Reuben produces no significant men, judges, kings, prophets, or priests (#truestory)
    • vs 4: Gen: 35:22 he sleeps with Bilhah
    • write in your margin:
      • Transjordan tribe
      • God saves Israel from reckless leadership
  • Simeon and Levi #2 and #3
    • vs 5: they are blood brothers born from Leah
    • vs 6: Gen 34 Shechem- vengeance from Dinah’s rape
    • vs 7: neither will be given land
      • Simeon will be absorbed by Judah
      • Levi dispersed in cities
        • Levi WILL be blessed with the honor of priesthood when they sided with Moses at Mt. Sinai in Exodus 32:26-28
  • Judah #4
    • vs 8: Because #1.#2. #3 are disqualified, Judah will become the Covenant tribe.
    •  vs 9: compared to a Lion who is the king
    • vs 10: Scepter: Royalty.  The Messianic line.  The Davidic Monarchy.
    • vs 11: (I don’t know….) don’t write that.  Is this end time?  Can someone help me?
  • Zebulun#5
    • vs 13: given the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Galilee
      • historical records show Zebulun shared a territory with Issachar
  • Issachar #6
    • vs. 14: Submissive tribe to the Canaanites
    • vs 15: farmers, agriculture
    • become slaves
  • Dan #7
    • vs 16: Samson.
    • vs 17: Judges 18- Led Israel into Idolatry
  • Gad #8
    • vs 19 gets attached my nomads
      • write in the margin: Transjordan Tribe
  • Asher #9
    • given the most fertile land
  • Naphtali #10
    • you may not want to write this BUT I wrote “My favorite Judge: Deborah!”  Oh how I want to be her when I grow up
  • Joseph #11
    • vs 22 tribe grew fruitful in the land
    • vs 22 Manasseh and Ephraim are the branches (grafted into the family)
    • vs 23- his brothers, Potiphar’s wife, prisoners
    • vs 24: God was with him
    • vs 25 and 26: (circle the blessings)
  • Benjamin#12
    • vs 27 produces many warriors
      • 1st King (Saul)
      • Ehud, Jonathan,
      • Esther, Mordecai
    • vs 27: 3 incidents, they plunder after a battle 😦

CHAPTER 50– we close the book of Genesis with the death of Jacob and Joseph.  Keeping with Egyptian customs both were mummified.   Joseph is given permission to bury Jacob at the cave Abraham bought for the family to be buried in, back in Gen 23.  Seems like forever since we read that Joseph’s remains are in a coffin in Egypt but his descendants promised to eventually bury him with the family.

THE END.  WOW.Exodus 1 Commentary | Precept Austin

Trivia Question:  When we turn the page, about how many years will have passed?    (Clue: it was in chapter 15)


14 thoughts on “Genesis 48-50 The End!

  1. 49:11 – Here are notes I had written in Bible from a Kelly Minter study.

    1. Tying up everyday animals to the best vines in the land is a picture of overwhelming abundance.

    2. Aged wine as commonplace as water for washing clothes paints a picture of overflowing prosperity.

    This morning in The Bible Recap she says: “Wine is the appointed symbol of Christ’s blood, and this verse also echoes Revelation 19:13, which says, “He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood.”

    Thank you for all of this information. Love the map!!!!

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  2. Okay- I may be green but the mourning process was 70 days!! My how we have sped up the process, even in grieving, in today’s culture!! Usually employers give 3 days to “grieve” which to me is absurd.
    I know this study is so much more than this nugget that stood out to me but I couldn’t help but bring it up.
    We have strayed so far away from how things used to be handled. It makes me sad.

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    1. I don’t know. Let me do some research. I never thought about it before 😂😂. Do you think it could be because they were raised outside the family in an Egyptian world? Every time I read it, my heart just went to “Wow, they are not Hebrew/Jewish, mom was a high ranking Egyptian, and God folds them into the family “as his own”. He loves Gentiles as his own from the beginning of the Bible to the end. BUT I am really just speculating from the heart…but let me do some research. If anyone else knows the answer let us know.


      1. I have always wondered why there simply wasn’t a tribe of Joseph, so I had to chuckle when you said you have never thought about my question before. 😆


  3. Here’s what I’ve read about Gen 49:11 regarding future —

    He is the true Vine; wine is the appointed symbol of his blood, which is drink indeed, as shed for sinners, and applied in faith; and all the blessings of his gospel are wine and milk, without money and without price, to which every thirsty soul is welcome. Isa 55:1

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  4. So much to digest here. I’m finding it helpful to read the Scriptures, come to the blog for teaching points, ponder them all day, come back to the Scriptures in the evening. I don’t have answers…I’m just enjoying chewing (feasting) on the Word. I did pick up on the promise to Judah – that The Messiah would come from his descendants. I thought the colt reference and washing clothes in wine were prophecies of his triumphant entry and blood stained death — on the cross. But that’s just at first glance. I’ll chew on it longer…

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  5. Really really dumb question, but I’m really confused. So if Genesis was the beginning, how is Joseph Jesus’ father though it’s not it the Bible till later

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    1. Someone last week texted me that exact question so I am glad you asked which means more people need a visual on this. The genealogies are hard! But I truly feel they are important just for questions like this.

      Click this:

      Then click this

      In the first one, you will see the entire line of grandfathers in Jesus’ line. If you want to know where we are in chronological view, circle Judah. The Joseph we are reading about now is his brother. If you look on the second handout you will see the 12 brothers.

      Please let me know if I helped or made that even muddier for you. 😂😂

      I need a favor from you. Many people are afraid to ask questions like this. I appoint you the “Anonymous” asker for the year. If you are thinking it, someone else is thinking it…

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      1. Thank you! I’m still pretty confused about it.. I don’t really get when Jesus came during all of that, because if Joseph dies in the Old Testament and in Genesis, why is Jesus much later.. I’m sorry!! I suck at explaining


        1. Jacob’s son Joseph and Mary’s husband Joseph are two different people. Look at the timeline I will post below, it might help. On the timeline, we are in the Purple Bubble (Promises). See where it says Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Then is says Egypt. (That is today’s reading). We still have 1400 years of History to read before Christ will be born. Tell me if this timeline helps? I might look for another. But this one is the one I used for my first read-through.

          Click here:

          Click to access bible_timeline.pdf

          I am literally sitting on the couch watching The Crown, so if you are still confused…ask more questions. I would rather find timelines than watch Netflix any day!


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