The Overflowing Cup

Genesis 48:11  

And Israel said to Joseph, “I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring!”

Earlier this week we read about Jacob’s joy at being reunited with his son Joseph. Today we see that Jacob didn’t just have his son restored—he gained grandchildren as well! After meeting with Joseph, Jacob was introduced to Ephraim and Manasseh—two brothers who, as we will soon see, would grow into nations and have a great impact on the world.

It was King David who famously wrote of God, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over” (Psalm 23:5). It’s easy to imagine that Jacob, safely settled in Egypt and united with two generations of his family, could heartily echo these sentiments. Not long ago, he had assumed his cup was empty—now he found it to be overflowing with blessings!

The God who brought father, son and grandsons safely together is the same God who works in our lives “to do you good in the end” (Deuteronomy 8:16). Even after all of Jacob’s poor decisions, God was still able to work with him and provide him the blessing of ending his life in contentment.

Many, like Jacob, have the blessing of having grandchildren in their life. Read our article “Leaving a Legacy for Your Grandchildren” to learn more about this important family relationship.

Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “A Good and Kind God.”

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