Daily Devotion – February 1, 2017

Genesis 49:22-26

Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.


Joseph was identified as a fruitful branch, sending out blessing far beyond his own borders. He was the object of bitter hostility, but he did not yield to it, because he was strengthened by the mighty God of Israel. God blessed Joseph with rain in abundance, wells and gushing springs, and numerous offspring. Jacob felt that he had been blessed more richly than his ancestors. Now he wished that such blessings might come to Joseph, the one who was separate from his brothers.

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