Genesis 48: Jacob’s death watch

Warning - the death watch takes 3 chapters.


Synopsis:

Jacob is dying and calls Joseph to him to bless his sons. He blesses the youngest better and this upsets Joseph, but Jacob won’t be swayed saying both boys shall be great, but the younger one will be even greater still.

In other words:

Jacob/Israel is dying.

Most annoying bit:

These blessings mean nothing because we are not told of any of the exploits of these two boys (the sons of Joseph) to know whether his prophecies come true or not.

Moral Lesson Learned:

Humor the dying. Seriously, you don’t need to pick a fight dying man. Just let him ramble (Genesis 48: 18, 19)