“Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall” (Genesis 49:22).
If you go through the 49th chapter of the book of Genesis, we can see Jacob blessing all his sons. Of all those blessings, the blessings of Joseph are wonderful. Those blessings are stretched even up to the eternal mountain. “Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers” (Genesis 49:26).
Do you know the reason for Joseph being blessed to this extent? He rejoiced in suffering for the sake of God. He was ignored by his own brothers. When he shared the dream given by God, he was humiliated and mocked. In the end, he was sold as a slave in Egypt. His troubles did not stop there. He had to run from the house of Potiphar; He faced unbearable sufferings in the prison. Even in the midst of all these things Joseph stood like a fruit yielding grape plant.
God’s time of blessing arrived. An end came for the sufferings he experienced from the age of seventeen to thirty. For eighty continuous years, until attaining the age of one hundred and ten, he was elevated as a big officer in Egypt. Not only that. His sons Manasseh and Ephraim were greatly blessed in getting elevated as patriarchs. The privilege which was not extended to other grandchildren of Jacob was extended to the children of Joseph because of his faithfulness. Even though Reuben was the eldest son of Jacob and legally the right person to receive the birthright from Jacob, he did not succeed in getting it and that privilege reached Joseph in spite of him being the eleventh son. Is it not a surprise and miracle for the birthright to reach the eleventh son surpassing the first ten sons? Yes. Joseph was a fruit yielding grape plant. Even during the dry days of struggles, he was a fruit yielding grape plant.
The brothers of Joseph had fixed the cost value for Joseph as twenty shekels of silver. But God saw him valuable and precious. He was the second high official in Egypt. In the end, all his brothers who sold him in Egypt had to live under his mercy. The parents and all the brothers of Joseph had to bow down before him.
Since the blessings of Joseph are eternal in nature, God helped in his bones to be buried in Canaan instead of Egypt (Joshua 24:32). If you bear the burdens patiently, you will receive God’s blessings in abundance forever and ever.
To meditate: “because of your father’s God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you” (Genesis 49:25)