Jacob is at the end of his life when Joseph brings his boys to his bedside for a blessing. Jacob blesses the younger brother over the older brother saying that the younger shall become greater than the older. Joseph tries to get him to bless the older one instead but Jacob is adamant about his blessing. Blessing the younger above the older would not of been the cultural norm but God is not concerned with doing the cultural norm. We already saw this with Esau and Jacob. Next Jacob blesses all of the sons (although they don’t all sound exactly like blessings). Pay special attention to Judah’s blessing in Gen 49:10. His blessing prophesies that the Messiah, the one God promised to send back in the garden (Gen 3:15), will come through Judah. When Jacob dies the brothers bury him in Canaan in the burial ground Abraham purchased. Well now that dad is dead, the brothers begin to worry that Joseph is going to take revenge on them. Joseph assured his brothers that what they meant for evil God meant for good to save many people. That’s our God…turns evil into good! Joseph dies and next we will enter the Exodus era but not before reading the book of Job. Keep reading…you almost have 2 out of 14 eras under your belt!