The Birthright Is Josephs
And just what is a "birthright"?
It is that which comes by right of birth.
The term "grace" means undeserved, unmerited favor,
something that is not one's right, not inherited by birth, but bestowed as free gift.
But a "birthright" is inherited, by birth, as one's right.
Consequently, the term "birthright" includes only the inheritance of material blessings,
passed on from father to son,
those blessings one cannot take with him, when he dies.
And what is a "sceptre"?
It is the badge of royal power, kingly office.
The sceptre was God's promise of a continuous dynasty of kings,
culminating in Jesus Christ who shall be King of kings;
and therefore the sceptre included the promise of eternal salvation through the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
So notice carefully, please!
The sceptre, which is the spiritual promise of grace,
through which all nations may be blessed, went to Judah,
while the birthright went to Joseph.
And the birthright includes possession of land,
possessing the material "gate" of material enemies,
inheriting the Gentiles for a possession,
spreading and colonizing around the world!
The two phases of the promises to Abraham now are separated into two different tribes of Israel!
The interesting story of the passing on of this birthright
from the aged Israel
to two sons of Joseph is found in the 48th chapter of Genesis.
You should read it there, entirely.
Notice Jacob adopted these two lads,
Ephraim and Manasseh, as his own legal sons.
Notice, verse 16, he says, "let my name be named on them."
Hence, they were to be called "Israel."
It is they, too, who own the name of Israel not merely the Jews."
... And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth,"
continues Jacob, administering the blessing,
Let whom grow into that promised multitude?
Notice it's-not Judah, not the Jews-but the sons of Joseph,
Ephraim and Manasseh and their descendants.
Together they were to grow to a multitude.
So, continuing, speaking of Manasseh, Jacob said,
"he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great;
but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he,
and his seed shall become a multitude [or a company or Commonwealth] of Nations" (verse 19).
And so Ephraim (multitude of
the son of Joseph became the holder of the birthright
to be shared jointly with his older brother Manasseh (a great people).
today, are the descendants of Ephraim and of Manasseh?
Somewhere, Ephraim must be a group,
or Commonwealth of Nations,
while Manasseh must be the greatest single Nation on earth!
Either it is so, or the Bible is not true!
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