Jacob’s heirs

“Now Israel (Jacob) loved Joseph more than all of his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors.” (Genesis 37:3)

Not only was Joseph the “son of his old age”, Joseph was also his wife’s firstborn child. Joseph is very special on Jacob’s family tree. And even though Joseph’s half-brothers had dumped him into a pit and were responsible for him being sold and taken to Egypt, Jacob still loved his firstborn son with his first wife. “And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manaseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine: as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine. And thy issue, which thou begettest after them shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.” (Genesis 48:5-6)

There are many men that father children that they will never call “son” or “daughter” because they left the family for another woman. They will refuse to claim their own children. I don’t think that God is very forgiving of this type of irresponsible behavior. Every child has a father and every child has a mother. Where are you?

“Moreover, I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren…” (Genesis 48:22) Jacob gave Joseph twice the amount of his other brothers. Jacob was a noble man. I wish that more of our men could be like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Our world would be a better place. We would have a bunch of sons of God walking around instead of men.

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I am the author of The Step-Father’s Step-Son. The book is available through Family Matters Publishing at www.stepfathersstepson.com and Amazon.com. The book covers subjects such as: adultery, family, relationships, and parenting. The book is written primarily for the first family and the children of the parents of the first family.