Welcome back to our odyssey in Joseph’s life. For the past three or four weeks, we’ve been talking about the prophetic words Jacob has been bestowing on his twelve sons. As fate would have it, He saved his best for Benjamin and Joseph. Those two were so special to him because they were the sons of his old age, the Scripture tells us. But let’s also recall that Joseph and Benjamin were the offspring of Jacob and the woman he loved, Rachel.
We’ve seen so far that Joseph has served as an archetype of Christ, a lesser representation of the Messiah that was eventually to come through the Virgin Mary. Joseph’s background parallels that of Christ; he is the preferred child of his father, just like our Lord is the only begotten, beloved Son of God. Joseph was rejected by his brothers, thrown in a pit, jailed unjustly as Christ was condemned without a cause. But in the end, we finally saw how Joseph was reunited to his family, in the same way Jesus has become our peace with God. Joseph went from the pit to being second in command in Egypt, and Christ was exalted at the right hand of God.
In today’s sermon, Reverend Julio will zero in on Jacob’s prophetic words toward Joseph, he calls him a fruitful vine. We’ll see that a vine is as fruitful as it is connected to the right water, soil and conditions. And the result is usually good fruits. Do you want a life of meaning? Are you linked to the vine? I’ll invite you to listen to the sermon below
Are you Linked To The VINE ?
The Passage: Genesis 49:22-27
22“Joseph is a fruitful vine,
a fruitful vine near a spring,
whose branches climb over a wall.[a]
23 With bitterness archers attacked him;
they shot at him with hostility.
24 But his bow remained steady,
his strong arms stayed[b] limber,
because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob,
because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,
25 because of your father’s God, who helps you,
because of the Almighty,[c] who blesses you
with blessings of the skies above,
blessings of the deep springs below,
blessings of the breast and womb.
26 Your father’s blessings are greater
than the blessings of the ancient mountains,
than[d] the bounty of the age-old hills.
Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,
on the brow of the prince among[e] his brothers.
27 “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf;
in the morning he devours the prey,
in the evening he divides the plunder.”