Genesis 49

Chapter 49

49:28  All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.

blessed them

Jacob's life, ending in serenity and blessing, testifies to the power of God to transform character. His spiritual progress has six notable phases:

(1) the first exercise of faith, as shown in the purchase of the birthright Genesis 25:28-34 ; 27:10-22 .

(2) the vision at bethel Genesis 28:10-19 .

(3) walking in the flesh Genesis 29:1-31:55 .

(4) the transforming experience Genesis 32:24-31 .

(5) the return to Bethel: idols put away Genesis 35:1-7 .

(6) the walk of faith Genesis 37:1-49:33 .