Summary: Grandparents communicate a standard of moral living in an immoral world to their grandchildren and should be their spiritual GPS.
A. INTRODUCTION: GENESIS 48:1-22
1. What can a “poor” grandfather give to a son who has everything?
2. What can an absentee grandfather give to children he seldom sees?
3. What can a physically weak grandfather give to his grandchildren?
4. What can a grandfather give, who has nothing left to give?
B. FOUR THINGS GRANDFATHER SAID TO THEM
1. Jacob told them his testimony. “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan” (v.3). Was this Jacob’s salvation experience? “The angel which redeemed me from evil” (v.16).
WHAT’S INVOLVED IN A TESTIMONY?
What you were like before salvation.
What you did to receive Christ.
How you were changed.
“God before whom my fathers, Abraham, and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long until this day” (v.15).
2. Jacob told them the Word of God. He told them God’s name, God’s words and God’s expectations (vv.15-17).
3. Jacob told them the four-fold promise of God (v.4).
a. Wealth. “Behold I will make thee fruitful.”
b. Influence. “I will multiply thee.”
c. Nation. “I will make of thee a multitude of people.”
d. Land. I will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.”
OMITTED FROM ABRAHAM’S COVENANT
1. Bless these who bless you.
2. Curse your enemies.
3. Make name great.
4. Jacob told them about their grandmother. “When I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was a little way to come to Ephrath, and I buried her there” (v.7).
1. Your grandmother died in travel.
2. I was there when she died.
3. We were almost home.
4. She was buried by the road.
C. FOUR THINGS GRANDFATHER DID FOR THEM
1. Jacob adopted them. “Now these two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh . . . are mine” (v.5). The boys were half Hebrew and half Egyptian.
2. Jacob kissed and hugged them. Jacob showed his affection. ‘He kissed them and embraced them” (v.10).
3. Jacob laid his hands on them. “And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn” (v.14). The word wittingly means Jacob knew what he was doing.
4. Jacob blessed his grandchildren. “By faith Jacob when he was dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph” (Heb. 11:21).
HOW TO BLESS CHILDREN
Step 1: A meaningful touch.
Step 2: Blessing with a spoken word.
Step 3: Attach high value to the one being blessed.
Step 4: Picture a special future for the one being blessed.
Step 5: An active commitment to fulfilling the blessing.
From God Bless You, by Elmer Towns
D. FOUR THINGS GRANDFATHER GAVE THEM
1. Jacob gave them his name. Jacob adopted the two boys. “They are mine” (v.5). “Let my name be upon them, and the name of my father Abraham and Isaac” (v.16).
2. Jacob gave God’s future to them. “Let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth” (v.16). “And he blessed them that day, saying, in thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh; and he set Ephraim before Manasseh” (v. 20).