- Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall. vs 22 – Wherever Joseph was transplanted, he grew and produced good fruit, tapping into the spring of living water through his faith in and dependence on God. God had a plan for his life.
- With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility. – Joseph’s own brothers planned to kill him, but later sold him into slavery. vs 23 – Potiphar’s wife falsely accused Joseph – an accusation which ordinarily should have resulted in his execution. God saved Him both times.
- But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, vs 24 – In the hands of his jealous brothers, in slavery, in prison, and as prime minister of Egypt, God was with Joseph. He excelled in every circumstance and found favor with those in authority. This is one of those “but God” verses. UPDATE: Could also refer to Joseph’s character.
11. Joseph’s blessings transferred to Ephraim and Manasseh:
- Water – from the sky and from the ground
- Fertility – many descendents (could also mean fertility for their herds)
- Abundant harvests – the opposite of famine
12. Benjamin’s blessings:
- The Lord’s protection
- A picture of resting in the Lord’s loving embrace.