Why didn't Jacob bless Jesus' ancestor?


#1

If Jesus is from the line of Judah, then why did Jacob give the blessing to Joseph’s two sons and not Judah?


#2

Jacob blessed all of his sons (cf. Gen. 49), including the two sons of Joseph whom he adopted (cf. Gen. 48:12-16). This was the blessing he gave to Judah, Jesus’ ancestor:

Judah, your brothers shall praise you; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as a lioness; who dares rouse him up? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples. Binding his foal to the vine and his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, he washes his garments in wine and his vesture in the blood of grapes; his eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk (Gen. 49:8-12).

Unsurprisingly, the blessing given Judah is one of the longest and richest of the blessings Jacob gave his sons. The other rich, lengthy blessing went to Joseph, Jacob’s favorite and considered by theologians to be a foreshadow of Christ:

Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; his branches run over the wall. The archers fiercely attacked him, shot at him, and harassed him sorely; yet his bow remained unmoved, his arms were made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob (by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel), by the God of your father who will help you, by God Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that couches beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of your father are mighty beyond the blessings of the eternal mountains, the bounties of the everlasting hills; may they be on the head of Joseph, and on the brow of him who was separate from his brothers (Gen. 49:22-26).


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