Part of today’s blessing is excerpted from the parting blessing in my new book, The Power to Bless, releasing February 2 (Baker Books). Pre-order it today and you’ll get a free audiobook!
When Joseph brought his boys to be blessed by their grandfather, Jacob, the old patriarch did a strange thing—he crossed his arms, placing his right hand on the younger boy’s head. Joseph tried to correct his father (because custom required the older son to receive the stronger, right hand blessing). But Jacob insisted. He crossed his arms again and put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh. It’s a picture of grace—unmerited favor—that points to the day God crossed His arms and offered you the blessing of the firstborn, Jesus. And that’s the Gospel!