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  • 1. The Blessing of Jacob; How God intends to bless us Mensah Otabil’s Notes 1 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 2. What makes us do what we do? How come people can have the same circumstances, training, exposure, education even finances Yet as they grow up they end up differently, behave differently and do things differently? What makes us do what we do? 2 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 3. What makes us do what we do? What you do is the sum total or product of our; Choices, Values, Belief, Experience, Knowledge and the Environment 3 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 4. 1. Environment What others think and do, because the world was existing before they were born into it. The people had some ideas, beliefs and mindset and when we came into the world we learnt from them and if their thinking was wrong then what we learn is wrong. The environment first feeds you. 4 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 5. 2. Knowledge What you know! Not what somebody else knows. What the environment teaches you. What you are going to learn by yourself. 5 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 6. 3. Experience What you go through by yourself. It helps you to discern, distill, filter and determine between relevant and irrelevant knowledge which you may have acquired by yourself or your environment 6 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 7. 4. Beliefs This is different from your experience and your knowledge. It is what you accept or believe as truth. It’s not all you learn that you believe For example: You may have learnt about the theory of evolution but do not believe it. 7 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 8. 5. Values What you treasure! Note the progression From the environment which you have no control over, you learn whatever it teaches you. To the knowledge you acquire and your experience which determines your beliefs which affect what you value. 8 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 9. 6. Choices What you appreciate is based on what you value. This is influenced by what you believe. Directed by what you have experienced. Developed as a result of what you know. Taught to you by your environment. 9 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 10. 7. Actions What you do. This the sum total or product of our; Choices, Values, Belief, Experience, Knowledge and the Environment 10 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 11. What to do to change what people do? I must help them to make better choices, and to make better choices: I must help them to develop good values, and to have good values: I must touch their belief system, and to touch their belief system: I must touch their experiences and to touch their experiences: I must touch their knowledge base and to touch their knowledge base I must deal with the environment. 11 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 12. What to do to change what people do? If I can’t deal with all these things, I cannot change what people do! If you go to church regularly and scream shout listen to messages and something does not change, you are going to be the same. If your experiences, knowledge, values, choices do not change you will be the same because actions do not produce themselves but are a product of you believes knowledge etc. 12 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 13. What to do to change what people do? It is so important when we deal with human beings we change what causes them to act the way they do and go back to their belief system. That’s what our Lord Jesus Christ came to do, He changed the way they thought, changed their belief system and changed their experiences and their value system. Ultimately changing their actions We must go back to our belief systems which is the 4th in our list of factors and stands as the pivot of everything you do. It is at the centre. 13 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 14. What to do to change what people do? What people believe is so important and so strong that it does not matter whether you have a PhD degree etc if he believes his mother or wife is a witch it will affect his actions. We must change his belief and to change it its not education that will do that. My expectation in life determines what I receive in life, my expectation however is determined by the factors above and what you expect will be what you get. 14 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 15. Genesis 41:49-52 49 Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was immeasurable. 50 And to Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, whom Asenath, the daughter of Poti- Pherah priest of On, bore to him. 51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.” 52 And the name of the second he called Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” 15 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 16. Joseph’s Story The story of the parent Joseph is told here in the story of his children; Manasseh: “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.” And the second child Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” This is true of Joseph’s story, the betrayal of his brothers and his suffering which was or is the story of his life and he second child the success he had in the land of his affliction. 16 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 17. Joseph’s Story Manasseh means deliverance from my toil and painful memories and Ephraim, fruitfulness in the time and place of affliction which is how Joseph understood his story as the names of the children reflect his story. This is the underlying logic for Joseph is that those who experience fruitfulness in the period of affliction must first be delivered from toil and pain. 17 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 18. The 1st Logic Based on the factors discussed, this so important and crucial realizing that to change what we do we must first change what we know. This way of thinking has been our attitude in life and ministry in the church with our great emphasis on deliverance. 18 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 19. Joseph’s Story Represents a world view and a knowledge base, a way of understanding. Joseph believed this happened to him and people who believe this would always expect to be fruitful in the land they would first have to be delivered from their affliction. 19 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 20. Joseph’s Story They believe and expect that God is able and would 1st deliver them from their affliction and then make them fruitful and this is what they teach their children. Something happens that changes this forever. 20 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 21. Jacob’s View Joseph brings the children to Jacob to bless and places the children in a particular order by age and birthright. Jacob reverses the plan and changes the order; it’s the fruitfulness of the land that delivers you from the toil and pain. He changes Joseph point of view and sets fruitfulness before deliverance, God makes us experience Ephraim before Manasseh. 21 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 22. Genesis 48:19-20 19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.” 20 So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will bless, saying, ‘May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!’ ” And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh. 22 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 23. The Truth The truth and logic here is that God would first make you fruitful in the time and land of your affliction before you experience deliverance from the toil and pain of your past. You cannot change what you do unless you change what you believe. 23 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 24. Implications Two expectations for life in the world view of Joseph and in the world view of Jacob. They are not the same thing. They saw things differently They work differently. 24 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 25. Implications Joseph – Expect God to deliver you from adversity before you experience a fruitful life. Manasseh before Ephraim. People with this world view say; “I am waiting for God to set me free before I can serve him and be fruitful.” 25 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 26. Implications Jacob – Expect God to make you fruitful in times of adversity before you experience deliverance. He does not wait to solve your problem before He makes you fruitful. Even in adversity or pain, God makes you fruitful and after which you have the capacity to solve the problem. 26 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 27. Application The logic of your life would determine the outcome of your life 1st Logic Manasseh B4 Ephraim If God will prosper me then I will tithe faithfully. If God gave me a wife/ husband I will live a fulfilled life. If I get paid well or more I will work harder. 27 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 28. Application The logic of your life would determine the outcome of your life 1st Logic Manasseh B4 Ephraim If God will prosper me then I will tithe faithfully. If God gave me a wife/ husband I will live a fulfilled life. If I get paid well or more I will work harder. 2nd Logic Ephraim B4 Manasseh I will tithe faithfully for God to prosper me I will live a fulfilled life and trust God to give me a wife or husband. I will work hard to earn a better pay 27 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 29. Conclusions When Jacob reversed the order he was saying in essence, From today this is how Israel would be blessed. If you belong to the people of God this is how your blessing comes Ephraim before Manasseh. 28 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 30. Conclusions This explains the logic in the sequence of healing of Jesus. It was based on the Ephraim before Manasseh principle. He did not say for instance your eye be opened go but he says the opposite, go and as they went their eyes were opened.. Take up your bed and walk not walk and take up your bed etc. 29 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 31. Conclusions Why? Because if you want to solve people’s problems before their lives get on track then their lives would never get on track. Even in your mess God is able to get beautiful things out of your life. When he does you will look back and forget where you came from because God changes the story. He will make you fruitful wherever you are because deliverance is a by product of fruitfulness. 30 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 32. Another Look at Joseph Life Genesis 39:3-5 3 And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. 5 So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field. 31 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 33. Another Look at Joseph Life When we look at Joseph’s life we will discover that his logic of Ephraim before Manasseh was already true in his life but he did not recognize or understood it. While he was a slave, he was fruitful and yet had not been delivered. He could have prayed for deliverance and waited for fruitfulness. 32 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 34. Another Look at Joseph Life Genesis 40:7-8 7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in the custody of his lord’s house, saying, “Why do you look so sad today?” 8 And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.” So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.” He was still in prison when he was using his gift to be fruitful. 33 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 35. Another Look at Joseph Life Genesis 41:15-16 15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.” 16 So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” Still in bondage and yet was fruitful. 34 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 36. Another Look at Joseph Life Genesis 41:39-41 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. 40 “You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” God does not solve your problems before He uses you and your problem gets solved as He uses you and as you experience His Glory things fall off. 35 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 37. Ephraim before Manasseh Is so important because millions of Christians are waiting for deliverance. Like the man at the pool of Bethsaida whom when asked said “I have no one to help me” and Jesus said Take up your bed. We have a culture of begging waiting for somebody to solve your entire problem before you take charge of our life. If you wait for Manasseh to come before Ephraim we have a very, very long wait. 36 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 38. Joseph Gifts He only had two gifts Managing Households. Interpreting dreams Everywhere he went that's what he used from getting food for his brothers in the field to managing Potiphars House, the Prison and the Economy of Egypt. He also was interpreting dreams in the same places but at different levels. 37 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 39. Joseph Gifts Change your perspective and start using your own two gifts and your Ephraim would lead to your Manasseh. The various gifts operated at different levels, in Potiphars House he got exposure but in Prison he developed character and in Pharaoh house he got promotion but it is the same gift. The same gift but different value at different times, in Prison it probably paid for food, in Potiphars house it gave him Authority and at Pharaoh house, he received Rulership. 38 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 40. Joseph Gifts Same gifts today, stop waiting for prophecy. Use the gifts God has given to you.. Life does not care whether you have prophecy or not. You have to face its challenges and take action solve the problem and defeat your enemies. Prophesying only tells you of the possibilities not actuality. Don’t sit down waiting doing nothing, like the 4 lepers why sit here until we die? We get so spiritual but we should learn to act in faith on what we believe. 39 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 41. The Seed The character of the seed is built within the seed and not within the environment. We also know that everything starts from the environment but between the environment and your action you can change your knowledge, experience, belief, values and therefore the choices we make. The environment as powerful as it is cannot control the power of the seed. Plant an orange seed in a garbage dump; it still produces oranges not garbage because its character is in the seed, not the environment. 40 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 42. The Seed Don’t let your environment or even your culture to choose who you become because this not your seed but the seed of God. Allow the word of God, the knowledge of God, the values of God to radically transform you. How does God bless us? [According to the blessing of Jacob] Ephraim before Manasseh. He makes you fruitful before He delivers you from your past. 41 Wednesday, December 12, 12
  • 43. The Seed That’s why like a woman after childbirth Joseph was able to forgive his brothers for the pain because of the fruit. The joy of the birth of the baby because when you are not fruitful you become bitter, wicked. Allow God to deliver you from by making you fruitful in the land. I want to stop sinning before I do well! No do well or do good and then you will stop sinning. Let your gift begin to be activated and be fruitful to enable us to be delivered from our past. 42 Wednesday, December 12, 12