THE PATRIARCHAL PRIME TIMER

Ernest

by Pastor Ernest Anderson 

Reading Genesis 49 Jacob was a patriarch of Old Testament times who qualifies for be called a Prime Timer. He lived a long time and he finished his days in a healthy and strong condition. He certainly serves as an inspiration and example on how an individual can really make it to the end in a wholesome state of being and experience. In the final chapter of his earthly pilgrimage he reveals how one can conclude life on a high note.  

1/.  HE CALLS HIS SONS IN ORDER TO MAKE MAJOR INPUT INTO THEIR LIVES OF A GODWARD NATURE 

It was a deliberate, divine and wise decision to draw them together as the head of the household to make some notable and important contribution into the family unit as a whole, at this critical point in his life. He had been around a long period of time and had passed through so much in his earthly stay that ere he left them he wanted to impart something of worth to this special group of people. In no way could he take his departure because he had something burning inside of him that must find expression.

There is this spiritual factor at work within that is in full possession of its anointing and power that requires release that will bless and benefit them all. It is a praiseworthy thing when a man and father at such a point is in possession of his faculties and strength to be able to do something of this nature. God had so invaded and influenced his days and experience that he sensed he must give a lasting legacy to the family. It is apparent that he was primely timed and prompted by God to engage in this exercise. 

2/. HE IS ABLE TO SPEAK AS A PROPHET TO SPEAK INDIVIDUALLY INTO EACH ONE 

There is a marked and evident sensitivity throughout that indicates he knew each son and was capable of declaring prophetically and accurately things of a decided order in each case. As each one presented themselves before their father he had true discernment on each one and spoke an apt and appropriate message.  In his communication he declared forthrightly as a prophet and made known the character of his sons and their future. 

There were those that had given a great deal of heartache and others that had brought tremendous pleasure and he proclaims those things of a divine worth that would be their lot. He is inspired by God as he relates not simply his own mind but the thoughts, judgments and intentions of God. He had heard God speak in and throughout his life and in these final moments there is the awareness he is asserting God’s mind. 

3/. HE IS DESIROUS FOR THE WELL-BEING OF THE PURPOSES OF GOD FOR THEM  

Underlying his ministry on this occasion is to see the overall unfolding plan of God for the whole community. A spiritual consciousness was his that God had brought everything about even what his eyes had not witnessed. There had been the time when he had launched out alone and God had met him and through the course of the years had kept the whole family as one and through Joseph were in a unity of dwelling. He knew that God had something special in mind which had been born through him and that it would increase significantly. What he basically desired was that individually they would be blessed, but above all, in a united sense this would be so and that everything would move ahead according to the plan and will of God. This family was to be blessed and He is quickened to pronounce a fullness of blessing – see v28. As a people they must be and be blessed as one. 

4/. HE GIVES ULTIMATE DIRECTIONS AS TO WHERE HE DESIRES TO BE BURIED HAVING CONCLUDED A GREAT SPIRITUAL CAREER. 

Somehow he sensed that this was to be his crowning act because it states: ‘When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons’ – v33. A spiritual intuition was evidently his that what he had to say would virtually be his final breath. He was ready to go but before he did so he was rightfully, divinely primed to make a last-minute contribution to others before doing so. In charging his offspring as to where he should be buried there is some indication that the future of Israel as a whole did not lie in Egypt but in Canaan. Later on Joseph was to make request concerning his bones thus showing that their thoughts were on God achieving his plan for the household and nation to be born. Having secured their consent he lifts his feet deliberately into bed and breathes his last. What a way to go!  

Conclusion 

The great point to be made is that God wants His people to finish up their days on earth in a commendable and notable fashion. It is possible for godly people to make sound investment of a prophetical nature in the lives of others prior to their earthly homecall.  There is much to communicate of blessing even when one has reached the place where life is soon to be terminated and to go home in a quiet and confident style. 

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