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Set apart.



Blessings will rest on the crown of him who was the consecrated one and the one separated from his brethren and the one who was the prince among them.


Sometimes God has to separate you from certain people before He can bless you.


In the last moments of his life, Jacob gathered his strength to speak the BERECHAH over each of his 12 sons. A BERECHAH is slightly different than what we may translate as "blessing."


It was definitely more than a few words of encouragement, or even a prophetic word telling of what it is to come for their future generations.


BERECHAH is a noun referring to a conferring of blessing. You can think about it like to invoke a blessing on someone that causes them to prosper, or how a benediction is a sealing of a matter. A BERECHAH is the release of words that carries with it an enabling power that grants the receiver of the word the inner strength and everything else they will need to stretch to actualize the words spoken over them.


For each son, Jacob could see his potential, as well as any obstacles that existed in their character to fulfill their unique, specific and God-given destiny.


[Sidenote: This is why it is crucial to speak good over our children, as well as ourselves. Our words are powerful. There is outward speech and internal speech. The words we speak to ourselves within our own hearts are considered speech to God. That's why we need to monitor the words we speak and the thoughts we think, both about ourselves and others. This speech is powerful enough to impact our reality. Let's be as selective about the thoughts that we think as the fruit we select at the grocery store.]


It is clear from Jacob's description that Joseph's soul was not like that of his brothers:


Archers attacked him savagely;

they shot at him and harassed him.

But his bow remained taut,

and his arms were strengthened

by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob,

by the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.

May the God of your father help you;

may the Almighty bless you

with the blessings of the heavens above,

and blessings of the watery depths below,

and blessings of the breasts and womb.

May my fatherly blessings on you

surpass the blessings of my ancestors,

reaching to the heights of the eternal hills.

May these blessings rest on the head of Joseph,

who is a prince among his brothers.

Genesis 49:23-26 NLT


It's as if Jacob was saying: Your soul is still flourishing Joseph! In spite of all that was sent against you, your soul is like a vine that keeps shooting over every lid that's sent to obstruct your view of the sun. Through it all, your arms have been strengthened by God, and because you have prevailed, your children's portion is to always have a way to overcome.


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It's interesting how after his family came to Egypt and dwelt in Goshen, Joseph never lived with them. He continued to live in Pharaoh's household. This is proved because when Jacob was on his death bed, word had to be sent to Joseph to come to his father's side.


Torah scholars say Joseph did that intentionally because he did not want to have to explain to his father how he got to Egypt. Joseph had corrected his character flaw of LASHON HARA (or evil speech) that he was known for as a boy. Part of the reason his brother's hated him (beside him clearly being Jacob's favorite son) was he was always telling his father about the mistakes his 11 brothers made each day, bringing his father an evil report of their deeds. That is a huge no-no in Torah teachings, and one of the highest and most grievous levels of sin. As an adult, Joseph did not want to fall into a scenario where his father would ask how he got to Egypt and he would then be forced to explain what his brothers had done to him.


Scripture highlights how Joseph was one separated from his family.


In modern society it is all too easy to lust after the blessings or wins we see in other's lives. Simply put, we want what we see on other people's feeds. There is nothing wrong with ambition. In fact, it is healthy. But notice, Joseph was both favored by his father, and hated by his brothers for having that favor.


Kimberly Daniels wrote about this topic in a powerful way:


"I just want you to know that when you have the real anointing, not everybody is going to like you. If you are anointed, it's going to draw trouble... Stop asking God, 'Why me?'

Do you have favor? Are you called? Are you anointed? The Bible says, 'Many are called but few are chosen,' (Matt 22:14, MEV). You will not be chosen if you can't handle the cost of the anointing. Don't worry about folks who get mad. You need to be like the old Timex slogan. You have to take a liking and keep right on ticking.

How do you expect to be anointed if you can't take it? I believe this is the season not only to take it back but to be able to take it. To take it back, you have to be a able to take it.... You cannot get what God has for you if you cannot stand under the fire. That's the only way you're going to come out like pure gold."

Kimberly Daniels, Breaking the Power of Familiar Spirits


An uncommon blessing is often preceded by uncommon preparation and can be accompanied by uncommon opposition. We often want God's best, which requires our best to receive it and our strength to stand in His blessing, publicly and unashamedly in face of resistance.


We often want God's best. This will require our best, can be proceeded by uncommon preparation, and accompanied by uncommon opposition.


The true blessing of God-- the blessing that manifests as favor, position, wealth, prosperity-- will attract haters.


When people do not know their own identity, they can become jealous by watching you win.


When people live with a lack or poverty mindset, they can feel threatened by your success assuming that your wins take away from their opportunities.


When people are ignorant to the fact that all blessings come from God and that if they are willing to do what you did they can reach their own destiny, rather than do the work themselves, they can become envious and begin wishing you evil.


When people are not happy within themselves, it is impossible for them to be happy for you. People who are miserable with their own lives cannot celebrate your success.


Joseph shows us what is looks like to remain faithful under trials. To walk with God until the time of restoration comes. Through studying his process we see God's favor separated and consecrated Joseph for his purpose-- to become bread provider for all of Egypt and the world. Outwardly his process looked like betrayal and abandonment at the hands of his 11 brothers. But ultimately it was the hand of God allowing that to take place because that sale was used to sanctified him fully onto God and was the preparation process for his destiny.


You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.

He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.

Genesis 50:20


“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.

“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,

so my ways are higher than your ways

and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9


God restored Joseph's name and raised him up to a higher position and wealth than he ever imagined. God also saved his family. But He never restored Joseph's relationship to his family. Not in a real or close way at least. Why? I believe because Joseph's position in Egypt was predicated on his separation from his father's house. I believe it's a word of wisdom for us in this season to take an account of who is in your inner and outer circle. Pray and make sure that who God has selected and appointed to be there, is there. And make a quick exit of those who are not .

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