Summary of passage: Joseph is a fruitful vine that overflows. Enemies attack but Joseph remains steady because of God who blesses him. His blessings rest on him, the “prince among his brothers”.
Benjamin devours and plunders.
10) Joseph is a fruitful vine: Joseph prospered in Potiphar’s house (Genesis 39:2). Joseph prospers in jail (Genesis 39:21). God elevates Joseph to second in command in Egypt (Genesis 41:41).
Archers attack him: His brothers sold him into slavery (Genesis 37). Potiphar’s wife falsely accuses Joseph (Genesis 39:14).
He remains steady because God helps him: He is falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife but God is with him (Genesis 39:21, 23).
11) The Lord blesses his land with dew from heaven, the deep waters, and the sun and the moon, the choicest gifts of the mountains, the fruitfulness of the hills, the best gifts of earth and God’s favor. He will gore the nations.
12) God shields Benjamin all day and God loves him and can rest secure in Him.
Conclusions: Will echo yesterday’s sentiments: didn’t like this lesson either. I’ll leave it at that.
End Notes: The idea of verses 24-25 is that God’s hands are on Joseph’s hands, helping him to hold his bow steady and defeat his enemies. Just as God’s hands are on our hands as well. Even when we don’t know it.
The tribe of Benjamin was known for its fierceness (devours and plunders). See Judges 19 & 20.