We come to the end of Jacob’s life.  He is an old man, on his death bed, and all his sons gather around him.  In this moment Jacob will prophetically bless each of his sons and as he does he pushes our minds forward to the nation that will be formed from his family.  As we listen to these blessings, God will challenge us with the reality that our lives need to be formed by the story he is telling to world, the salvation story of God.