SynopsisIsrael is near death, in this chapter, and so Joseph comes to see him, and brings his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. When Israel hears that Joseph has come, he “rallies his strength” (verse 2) and sits up to greet him.
If I understood the significance of this better—or at all—I’m sure I’d have more to write about it.
But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations.” He blessed them that day and said,
“In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing:
‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’”
So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.