In Genesis 48, Jacob blesses his two grandsons, the sons of his beloved Joseph. He pronounces a blessing which he says will become a saying in all Israel. It will be a blessing that the Israelites will use throughout the ages. The blessing will be “May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.”

The blessing involves two promotions. First, the promotion from grandsons to sons which makes them equal heirs to the father’s estate. Second, in promoting Ephraim, the younger son, over Manasseh, the older son, Jacob makes the least to be the greatest.

Though not born into it physcially, In Christ we have been made co-heirs. Romans 8, tells us that we call God, Abba, which is Father. We don’t call him Grampa, or the great force in the sky. We are his children. Romans 8:17 says, Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” Just as Christ inherited every spiritual blessing, we will share them.

The second blessing is that the least shall become the greater. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Jesus said, the one who would be the greatest must become the servant of all. When we humble ourselves, God lifts us up.

“May you become like Ephraim and Manasseh.”