One of the greatest metaphors of Jacobs life was when he blessed his grandchildren, the children of Joseph and adopted them. He crossed his hands. This is the third time this kind of a thing was happening in this lineage. Abraham blessed Isaac ahead of Ishmael, the first born. Isaac blessed Jacob ahead of Esau, and never repealed it when he came to know. Now Jacob is adopting Joseph’s children, but put the younger Ephraim before the senior, Manasseh. The word says Jacob did this ”wittingly”. The rabbinical literature alleges that Ephraim was selfless and modest. We think they were children, but Jacob had a prophetic insight. God doesn’t always bless the way we think. God can bypass all human traditions to bless you. His crossed hands is about to put you into what you are not qualified for. Its called grace. Eph.1:5 declares why you are qualified the way you are..its the good pleasure of His will. Manasseh too will be blessed, but the leadership is in Ephraim. Forget the tradition. Look at God’s allocation. The new handshake is the crossed hands. Good morning.
And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. Genesis 48:18-19 KJV