The mystery of a greeting is the ingenuity of newness which often requires tweaking so as to become more perfect. An American experience, as we shall discover.
So here is the start of that mystery. And Joseph said to his father, They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place.” And he (Jacob/Israel father and grandfather) said, “Please bring them to me, and I will bless them.” See Genesis 48:9. Then Israel stretching out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s head who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head guiding his hand knowingly for Manasseh was the first born. See GenesisÂ 48:14Â And he blessed Joseph and said, “God before, whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked. The God who has fed me all my life long to this day. The Angel (Jesus) who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; let my name be named upon them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” See Genesis 48:14-16.
But his father refused Joseph’s objection. See Genesis 48:17-18. But his father refused and said, “I know my son, I know. He (Manasseh the eldest) also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. A prophetic announcement declaring the greatness of the United States. But truly his younger brother (Ephraim) shall be greater that he, and his descendants shall become multitude of nations. The prophetic announcement for the establishment of Great Britain and her Commonwealth of nations. See Genesis 48:19.
So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will bless.” Saying, May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!” And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh. See Genesis 48:20.
And so through a mortal man, Jacob/Israel, God prophetically declared the eventual creation of two global powers. Through two flawed boys, Ephraim and Manasseh. whose flawed descendants have left us Great Britain and the United States more flawed than at their inception. Whose durability, is questionable as global powers. Because God’s originality, for both empires was to be spiritual powerhouse. Of the two, the United States in every conceivable category has exemplified the originality of God’s intentions. As shown from yesterdays discussion.
To be continued.