In the Old Testament there is a story about Israel (Who was formerly known as Jacob) and is the father of Joseph. After Joseph’s journey of going through relentless tests and trials, and then became the Vizier of Egypt, he brought his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim before his father Israel. When his father saw the two sons, he did something unusual. As he went to bless them, he crossed his hands and put his right hand on Ephraim’s head, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head. He was giving the blessing to the younger son which should have went to the elder son. Joseph was displeased that his father’s right hand was not on the head of his firstborn, so he switched his father’s hands. But Israel refused saying, “but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he.” He made a declaration, just as Israel (Jacob) himself was to his firstborn brother Esau. In the Old Testament, the firstborn usually received a double share of the inheritance, and a prophecy concerning his future.
The Lord says,
“I am releasing the cross blessing of My Covenant to you. My blessings will come upon you in a greater way than those who went before you in the previous generations. It is the blessing of My grace which you have not deserved, and it is My unmerited favor which has been promised to you. In the same way that I guided Israel’s hands, I am guiding My hands wittingly and intentionally to bless you. You will receive the honor and strength to do all that I have called you to do. I have put My word in your mouth.
Just as My word is alive and sharper than any two edged sword, My word will become alive on the inside of you, and as you allow it to abide in you, you will touch others with My presence. When you speak, My words will speak through you and carry life. My word in your mouth will become the voice of healing to some, the voice of prophecy for some and the voice of breakthrough for others.
My right hand of righteousness is upon you, and My blessings will not go to Manasseh (“God hath made me forget”), but they will go to Ephraim (“double fruitfulness”) and they will produce double fruit after their kind. I have pronounced My favor upon you, and I have given you the authority to pour out to others and release to them what I have released to you. As you receive this grace, and walk according to My word, you will teach others also how to access My grace.
My word is alive and will not return void, but will accomplish what I have sent out for it to do. My precious and great promises have been granted to you, and you will learn how to bring My kingdom to this earth. As you walk, you will walk in a new authority and you will inherit all spiritual blessings. I am sovereign and as you are partakers of My divine nature, I will extend My favor to you. You will see with unveiled face, as in a mirror and behold My glory as you are transformed from glory to glory by My spirit”
says the Lord.
“Then Israel stretched 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 hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn”Genesis 48:14.
“Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.” But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations”Genesis 48:17-19.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” Ephesians 1:3.
“As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”2 Peter 1:3-4.