Verses 8-20 – Jacob gave Ephraim the greater blessing. Ephraim was the second son. When Joseph objected, Jacob refused to listen because God had already told him Ephraim would be greater. God’s plans are always deeper than appearance, tradition or position. He sometimes surprises us by choosing the least likely person we think is qualified. God uses whom He chooses. When we come to realize that every good thing comes from God, we can wait on that position of honor.
Verses 21, 22 – Jacob gave these boys the land that was occupied by the Philistines and Canaanites. His gift became reality when the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh occupied the east and west sides of the Jordan River (Joshua 16).