Anciently God gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob blessings of national greatness. On his death bed Jacob, whose name God had changed to Israel, passed on those blessings, along with his name, Israel, to the sons of Joseph – Ephraim and Manasseh. They were to become a great company of nations and a great nation, respectively. In the last two centuries those blessings were realised. But both are now in decline. Here is a sermon (Part One) that traces their rise.