“And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.” (Genesis 48:1)
Jacob said to the firstborn son of his first wife, “And now thy two sons,Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine. And thy issue, which thou beggetest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.” (Genesis 48: 5-6)
“The angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” (Genesis 48:16)
“And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.” (Genesis 48:21)
The land of Israel belongs to Joseph as the primary heir, Benjamin as the secondary heir, and their issue. It does not belong to the children of Jacob’s second family with Leah.
According to “dictionary.law.com”, the word issue means, “…It does not mean all heirs, but only the direct bloodline.” According to Genesis 48:6, issue means Joseph, and then his children and his children’s children. The direct bloodline comes from Rachel and her children with Jacob. These are the children of Rachel and Jacob with Joseph being the firstborn of Jacob’s first wife.
Land belongs to the firstborn children of the first wife and not to the children of the second wife and his children with her or the second husband and her children with him. Loose property including money can be split among all heirs, but land stays with the direct bloodline only. The first family and the children of the first family are the heirs to land.
The land of Israel belongs to Joseph and his issue, Ephraim and Manasseh. Israel said that God would bring Joseph again to the land of his fathers, Abraham and Isaac. The land belongs to the first family! Save the first family!