• Bible Studies,  The Tribes Of Israel

    The Tribe Of Benjamin

    He was the only one of Jacob’s sons not to know his Mother. He was the only one to grow up not knowing Jacob before widowhood. Those two things may seem elementary, but they defined, at least the early life of Benjamin. His brother Joseph, for a short time, got to know his Mother. As a Momma’s boy, I can’t imagine how Benjamin felt. How his Mother’s life affected him, though he never remembered hearing her voice. I believe he never heard her name spoken by his Dad, without hearing the sorrow associated with her loss. That had to affect every second of his life, every moment of his future.…

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    The Tribe Of Dan

    His name was Ammiel, he was from the Tribe Of Dan, but he died. More specifically, he died in the plague that God sent when Israel rebelled against God, refusing to take the Promised Land. He died primarily, because he helped cause the plague. Ammiel was one of the spies chosen to spy out the land. He’s mentioned by name once in the Scripture, and like others, we get his Father’s name too. Sadly, that’s not all we get, or all Ammiel got from someone. I don’t know if his Dad passed down his fear and unbelief to his son, or it arrived to him elsewhere, but either way, it…

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    The Tribe Of Gad

    Some say that Elijah and Jepthah was among them, though others count Jephthah among the Manassites. As I had written about Jephthah under Joseph, I wanted to at least address this here, but I mention it for another reason.  There are possibilities concerning this one or that one descending from Gad, yet I wanted to focus on those in this chapter, who were unquestionably Gadites. Gad himself was born in a strange position.  He was the son of Zilpah, who had been Leah’s servant.  Now she was somewhat elevated to the position of fourth wife of Jacob, yet still in the Leah camp.  Gad knew what it was like to…

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    The Tribe Of Joseph

    Two sons were born to Rachel, one in joy, and the other in sorrow. Joseph had both Mother and Dad. His brother Benjamin did not. When giving birth to her second son, Rachel died in childbirth. I wonder if that went through Joseph’s mind when his wife announced the pregnancy of their second son? When we knew that Nicholas was coming, as the son of someone who experienced three miscarriages, had Nicholas’ Birth Mother passed, we didn’t know how the adoption would have been affected. I battled my fear with faith, until he was born. His Mother’s death had to be in Joseph’s mind until he heard his second boy…

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    The Tribe Of Reuben

    Genesis 49:3-4 ESV 3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the firstfruits of my strength, preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power. 4 Unstable as water, you shall not have preeminence, because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it—he went up to my couch! The word might is used to describe Reuben. It means force, either for good or for bad. Reuben knew the consequences of both, he had experienced the results of his actions, again, both good and bad. Yet, he would end his days in the company of his brothers, having repented of his past, and looking ahead to the future of…

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    The Tribe Of Judah

    We come to the tribe of Judah, and the question was not what to include, but what to leave out.  Whole books have been written about different members of this tribe. How could I cover everything, the answer is I couldn’t, not everything.   Like the other tribes, God put a name in my spirit to write about.  I would have expected it to be either The Lord Jesus, or David, possibly one of the Kings of Judah. It wasn’t the name of a King that came to me, it was a Prince.   Other than Messianic prophecy, the first person in the tribe of Judah associated with a royal…

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    The Tribe Of Issachar

    Judges 10:1-3 (ESV) 1 After Abimelech there arose to save Israel Tola the son of Puah, son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, and he lived at Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim.  2 And he judged Israel twenty-three years. Then he died and was buried at Shamir. 3 After him arose Jair the Gileadite, who judged Israel twenty-two years. Tola, the son of Puah, of the tribe of Issachar, judged Israel for twenty three years. The Bible says he rose to save Israel, and that he lived in Shamir, in the hill country of Ephraim. Other than the fact, that he rose after Abimelech, we know nothing more…

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    The Tribe Of Zebulun

    Genesis 49:13 13 “Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea; he shall become a haven for ships, and his border shall be at Sidon. I think of the smell of the sea when I think of him. Initially this was because of the prophecy of Jacob.  I also think of Jesus, because Nazareth was in the region assigned to Zebulun and Naphtali.  Isaiah mentioned this, and so did Matthew.   Ironically, during his lifetime, most of what we know, has Zebulun tied to the land.  It makes me wonder if the prophecy God gave him, was tied to a desire of Zebulun.  Each of us has dreams we…