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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Twelve Tribes of Israel





Jacob and twelve sons and their mothers…

REUBEN: Genesis 29.32(See a son) the firstborn son of Jacob born by Leah... Jacob's blessing Gen 49.3(unstable as water) Judges 5.15... Deborah "By the streams of Reuben"

SIMEON: Genesis 29.33 (the LORD has heard) the second son of Jacob borne by Leah... Jacob's blessing Gen 49.5-7 "weapons of violence are their swords'...

LEVI: (this time my husband will be joined unto me) Genesis 29.34 the third son of Jacob born by Leah... Jacob's blessing was the same "weapons of violence are their swords" becomes a priestly class...


JUDAH: Genesis 29.35 (this time I will praise the LORD) Jacob's blessing "your brother's shall praise you"

DAN: Genesis 30.6 the fifth son of Jacob borne by Billah the maidservant of Rachel... (He is judged... God has judged me and also heard my voice) Jacob's blessing "Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel"

NAPHTALI: Genesis 30.8 (struggle and wrestle with) the sixth son of Jacob borne by Billah as wife to Jacob from Rachel... (Mighty wrestling’s I have wrestled with my sister) Jacob's blessing "a hind let loose; idea of freedom, agility, and vitality; one who gives beautiful words)...

GAD: Genesis 30.11(a band of good fortune) the seventh son of Jacob borne by Zilpah the wife to Jacob from Leah...Jacob's blessing "Raider's shall be a troop against him; bravery in repelling the enemy"...

ASHER: Genesis 30.12-13 (happy and happiness I am) the eighth son of Jacob borne by Zilpah the wife of Jacob given by Leah... Jacob's blessing "the food shall be rich and he shall yield royal dainties"....

ISSACHAR: Genesis 30.18 (God has given me my hire) the ninth son born to Jacob by Leah....Jacob's blessing “the mandrakes a potato like plant was thought to stimulate conception; he was to receive the covenant"...

ZEBULUN: (dwelling; habitation) the tenth son of Jacob born by Leah who says 'now my husband will honor me, God has endowed me with a good dowry'....Jacob's blessing "shall dwell at the shore of the sea and shall become a haven for ships; his border will be at Sidon"...

DINAH: a daughter was born to Jacob next...

JOSEPH: Genesis 30.23 born to Rachel and Jacob the eleventh son... (Increaser; God hath taken away my reproach; May the LORD add to me another son) Jacob's blessing was preeminent for "he was the fruitful bough by a spring, his arms made agile by the Mighty One of Jacob; with the blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep, blessings of the breasts and of the womb, receive the ancestral blessing, may they be on his head the one who was separate from his brothers"...

BENJAMIN: Genesis 35.18 last son born to Jacob and the mother was Rachel in childbirth death came, her last breath 'son of my pain' (son of the right hand) Abraham changed his name to Benjamin 'son of the south'... Jacob's blessing to the tribe of the Benjamites "Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, in the morning devouring the prey, and at even dividing the spoil.

These are the twelve tribes of Israel....
Jacob Wrestles with an Angel
Genesis 32.22-32
Jacob was renamed Israel (Israel means “wrestles (or strives) with God”.
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