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Tribes of Israel (part 1 of 5)
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TRIBES of ISRAEL (Part 1 of 5)     
"Jacob called his sons and said Come together that I may tell you what is to befall you in days to come: Assemble and hearken, O sons of Jacob; hearken to Israel your father." [Genesis (Berepooh) 49. 1 – 2 Tanakh, Torah] 


"Reuben, you are my first-born, my might and the first fruit of my strength, exceeding in rank (dignity) and the exceeding in honor. Unstable as water, you shall excel no longer; for when you mounted your father's bed, you defiled it and brought disgrace my couch he mounted!" [Genesis (Bereshith) 49. 3 – 4 Tanakh, Torah] 


Israel was saying, "Reuben, you have forfeited your natural right of the firstborn. Through being the first-born, you had dignity and opportunity, but you did not have strength of character."  Reuben appeared to be a man who began good actions, but he did not complete them.  He planned to save Joseph and he actually prevented the murder of Joseph. [Genesis/Bereshith 37. 21]  Nevertheless, Joseph was sold in spite of Reuben. 


In Jewish history, Reuben’s descendants remained true to their ancestral type, unstable as water.  When Deborah unfurled the banner of Israel’s independence in the days of the judges, all the other tribes rallied around her.   But in the camp of Reuben, there was great intention, a mighty searching of the heart, but no real action.  Instead, they appointed half a dozen committees to study whether they should take action. [Judges/Shofetym 5. 15]  Subsequently, the tribe of Reuben is very rarely mentioned in Israel’s history.  They begin, but they never finish.  They open their mouth, but they never move any further than that. 


"You are my might." As the firstborn, Reuben was endowed with a super-abundant vitality, the cause of both his preeminence and his undoing.  He did not know how to use what he had wisely with the wisdom of the ALMIGHTY LORD GOD.  And Jacob said, "you have had the excellency of dignity" which in the Hebrew means: "You have been superior in dignity. You have had this given to you, because it belongs to the firstborn. Reuben, it was provided for you to receive three portions above your brothers."  The three portions are the right of the firstborn, the priesthood, and the kingdom.  Reuben, you should have had all three, but now you are not going to get anything. 


The right of the firstborn was given to Joseph, the priesthood was given to Levi, the kingly power and headship were given to Judah.  Judah would be the king of Israel. Through Judah's loins would come the LION OF JUDAH, the KING of the Universe, Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH. 


Israel further said to Reuben, "you are unstable as water." My son, any breeze can ruffle your surface.  You bubble over like water in an uncontrolled vehemence of passion.  You are a very emotional person with weakness of will, lack of self-control and hardness of purpose.  You have also had a spirit of lust within you that you never overcame.  You had the excellency, but now you will relinquish all your privileges of the firstborn. 


The HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD was speaking through Jacob because none of the descendants of Reuben ever became judges, prophets or leaders in Israel.  SCRIPTURE very clearly stresses that moral character is more essential than hereditary right.  The LORD GOD, the RIGHTEOUS ONE, wants us to be moral and to be ethical one with another.  We are to "love your fellow man as yourself." [Leviticus (Vayikra) 19. 18 Tanakh, Torah] 


. . . to be continued! 


Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
As we bid farewell to Shabbat, we are praying for you our dear friends. May you have a heart to know YEHOWAH, that HE is the LORD of your life. O, return to HIM now, and HE will abundantly pardon. May each of you be delivered from trouble and harm, or strengthened and purified through it. Heal us O LORD, make us righteous in YOUR sight. May the message of GOD’S WORD and the love of Y’SHUA ha’MASHIACH, the BELOVED SAVIOR bless you and fill your life with overflowing joy. Amen 


Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes.  Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace which is the fruit of Righteousness. 



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