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Peace is not about silence; not a place without trouble, or fear. Peace is standing in the middle of chaos and finding the calm assurance of GOD’S permanent presence in your life. 

 

TRIBES of ISRAEL  (Part 4 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] 

 

The HOLY SPIRIT spoke through Jacob saying,  "Zebulun shall dwell by the seashore; he shall be a haven for ships, and his flank shall rest on Sidon." [Genesis (Bereshith) 49. 13 Tanakh, Torah]   Zebulun settled in the favorable geographical position described here, and his tribe became mariners.  The actual territory of Zebulun is uncertain, but their "Tribal Standard (banner)" bears the picture of a ship. 

 

"Issachar is a strong-boned ass, crouching down among the sheepfolds. When he saw how good was security, and how pleasant was the country, he bent his shoulder to bear the burden, and became a toiling serf (a servant under task-work of forced labor)." [Genesis (Bereshith) 49. 14 – 15 Tanakh, Torah] 

 

As a strong-boned ass, the people of Issachar would have great physical power.  However, the minute they found a resting place, they would stay right there.  They would not become nomads like the rest of the people of Israel living in tents.  They did not like the life of a wandering Jew.  If Issachar found a place where he wanted to rest, he would much prefer to pay tribute and to submit to any enemy that came upon him then to leave his plowshare and take up a sword.  He would never go to battle.  All this was fulfilled.  Along with Simeon, Issachar did not receive a blessing from Moses along with the other tribes in Deuteronomy/Devarim 33.

 

"Dan shall govern his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a serpent by the road, a viper by the path, that bites the horse’s heels so that his rider is thrown backward. I wait for Your deliverance, O LORD!" [Genesis (Bereshith) 49. 16 – 18 Tanakh, Torah]

 

Samson came from the tribe of Dan to be one of the judges of Israel.  Dan would also be a serpent in the way, a horned snake in the way that bites the horse’s heels so that his rider falls backward.  Judas Iscariot would be coming from the tribe of Dan.  The HOLY SPIRIT knew who would betray MESSIAH Y’SHUA with a kiss.  This is why the tribe of Dan is not mentioned in the Book of Revelation 7.   {The 144,000 Witnesses are witnesses — not judges. Ephraim‘s name is also missing because his name means first-fruit and this company is a fixed number.}   And then Jacob said, "LORD, I am waiting for YOUR SALVATION. I can hardly wait to come home and be with YOU, LORD. I am waiting for YOUR SON, Y’SHUA, I’m waiting for YOUR SALVATION, O LORD." 

 

"Gad shall be raided by raiders, but he shall raid at their heels." [Genesis (Bereshith) 49. 19 Tanakh, Torah]  There is a play on words here, the translation should be. . ."a raiding band raids him, but he will now band himself against their heel."  He would always know where to attack, in their rear position.  OMNIPOTENT GOD succeeded in expelling the Ammonites, Moabites and the Armenian who were constantly raiding his border.  Jephthah, one of the judges of Israel, came from the tribe of Gad.  The LORD used him as an instrument to bring forth HIS victory.  Victory is always the LORD’S. 

 

"Asher’s bread shall be rich, and he shall yield royal dainties." [Genesis (Bereshith) 49. 20 Tanakh, Torah]  Asher's territory stretched from the Sea of Galilee to Mount Karem’El.  The name, Asher, means "happy" — and this meaning is reflected in the blessing that is bestowed upon him.  The land of Asher was prosperous and happy, where they went in business making delicacies fit for the tables of kings.  {In Deuteronomy/Devarim 33, Moses blesses the tribes and of Asher he spoke of him "dipping his heel in oil." The olive tree grows prevalent in the area allotted to him and the olive oil is indeed used for making of dainties.} The HOLY SPIRIT is never wrong, always true.

 

"Naphtali is a hind let loose; which yields lovely fawns (or "gives lovely words")." [Genesis (Bereshith) 49. 21 Tanakh, Torah] This gives us an image of swiftness and grace in movement.  "Yields lovely fawns" refers to the tribe’s reputation for persistence and eloquence.  The great victory of Barak [Judges/Shofetym 4. 15 - 16], who was of the tribe of Naphtali, was followed by the glorious song of Devorah, also of the tribe of Naphtali who "gives goodly words." [Judges/Shofetym 5. 12]  They would not only follow through where the LORD led them, they would also bring forth words of praise and thanksgiving unto the ALMIGHTY LORD OF HOSTS, the HOPE OF ISRAEL. 

 

. . . 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!
HEAVENLY FATHER, teach us to emulate YOUR OWN grace and mercy. Cause YOUR truth to fall upon our hearts like seed upon fertile ground. And, may we learn to love Your Law ever more deeply and to find in it the beauty of holiness. 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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