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Tribes of Israel (part 5 of 5)
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TRIBES OF ISRAEL (Part 5 - Conclusion)      
"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] 


"Joseph is a wild ass, a wildbutt by a spring wild colts on a hillside.  {Other translations say: "Joseph is a fruitful vine by a fountain. Its branches run over the wall."}  Archers bitterly assailed him; they shot at him and harried him. Yet his bow stayed taut, and the arms of his hands were made firm by the hands of the MIGHTY ONE OF JACOB There, the SHEPHERD, the ROCK OF Israel, EL of your father WHO helps you, and SHADDAI WHO blesses you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that couches below, blessings of the breast and womb. The blessings of your father surpass the blessings of my ancestors, to the utmost bounds of the eternal hills. May they rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the elect of his brothers." [Genesis (Bereshith) 49. 22 – 26 Tanakh, Torah] 


Jacob reserved his softest and his most loving tone of voice for Joseph, who was united with whatever was best, most gracious and noblest in both Reuben and Judah.  Joseph was the man of vision, the man of dreams.  But to this he joined moral and spiritual strength in all circumstances of his life.  He was the ideal son, the ideal brother, the ideal servant, the ideal administrator.  His character and story have from the beginning of time been held to be typical of the desired character of the people in the story of Israel.


Israel said to Joseph, "Behold, I die, but GOD will be with you, and HE will bring you back unto the land of your fathers." [Genesis (Bereshith) 48. 21 Tanakh, Torah]  Do not be afraid to stand on the PRECIOUS WORD OF THE LORD.  The ALMIGHTY ONE had told Abram, "Know well that your offspring shall be strangers in a land not theirs, and they shall be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years; but I will execute judgment on the nation they shall serve, and in the end they shall go free with great wealth." [Genesis (Bereshith) 15. 13 – 14 Tanakh, Torah]   


As Jacob blessed Joseph, he said that there was a period of exile coming, and like Joseph in that period of exile, the people of Israel were going to be subjected to great temptations to be disloyal to the GOD of their fathers.  But Joseph always remained loyal to the LIVING GOD, to the true GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC & JACOB.  This was a reminder to the people of Israel to remain loyal despite great temptations even to the point of death.


Israel was reminding Joseph that the God OF ISRAEL would never leave or forsake him and would bring him back to the land of his fathers.  Then he added, "And now, I assign you one portion (Hebrew: shekem) more than your brothers, which I wrested from the Amorites with my sword and bow." [Genesis (Bereshith) 48. 22 Tanakh, Torah]  The double-portion was referring to the fact that Joseph's two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, were counted by Israel (Jacob) as "son's of Jacob" for tribal inheritance when the Promised Land was divided. 


Joseph's bones were buried in Shechem (when the Israelites came out of Egypt, they brought his bones as he had requested, see Joshua/Yehoshua 24:32).  This is the portion of land Jacob bought from the Hivites for 100 pieces of silver.  This piece of land was given to Joseph for his burial place.  Jacob was still showing that extra bit of favoritism to Joseph, the son whom he loved who reminded him so much of his beloved Rachael.  


The BLESSED LORD said, "In the end days, I shall pour out MY SPIRIT on all flesh." [Joel (Yoel) 2. 28 Tanakh, Nevi’im]  Some of us are going to dream dreams, and see visions — because we trust in the AWESOME YEHOWAH. 


"Benjamin is a wolf that ravens that tears; in the morning he consumes the foe (or booty), and in the evening he divides the spoil." [Genesis (Bereshith) 49. 27 Tanakh, Torah]  The tribe of Benjamin was wolf-like.  Saul of Tarsus would come from the tribe of Benjamin.  He would walk meekly into a synagogue, and begin preaching the GOSPEL.  When they took out a whip and began beating him to death, he could say, "I count it a joy." [Acts 20. 24]   The Apostle Paul (Saul) was as unrelenting as a persistent wolf, who goes back again-and-again preaching the GOSPEL, bringing the MESSAGE OF SALVATION, until he won them to the MESSIAH LORD Y’SHUA. 


Jacob also blessed Ephraim & Manasseh saying, "By you shall Israel invoke blessings, saying GOD make you like Ephraim and as Manasseh." [Genesis (Bereshith) 48. 20 Tanakh, Torah]  This is still practiced today, every pious Orthodox Jewish father, on Sabbath Eve places his hand on the head of his son and blesses him with the very same words that the HOLY SPIRIT just stated: "May GOD make you as Ephraim and Manasseh.


Ephraim & Manasseh would never trade away their Jewishness for the most exalted social position.  They voluntarily gave up their place in the higher Egyptian aristocracy, and they openly identified themselves with their alien kinsmen, the despised shepherd immigrants.  It is fitting that every mother and father who know the LORD GOD MOST HIGH should pray that their children will show the same loyalty to their father and their father’s ETERNAL LORD GOD, as did Ephraim and Manasseh. 



Sha’alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of JerUSAlem and all of Israel!
Redeem Israel, O ELOHIYM, out of all their troubles!
Let all those that seek the LORD GOD rejoice and be glad in HIM; let such as love HIS salvation say continually: “The LORD be magnified.”
May grace and peace be multiplied to you, our dear friends! 


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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