The lost tribes of Israel?”……There are many mysteries, legends, and traditions as to what happened to the 10 lost tribes of the Northern Kingdom. The truth is that the tribes were never lost. Most of the people of the Northern Kingdom were deported to ancient Assyria (2 Kings 17:6). Many of those who remained in […]

“What should we learn from the tribe of Manasseh?”……Israel's 12 tribes were named for Jacob's children or, in the case of Manasseh (and Ephraim), his grandchildren. After Jacob wrestled with Him all night, God renamed Jacob "Israel," which means "you have struggled with God and men and have overcome" (Genesis 32:22-30). The name Israel represents […]

The tribe of Joseph……Technically, there is no tribe of Joseph. Instead, Joseph received a "double blessing" and his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, each became their own tribe (Genesis 48; Joshua 14:4Ezekiel 47:13). The Bible does, on occasion, refer to a "tribe of Joseph" (Numbers 13:1136:5Revelation 7:8). However, in the contexts, the "tribe of Joseph" […]

The tribe of Judah?”……Each of the twelve sons of Israel received a blessing from their father, Jacob, just before his death. The twelve sons were the progenitors of the twelve tribes of Israel, and the blessing contained prophetic information about the future of each tribe. In the case of the tribe of Judah, Jacob prophesied: […]

“The tribe of Gad?”……Israel's 12 tribes, of which Gad was one, were named for Jacob's children (or grandchildren, in the cases of Ephraim and Manasseh). "Israel" was God's name for Jacob (Genesis 32:22-30); therefore, the phrase "children of Israel" is a way of referring to Jacob's descendants. Jacob's son Gad was one of three children […]

“What should we learn from the tribe of Ephraim?”……Israel's 12 tribes were named for Jacob's children or, in the case of Ephraim (and Manasseh), his grandchildren. Ephraim was born in Egypt to Joseph his wife, Asenath. Joseph named his second-born son "Ephraim" because "God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering" (Genesis […]

The tribe of Benjamin……In Genesis 49 the patriarch Jacob, sensing his impending death, gathers his sons to his bedside to bless them. Each son became the progenitor of the twelve tribes of Israel. Benjamin, as the youngest, receives his father's blessing last: "Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he shall devour the prey, […]