“What should we learn from 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 […]

“What should we learn from 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 […]

“What should we learn from the tribe of Issachar?”……Each of the twelve sons of Israel received a blessing from his father, Jacob, just before Jacob's death. The twelve sons were the progenitors of the twelve tribes of Israel, and Jacob's blessings contained prophetic information about the future of each tribe. In the case of the […]

“What should we learn from the tribe of Zebulun?”……Zebulun is one of Israel's twelve tribes. In the time of Moses, Zebulun was divided into three clans: the Seredites, the Elonites, and the Jahleelites, named after Zebulun's sons (Numbers 26:26). The tribes were named for Jacob's children (or grandchildren, in the cases of Ephraim and Manasseh).……Jacob's […]

Dan

“What should we learn from the tribe of Dan?”……The tribe of Dan was the group of people who descended from the fifth son of Jacob, Dan. Jacob went on to have twelve sons who became the patriarchs of the 12 tribes of Israel. The history of the tribe of Dan is especially instructive to us […]

“What should we learn from the tribe of Naphtali?”……Israel's tribes were named for Jacob's children. Naphtali, being the sixth son of Jacob, is one of Israel's twelve tribes. In the time of Moses, Naphtali was divided into four clans: the Jahzeelites, the Gunites, the Jezerites, and the Shillemites, named after Naphtali's sons (Numbers 26:48-49). Naphtali […]

“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 […]