By: Ely Lagajino
Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’Isaiah 46:10, ESV
Judah receives the crowning Messianic privilege of the birthright. He is compared to a lion king, a leader for all the tribes. Later his tribe would produce a line of kings, starting with David, Solomon, and finally, Jesus Christ to whom all powers shall bow. (Genesis 49:8-12)
Zebulun will live near the seashore. His territory would expand to the shore and have access to shipping ready to provide shelter for others.
Issachar is physically strong but is not too active. When he finds comfort to live easily, he holds on to it. Members of his tribe would find contentment as laborers despite leadership opportunities.
Dan will be the judge of Israel. He will bring justice for his people and will be a strong leader if he continues to trust God. Samson, would come from this tribe.
Gad is someone who needs to fight to survive. He will become a capable counter striker. Crossing the Jordan River, his tribe would fight until they would conquer their land.
Asher will inherit a fertile soil that doesn’t need fertilizer to produce good harvest. The land of Carmel will produce wheat and oil in abundance. Later, King Solomon would find his abundant supplies in this land. Their tribe would find pleasure in freely sharing their resources.
Naphtali is a doe, a female deer set free. He is cheerful. His tribe would have an optimistic spirit, and the gift of speech and song.
Joseph “”is a fruitful vine”” (Genesis 49:22). He receivesthe double portion of the inheritance divided between his sons.
Benjamin, Israel’s youngest son is like a ravenous beast. His tribe would produce military leaders such as Ehud, Saul, and Jonathan. His tribe would be known for its war freak people.
When Jacob had finished telling his sons about their future, he stretched his feet and took his last breath. Jacob’s blessing and predictions provide evidence of God’s power to see thefuture of His people.