12 Tribes of Israel
Reuben, Simeon, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Joseph, Levi.
The land of Israel was divided into 12 regions which represent 11 of its tribes. Each tribe was given a parcel of land that, according to the Bible, is a perpetual heritage. The 12 tribes of Israel are named after the sons of Jacob with a couple of special details. Jacob had 12 sons which included all of the names on the map except Ephraim and Manasseh. Where are the other 2 sons? These “missing sons” are Levi and Joseph. God did not give any land to Levi, but, instead, declared that Levi would be the priestly line of Israel. They shared the land with the other tribes and were given specific cities within these tribes. Joseph is the son who was sold into slavery by his brothers. Of course, the Lord did not allow Joseph to die in slavery, but, instead, turned the situation around and greatly blessed Joseph and blessed Joseph’s brothers through him. Joseph became the 2nd highest ruler in Egypt, and he asked that his portion of the land be given to his two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh.
REVELATIONS 21, VERSES 10-12
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR FAMILY
God established Israel to be his people, and tells us that what he established thousands of years ago, will endure into eternity. The tribes of Israel are forever remembered by God. Israelites are God’s special people with whom he made a covenant. What God builds, nobody can destroy. Pray that God will build, protect and establish our family. He is able. Also, pray for Israel; God has declared them to be important beyond what we can truly understand.
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