Even in the darkest hours there is a victorious remnant (Gad overcomes his enemies). Here again, the prophecy has a twofold import, a historical one and a future one. Christ Himself is the climax of our blessing, the crown of our happiness. Gadâs territory is east of the Jordan, and they are constantly fighting with the Ammonites. In the story, he is unhappy because they will be âa stinkâ to the surrounding people. Apart from this, Genesis 49 contains valuable lessons for ourselves as individual believers. Suffice it to say, there is no consensus. Lastly, Jacob speaks about Benjamin. By the end of the wilderness experience, it has fallen to 22,000 with no explanation. He says to Judah: âYour brothers will praise you and bow down to you.â Unlike the words of rebuke for his three older sons, Jacob has nothing but praise for Judah, using a play on words since his name means âpraise.â He will be the recipient of his brothersâ acclaim. âGad will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will raid at their heels." Scholars believe that elements of this poem are among the oldest biblical texts. Christians have mingled with the world at the price of subjection to the world, as is seen in Zebulun (meaning "dwelling") and Issachar (meaning "hire" or "wages"). Answer: Just before Jacob died, he called his twelve sons and said, “Gather around so I can tell you what will happen to you in days to come” ( Genesis 49:1 ). A small tribe, their successes lie in their ability to move quickly versus sheer strength. The meanings of their names and of the others have been given already. 17:15). However, Israel's history too, was one of sad failure, in the wilderness as well as in the Promised Land. At the end he says, âMay the blessings be on the head of Joseph, on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers.â Another translation states âof the elect of his brothers.â The word is nazir, a reference to his royal power. âYou are my might, excelling in honor and power.â As firstborn, he has brought great joy to Jacob. Jacob's sons did not really deserve their beautiful names, and likewise, the life of the Church often contradicted its high calling. Our Lord was rejected and the time of universal peace and prosperity about which Jacob spoke was postponed until Christ's second coming. 5:1-2). From this principle Paul draws the conclusion that there is a clear distinction between Jews and Christians, between people in slavery and people who are free (Gal. In Joseph we see Him both in His rejection and in His exaltation, and our lives should be in agreement with this. Simeon and Levi are next, and they are the only two brothers that are mentioned together, probably because of their joint actions in Shechem. Another noteworthy aspect is that there is no mention of God directing any of his statements. 15:4). Here, the tribe of Levi is in disfavor with Jacob and presumably God. To sum up, the first three sons of Jacob show us natural man's corruption. And for that transgression, Reuben will lose the privileges of his birth; he is never the leader of Jacobâs family; after settling on the east side of the Jordan, his descendants are soon absorbed by other nations. Dan is a type of the antichrist who will reign over ("judge") Israel with the support of the head of the revived Roman empire and of Satan himself (Rev. They rejoice in abundant spiritual food (bread from Asher shall be rich) and have struggled out of the grasp of worldly and Judaistic influences (Naphtali is a deer let loose). I am convinced that this chapter also gives a brief outline of man's history as a whole, because this is really centred around Israel. Therefore the prayer of those who remain faithful to the Word and the Name of Christ is, "I have waited for Your salvation, O LORD!" Genesis in the Light of the New Testament, Comments on the Book of Genesis (overview), Man's Diplomacy and God's Discipline (Life of Jacob). He sings the song of praise of Christian liberty and cries, "Abba, Father!". “Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father.” Gad (meaning "troop") is still being endangered by hostile troops, but in the end he is victorious and drives the enemy out of the land (cf. “Reuben, you are my firstborn, My might and the beginning of my strength, The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power. 21:15-17). Sons of Jacob: Meaning of Name: Mother: Birth Verse: 01-Reuben: See, a son: Leah : So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she said, "The LORD has surely seen my affliction.