The tradition of making declarations over one’s children is passed on by Jacob to his sons and grandsons. It is his offsprings that are named for the tribes of Israel; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph (Manasseh and Ephraim) and Benjamin. Here we will find one of the most fundamental example of this practice in the bible.
Jacob’s declarations are highly prophetic. They depict the future of his generation. The declarations encapsulate their faults, their consequences and judgement; their hopes, dreams and mammoth destiny. God through Jacob, provided a clear portrait of the future of the Israelites.
In Jesus name amen.
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