sermon: The Doctrine of Israel (Part Eleven): Genesis 49 and Deuteronomy 33

Nations Are Families Grown Large
Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Given 25-Jul-20; Sermon #1555; 74 minutes

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Nations are families grown large, and Genesis 10 shows multitudes of families grown into nations. Every family on the earth, every nation, was to enjoy the benefits of the promises He made to the Patriarchs (Genesis 12: 17; 22:18; 26:4). Jacob and Moses identify the family traits of the Israelite tribes in Genesis 49 and Deuteronomy 33 respectively. Amos 3:1-2 indicates that God maintains a closer relationship with Israel than with any other people. Despite the Israelite's rejection of His covenant, God has not rejected them, but has a plan for their redemption and restoration. Jacob's blessing in Genesis 49 seems to carry prophetic significance, while Moses couches the blessings he mentions in Deuteronomy 33 with no coupling to end-time prophecies. Jacob describes Reuben as dignified, but unstable as water, Simeon and Levi as cruel and angry but ultimately channeled into God's service, Judah as a lion's whelp and the tribe from which leadership comes, Zebulon as a haven for ships, Dan as a judge and serpent ultimately "judged" worthy, Gad as a troop administering judgment, Naphtali as a lover of freedom, Issachar as having an exceptional work ethic, and the leading tribes of Israel, Ephraim and Manasseh, as having the lion's share of material blessings. Through Jacob's imagery and Moses' cataloging of blessings, God has given His people clues as to the identity of the Israelite tribes.

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