Message Ten: Jacob’s Prophesying with Blessing (1)
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Scripture Reading: Gen. 49:1-15
Gen 49:1        And Jacob called to his sons and said, Gather yourselves together that I may tell you what will happen to you in the last days.
Gen 49:2        Assemble yourselves, and listen, O sons of Jacob; / Yes, listen to Israel your father.
Gen 49:3        Reuben, you are my firstborn, / My might and the firstfruits of my vigor, / Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
Gen 49:4        Ebullient as water, you will not have the preeminence, / Because you went up to your father's bed; / Then you defiled it-he went up to my couch.
Gen 49:5        Simeon and Levi are brothers; / Weapons of violence are their swords.
Gen 49:6        Come not into their council, O my soul; / Be not united with their assembly, O my glory; / For in their anger they slew men, / And in their self-will they hamstrung oxen.
Gen 49:7        Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; / And their wrath, for it is cruel: / I will divide them in Jacob, / And scatter them in Israel.
Gen 49:8        Judah, your brothers will praise you; / Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; / Your father's sons will bow down before you.
Gen 49:9        Judah is a young lion; / From the prey, my son, you have gone up. / He couches, he stretches out like a lion, / And like a lioness; who will rouse him up?
Gen 49:10      The scepter will not depart from Judah, / Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, / Until Shiloh comes, / And to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
Gen 49:11      Binding his foal to the vine, / And his donkey's colt to the choice vine, / He washes his garment in wine, / And his robe in the blood of grapes.
Gen 49:12      Dark are his eyes with wine, / And white are his teeth with milk.
Gen 49:13      Zebulun will dwell at the shore of the sea, / And he will be a shore for ships, / And his flank will be toward Sidon.
Gen 49:14      Issachar is a strong donkey, / Couching between the sheepfolds.
Gen 49:15      And he saw a resting place that was good / And the land that was pleasant, / And he bowed his shoulder to bear, / And became a task-worker to bring tribute.
 
 
I.     Jacob’s twelve sons eventually became the twelve tribes of Israel, a type of the church as God’s house, the Israel of God, composed of all the believers—Gal. 6:16; 1 Tim. 3:15; Heb. 3:5-6:
Gal 6:16         And as many as walk by this rule, peace be upon them and mercy, even upon the Israel of God.
1 Tim 3:15      But if I delay, I write that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth.
Heb 3:5          And Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of the things to be spoken later;
Heb 3:6          But Christ was faithful as a Son over His house, whose house we are if indeed we hold fast the boldness and the boast of hope firm to the end.
A.     Jacob’s maturity in life, the zenith of his life, issued in the overflow of life, his prophesying with blessing for the building up of God’s house—Prov. 4:18; Gen. 47:7, 10; 48:14-16; 49:1-28; 47:31; Heb. 11:21; cf. 1 Cor. 14:4b, 31.
Prov 4:18       But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, / Which shines brighter and brighter until the full day.
Gen 47:7        And Joseph brought in Jacob his father and set him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
Gen 47:10      And Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went forth from Pharaoh's presence.
Gen 48:14      But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it upon Ephraim's head-although he was the younger-and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands with insight, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.
Gen 48:15      And he blessed Joseph and said, / The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, / The God who has shepherded me all my life to this day,
Gen 48:16      The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; / And may my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; / And may they be a teeming multitude in the midst of the earth.
Gen 49:1        And Jacob called to his sons and said, Gather yourselves together that I may tell you what will happen to you in the last days.
Gen 49:2        Assemble yourselves, and listen, O sons of Jacob; / Yes, listen to Israel your father.
Gen 49:3        Reuben, you are my firstborn, / My might and the firstfruits of my vigor, / Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
Gen 49:4        Ebullient as water, you will not have the preeminence, / Because you went up to your father's bed; / Then you defiled it-he went up to my couch.
Gen 49:5        Simeon and Levi are brothers; / Weapons of violence are their swords.
Gen 49:6        Come not into their council, O my soul; / Be not united with their assembly, O my glory; / For in their anger they slew men, / And in their self-will they hamstrung oxen.
Gen 49:7        Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; / And their wrath, for it is cruel: / I will divide them in Jacob, / And scatter them in Israel.
Gen 49:8        Judah, your brothers will praise you; / Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; / Your father's sons will bow down before you.
Gen 49:9        Judah is a young lion; / From the prey, my son, you have gone up. / He couches, he stretches out like a lion, / And like a lioness; who will rouse him up?
Gen 49:10      The scepter will not depart from Judah, / Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, / Until Shiloh comes, / And to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
Gen 49:11      Binding his foal to the vine, / And his donkey's colt to the choice vine, / He washes his garment in wine, / And his robe in the blood of grapes.
Gen 49:12      Dark are his eyes with wine, / And white are his teeth with milk.
Gen 49:13      Zebulun will dwell at the shore of the sea, / And he will be a shore for ships, / And his flank will be toward Sidon.
Gen 49:14      Issachar is a strong donkey, / Couching between the sheepfolds.
Gen 49:15      And he saw a resting place that was good / And the land that was pleasant, / And he bowed his shoulder to bear, / And became a task-worker to bring tribute.
Gen 49:16      Dan will judge his people, / As one of the tribes of Israel.
Gen 49:17      Dan will be a serpent in the way, / A viper on the path, / That bites the horse's heels, / So that his rider falls backward.
Gen 49:18      I have waited for Your salvation, O Jehovah.
Gen 49:19      Gad, raiders will raid him, / But he will raid at their heel.
Gen 49:20      Asher's food will be rich, / And he will yield royal dainties.
Gen 49:21      Naphtali is a hind let loose; / He gives beautiful words.
Gen 49:22      Joseph is a fruitful bough, / A fruitful bough by a fountain; / His branches run over the wall.
Gen 49:23      The archers bitterly attacked him, / And shot at him and harassed him;
Gen 49:24      But his bow remained firm, / And the arms of his hands were agile, / By the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob- / From there is the Shepherd, the stone of Israel -
Gen 49:25      From the God of your father, who will help you, / And from the All-sufficient One, who will bless you / With blessings of heaven above, / Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, / Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
Gen 49:26      The blessings of your father surpass / The blessings of my ancestors / To the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. / They will be on the head of Joseph, / And on the crown of the head of the one who was separate from his / brothers.
Gen 49:27      Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, / In the morning devouring the prey / And in the evening dividing the spoil.
Gen 49:28      All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father spoke to them when he blessed them; he blessed them, each one according to his blessing.
Gen 47:31      And he said, Swear to me; and he swore to him. Then Israel bowed himself at the head of his bed.
Heb 11:21      By faith Jacob, while he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph and worshipped God, while leaning on the top of his staff.
1 Cor 14:4b    … but he who prophesies builds up the church.
1 Cor 14:31    For you can all prophesy one by one that all may learn and all may be encouraged.
B.     Whatever was spoken prophetically by Jacob concerning his sons is a type, a picture, of the church and should be applied to the church and to the spiritual experience of the believers, as well as to the sons of Israel—cf. 10:6.
1 Cor 10:6      Now these things occurred as examples to us, that we should not be ones who lust after evil things, even as they also lusted.
 
II.   The prophecy concerning Reuben is a warning concerning the defilement of fleshly lust, and the prophecy concerning Simeon and Levi is a warning concerning the destruction of the natural disposition—Gen. 49:3-7:
Gen 49:3        Reuben, you are my firstborn, / My might and the firstfruits of my vigor, / Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
Gen 49:4        Ebullient as water, you will not have the preeminence, / Because you went up to your father's bed; / Then you defiled it-he went up to my couch.
Gen 49:5        Simeon and Levi are brothers; / Weapons of violence are their swords.
Gen 49:6        Come not into their council, O my soul; / Be not united with their assembly, O my glory; / For in their anger they slew men, / And in their self-will they hamstrung oxen.
Gen 49:7        Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; / And their wrath, for it is cruel: / I will divide them in Jacob, / And scatter them in Israel.
A.     Although Reuben had the preeminence of the birthright, because of his defilement he lost the birthright and became in danger of dying or of being greatly decreased; this should be a solemn warning to us—vv. 3-4; cf. Eph. 5:5; Matt. 1:2; Deut. 33:6; 1 Cor. 6:17-20; 1 Thes. 4:3-8; 1 Cor. 9:27; Phil. 1:20; Rom. 6:12-14; 8:2; 12:2; 16:20; 2 Tim. 2:22.
Gen 49:3        Reuben, you are my firstborn, / My might and the firstfruits of my vigor, / Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
Gen 49:4        Ebullient as water, you will not have the preeminence, / Because you went up to your father's bed; / Then you defiled it-he went up to my couch.
Eph 5:5          For this you realize, knowing that every fornicator or unclean person or greedy person (who is an idolator) has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Matt 1:2         Abraham begot Isaac, and Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers,
Deut 33:6       May Reuben live and not die, / Nor his men be few.
1 Cor 6:17      But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
1 Cor 6:18      Flee fornication. Every sin which a man may do is outside the body, but he who commits fornication sins against his own body.
1 Cor 6:19      Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
1 Cor 6:20      For you have been bought with a price. So then glorify God in your body.
1 Thes 4:3      For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from fornication;
1 Thes 4:4      That each one of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,
1 Thes 4:5      Not in the passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;
1 Thes 4:6      That no one overstep and take advantage of his brother in the matter, because the Lord is the avenger concerning all these things, even as we also said before to you and solemnly charged.
1 Thes 4:7      For God has not called us for uncleanness but in sanctification.
1 Thes 4:8      Consequently, he who rejects, rejects not man but God, who also gives His Holy Spirit to you.
1 Cor 9:27      But I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest perhaps having preached to others, I myself may become disapproved.
Phil 1:20        According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I will be put to shame, but with all boldness, as always, even now Christ will be magnified in my body, whether through life or through death.
Rom 6:12       Do not let sin therefore reign in your mortal body so that you obey the body's lusts;
Rom 6:13       Neither present your members as weapons of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as alive from the dead, and your members as weapons of righteousness to God.
Rom 6:14       For sin will not lord it over you, for you are not under the law but under grace.
Rom 8:2         For the law of the Spirit of life has freed me in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and of death.
Rom 12:2       And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.
Rom 16:20     Now the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
2 Tim 2:22      But flee youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
B.     Because of their cruelty according to their disposition, Simeon and Levi received no blessing from Jacob (Gen. 49:5-6; 34:25-30; cf. Deut. 22:6-7); rather, Jacob exercised his judgment over them to scatter them among the children of Israel (Gen. 49:7) so that they would not be able to behave cruelly according to their disposition (Josh. 19:1, 9; 21:1-3, 41):
Gen 49:5        Simeon and Levi are brothers; / Weapons of violence are their swords.
Gen 49:6        Come not into their council, O my soul; / Be not united with their assembly, O my glory; / For in their anger they slew men, / And in their self-will they hamstrung oxen.
Gen 34:25      Then on the third day, when they were still in pain, two of Jacob's sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, each took his sword and came upon the city unawares, and slew every male.
Gen 34:26      And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and they took Dinah out of Shechem's house and went away.
Gen 34:27      The sons of Jacob came upon the slain and plundered the city, because they had defiled their sister.
Gen 34:28      They took their flocks and their herds and their donkeys and whatever was in the city and whatever was in the field;
Gen 34:29      And they took captive and plundered all their wealth and all their little ones and their wives, and even all that was in the houses.
Gen 34:30      And Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, You have brought trouble upon me by making me odious among the inhabitants of the land, among the Canaanites and the Perizzites; and I am few in number, and they will gather themselves together against me and strike me; and I will be destroyed, I and my house.
Deut 22:6       If you happen to come upon a bird's nest in the way, in any tree or on the ground, and in it are young birds or eggs, and the mother sitting upon the young birds or upon the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young.
Deut 22:7       You must let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, that it may go well with you and that you may extend your days.
Gen 49:7        Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; / And their wrath, for it is cruel: / I will divide them in Jacob, / And scatter them in Israel.
Josh 19:1       And the second lot came out for Simeon, for the tribe of the children of Simeon, according to their families. And their inheritance was in the midst of the inheritance of the children of Judah.
Josh 19:9       Out of the portion of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of Simeon because the portion of the children of Judah was too large for them; thus the children of Simeon received an inheritance in the midst of their inheritance.
Josh 21:1       Then the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites approached Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers' houses of the tribes of the children of Israel,
Josh 21:2       And they spoke to them in Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, Jehovah commanded through Moses that we be given cities to dwell in with their pasture lands for our cattle.
Josh 21:3       So the children of Israel gave the Levites, according to the commandment of Jehovah, these cities with their pasture lands out of their inheritance:
Josh 21:41     All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the children of Israel were forty-eight cities with their pasture lands.
1.      Later, Levi used his disposition in a renewed, transformed way to slay the worshippers of the golden calf; our natural disposition can be useful if three conditions are met: consecration, using our natural disposition against our natural desire, and using it in a renewed and transformed way—Exo. 32:26-28.
Exo 32:26      Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, Whoever is for Jehovah, come to me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves to him.
Exo 32:27      And he said to them, Thus says Jehovah the God of Israel, Let each man put his sword upon his thigh, and go back and forth from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each man kill his brother, and each man his companion, and each man his neighbor.
Exo 32:28      And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses, and that day about three thousand men among the people fell.
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