Genesis 49:19 Gad sounds like the Hebrew for attack and also for band of raiders. Simeon and Levi were passionate and revengeful. Naphtali is a doe let loose, He gives beautiful words (Genesis 49:21). Gather yourselves together — It was his will that they should all be sent for to see their father die, and to hear his dying words. Reuben was the first-born; but by gross sin, he forfeited the birthright. Let us, with an eye of faith, see the heavenly rest to be good, and that land of promise to be pleasant; this will make our present services easy. When he had finished both his blessing and his charge, and so had finished his testimony, he addressed himself to his dying work. GAD--This tribe should be often attacked and wasted by hostile powers on their borders ( Judges 10:8 , Jeremiah 49:1 ). All rights reserved. Joseph became the shepherd of Israel, to take care of his father and family; also the stone of Israel, their foundation and strong support. We shall remain unmoved until our work is finished; then, breathing out our souls into His hands for whose salvation we have waited, we shall depart in peace, and leave a blessing for our children after us. 9:25, etc. The portrait of Naphtali’s future is one of unhindered freedom and increase. I will divide them. of And Jacob called his sons and said, … 17. His inheritance bordered upon Carmel, which was fruitful to a proverb. Of Benjamin it is said, He shall ravin as a wolf. PATRIARCHAL BLESSING. 1. Chapter 49. Genesis 49:13 . We now behold him peacefully settled in the land of promise, and the striking objects of … Genesis 49:14 Genesis 49:15 . Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. 10. until Shiloh come--Shiloh--this obscure word is variously interpreted to mean "the sent" ( John 17:3 ), "the seed" ( Isaiah 11:1 ), the "peaceable or prosperous one" ( Ephesians 2:14 )--that is, the Messiah ( Isaiah 11:10 , Romans 15:12 ); and when He should come, "the tribe of Judah should no longer boast either an independent king or a judge of their own" [CALVIN]. (1,2) Reuben, Simeon, Levi. JUDAH--A high pre-eminence is destined to this tribe ( Numbers 10:14 , Judges 1:2 ). Genesis 49:21 . Jacob protested against that barbarous act. We are not to consider this address as the expression of private feelings of affection, resentment, or partiality; but as the language of the Holy Ghost, declaring the purpose of God respecting the character, circumstances, and situation of the tribes which descended from the sons of Jacob, and which may be traced in their histories. The “blessings” did not always contain positive declarations, as we tend to understand blessing today. Christ, as our way to heaven, is to be waited on; and heaven, as our rest in Christ, is to be waited for. The character of Reuben is, that he was unstable as water. Jacob's prophetic words obviously refer not so much to the sons as to the tribes of Israel. Introduction: As Jacob blesses his sons, a celestial drama is revealed, one which was placed in the heavens by God to show us the work He would accomplish through His Son Jesus.Astrology is forbidden in the Bible because it attempts to reveal our future and the choices we should make from the creation rather than the Creator. His faith did not fail, but through his trials he bore all his burdens with firmness, and did not do anything unbecoming. The Jews have been for eighteen centuries without a ruler and without a judge since Shiloh came, and "to Him the gathering of the people has been.". All our strength for resisting temptations, and bearing afflictions, comes from God; his grace is sufficient. Grace in the soul is often foiled in its conflicts; troops of corruption overcome it, but the cause is God's, and grace will in the end come off conqueror, yea, more than conqueror, Romans 8:37. He freely gave up his spirit into the hand of God, the Father of spirits. It was established in lower Galilee--a "good land," settling down in the midst of the Canaanites, where, for the sake of quiet, they "bowed their shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute. Jacob does not curse their persons, but their lusts. 27. shall ravin like a wolf--This tribe in its early history spent its energies in petty or inglorious warfare and especially in the violent and unjust contest (Judges 19:1-20:48'), in which it engaged with the other tribes, when, notwithstanding two victories, it was almost exterminated. We ought, from our hearts, to abhor all bloody and mischievous men. God was praised for him, Genesis 29:35, praised by him, and praised in him; therefore his brethren shall praise him. Jacob blessed every one according to the blessings God in after-times intended to bestow upon them. His calling them together was a precept for them to unite in love, not to mingle with the Egyptians; and foretold that they should not be separated, as Abraham's sons and Isaac's were, but should all make one people. Blessed Paul was of this tribe, Romans 11:1; Philippians 3:5; he, in the morning of his day, devoured the prey as a persecutor, but in the evening divided the spoils as a preacher; he shared the blessings of Judah's Lion, and assisted in his victories. Under the care of the Shepherd of Israel, we shall lack nothing for body or soul. It … 29. he charged them--The charge had already been given and solemnly undertaken ( Genesis 47:31 ). Like the suppliant who, with goodly words, craves mercy. Jacob called unto his sons--It is not to the sayings of the dying saint, so much as of the inspired prophet, that attention is called in this chapter. (3-7) Judah. David Guzik :: Study Guide for Genesis 49 [A new version of this page can be found here] The Blessing of the Sons of Jacob. Genesis 49:8-12 . David Guzik commentary on Genesis 49 describes the blessing of the sons of Jacob, and gives an account of Jacob's death and request to be buried in Canaan. The patriarch describes him as attacked by envy, revenge, temptation, ingratitude; yet still, by the grace of God, he triumphed over all opposition, so that he became the sustainer of Israel; and then he proceeds to shower blessings of every kind upon the head of this favorite son. Jacob called unto his sons--It is not to the sayings of the dying saint, so much as of the inspired prophet, that attention is called in this chapter. Men do not thrive, because they do not fix. GENESIS 49 PROPHECIES OF THE LAST DAYS. an adder--A serpent, an adder, implies subtlety and stratagem; such was pre-eminently the character of Samson, the most illustrious of its judges. Unlike the laborious ox and ass; desirous of ease and liberty; active, but more noted for quick despatch than steady labour and perseverance. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Judah should be the royal tribe, the tribe from which Messiah the Prince should come. On account of their zeal against idolatry, they were honorably "divided in Jacob"; whereas the tribe of Simeon, which was guilty of the grossest idolatry and the vices inseparable from it, were ignominiously "scattered.". SIMEON AND LEVI were associate in wickedness, and the same prediction would be equally applicable to both their tribes. Chapter 49 This chapter is a prophecy; the likest to it we have yet met with was that of Noah, ch. Naphtali, is a hind let loose. Proud member Blessings are promised to Joseph's posterity, typical of the vast and everlasting blessings which come upon the spiritual seed of Christ. (22-27) Jacob's charge respecting his burial, His death. In him there is plenty of all which is nourishing and refreshing to the soul, and which maintains and cheers the Divine life in it. Genesis 49:3 Genesis 49:4 . Concerning Issachar: he saw that the land was pleasant, yielding not only pleasant prospects, but pleasant fruits to recompense his toils. Commentary on Genesis 49:19-21 (Read Genesis 49:19-21) Concerning Gad, Jacob alludes to his name, which signifies a troop, and foresees the character of that tribe. Genesis 49:1-33. ISSACHAR--, 14. a strong ass couching down between two burdens--that is, it was to be active, patient, given to agricultural labors. . 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