Genesis 49:16–21 — blessings for Dan, Gad, Naphtali, Asher, Joseph, Benjamin

We finish this chapter discussing the prophesies related to Dan, Naphtali, Asher, Yosef (Joseph) and Ben-Yamin (Benjamin). If we look at these prophesies as only relevant to the sons of Ya’akov (Jacob), we are missing out on the messianic significance of every one of these prophesies.

Thought questions

Why isn’t Dan listed among the 12 tribes in Revelation? What have you heard about Dan or the character of his descendants?

What does Dan’s name mean? What does it mean to be a judge? What kind of judge is Dan supposed to be? Who is Dan judging?
How is he supposed to judge? What does Dan strive for (Psa. 9:7-8)? Who is “waiting” for salvation? Who is gathering salvation? Who needs to be gathered? (Ezekiel 48)? Why, then, isn’t Dan listed in Revelation with the 144,00 but he is listed in Ezekiel?

What is the prophesy of Gad? Who raided Gad? Who does Gad raid? What does this prophesy tell us about Messiah?

What is the prophesy of Asher? How does the “royal” food play a prophetic significance in the last days? What does bread mean symbolically?

Is Naphtali represented by a vine or a doe? What does a doe do in the other prophetic writings? What are his "beautiful words"?

Readers: William Golson and David De Fever. Speaker: Richard Agee.


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