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Genesis 28:10–32:2: Underestimating the strength of the ‘weak’

“Then Ya’akov departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place.” (Genesis 28:10–11 NASB)

The rock Ya’akov put under his head at the beginning of the Torah section וַיֵּצֵא Vayetze (“he went out,” Genesis 28:10–32:2) reminds me of the rock Aharon and Khur provided for Moshe to sit on while Yehoshua was leading Yisrael in the battle against Amalek (Exodus 17:12).

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Numbers 7 — heart of God in the 12 offerings of the 12 tribes

This chapter gives us an example of unity and diversity. Each tribe had its function in regards to the dedication of the temple but each tribe was required to bring the same number of items in a set pattern over the course of 12 days. Within the tribe of Levi, each family had their functions and received different gifts to fulfill that function. Their individual functions did not dilute their unity as the people of Israel. All the tribes had to participate to accomplish the dedication of the altar.

This chapter is one of those chapters we read and question the modern-day relevance. There’s lots of accounting in this chapter, giving an account of individual tribal offerings and adding them up overall. It also gives the names of individual tribal leaders we don’t know.

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Matthew 24 — ‘appointed times’ provide a roadmap for the end of time

Sometimes we have an idea that the only purpose of prophesy is to predict the future. God is telling us, through a human agent, what He is doing. The true prophet is not guessing or extrapolating from context, he is simply stating a fact. Matthew 24, Revelation 6 and Revelation 12 show us how the “appointed times” are a roadmap for the end of time.

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Genesis 44-45 — Yosef reveals the true selves of the brothers

Yosef’s (Joseph) scheme to discover how his brothers really felt about Benjamin (and by extension, himself) came to a head. The “revealer of what is concealed” forced his brothers to reveal their own secrets, not only to him but to their father.

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Genesis 30 — Rachel vs. Leah and the names of the 12 sons of Israel

Rachel envied her sister, Leah, and Leah hated Rachel because Ya’akov (Jacob) loved her. The names of the his 12 sons reflect this tug of war between the sisters and contain prophecies to be fulfilled hundreds of years later.

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Eddie Chumney — The 12 Tribes of Israel: The Central Theme of the New Testament

Eddie ChumneyHallel Fellowship hosted guest speaker Eddie Chumney to share Bible teachings on the central role of the 12 tribes of Israel to everything in God’s word, past, present and future.

Hallel Fellowship occasionally hosts guest speakers to allow analysis of various points of view. The fellowship doesn’t necessarily endorse all the teachings of visiting speakers and encourages all who listen to any speaker to search the Scriptures to find out if what is being presented is accurate.

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