Today we read the lineage of Manasseh and Ephraim (Joseph’s sons), Aaron (from the tribe of Levi), Issachar, Naphtali, Asher, and Benjamin.
Manasseh – During the Conquest Era, they failed to drive the people out of the land (Joshua 17). We see in today’s genealogy of Manasseh children born to a foreign woman, a Syrian concubine. This tribe was part of Northern Israel who left the Lord for the worship of false gods and were overtaken by the Assyrians.
Ephraim – The name Ephraim is also used in the Bible to describe the 10 tribes of Northern Israel. They too did not drive the people out of their land (Joshua 16) and they also turned from the Lord to idolatry. Hosea said, “Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked by human precept” (Hosea 5:11).
Aaron – His descendants are the priests who offered sacrifices to the Lord to make atonement for Israel. They too failed by leaving the Lord and His Word. ”Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things…” (Ezekiel 22:26).
Issachar, Naphtali, and Asher – All tribes of Northern Israel whose descendants turned from the Lord toward false gods.
Benjamin – The son of Rachel and Jacob and the brother of Joseph. This is the tribe that was almost wiped out during the Judges Era (Judges 19-21). The first king, Saul, was a Benjamite. When the kingdom divided, the tribe of Benjamin became part of Southern Judah. Later in the Story when we meet Paul, we will discover that he too came from the tribe of Benjamin. We will read more about this genealogy tomorrow.
Also tomorrow, Nebuchadnezzar has another dream…keep reading!
(1 Chronicles 5:18-26, 1 Chronicles 6:3b,49,4-15, 1 Chronicles 7:1-8:28)