This morning I will be out and about so, until I can post a new entry, I figured I would give you a few questions that had during my recent Bible readings. Maybe you have an answer.
Deuteronomy 27:11-13 And Moses commanded the people on the same day, saying, 12 “These shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people, when you have crossed over the Jordan: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin; 13 and these shall stand on Mount Ebal to curse: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.
Nothing is random with God, so I wonder why God chose the tribes of Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin to speak blessings.
And Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali to speak the curses.
I suspect Levi – the priesthood (but they ultimately failed), Judah because Jesus was of the tribe of Judah, Joseph for he obeyed God and kept faith, But Issachar was sort of nameless and I am not certain about Benjamin and Simeon.
Inquiring minds wants to know. Do you have any ideas?
Last night I noticed something I never noticed before.
Joshua 4:8-9 And the children of Israel did so, just as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the midst of the Jordan, as the LORD had spoken to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them to the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. 9 Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the covenant stood; and they are there to this day.
I sort of only thought there were 12 stones – one per tribe set up on the land next to where the people camped – as a memorial. But there are 12 stones in the midst of the Jordan at the place where the feet of the priests stood. So there were 24 stones. I wonder if they have been found or will be revealed soon. I entirely missed those 12 stones in the river. Any teachings on those?
Thanks, I will try to update later today.
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