The Zebulun Traders

Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon. Genesis 49:13 KJV

Its a surprise that after blessing Judah, Jacob now turns to Zebulun. He was the tenth son to Jacob, but the sixth to the mother. A careful look shows that Jacob was blessing Leah’s children first. However, Zebulun was still blessed before his Senior, Issachar. Charlie Garret says Zebulun means a glorious dwelling place. Perhaps Jacob played on his name when he says that he shall be for a haven of ships. Garret says the word seas is in plural, which means they were to fill the land between two seas…the Mediterranean and the sea of Galilee. This position is confirmed by the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus( Antiquities 5,1,22 ). 200 years later, the land was granted them by lot. Asher was actually placed before the sea(Judges 5:17), but Zebulun used his brother, Issachar’s land to access the sea. Would that explain his blessing before his senior? Most interpreters agree that Zebulun will increase by commerce even up to Sidon. Sometimes the word may take time, but it will come to pass. Don’t give up your expectations. The word Zidon means plenty of fish. Does it remind you of the work Jesus came to do: make us fishers of men? The blessing has gone out, now its your turn to fish for men. Talk to someone around about you today.

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