Gad (“luck”) was the first son of Jacob and Zilpah, the seventh of Jacob overall, and the founder of the Israelite Tribe of Gad.
You know the story… Jacob, one man, married to 2 sisters… Leah & Rachel. He had been tricked into marrying Leah first, but always loved Rachel more.
Leah was the first to have a child – a son… and the second, third, and fourth. In fact, Rachel was convinced she could not have children. So, she offered her handmaid, Bilhah, to have children with Jacob on her behalf… which would then be credited to her. Jacob had 2 sons with Bilhah.
Not to be undone, Leah got in on the “baby mama” plan, by offering her handmaid, Zilpah, to Jacob. Gad was the first child Jacob had by Zilpah (Gen. 30:9-11).
Gad’s tribe was allotted the second largest piece of land (Judah’s was largest), but it was one of the 2-and-a-half tribes on the east side – “the other side” – of the Jordan.
According to classical rabbinical literature, Gad lived 125 years.
Not much is known of Gad. Does that make him unimportant?
Not many people know of me. Does that make me unimportant?
Not many people may know of you… but that does not make you unimportant! In fact, you have a purpose… and God has a plan for your life. There is something you can do that NO ONE ELSE can do!
* So, do it. Do it like only you can.
You can read Gad’s story in Genesis 30:9-11.