Birth of Zebulun… Genesis 30:14-20

We return to Leah (after Rachel had 2 sons birthed to her, by proxy, through her maidservant). She gave birth to a 5th son… then a 6th… Zebulun.

His name comes from 1 (or more) of 3 possible sources:

1) zebed… “gift”; in reference to Leah’s view that her 6 sons were evidence of God’s blessing on her.

2) yizbeleni… “honor”‘ in reference to Leah’s hope God would give her honor now that she had given him 6 sons.

3) “dwelling”… in optimism that Jacob would “dwell” with Leah since she had given him 6 sons.

Blessing by Jacob… Genesis 49:13

Sounds like the Zebulunites would be positioned by the sea… but they weren’t. Zebulun’s tribe would have constant contact with the sea.

See Joshua 19:10-16. A land-locked area in lower Galilee, which included Nazareth, and which was criss-crossed by trade routes.

Blessing of Zebulun’s Tribe by Moses… Deuteronomy 33:18,19

Zebulun’s tribe was assured success in commercial dealings, including sea trade.

See 1Chron. 12:23-38 for tribal census counts: Judah (6,800); Simeon (7,100); Levi (4,600); Benjamin (3,000); Ephraim (20,800); Manasseh (18,000); Issachar (200+); Zebulun (50,000); Naphtali (38,000); Dan (28,600); Asher (40,000); Reuben/Gad/Manasseh on east side of Jordan (120,000). Other than the 2-and-0a-half tribes on the east side of the Jordan, Zebulun’s tribe counted as the most!

LifeAPP:

Zebulun’s name means “gifted” or “honored”… Does it appear Zebulun was? Does it appear his descendants were?

What do you think a life would look like if it were “gifted”?

What do you think a life would look like if it were “honored”?

Your answers to these 2 questions say a lot about what you value!

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