In this episode I talk with Sarah Felt about what she has learned about the 12 tribes! It is my hope that this podcast will inspire you to LEARN more about the tribes, their responsibilities and their gifts! Remember the Spirit is the greatest teacher and Heavenly Father has asked us “Ask and ye shall receive”. I believe it is VERY important for our children to be excited about Christ’s return and be ready to do their part in helping the world prepare for His return. Studying the tribes has helped me do just that with my kiddos. 🙂
I have had some people ask me where it says tribes have different Spiritual Gifts, it goes along with their responsibilities! Each tribe has specific tasks, these go along with Spiritual Gifts! 🙂
Remember pray to have eyes to see and notice Spiritual Gifts!
–TALKS I LOVE —
President Nelson (he has more talks on this than most and I believe it is because it is part of his mission to help lead it!! Talk about cool!!!)
Other helpful Info
(towards the bottom there are more specfics but I love the whole thing!) https://www.lds.org/ensign/1976/12/a-message-to-judah-from-joseph?lang=eng
–BOOK– Understanding our Covenants is KEY to helping Gather Israel
Julie Beck’s book Joy in the Covenant it is free with the DB subscription. If you do not have that I highly suggest it!
Great Recourse just always double check everything with scriptures!
I LOVE these and think they make a great gift!!
Numbers 2:2 “Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father’s house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch.”
Now the things that is HARD with the 12 tribes is there is SO MUCH different information out there. Even people take parts of the scriptures to mean different things. The information below is NOT necessarily 100% accurate because it is hard to tell and different tribes sometimes believe theirs is different and people take the scriptures differently.
AGAIN THE INFO BELOW IS TO SPARK AN INTEREST IN YOU TO START SEARCHING, PRAYING AND SEEKING PERSONAL REVELATION FROM THE LORD!!!!
Meaning: “See, a son”
Symbol: Water Gen 30:14
“Reuben intervened on behalf of Jospeh to save him form being killed by his brothers. When he returned, he discovered that his brothers had sold Joseph to slave traders.”
Meaning: “Hearing – God is heard”
Symbol: Gate, like the Gate of Shechem, or a sword, or building
“When Jacob’s sons went to Egypt to buy food during the famine, Joseph imprisoned Simeon as a guarantee that Benjamin, their youngest brother, would be brought to Joseph.” “The tribe was known for being shepherds.” I wonder if some of the Shepherds that saw Christ were from this tribe? It doesn’t say in the scriptures but it is interesting to think about.
Symbol: Breastplate of the high priest
“They were caretakers of the tabernacle. The Priests were chosen from the tribe of Levi. Those who were not chosen to be priests, still participated in the care taking of the tabernacle.” (Num. 3:5-10)
“Once a year on the Day of Atonement, the high priest wore the breastplate with the precious tones and entered the most holy place of the tabernacle.” (Lev 16)
“Moses, Aaron (the first high priest), Miriam, Ezra, Ezekiel,John the Baptist, and Barnabas were from the tribe of Levi.”
Symbol: Lion Gen 49:9-10
Judah convinced his brothers to sell Jospeh to slave traders for a profit instead of killing him. Gen 37
“The tribe of Judah led the other tribes on their march toward the Promised Land. Leaders like Caleb, David, and Zerubbabel were from the tribe of Judah, as were prophets like Amos, Micah, Isaiah, and Zephaniah.” Num. 2
“The genealogy in the Gospel of Matthew shows how Jesus the Messiah was a descendant of Judah through the royal lineage of King David.”
Gen. 37 & 38
Meaning: “There is a reward”
Symbol: Donkey (or sun or moon)
“Deborah commended the tribe of Issachar for standing with the Israelites. During the time of David the tribe was known for its wisdom.”
1 Chrin. 12:32
“Zebulun will live by the Seashore and become a haven for ships.” Gen. 49:13
“They will feast on the abundance of the seas, and on the treasures hidden in the sand.” Deut. 33:18-19
“Deborah commended this tribe for risking their lives.” Judg. 5:18
“They supported David with “undivided loyalty.” 1 Chron. 12:33 2 Chron. 30:10
“Jesus began his ministry in Galilee – the land of Zebulun and Naphtali.” Matt. 4:13
Meaning: “Judge”Gen. 49:16-17
Symbol: Snake or scales for justice, Gen. 49:16-17
Samson was from this tribe. Judg. 13:2,24
Meaning: “My struggle”
Symbol: Deer (doe) (gives beautiful words 🙂 Gen. 49:21
“Naphtali is “full of blessings” Deut. 33:23
“In the song of Deborah, the tribe is praised for its courage.” Judge 5:18
Meaning: “Good Fortune or Warrior” 1 Chorn. 12:8
Symbol: “Tents like a Battlefield camp”
Moses’ Blessing “Gad is commended for carrying “out the Lord’s righteous will, and his judgments concerning Israel.” Deut. 33:21
Gadites supported David in his conquest of Jerusalem. They were described as “brave warriors ready to battle and able to handle the shield and spear. 1 Chron. 12:8
Symbol: Tree or food
Jacob’s Blessing “Asher’s food will be rich, he will provide delicacies fit for a king.” Gen. 49:20
Moses’ Blessing “Let Asher be favored by his brothers, and let him bathe his feet in oil.” Deut. 33:24
Prophetess Anna was from Asher! 🙂 How did I forget this??
Joseph – Joseph obtained the birthright in Israel because Reuben, the firstborn son of Jacob’s first wife, lost the privilege by transgression!
Meaning: “He will increase”
Symbol: Sheaf of grain or grapevine Gen. 49:22
Jacob’s Blessing “Joseph is a fruitful vine” Gen. 49:22
Moses’ Blessing ” Nay the Lord bless Jospeh’s land…with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness.” Deut 33:13-17
“Of the twelve tribes, the tribes of Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, will be gathered first and then direct the other tribes in their gathering (see JST, Genesis 48:5–11; Deuteronomy 33:16–17; D&C 133:30–39).”
Jeroboam (who led the secession of the Northern tribes) Joshua, Deborah and Samuel were from the tribe of Ephraim. (Judges 4; 1 Sam 1; 1 Kings 12; 1 Chron 7)
I believe Joseph Smith was from Ephraim.
“One who forgets” God made Joseph forget all of his hardships.
Meaning: “Son of my right hand”
Jacob’s Blessing “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder.” Gen. 49:27
Moses’ Blessing “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long.” Deut. 33:12
King Saul was from the tribe Benjamin. Jeremiah, Mordecai, and the apostle Paul were from the tribe of Benjamin. Jer. 1:1; Est 2:5-6; Phil. 3:5