When I read today’s verses I wondered why Moses chose the tribes he did to pronounce the blessings.
Deuteronomy 27:12, “These [tribes] shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people, when you have passed over the Jordan: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph’s [sons], and Benjamin.”
I went back and read Genesis 29:31 – 30:25. Simeon, Levi, Judah, and Issachar were the sons of Leah, Jacob’s first wife. Joseph and Benjamin were the sons of Rachel, Jacob’s second wife. These men lived under a blessing.
Reuben, the firstborn of Jacob and Leah, slept with his father’s concubine and Jacob took away his rights of the firstborn. He lived the rest of his life under a curse.
Gad and Asher were the sons of Billhah, Rachel’s slave. They lived under the curse of slavery. The same was true of Dan and Naphtali, sons of Leah’s slave Zilpah.
And Zebulun was the 6th son of Leah. His curse was being the baby of Leah. There were five brothers in line before him.
I thank God that when Jesus came the curse was broken.
“Joy to the World,” Faith Hill