As I was preparing a Bible study this morning I was amazed by a powerful revelation as I studied the meaning of the names of the 12 sons of Israel (Jacob), especially with the children of Jacob’s two wives and daughters of Laban, Leah and Rachel, the love of his life. Here are some thoughts from my study, although for each of the concepts there are many more verses that could be referenced and explored. I pray that you can experience some of the blessing I did.
The story of our salvation in the 7 children of Leah:
God sent His Son (Reuben = see, a son!) because of our affliction (Gen 29:32) from sin (Rom 3:23). God stands at our heart’s door in our lost and separated condition. “If anyone hears (Simeon = heard) my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me (Levi = joined or attached).” Rev 3:20. We praise God for our salvation (Judah = God be praised). “For the wages (Issachar = wages) of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life (Zebulun = dwelling or home) in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rachel = feminine form of Dan = judge, can symbolize our position as the bride of Christ and no longer judged for our sins, but made citizens of heaven by marriage).” (see Romans 6:23).
We could add the two sons of Rachel to the mix: The contrasting prophecies concerning the Messiah in scripture as conquering hero and suffering savior are reflected in the names of Rachel’s two sons. Joseph (Joseph = “may he add” or “taken away”) was sold into slavery by his brothers and was raised to the position of the 2nd most powerful person in the world as Governor of all Egypt under Pharaoh and provided a way of salvation for the people of Israel (see Isa 9:6; Ezek 37:24-25; Jer 23:5, Micah 5:2, etc.). Benjamin (Rachel called him Ben-oni = “son of my sorrow,” or “son of my strength [II Cor 12:9 reminds us that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness];” but Jacob named him Benjamin = son of the right hand) was like the man of sorrows, acquainted with grief (see Isa 53 esp v. 4 & 12) who was raised up to the right hand of God (see Isa 41:10; Ps 89:13; Acts 7:55-56; Heb 8:1, etc.)..