Jacob’s Departure & The Twelve Tribes of Israel

These were some cold hearted people.  If they treat their own family members that way, imagine how they would treat strangers?  And Jacob was smart and sneaky.  Were they all politicians? Democrats?

God is against liars and thieves, but He is forgiving to those who stop, but not necessarily against shrewdness.

He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness(Matt 19:18).

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty (Rev 1:8).

Abraham hadn’t lied to King Abimelech about Sarah being his sister, because she was, he just didn’t disclose that fact that she was also his wife. 

No man is smarter than God:

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Cor 1:25).

And if those that walk with God, such as Jacob did, are being treated unfairly God will step in.  God is the one that gave Jacob the knowledge on how to alter the livestock for his benefit (31:10-13). 

It didn’t matter what Jacob did, Laban didn’t want him to leave because whatever Jacob did he prospered because of God, so they snuck away. 

It must be noted that it was only Jacob, not Rachel and Leah, that has made a vow to God and therefore he is sanctified and protected. 

Yet, since Rachel and Leah are his wives, even if they didn’t believe – and Rachel isn’t much better than the Canaanite women, which you will see – they are sanctified through Jacob, at least as long as they are married to him.

“For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace” (1 Cor 7:14-15)

Because if God didn’t see them as righteous then He would be doing Jacob a discourtesy and God, being who He is cannot do that.

“Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do”
(Heb 4:13). 

Yet, still, if they choose to participate upon an evil act repercussion may follow, just not from God.

And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father’s.  And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled. 

And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled.  And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days’ journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead. 

And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.

“Then Laban overtook Jacob.  Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead. 

And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword?” (31:19-20 & 22-26).

Laban searched all the tents and everywhere, but couldn’t find the images.  Rachel was sitting on her camel and she apologized for not getting down; she said it was her time of the month. 

When the hunt was over Jacob was angered, but he didn’t know that Rachel had the images hidden in her camel bags.

Laban apologized and asked that they make a treaty or covenant, and Jacob agreed and then they all went their ways.

The Twelve Tribes of Israel

About 4000 years ago, a man named Jacob (whose name was changed to The Twelve Tribes of Israel “Israel”) had 12 sons who The Twelve Tribes of Israel later became the ancestors The Twelve Tribes of Israel of the Tribes of Israel.  At The Twelve Tribes of Israel different times, for various The Twelve Tribes of Israel reasons, the Bible will list The Twelve Tribes of Israel the 12 Tribes of Israel but will include two of Jacob’s sons and replace them with two sons of Joseph (who was one of Jacob’s sons).

Asher – the eighth son of Jacob, and the second of Jacob’s two sons by Zilpah, Leah’s maid. When Jacob blesses his 12 sons in Genesis chapter 49, he said that Asher would have a life blessed with an abundance of food and delicacies befitting a king (Genesis 49:20).  Asher made the journey with Jacob and the family from Padan Aram to Canaan, and then later to Egypt.  The Tribe of Asher increased in size from 41,500 to 53,400 adult males during the span of two censuses described in the Book of Numbers.


Benjamin – the twelfth and youngest son of Jacob. His mother was Rachel, Jacob’s wife. Benjamin was born during the journey that Jacob and his family took from Padan Aram to Canaan.  His mother Rachel named him “Ben-oni,” meaning “Son of my sorrow,” before she died during the childbirth, but Jacob called him Benjamin. 



Dan – the fifth son of Jacob, and the first of Bilhah, who was Jacob’s concubine and the maid of Rachel, who was Jacob’s wife (Genesis 30:1-6). Dan traveled with Jacob and the family from Padan Aram to Canaan, and then later to Egypt.  When Jacob blessed his sons in Genesis 49:16-18, it is stated that Dan would provide justice for his people.



Gad – There are at least two people in the Bible named Gad.  One was a prophet and the other was one of the 12 sons of Jacob.  Gad, the son of Jacob, was the seventh son of Jacob.  His mother was Zilpah, who was Leah’s maid.  He was the founder of the tribe of Gad.  He made the journey with Jacob and the family from Padan Aram to Canaan, and later, to Egypt.  In the census taken in the second year after the Exodus, the tribe of Gad numbered 46,650 (Numbers 2: 14-15).


Issachar – His mother was Leah, who also gave birth to Reuben, Judah, Simeon, Levi and Zebulun. Issachar is the ancestor of the Tribe of Issachar. When Jacob blessed his sons, in Genesis 49, Issachar was described as a beast of burden who would submit to forced labor (Genesis 49:14-15). Issachar’s name is often linked together with Zebulun, his brother.



Ephraim (son of Joseph) – Ephraim was the younger son of Joseph, son of Jacob, and Asenath, daughter of Potiphera (priest of the sun god Re of Heliopolis).  Ephraim is the ancestor of the Tribe of Ephraim.  Before his death, Jacob adopted his grandchildren Ephraim and Manasseh to be equal with his own sons (Genesis 48:5).



Manasseh (son of Joseph) – There are two prominent people named Manasseh in the Bible: Manasseh, son of Joseph and Manasseh, king of Judah.  Here we’re talking about Joseph’s son.  Manasseh was the older son of Joseph and Asenath, daughter of Potiphera (priest of the sun god Re of heliopolis).  Manasseh is the ancestor of the Tribe of Manasseh.  According to 1 Chronicles 7:14, Manasseh had an Aramean concubine who bore Machir, the father of Gilead.


Judah – There are two Judahs in the Bible.  One refers to a place and the other refers to a person: Judah, one of the 12 sons of Jacob/Israel and Judah, the southern part of the Jewish homeland.  His mother was Leah, who also gave birth to Reuben, Levi, Simeon, Issachar and Zebulun.  Judah was the founder of one of the 12 Tribes of Israel.  A region of Israel, which included the city of Jerusalem, was named after Judah.  In fact, Judah became the name of the southern kingdom when Israel divided into two kingdoms about 2900 years ago.


Naphtali – His mother was Bilhah, who was a servant to Rachel, who was Jacob’s wife. Bilhah also gave birth to Jacob’s son Dan. Naphtali was the founder of one of the 12 Tribes of Israel.  A region in northern Israel was given his name, near the Sea of Galilee.  When Jacob blesses his sons in Genesis 49, he describes Naphtali as a deer that has been set free (Genesis 49:21).



Reuben – Reuben was the first child of Jacob and Leah, and the founder of the tribe of Reuben. When the Bible lists the names of Jacob’s 12 sons, Reuben’s is listed first. But Reuben lost the privileges that traditionally were given to first-born sons because he had an affair with Jacob’s concubine, Bilhah (Genesis 35:22).  Reuben, however, is noted for some good things.  He intervened with his brothers to spare Joseph’s life in Gen 37:21-30.


Simeon – Simeon is the second son of Jacob and Leah, and the founder of the tribe of Simeon. When ten of the sons of Jacob went to Egypt from Canaan to buy food during a famine, Simeon was imprisoned by Joseph as a guarantee that Benjamin, Joseph’s younger brother, would be brought to him (Genesis 42 and 43). Simeon and Levi killed the people of Shechem to avenge the rape of their sister Dinah.  Jacob rebuked them for the murders and sharply criticized them in his last words before his death (Genesis 49:5-6).


Zebulun – His mother was Leah, who also gave birth to Reuben, Judah, Simeon, Levi and Issachar. Zebulun is the ancestor of the Tribe of Zebulun.  The tribe played an important role in the victory against Sisera’s army at the brook of Kishon, and in Gideon’s victory against the Midianites.  One of the Judges of Israel, named Elon, and the prophet Jonah came from Zebulun. The tribe was renowned as seafarers.  In Revelation 7:1-8, Zebulun is among the tribes who are promised the Seal of God for 12,000 of their members.  The name Zebulun means “Gifts.”