Biblical People

Biblical People: Zebulun

After Issachar comes Zebulun. If you’re keeping track, Zebulun is Jacob’s tenth boy and Leah’s sixth. If we speculated that Issachar received little attention in his large family, it may be even more true for young Zebulun. 

However, Zebulun is Leah’s last son. She may treat him as her baby, regardless of how old he becomes. 

Just like his older brother, Gad, Zebulun’s name does come up again in the Bible in the mention of one of his descendants.

Fast forward to the book of Judges. One of the nation’s judges is Elon. He comes from the tribe of Zebulun, a direct descendant of Zebulun. Elon leads the nation for a decade.

If we are the youngest or feel like the least in our family (or work or church), have we ever considered how God views us? Do we derive our value from our position in the world or from our right standing with God?

[Read Zebulun’s story in Genesis 30:20; 35:23; and 49:13. Discover more in Judges 12:11–12.]

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