Who were Jacob’s sons?

Author: BibleAsk Team

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So Mary Kay is asking who were Jacob’s sons?

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Question because Jacob’s sons are actually he had twelve sons and they became the twelve tribes of Israel. And because Jacob, his name was originally Jacob, which meant usurper or deceiver. And Jesus later names him Israel, which means Prince of God. And so just a beautiful story. Now he had twelve sons that became the twelve tribes of Israel.

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And you see that the most clearly, I think in the book of Genesis, chapter 49, starting verse one, it just says and Jacob called his sons and said gather together that I will tell you, what will we follow you? And he goes through all, listing all twelve of his sons. And so I’ll just name them. Basically, if you look at Genesis 49, verses eight through 28, you can read that in your own time. But I’ll just list to you the twelve sons of Jacob who later became Israel.

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And that’s Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah Zebulin, Isakar, Dan, Gad, Asher, Naftali, Joseph and Benjamin. Now, in verse 28 of Genesis 49, that’s where it very clearly says and these are the twelve tribes of Israel and this is what their father spoke to them and he blessed them and he blessed each one according to his own blessing. So it is very, very clear that these are his twelve sons and they became the twelve tribes of Israel. So just understanding that because sometimes people go, well, are these the sons of Jacob or the sons of Israel? But Jacob and Israel are the same person, just like Peter.

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Before he was me, he was Simon. And so Jesus renamed Peter to be Peter because originally he was Simon, but he became Peter just like several other people in the Bible had been giving new names like Abram became Abraham. And so it was just something special that God did for those people. And actually Jesus also tells us he’ll give us new names when we go to heaven. And so that’s also something special that God has for you as a believer in Christ in his kingdom to come.

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