Revelation 7:6

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed;
of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;
Revelation 7:6

The listing of the servants of God in relation to who their tribe is continues in this verse, beginning with John saying, “of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed.”

Asher was the second son born to Leah’s handmaid Zilpah. His name means “Happy.”

Next, John says, “of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed.”

Naphtali was the second son of Rachel’s handmaid Bilhah. His name means “My Wrestling.”

The verse then finishes with, “of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed.”

Manasseh was the firstborn son of Joseph, Rachel’s oldest son. His name means “Forgetting.”

When Israel moved to Egypt, he took Joseph’s two sons for his own, to be counted as a part of his clan. By doing this, they were elevated to the same level as his eleven other sons and this meant that the double portion which came with the birthright was given to Joseph. Although this may be a bit confusing, it was a way for Israel to honor Joseph. The blessings bestowed upon these three by Israel are:

To Asher –

“Bread from Asher shall be rich,
And he shall yield royal dainties.” Genesis 49:20

To Naphtali –

“Naphtali is a deer let loose;
He uses beautiful words.” Genesis 49:21

To Manasseh (and his brother Ephraim) –

“God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
The God who has fed me all my life long to this day,
16 The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil,
Bless the lads;
Let my name be named upon them,
And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” Genesis 48:15, 16

Life application: The two sons of Joseph were elevated to the same status among Israel as the sons of Jacob, thus being entitled to the status as tribes of Israel. They had done nothing to merit this, but Jacob decided it would be so. And more, Jacob knowingly guided his hands in order to place his right hand upon the younger brother, Ephraim, elevating him above his brother Manasseh. And yet, it is Manasseh who is named in Revelation as a tribe, and Joseph stands in place of Ephraim.

In each of these actions, the sons received what they were given apart from any merit. Thus, what they received was grace. It is important for us to remember that Christ Jesus died for us while we were sinners. We had done nothing to merit the favor of God in Christ, and yet we – through a simple act of faith – are brought into the family of God and are made sons in His family. In fact, Scripture tells us that we are made “heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ” in this relationship (Romans 8:17).

Such is the nature of God’s wonderful hand of grace. Believe the gospel, trust that it is sufficient to save your soul with an eternal salvation, and then be sure to contemplate the love of God in Christ. He is the Heir of all things and He has offered to share that with His people. Great and glorious is He. He is JESUS!

Lord, it is so wonderful to see how You have worked through real people in human history to unfold Your beautiful plan of redemption. Use each of us also, Lord, in the way that will bring You the most honor and glory. We thank You that we can be a small part of Your loving work in and through the people of the world. Amen.


6 thoughts on “Revelation 7:6

  • Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Thank you Pastor Charlie for today’s word. What wonderful grace of Jesus, in that while I was yet a sinner He died for me.
    This is the song I will be singing today-
    “Wonderful Grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin;
    How shall my tongue describe it,
    Where shall its praise begin?
    Taking away my burden, setting my spirit free;
    O the Wonderful Grace of Jesus reaches me!
    Wonderful the matchless Grace of Jesus,
    Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;

    Wonderful Grace, all sufficient for me,
    Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain,
    All sufficient Grace for even me.
    Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
    sing it!
    Greater far than all my sin and shame
    O magnify the precious name of Jesus,
    Grace and Peace to all.

  • Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at 8:10 am

    thank you Ruth , what a wonderful precious SAVIOR we have , thank you love and prayers

  • Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Amazing again Charle! This time the whole heir and joint heir thing sunk into my head! I never appreciated the magnitude of that statement until today.! How many times have I read this and other verses that tell of our final position/ status with God with god and Jesus and never really understood all that statement entails until now…..this was an OMG moment for me. Thank God for letting me step out of the shadows and into the light of understanding of what this truly means for me and others. Thank you Charlie for explaining it so that even my cement brain cracks a little and let’s the light in to my soul. Thank you Charlie, lord it’s time to punch our ticket and bring us home! There is nothing for us in this world. This world doesn’t want us here so let’s go, I will shake the dust of this world from my feet the moment we take off amen

    We are another day closer to home
    Grace, Mercy and peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friends we fly soon

  • Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Praise God. Who are we to be blessed with his holy word. Happy…wrestling…forget. I can’t help but think of the story of Ruth. The redemption by Boaz and new grandson Obed.
    We may lose many things and our lives turned upside down…yet All glory to Jesus as he redeems it all. He will wipe every tear and we will forever be his people. May we continue in our poverty to gather grain daily. Compared to Jesus, we are very poor. All Glory, Honor and Praise to Holy redeemer Jesus.

  • Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Thank you Charlie! We will never fully understand the depth of God’s grace, but we can recognize and give praise to God for the acts of grace we can identify and understand. In time, we will get better at recognizing more of God’s grace and His plan during the course of our lives.

  • Thursday, December 10th, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Such wonderful thoughts from each of you. THANK YOU for sharing in this book with me!


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