THE HALF-TRIBE OF MANASSEH


Introduction

Questions about genealogies can bring contentions but for the great lesson that we can learn from the half-tribe of Manasseh, I hereby submit my understanding about who they were.

Background

Manasseh & Ephraim were two sons of Joseph the son of Jacob (Israel) that he had before Jacob joined him in Egypt. Jacob claimed the two sons and made Ephraim the first above Manasseh. The full story is in Genesis 48 but only verse 5 is relevant for our discussion.

The Two and half Tribes

As the descendants of Jacob (Israel) marches to possess the land of Canaan, two tribes (Reuben and Gad) decided to settle on the east side of River Jordan because they claimed it is good for their livestocks. God’s plan was for the United Israel to posses the land of Canaan, west of river Jordan.

Moses initially refused the request of the two tribes but after much persuasion and negotiation, Moses made a deal with them and gave the land east of Jordan to Reuben, Gad and part of the tribe of Manasseh that aligned with the tribes of Reuben and Gad. The full story is in Numbers 32. For this discussion, only verse 33 is relevant. That part of the tribe of Manasseh is usually referred to as the half tribe of Manasseh.

Consequences

The tribes of Reuben, Gad and half tribe of Manasseh settled for “quick enjoyment” on the other side of Jordan instead of settling with the remaining tribes in Canaan the land of promise. However, after a short time, the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half-tribe of Manasseh were attacked by the Assyrians who took them to exile. 1 Chronicles 5. For proper understanding, read from verse 22 to 26.

Lesson for us

We should not settle for immediate pleasures of this world as opposed to the kingdom which God has prepared for us in heaven.

God bless everyone that loves our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Bishop Roland Ayeni.

25 June 2020.

 

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