The Order for Advancement
As shown through the 12 tribes of Israel: Part 2-Issachar
The tribe of Issachar was the second battalion in the brigade of Judah.
Numbers 2:5-6 – “Those who camp next to him [Judah] shall be the tribe of Issachar, and Nethanel the son of Zuar shall be the leader of the children of Issachar.” 6 And his army was numbered at fifty-four thousand four hundred….9 “All who were numbered according to their armies of the forces with Judah, one hundred and eighty-six thousand four hundred—these shall break camp first.
Remember, the tribe of Judah was the first to go forward (break camp) but he was the fourth son born to Leah. He was the last before she stopped bearing for a time (Genesis 29:35). Issachar was the next born from Leah’s womb (there was a break in between where the maid’s of Rachel and Leah bore Jacob’s sons). Issachar was the ninth son born all total, the fifth son born to Leah. His tribe was the second to march forth.
Genesis 30:17-18 – And God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son. 18 Leah said, “God has given me my wages, because I have given my maid to my husband.” So she called his name Issachar.
Issachar, in Hebrew, means “there is recompense”.
The definition of “recompense” is:
‘compensation or reward given for loss or harm suffered or effort made’
Late Middle English: from Old French, from the verb recompenser ‘do a favor to requite a loss’, from late Latin recompensare, from Latin re- ‘again’ (also expressing intensive force) + compensare ‘weigh one thing against another’.
Though we currently understand the bloodline of Jesus Christ is of the tribe of Judah, the goal (and this will be said many, many, many times) is to show how EVERY part of the Bible is a picture of the Messiah and our relationship with and to Him. Jesus is our wage/recompense. Let’s look at a revelation of Jesus Christ in the prophecies spoken regarding Issachar. Keep in mind when a prophecy is spoken about a person in the Bible, it is for their entire bloodline even through future generations. God’s words do not return to Him void (empty). Even when things dissolve and disappear, His words always remain. For us, His words remain in the person of Jesus Christ because Jesus is our inheritance.
Genesis 49:14-15 – “Issachar is a strong donkey, Lying down between two burdens; 15 He saw that rest was good, And that the land was pleasant; He bowed his shoulder to bear a burden, And became a band of slaves.
When I read this prophecy of Jacob’s there are a few things that come to my mind regarding Jesus Christ:
Isaiah 9:7 – Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Hebrews 12:1-2 – Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Mark 10:43-45 – Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Judah’s name means praise. Issachar’s name means recompense. First there is praise then comes the recompense. What does that really mean?
1 Chronicles 12:32 – of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command.
After praise (being thankful for all the Lord has done for us; lifting His name with our hearts because He is the only One that is truly worthy of everything; because He shares His inheritance with us though we are undeserving; because He loves us unconditionally where we are and shows us all things; etc.), Holy Spirit opens things up to us that bring us into deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior. The sons of Issachar (the tribe of Issachar) had knowledge and understanding of what Israel was to do. I believe they were called as prophets. A prophet is a voice for the Lord. Prophets see what Father God is doing, hear what Father God says, and speak what Father God tells them to speak all by the Spirit of the Lord.
Once Heaven is open, we are able to go forth in power by the Spirit to complete the purposes of the Kingdom.
Matthew 3:16-17 – When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Matthew 17:1-3, 5-8 – Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him….5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. 7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, “Arise, and do not be afraid.” 8 When they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only….
Jesus Christ is the greatest of all prophets. Others came before His earthly presence but He always was, is, and always will be the greatest. Another job of a prophet is to share God’s Truth when the people lack understanding.
Revelation 19:10 – And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
John 5:19 – Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
Speaking about Jesus, gaining knowledge and understanding of who Jesus was and is, and coming into a deeper love connection with Him is what prophecy is all about. Once we lift up the Lord in and with our hearts, we gain access to the Heavenly realm through the manifested presence of the Holy One. That access grants us deeper knowledge and understanding of things that are already in Heaven which we are then able to bring on the earth.
Moses released a final blessing among most of the tribes of Israel. He combines the blessing of Issachar with the blessing of Zebulun. Here is what he spoke:
Deuteronomy 33:18-19 – And of Zebulun he said: “Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out, And Issachar in your tents! 19 They shall call the peoples to the mountain; There they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness; For they shall partake of the abundance of the seas And of treasures hidden in the sand.”
I take the “in your tents” to mean in that place of intimacy with the Lord; in our alone time with Him that only He sees. It is in these spaces and places that the most spiritual growth occurs. Few people, if any, pay attention to the growth and weeding process behind the fruit. It is in our “tents” that most of our prayers, communication, work, and growth to the Lord occurs which then bears our spiritual fruit.
As for God’s order for the advancement of His Kingdom, the praise of Him always comes first and then the prophetic comes as part of our wages. He is our great reward. He shares Himself with us as our recompense (Genesis 12:1; Hebrews 9:15).
Look at the order of events when Jesus Christ, God made flesh, came into the world:
Luke 2:17-20 – Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
Luke 2:27-28 – So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said…
Luke 2:36-38 – Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; 37 and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 38 And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
Do you see the pattern in the above passages? The pattern is: “When they had seen Him they made widely known the saying…”; “…blessed God and said…”; “…gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him…”.
Numbers 11:29 – Then Moses said to him, “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!”
Prophecy is an important aspect in the Kingdom.
2 Peter 1:19-21 – And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
Remember the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Revelation 19:10).
Again, this series is coming as a part of God setting things back into proper order. He is giving us greater understanding. Each of us have a part in this. I find it interesting that the first and second parts of this order as shown through the tribes of Israel have been under attack by the enemy.
When we have a problem, how many of us go straight into pouring our hearts out to the Lord to enter into worship and dispel the enemy? How many of us speak as soon as Holy Spirit gives us words to utter without hesitating or debating within ourselves whether it is Him or not? How many of us have done the above two in a corporate church gathering (knowing it is truly for and of the Lord) and have been reprimanded one way or another? These first two orders for advancement, praise and prophecy out of our recompense, are not counted as Holy by many of us. The reason is nothing more than lack of understanding. The Lord has given us our wages for work we never did. Yet we have become complacent in our affections and service to Him. Many of us have become judgmental of other members of the Body and ourselves. God is cleaning house in His way, through grace and mercy first and with each one of us individually.
Let me try to tie this writing together. Wages or recompense comes after praise. Both of these camp and march in the same unit (brigade). One verse comes immediately to mind for this:
Matthew 6:33 – But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Jesus is whom we praise and He is of the tribe of Judah. He is the greatest Prophet whom we follow. The testimony of Him is the Spirit of Prophecy. He has provided our wages through His death and resurrection. He is our great reward. We are redeemed through His blood that was shed. We are made alive and new through His resurrection and through His overcoming of death and the grave. We can only recognize this after we have accepted Him into our hearts which is the root of praise. Our praise of Jesus Christ and all He has already done for us grows as our knowledge and understanding grows. We overcome by His Blood and our words of Him (Revelation 12:11).
I encourage all of us to meditate on these lessons and the picture shown at the top. Allow Holy Spirit to speak to you as you continue to grow in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of our Lord and the ways of the Heavenly Kingdom.
Alicia R. Shipe