B’chol…, “In all your ways, know Him.”
A person who sets his heart and mind to observe all that happens to him and around him, will perceive Godliness tangibly in evidence. Men of affairs have an advantage over secluded scholars, in that the former can witness actual manifestations of Godliness. This form of the service of teshuva comes from one’s perceiving hashgacha p’ratit, (particular Divine Providence).
On this day – Tishrei 7, Zebulun, the sixth and last son of Jacob and Leah, was born. He lived to be 110 years old. According to the Hebrew Bible, the Tribe of Zebulun was one of the twelve tribes of Israel and is considered to be one of the ten lost tribes.
In the time of Moses, Zebulun was divided into three clans: the Seredites, the Elonites, and the Jahleelites, named after Zebulun’s sons (Numbers 26:26). The tribes were named for Jacob’s children (or grandchildren, in the cases of Ephraim and Manasseh).
Zebulun was one of six tribes chosen to stand on Mount Ebal and pronounce curses (Deuteronomy 27:13). By means of these curses, the people promised God they would refrain from certain behaviors. For example, one curse says, “Cursed is the man who carves an image or casts an idol – a thing detestable to the Lord” (Deuteronomy 27:15). Another states, “Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, the fatherless or the widow” (Deuteronomy 27:19). Still another: “Cursed is the man who does not uphold the words of this law by carrying them out” (Deuteronomy 27:26). In all, Zebulun helped deliver twelve admonishments of this sort (Deuteronomy 27:15-26).
Upon entering the Promised Land, Zebulun failed to drive out the Canaanites living in Kitron and Nahalol, although Zebulun did subject them to forced labor (Judges 1:30). This was incomplete obedience to God’s clear command to drive out all the inhabitants of the land (Numbers 33:52). Later, Zebulun returned to God and followed His commands.
🕯 God doesn’t just want us to know about Him, He wants us to know Him. When you know someone completely you know exactly how they would react in any given situation. Zebulun’s sin was in knowing God’s nature so profoundly they still chose to ignore it. It shouldn’t have come as any surprise then how God reacted to their not fulfilling His commandment.
🎯 How about you? Are there any areas of your own life where you are surprised at God being exactly who He says He is?
🎯 Have you ever broken His commands and then blamed Him for doing exactly what He said He’d do?
📖 Proverbs 3:6 tells us “in all our ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
🎯 What areas do you struggle to acknowledge Him?
The more you commune with God the less likely it is that you will forget Him.
🙏🏼 PRAY: Lord, help me to know you in every moment of my day. Holy Spirit, Come, show me what it is to walk with you in every step. And when I go astray, lead me in paths that will make my way straight back to you.