1 Chronicles 7: The Tribe of Issachar
Well, what can I say? We get another family tree today. In 1 Chronicles 7, we are looking at the house of Issachar. There are no names that immediately jump off this list, but several of them are mentioned as great warriors. They seem to be a tribe that was particularly mighty even if they were not overly recognizable in terms of Biblical history.
However, after doing a little bit of background reading, it seems as if religious tradition tends to label this tribe as one of religious scholarship. That is implied a little bit later in 1 Chronicles.
1Ch 12:32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.
Another interesting clue as to the identity of this tribe can be drawn from the blessing of Jacob.
Gen 49:14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens:
Gen 49:15 And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.
It seems to me that this is a tribe that was mainly agricultural. This seems rather obvious due to the comparison to livestock and all of the references to land.
We have a very interesting picture of this tribe. They seem to be involved in a little bit of everything. They definitely had people who were great warriors, but they were also religious scholars and were prophesied to be talented farmers.
This sounds kind of like the modern-day Christian family. We all have different abilities, but we all can come together for the betterment of our mission to fulfill the Great Commission.
1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.