The 12 Tribes of Israel

Naphtali

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Naphtali was a swift runner.

Jacob's blessings:
Genesis 49:21. “Naphtali is a hind let loose; he giveth goodly words.

  • His goodly words encouraged the despondent and comforted the sorrowful.

James 3:5-8, “...is set on fire for hell."

Proverbs 16:24, “...pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.”

Judges 5:18, “Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto death in the high places of the field.”

  • They were determined to conquer or die, therefore they were placed into the thickest of the battle.
  • The cause of God is more important than their life and they did not shrink from fighting even in the highest places of the field.

Revelation 14:4, “...follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth”.

Blessings from Moses:
Deuteronomy 33:23, “Naphtali, satisfied with favor, and full with the blessing of the Lord.”

  • The Lord greatly favors those whose sins are forgiven; but how many times with downcast face we become dissatisfied and impatient.
  • If we believe that our sins are forgiven and that we are cleansed from our unrighteousness then we will be “satisfied with favor.”
  • When we count the many blessings that God gives us day by day we will find out that we are “full with the blessings of the Lord.”

Noted character from the tribe of Naphtali:
1. Barak - involved in a battle that was under the direction of Deborah the prophetess - Judges 4:6-24

Judges  4:24,   “And the hand of the children of Israel prospered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.”

Ephesians  6:12, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

Past sermon: Warrior for God Part 1, Warrior for God, Part 2

2 Kings  15:29, “... all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria.”

Prophecy of Isaiah regarding the land of Naphtali (Galilee):
Isaiah  9:1,2 ,  "Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,… The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined."

  • Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, had His home in Galilee.
  • It was from the shore of Galilee that the first disciples were called to their life-work, which is we know to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the different parts of the earth.

O Galilee, sweet Galilee

O Galilee, sweet Galilee, What memories rise at thought of thee!
In mortal guise upon thy shore The Saviour trod whom we adore.

The waves which once His vessel bore Will sound His praise forevermore;
And from thy depths, beloved sea, We hear the call, "Come follow Me."  

Through ages yet to come, thy name Will sound His praise forevermore;
'Tis hallowed ground where once He trod, The Prince of Peace, the Son of God.

O Galilee, sweet Galilee, Thy blessed name will sacred be
In every clime, on every shore, Till suns shall set to rise no more. --