ARE YOU BEING PLUNDERED? (Pt.2)

“Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder”(Genesis 49:27 NIV).

If we don’t know who we are in Christ, we are subject to be “plundered by the enemy”. His strategic plan is our destruction…either through our ignorance or preying upon our innocence (immaturity). The Lord God declared through Hosea, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”(Hosea 4:6).

In Genesis 34, we read of the tragedy of Dinah’s rape (Jacob & Leah’s daughter). She apparently had gone out to meet the neighbors in the land of their sojourn (without apparent accompaniment). She, not realizing that they did not worship the true God and therefore did not share their moral codes and values was violated. In this sense, she was plundered of her identity as a daughter of Israel and robbed of her purity. Would that we (God’s people) understood this today as our moral values are being compromised.

In consequence of this tragic affair, her brothers, Simeon and Levi, took matters into their own hands and exacted vengeance upon the entire foreign tribe. But unfortunately, the Scripture records (See Genesis 34) that their anger went far beyond the immediate justice that was warranted. She had been plundered of her identity and they in turn killed and plundered out of anger and revenge. Their plundering was not an act of the spoils of war rather one of vengeance. They neither sought the Lord God for His counsel nor did they trust “The Lord of all the earth to do what is right”. Rather, taking matters into their own hands, they showed the cruelty in their own hearts and wiped out all the men of this village & “plundered” their camp. Jacob would later speak of their future in light of their cruelty (See Genesis 49:5-7). As a matter of fact, he spoke to each of his twelve sons an appropriate spiritual blessing (See Genesis 49). Take for example the prophetic blessing given to his last son, Benjamin.

A BENJAMIN COMPANY

Benjamin is the youngest of the sons of Jacob. He was given birth by Rachel as she was dying. She wanted to name him “Ben-Oni” meaning “Son of my sorrow” but Jacob stepped forward and named him, “Benjamin” meaning “Son of my right hand”; not allowing the memory of Rachel’s pain and sorrow to be projected onto Benjamin’s future potential and destiny. Nevertheless, Jacob would later hold on to him with a tight-fisted grip after his sons had deceived him, telling him that Joseph (Rachel’s older son and Benjamin’s brother) was no more. But thirteen years later, when it was revealed that Joseph was yet alive and ruler over all of Egypt, Jacob’s heart softened and his spirit revived. So, now that Jacob is old and dying he gathers his twelve sons and we read, “All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them, giving each the blessing appropriate to him”(Genesis 49:29) NIV). In particular, “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder.” (Genesis 49:27 NIV)

Benjamin as the youngest son receives the last spiritual blessing of Jacob. It is very striking and suggestive in its imagery. Let us make application for God’s last day Army. First, although he is the youngest of the tribe, his generation will not be the weakest! “The glory of young men is their strength…”(Proverbs 20:29a NKJV). I am not thinking of physical strength here but spiritual strength for battle against our enemy.

The apostle Paul wrote, “Be strong in The Lord and in the power of His might”(Ephesians 6:10). I believe the God’s Last Day  Army will be the greatest Army, not because of their human strength, but just the opposite…Because they recognize their human weakness. ““I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name” (Revelation 3:8 NKJV).  This is the “Year of Open Doors of Opportunity”. Expect the miraculous in your weakness. Allow God’s power to be displayed in your present circumstances. What is impossible with man is possible with God.

Again, Benjamin is described as “a ravenous wolf…he devours the prey”. Wolves by nature do not hunt alone. They travel in packs (As a family). There is the need for ” spiritual partnerships” if this generation is to fulfill their God-given assignments. No longer are we to have a “Lone Ranger”(Go it alone) attitude. We need others of like precious faith to help achieve our divine mission. The prey is taken more easily when the wolf hunts with the pack.

Finally, Benjamin is likened unto a wolf hunting in “the morning” but “in the evening he divides the plunder”(Genesis 49:27b). In other words, while the darkness is settling in this is the time to share with others what has been spiritually gained in the light of day. The apostle Peter declared, “We have the word of prophecy made more sure; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19 ASV).

This is the hour that Jesus, our Day-star, invites a “Benjamin Company” to “Arise!” and share in the plunder of His victory won on Calvary’s Cross.

(c) Copyright 2014, Walter Fletcher,Jr. All rights reserved. This article may be copied free of charge provided that it is not altered from its original content. Please address all correspondence to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com.

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