by Pastora Yanira Lopez
Please read each verse for this study and let The Holy Ghost guide you
Today we will begin talking about a small tribe known as the tribe of Issachar.
Issachar was Jacob’s ninth son and Lea’s 5th (Genesis. 29:32-30:18; 35:23). Issachar had 4 children who were born to him before going to Egypt with his father’s family (Gen.46:13; Ex. 1:1, 3; 1 Cr. 7:1). When Jacob pronounced the blessings upon his sons shortly before he died, he prophetically compared Issachar and his sons with a strong donkey lying down and subjected to foreign yokes while living in his land of delight.
“Issachar is a rawboned donkey lying down among the sheep pens. 15 When he sees how good is his resting place and how pleasant is his land, he will bend his shoulder to the burden and submit to forced labor. (Genesis. 49:14-15).
During the census in David’s time, the tribe had 87,000 male adults (1 Cr. 7:5). When Canaan was divided between the tribes of Israel, Issachar, to whom was fated to be the fourth, received a region to the south and east of Bulron and Nephthali, east and north of Manasseh, and west of Jordan (Joshua 19:17-23). Its most important cities were Sunem and Jezreel (v 18) The tribe made themselves known in the war against Jabin of Hazor and Sisara, and Deborah honored them in their song for their value (Judges. 5:15); The Issachar tribe provided one of Israel’s judges, Tola (Judges 10:1). Many of these tribes were “understood in the times” and joined David’s forces in Hebron (1 Cr.12:32)
Today you hear a lot about the silent majority, made up of ordinary people, like you and me. We are not famous; we do not appear in the major headlines of the press and are not the protagonists of the news in other media. Sometimes we find those celebrities to be special, important people. But I don’t think they’re the ones who form the backbone of this church or another or even the nation. Small tribes like Zabulon and Issachar, to which we do not pay much attention, would actually become the fundamental support and embrace elements of the nation of Israel when they settled into the Promised Land.
“from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command”
(1 Cr. 12:32)
But what is to be understood?
* UNDERSTOOD: Dictionary definition is to be wise, scholarly, competent, knowledgeable, etc.
* We are living in times where the church needs lucid workers understanding the times.
* We need to be more efficient
* What are the characteristics of a person that is UNDERSTANDING of the TIMES?
1) THE EXPERTS IN THE TIMES DISCERN THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT
“Of the sons of Issachar, two hundred chiefs, understood the times…”
a) Many times God addressed the people of Israel for their spiritual blindness
• They didn’t understand God’s times
• They were murmurers
• They didn’t understand how God was preparing them in the desert
• They were going after idols
• They killed prophets
• They did not receive the Messiah
b) The 200 of the Issachar tribe stood out from the rest of his tribe and the other tribes.
• Over thousands and thousands of warriors
• They stood out for understanding the times
• For aligning with “the wave of God”
c) What are the times we should discern?
• Period of Grace: Forgiveness and harvest.
• Time for the outpouring of the Holy Ghost
In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. 19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke
• Times of preparation: How do we prepare? By studying the Word of God, praying and serving.
• TIME TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
2) EXPERTS IN THE TIMES KNOW WHAT TO DO
“… and who knew what Israel should do…”
a) take advantage of God’s time for us.
• knowing how to take advantage of the opportunities God gives us to serve others
• Opportunities to preach the gospel to someone
• opportunities to serve others.
• Opportunities to disciple and be discipled.
*opportunity to serve in a cell or host one of them.
• HOW MUCH TIME WE LOSE BY NOT UNDERSTANDING GOD’S TIMES!!!
b) It is necessary to perceive what God is doing to collaborate in his work
c) Knowing how to support a vision
3) EXPERTS IN THE TIMES INFLUENCE OTHERS
“… and whose orders were followed by all his brethren…”
a) Leadership is influencing others for the better. (J. Maxwell)
b) Gives security to his followers.
c) Perceives how he or she should act in the times you live.
* WE MUST RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS A TIME OF GRACE
* TIME OF FORGIVENESS AND HARVEST
* TIME OF THE OUTPOUR OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AS NEVER BEFORE
* PREPARATION TIME.
* TIME TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY WITH GOD.
* WE MUST MAKE THE MOST OF THE TIME
* DON’T WASTE IT ON UNIMPORTANT THINGS THAT REAP NO BENEFITS
* CAPTURE THE VISION OF THE CHURCH AND SUPPORT IT
* WE MUST INFLUENCE OTHERS