by Brad Scott
Ya'aqov's (Jacob) son, Issachar, is generally placed with Zebulun when the twelves tribes of Israel are listed. This remains true in the last list of the twelves tribes in Hitgalut (Revelation) 7:4-8. Issachar's name means to hire or wages and comes from the Hebrew word sakar (שכר).
Bere’shiyt (Genesis) 30:18And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar.
The first appearance of this word is:
Bere’shiyt 15:1After these things the word of YHVH came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Issachar was prophesied by his father Ya'aqov in Bere’shiyt to be a bearer of burdens and a servant. The entirety of this chapter focuses on the future of the twelve tribes of Israel. Issachar's portion of the land is the area of Megiddo and Jezreel.
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