Genesis 49:27 Benjamin: The two natures of man

27 Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.


Jacob called Benjamin a ravenous wolf and his tribe tended to live up to his nickname.

His allotment of land ended up as a buffer between Ephraim and Judah and was a major trade route for the tribes.  This probably provided a good source of income for Benjamin as his tribe more than likely used it to attack and plunder from everyone else.  Jerusalem was also originally located in his plot of land.

His tribe became well known for their swordsmen, as well as their extreme wickedness.

In the book of Judges, Benjamin became involved in a civil war because of the horrific abuse of a Levite’s concubine.  The other tribes came together and fought with Benjamin when they would not turn in the offenders and their tribe was almost completely demolished.

What stands out the most as we look at this tribe is  the two aspects of his blessing:

We see two actions, in devouring and dividing, but we also see two opposite aspects, in the morning and night.

This can be reflected the most in the two Sauls that become descendants of Benjamin and the two different different aspects of our nature of which they can be a picture.


Saul, who became the first king of Israel, or the last judge depending on who you ask, and Saul, who becomes Paul the Apostle.

Saul was the first who tried to become a leader over all of the tribes, even though not all accepted him.  He was anointed by God as the kind of King that the people wanted.  They had chosen to in a ruler rather than have God rule them, so his reign was destined to be full of turmoil and ruin from the start.  His life and reign was full of sin and was a picture of the flesh and its war against God.


The next Saul was a murderous Pharisee whose name is changed to Pau.  He would be a picture of the spirit and of those who trust in God.


Galatians 5:

16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.



About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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