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Issachar was the ninth son of Jacob and Leah. It means reward.

Genesis 30:18 - Then Leah said, “God has rewarded me for giving my servant to my husband”. So, she named him Issachar.

Genesis 49:14-15 - "Issachar is a strong donkey, lying down between the saddlebags.

When he sees that his resting place is good and that the land is pleasant, he will bend his back to the burden and will become a slave laborer.

Issachar is a strong man; he carries burdens on each side.  He also represented by a donkey.

Issachar, embodies the notion of the reward​ that comes from hard work. He is willing to work hard as a tribute for the blessing, there is a rest for those who decide to serve!

Of the 200 "heads" of the men of Issachar who came to David at Hebron it is said that they were "men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.”

We live in troubled times where there is little understanding of the times. There is probably even less wisdom to know how to deal with those times.

Rather than watching the news or reading the newspaper and shaking your head over bad events, why not add to your watching and reading a prayer for discernment?


As world events unfold, instead of submitting to despair or anger, seek the Lord’s insight over what is occurring. The result will be an understanding of the times in which we live.

Who serves will receive a reward!

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