Living Sacrifice

Romans 12 says to present yourself as a living sacrifice. This, of course, also maps to the tribes.


Tribe Item/Gift

1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -- this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1 NIV)

1FATherefore I beg you brothers, by the mercies of god, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to god, by means of reasonable service. (Romans 12:1 BRB)

1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1 KJV)

Judah Living sacrifice

The best example of a "living sacrifice" is the lamb choosen for sacrifice on Selection Day and held four more days until the Passover. It's literally a living sacrifice. Selection Day is Judah's annual holiday, so Judah relates to this idea of a living sacrifice.

2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 NIV)

2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2 KJV)

2FADo not imitate the way of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, that you may discern what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of god. (Romans 12:2 BRB)

Reuben Imitate world
Gad Discernment

3ΒΆFor I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. (Romans 12:3 KJV)

3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. (Romans 12:3 NIV)

3FAFor I say through the grace which is given to me, to all of you, not to think of yourselves beyond what you ought to think, but to think soberly, every man, according to the measure of belief which god has distributed to him. (Romans 12:3 BRB)

Asher Don't exagerate

Asher's tendency is to boast or exagerate. The reminder that "love does not boast" in First Corinthians 13 is directed at Asher. Here in Romans 12 he is told not to think too highly of himself.

Naphtali Measure

Naphtali measures things. He samples the crop on his holiday, firstfruits. He senses things with his body part, the nose. Here he measures faith, something that is not always easy.

4For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5 KJV)

4FAFor as we have many members in 1 body, and all members do not have the same function, 5so we, being many, are 1 body in the messiah, and each one members of one another. (Romans 12:4-5 BRB)

4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12:4-5 NIV)

Manasseh 1 body

Manasseh is often portrayed as a miniature or reflection of the whole. He is the "whole body" in First Corinthians 12. Here he is 1 body with many parts. Same difference, just worded slightly differently.

6FAHaving, then, gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, some have the gift of prophecy, according to the measure of belief, (Romans 12:6 BRB)

6Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; (Romans 12:6 KJV)

6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. (Romans 12:6 NIV)

Simeon Prophecy

7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; (Romans 12:7 NIV)

7Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; (Romans 12:7 KJV)

7FAsome have the gift of ministration, in their ministry; and some of teaching, in their teaching, (Romans 12:7 BRB)

Levi Ministration
Issachar Teaching

8Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12:8 KJV)

8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:8 NIV)

8FAsome of consolation, in consoling; he that gives, let him do it with sincerity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12:8 BRB)

Zebulun Exhorting

A better word than "consoling" would be "exhorting." To console means to comfort whereas to exhort means to urge or warn. Looking at the general space Zebulun functions in he is clearly an exhorter, not a comforter. Some of his books, for example, are Deuteronomy, Esther, Acts. In these books Moses, Mordecai, Peter and others are exhorting, not consoling. In First Corinthians 12 Zebulun's gift is wisdom, which would lead to advice giving, or exhortation, not consolation.

Joseph Giving

Joseph is the brother with material blessings so it's logical for his gift to be giving.

Benjamin Ruling
Dan Mercy

Dan is the judge, so it makes sense that he functions with the spiritual gift of mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgement, to borrow a line from scripture.