"Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father's bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's:)"
(1 Chronicles 5:1, 2 KJV)
To be an Israelite (Our Awesome God's chosen people) by blood, a person must be a descendent of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Reuben was an Israelite. He was also the first born son of Jacob. The 12 sons of Jacob are the patriarchs of the 12 Tribes of Israel.
There was a "contest?" between Jacob's two wives; Leah (the unloved wife) and her sister, Rachel (the loved wife). So Leah was the mother of the first born, Reuben. "And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, "Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me" (Genesis 29:32 KJV).
As the first born son, Reuben was in line to receive the birthright. However, in Our Awesome God's Holy Bible is written, "And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:" (Genesis 35:22 KJV). This sin, disrespecting God and Jacob, his father, cost him his birthright. Near the time of his death in Egypt, Jacob described each of his sons and his words for Reuben were: "Reuben, thou are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power. Unstable as water, thou shall not excel; because you went up to thy father's bed; then you defiledst it: He went up to my couch." (Genesis 49:3-4 KJV). Here was a man who came from Our Awesome God's chosen people and he wasted it in the sins he committed until he lost his birthright. Then he caused his family to sin with his inability to control his anger and to control his sons. But God used him to build up and protect His people from their enemies by giving him strength (1 Chronicles 5:18).
In spite of our behavior, Our Awesome God can and does use us to further His purpose. But if we could learn His Will a little faster than Reuben did, it might help the entire human race to arrive at God's purpose sooner.
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