And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil. Deuteronomy 33:24
One night, looking for a Word of instruction in the Bible, the Lord led me to the blessing that Moses pronounced on the twelve tribes of Israel, before dying.
In it, I was highlighted the blessing given to the tribe of Asher, particularly the part that emphasizes his abundant multiplication.
This blessing attracted my attention, and I gave myself the task of tracing the path of its development as a tribe. I discovered the following:
Asher is the surrogate son of Leah, the seventh son of Jacob,
And the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid; Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padanaram. Genesis 35:26
His name means, happiness, joy, blessed,
And Leah said, Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed: and she called his name Asher. Genesis 30:13
The sons of Asher were five, four males and one female,
And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister: and the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel. Genesis 46:17
According to the census taken by Moses one year after their departure from Egypt, those who were numbered of the tribe of Asher, over twenty-one years old, were forty-one thousand and five hundred.
Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Asher, were forty and one thousand and five hundred. Numbers 1:41
If we compare this number with the general population of the census, older than twenty-one years,
Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty. Numbers 1:46
It turns out that the percentage of the tribe of Asher in relation to the people in general, was 6.88 percent.
Several years later, almost at the end of their sojourn in the desert, and after the plague due to the sin of Baal-Peor, Moses ordered another census; According to this census, those that were numbered of the tribe of Asher, greater than twenty-one years, were fifty-three thousand and four hundred.
These are the families of the sons of Asher according to those that were numbered of them; who were fifty and three thousand and four hundred. Numbers 26:47
It represents 8.87 percent of the entire population.
These were the numbered of the children of Israel, six hundred thousand and a thousand seven hundred and thirty. Numbers 26:51
Which means that they grew just 1.99 percent in forty years; that is, they grew at a rate of 0.05 percent per year.
The instruction that the Lord gave to Moses regarding the distribution of the land was,
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 53Unto these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names. 54To many thou shalt give the more inheritance, and to few thou shalt give the less inheritance: to everyone shall his inheritance be given according to those that were numbered of him. Numbers 26:52-54
All of the above means that in the distribution of the land, the tribe of Asher received 8.87 percent of the entire land.
The Bible presents an additional census, based on the support that each tribe offered to David to form his army, in this census Asher still remains a small tribe.
And of Asher, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, forty thousand. I Chronicles 12:36
If to all this we add the blessing that Jacob pronounced on the twelve tribes,
Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties. Genesis 49:20
We can see that something happened to Asher who could not capitalize on the projection that his spiritual fathers made about him.
where did it go the blessing that Moses pronounced on Asher? They could have been the greatest tribe, it was prophesied about them that they would multiply!
All this led me to reflect. Many times the same thing happens with each one of us. There are blessings that we have not yet reached, although they were pronounced long ago.
This meditation has led me to audit my ministerial life, and to review every vision, every Word, every prophetic dream, every prophecy that the Lord has given me, and discover why some of them have not yet been fulfilled.
I come to activate, and I decide to remove the negligence, the apathy, and the fainthearted, which I have often been, and that have prevented me from materializing what God said I would be.
Be integrous, and prosperous!