Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Prayers Squared: The Twelve Tribes of Israel

The Twelve Tribes of Israel

yarn: 4 ply ww yarn
hook: I/9
tapestry needle to weave in ends
Special Stitches: Bullion (BN8): wrap yarn around hook 8 times, insert hook in sp indicated, yo, pull up a loop, yo pull through 8 loops, yo, pull through remaining 2 loops.

Finished size: 6x6” square

rnd 1: Start with a magic loop, ch 3, 11 dc in loop, sl st to top of ch-3, pull tail to tighten loop (12 dc)

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in next st *(2dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st, dc in next 2 sts* repeat from * to * 2 more times, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next st, sl st to top of ch-3 (24 dc)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, BN8 in next st, ch 2, sk 2 sts, *(2 BN8, ch 2, 2 BN8) in ch-2 sp, ch 2, sk 2 sts**, BN8 in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk 2 sts* repeat from * to * 2 more times, and to ** once more, BN8 in same sp as beginning ch-3 sl st to top of first BN8 (24 BN8, 8 ch-2 sps, not counting the corner sps)

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st, 3 sc in ch-2 sp, sc in next 2 sts *(3 sc, ch 2, 3 sc) in ch-2 sp, [sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in ch-2 sp] twice, sc in next 2 sts* repeat from * to * 2 more times, (3 sc, ch 2, 3 sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in next 2 sts, 3 sc in ch-2 sp, sc in nect st, sl st to first sc (72 sc)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, hdc in the next 8 sts * (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, hdc in the next 18 sts * repeat from * to * 2 more times, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in ch-2 sp, hdc in next 9 sts, sl st to top of ch-2 (88 hdc).

Fasten off, weave in ends.

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I sat down at my computer today wanting to write about the twelve tribes of Israel, and how they were important during key times in the history of Israel, and all I did was sit. I had a little research done, had some information on the importance of the number 12 in the bible, but there I sat. No words of wisdom, no stories of strength, no enlightening encouragement to be had. So I went and got a glass of milk-my current favorite beverage-and finish cleaning up dinner to just give me a few minutes to collect my thought. It did not work. So I sit here once again trying to come up with something to say about the tribes, like how there is no tribe of Joseph, but instead his sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, have the tribal status. How, In the books of Deuteronomy and Joshua, Gad, Reuben, and half of the tribe of Manasseh requested to have land west of the Jordan River, and was granted the land, but still were required to help the other tribes conquer Canaan. Or how still having only twelve tribes, though there are 13 titles tribes (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Asher, Issachar, Gad, Zebulun, Dan, Judah, Naphtali, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh) only 12 were given land, The tribe of Levi was not given land because they were the priests and all over the area (the distribution of the land is in Numbers 34 and starting in Joshua 13). the tribes were separate, yet worked and fought together to conquer the Promise Land. They were not a perfect people, they wandered the desert for 40 years while a generation died off after only 2 of 12 men reported truth about the land (Numbers 13:23-33). They were God's chosen people who are yet to have 144,000 sealed, 12,000 from each tribe according to Revelation 7:4-8. Israel as a whole has been through captivity, destruction, terror from rulers, yet were given blessings from God when they remembered Him and obeyed His commandments. That's a great lesson to learn from Israel: When God is your focus, you have plenty of blessings. Take your eyes off of God at your own peril, turn back to Him when you see you are not focused on Him.