Notes for Zebulun:
His name in Hebrew is: זבולן Zebûlûn (zeb-oo-loon’) Strongs #: 2074; habitation.
Jacob, Zebulun’s father was 88 when Zebulun was born.
Jacob had already been living in Haran for eleven years when Zebulun was born.
At the age of 9, Zebulun left with his family to return to where Jacob came from
and met with a few hardships along the way. (1)
The place of abode upon arriving in Canaan from Haran was outside the town of Shechem
where they stayed 18 months. (2)
Upon the kidnapping of Zebulun’s sister, Dinah, Zebulun’s older brothers Simeon and
Levi laid waste the city of Shechem.
It looked like Zebulun would be going to his first battle at the age of 10, but it
turned out that the Canaanites decided that it wouldn’t be a very good idea. If
two can take a city, then an army of 112 would be devastating. (3)
At 11, Zebulun and his family moved to Bethel for a six month stay.
At 12, his Aunt Rachel died at childbirth while bringing Benjamin into the world.
At 17, Zebulun and his family came again to Shechem but their arrival made headline
news amongst the Canaanites since they didn’t want to lose their city again. This
time war was inevitable!
The armies of the seven Canaanite kings came against them, but to make a long story
short, Zebulun and his brothers destroyed the kings as well as seven cites, although
it took several days to do it. (4) In one battle in the city of Gaash, a powerful
man mistook Zebulun for a young boy because of Zebulun’s short stature. The mighty
man threw Zebulun to the ground but Father Jacob came at the last moment and slew
the powerful man. (5)
Zebulun’s mother, Leah died when Zebulun was 18, and it was after that time that
his half-brother Joseph started making a nuisance of himself. Although Joseph ranked
himself better than his brothers, Father Jacob still loved the brat so much that
Jacob made a colorful coat for him with long sleeves. (6)
What was the most annoying were Joseph’s dreams, and since Zebulun had the gift of
interpreting dreams it made him dislike his brother all the more! (7)
The only relief from Joseph was to look after the cattle with his brothers in Shechem
(they had been dwelling in Hebron with Grandfather Isaac), but Joseph still found
his brothers even when Zebulun moved with his brothers 15 miles north to Dothan.
Even before Joseph arrived at the camp, Zebulun planned to be part of the plot to
kill Joseph, but Reuben wanted nothing to do with the plan, so Joseph was placed
in a pit so Reuben could secretly let Joseph return home.
While Reuben was away from the camp, Zebulun and his brothers sold Joseph to the
Ishmaelites for 20 pieces of silver, but Zebulun later regretted it.
With Joseph being sold to the Ishmaelites and taken to Egypt, Zebulun and his brothers
took Joseph’s coat, tore it and dipped it in the blood of a goat and delivered it
to Jacob. (8)
Twenty years later at the age of 38, Zebulun was sent to Egypt with his brothers
(except Benjamin) to buy corn since there was a severe famine in Canaan.
Upon arriving in Egypt, the brothers met with Zaphnathpaaneah, the stern governor
of Egypt who accused the brothers as being spies. Then Simeon was bound in prison
and the brothers were instructed to bring their youngest brother with them on their
next trip to prove that they weren’t spies. (9)
Therefore, the brothers returned home with their grain, but were forced to return
to Egypt 14 months later with Benjamin, much to the sorrow of Jacob. (10)
Upon Zebulun and his brothers’ return back to Egypt, troubles began after Zebulun
and his brothers had dined with the governor, and that was when Benjamin was accused
of stealing the Governor’s cup. However, the excitement didn’t really begin until
the governor said that he would use Benjamin as a slave in his house. (11)
This act grieved Zebulun and his brethren, but it wasn’t until the governor saw that
the brothers were willing to fight for their younger brother that he reviewed himself
to them that Zaphnathpaaneah was actually Joseph.
This act both gladdened and frightened Zebulun.
Zebulun returned home with all his brethren telling Jacob the glad tidings in which
they made the trip back to Egypt with the whole family, and was able to witness the
joyous reunion of father and son in Egypt. (12)
Seventeen years later, when Zebulun was 59, his father died and requested to be buried
in the Cave of Machpelah, but the funeral procession was halted for short time while
by Zebulun’s Uncle Esau. (13)
Because of the battle at the Cave of Machpelach, another one ensued with the Edomites
in which some Edomites were taken captive and taken to Egypt. Having captive Edomites
in Egypt for slaves to the Israelites, it was considered a shame to the Edomites,
so war was waged against the Children of Jacob as well as the Egyptians, but the
Edomites ended up losing the battle the third time. (14)
After Zebulun had lived in Egypt for 77 years, he died at the age of 114. (15)
More About Zebulun:
Burial: 1387BC in Zidon, Canaan