Jacob called Reuben forward first being his firstborn.

He prophesied to him as follows:

“Reuben, you are my firstborn, My might and the beginning of my strength, The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.Unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it— He went up to my couch.”-Gen 49:3

Reuben means “behold a son”.So,it was a good name.Also the circumstances around his birth were almost the best compared to the rest.

However,his character,habit and action were his undoing:

“While he was living there, Reuben had intercourse with Bilhah, his father’s concubine, and Jacob soon heard about it…”-Gen 35:22(NLT)

“Yes,Reuben was powerful being my firstborn,the beginning of my strength…” Jacob said.”Under all circumstances,he should excel in all frontiers” he continued.”He is physically fit but he is weak in willpower to restrain lusts therefore excellence will be far from him!” he ended.

Apart from the incident above,Reuben was described as unstable as water because he had mind instability.This is like someone saying ‘yes’ now, and ‘no’ in the next minute.

Jacob therefore concluded that such a man would not be fit to lead the team even though he was the firstborn.

Lesson:It doesn’t matter your position in the society,if you are weak-willed in areas of sexual restraints,there are virtues and levels you may never reach spiritually.

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