13 “Zebulun will live by the seashore
and become a haven for ships;
his border will extend toward Sidon. Genesis 49:13
Two hundred years after Jacob proclaimed this, this was fulfilled. Zebulun’s lot extended from the Mediterranean Sea on the west, to the lake of Gennesareth on the east (Joshua 19:10).
Moses also spoke about the tribes of Zebulun and Issachar, that they would “feast on the abundance of the seas.” Deuteronomy 33:19 Because the tribe was probably heavily influenced by the Phoenicians, they probably took part in maritime activities (especially trading/commerce). The general meaning of the blessing may be that Zebulun would be a tribe, but of traders and not of agriculturists like most of his brothers.
Each of us have different interests and trades. What interests one person may bore someone else. For example, I hear that many people do not like to write. As a writer, I don’t understand that. Everyone likes to write, don’t they? It turns out very few people in this world like to write.
Zebulun and his family probably loved the seas and maritime commerce. Not everyone could or would want to do that. Much like we all have different gifts in the Body of Christ, we also have different likes and dislikes.
We know that but we forget it.
I recall traveling with our choir in college. An hour before the concert I needed quiet to focus my thoughts. I was troubled that some guys in the choir needed loud music to get ready for the concert. They weren’t like me, and I wasn’t like them, even though we each had the same goal each night.
All that to say this, all Christians are different. That’s obvious. They have different tastes, likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies, music, and jobs. We are trying to obtain the same goal; we just come at it differently. We don’t have to walk a mile in their shoes necessarily, but we might have to come to grips with people thinking differently than we do.
Music in the church is one small but understandable example. Contemporary. Classic. Hymns. Instrumental. No instruments. Worship songs. Same goal: glorify Christ. Multiple ways of getting to that goal.
If you thought hard enough, you could come up with a dozen examples like this.