We all know of the account of how Joseph brothers sold him into slavery , yes; these are the twelve tribes of Israel.
Genesis 49: 28 reads
“All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.
We must remember that God does not see things the way we do. When we sin and confess our sins, the Lord indeed is faithful and just and forgives us. Not only does He forgive us, but He cleanses us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1 9) . Indeed we need a revelation of the goodness of God.
Do you know that the names of the twelve tribes of Israel are written upon the gates of the holy Jerusalem in heaven?
Revelation 21: 10 – 12
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
Further down in the same chapter, we have a description of the gates:
Revelation 21: 21
And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
Wow! We indeed need to get over ourselves and let God do only what He can do for us. I am not encouraging sin, we must live for God and when we are aware that we have done wrong, repent and ask the Lord for forgiveness. All l am saying is that God wants to do so much more for us than we can ever imagine. Why? Because He is a good God.
So the gates of the Holy Jerusalem are twelve pearls (Revelation 21:12& 21) and the names on the gates are the twelve tribes of Israel. Not because of anything they have done but because of the goodness of God.
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Corinthians 2: 9)”.
We need a revelation of the goodness of God!
Sacrifice is a step beyond convenience. Bill Johnson