About Reuben Moses said: "Let Reuben live, and not die, nor let his men be few." (Deuteronomy 33:6)
Reuben is the firstborn son of Jacob and Leah. His name comes from the Hebrew meaning "Look, a son." He appears in the story of the mandrakes as the one giving them to his mother (Genesis 30;14) Reuben has relations with Jacob's concubine Bilha, angering Jacob and probably contributing to the curse in convincing his brothers not to kill Joseph but to trap him inside of a pit instead. (Genesis 37:22)
The tribe of Reuben settled west of the Jordan River and agreed to join the other tribes in the war against the Philistines.
Reuben's banner (flag) was red. It had an image of a mandragore. The emblem of Reuben is mandragore. His gem was ruby. The window contains the mandragore leaves. The blue background and the fish represent the "unstable as water". The fish is the symbol of fruitfulness. The radiant circle at the top signifies the sunrise which, in its turn, recalls the firstborn status of Reuben.
"Reuben, you are my first born, my might, the first sign of my strength, excelling in honor, excelling in power. Turbulent as the waters, you will no longer excel, for you went up onto your father's bed, onto my couch and defiled it." (Genesis 49:3-4)
Deacon Anderson Grimsley
Deacon Harry Stuart
Deacon Scott Woods
Deaconess Bettye Grimsley
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