Shortly after this as Rachel, Jacob’s beloved wife, was journeying with Jacob to Ephrath from Bethel, she began to travail in hard labor. The midwife said se shall bare thee a son also. But alas, Rachel died at childbirth, she lived long enough to call his name Benoni, but his father called him Benjamin (son of sorrow). Please remember that BENJAMIN WAS THE ONLY ONE OF JACOB’S SONS THAT WAS BORN A TRUE ISRAELITE. HE WAS BORN AFTER JACOB’S NAME AND NATURE WAS CHANGED TO ISRAEL.
Since Benjamin was born a true Israelite, it was to him and the offspring of Ephraim and Manasseh who were to be adopted later by Israel as Israelites. (Genesis 48:15-22) It was to these to whom the promises were made. Listen to Paul in Romans 8 and 9, “for whom He did foreknow.” (He foreknew Benjamin in the genes of Abraham),
“He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the first born among many brethren.” (Romans 8:29)
“Who are ISRAELITES OF WHOM PERTAINETH THE ADOPTION, AND THE GLORY, AND THE COVENANTS, AND THE GIVING OF THE LAW, AND THE SERVICE OF GOD, AND THE PROMISES.” (Romans 9:4)
“FOR THEY ARE NOT ALL ISRAEL WHO ARE OF ISRAEL”. (Romans 9:6)
Therefore, we know that Benjamin was to be a special choice seed unto Yahweh and why he was chosen to be the light bearer, because he was born a True Israelite.
“And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.” (1 Kings 11:36)
The other eleven sons of Jacob were called the House or Children of Israel because their father’s name was Israel but they were not born Israelites, they were Jacobites. When the Kingdom of Israel was dividend into two separate Houses after the reign of Solomon; Yahweh promised David that he, David, would always have Light before his steps so he chose to give to David the Tribe of Benjamin. The House of David continued to rule over the Judah Kingdom comprising Judah, the ½ tribe of Levi and the Tribe of Benjamin. (1 Kings 1:36; 12:210-23)