From the book ‘Jewels in Heaven’ …
The top left stone in your breastplate is a light green peridot. It is called ‘bareqeth’ in Hebrew. It is associated with the tribe of Zebulon. Zebulon means ‘dwelling’.
Zebulon has the dual meaning “dwelling place” and “exalted, honored”. In Genesis 30:20, in a word play on the name Zebulon, when Leah gives birth to her sixth son, she says, “Now my husband will be honored to dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons”.
God wants you to always remember, you will be exalted as His son or daughter for all of eternity. You will dwell with Him. You will eat at His table. You will walk the halls of His glorious palace.
The land allotted to Zebulon in Israel was a small portion of southern Galilee. Jacob declared “Zebulun shall dwell by the haven of the sea; He shall become a haven for ships, and his border shall adjoin Sidon.” It was in this area of Galilee that Jesus began His ministry.
The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles:
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death. Light has dawned.
To become true sons and daughters of God, our hearts must become like those of the tribe of Zebulon. The people of Zebulon were known for their undivided loyalty to King David (1 Chronicles 12:33) and for answering Hezekiah’s call for spiritual renewal (2 Chronicles 30:10). Besides Zebulon, only Asher and Manasseh also had the humility to answer Hezekiah’s call.
Their reward was living by the sea. They lived with a simple steady diet of bread and fish. These are both Christian symbols of the life and ministry of the Lord and the church. A hallmark of those becoming children of Zebulon is a constant desire to live a simple, single-purpose life, serving the Lord and others.
By living by the sea, the children of Zebulon “become a haven for ships”. When you live a single-purpose life, when the Lord becomes the sole source of your life, you will become a haven for those around you who have been tossed about by the churning sea of the world.