The so-called “Seminole Indians and the Australian Aborigines”: Firstborn of Israel.
The book of Genesis describes Reuben as Jacob’s strength and might due to fact that he was the firstborn of the twelve (Gen. 49:2). Reuben’s excellency of dignity and power describes honorable spirit that Reuben possessed which refrained him from signing any treaties with the European settlers. Unstable as water describes the nomadic lifestyles that are led by the other sons of Reuben who are Australia’s Aboriginal tribes. Because of Reuben’s sin (sleeping with his father’s handmaid) the Bible states that he would not excel. This is also in reference to the Aboriginal Australians who still till this day live a very primitive lifestyle. Reuben has learned from his mistake, since today there are very strict laws prohibiting the interaction of a son and his mother -in law.
More information on Reuben: Lost Tribes in the Promised Land pgs. 364-365
“Let Reuben live, and not die”
Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch. (Gen. 49:3-4)
The Tribe of Reuben