Genesis High Lights: Jacob, Israel and Isaiah 58- Repairing the Breach
I started out this entry hoping to fill in the few gaps in the Torah cycle entries for the blog. The spirit led me somewhere else. I know in God’s timing those ‘gaps’ will be filled in but in the meantime I pray you will enjoy this entry and where the Lord took me in His amazing magnificent word!
Luke 1; 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.”29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Yeshua. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”
In this week’s Torah portion Vayetze וַיֵּצֵא Hebrew for “and he left”, we read another loaded section of Scripture. We read of Ya’acov (Jacob) fleeing his home to save his life from the death threat pronounced by his infuriated brother Esav. He encounters God in a vision of a ladder and arrives empty handed to meet his own bride in at the well his father met his mother. His treacherous father in law ensnares Jacob in a web of deceit and manipulation and 21 years later Jacob heeds another vision from HaShem and leaves Laban…he experiences God again and comes face to face with his past, his sin, his own deception- his brother Esav. There is a connecting thread as always in the portion and the world around us today. We see from the Luke passage the mention of a favored bride, meant to carry the promised seed. We read that his Kingdom will have no end over whom will he be called King?! Over the church, the Jehovah’s witnesses, the Mormon’s? Sure, remnants who will attach themselves to the Covenant of said King. But Luke says it this way: He will reign over the house of JACOB forever. Read on about Jacob’s encounter with the Angel of God who gives him a new name: Israel! May this bless you and be timely in your life and strengthen your walk in relationship with the one who IS with you through it all.
Genesis 28;1 So Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and charged him, and said to him, “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan. 2 Arise, go to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father; and from there take to yourself a wife from the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother. 3 May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples. 4 May He also give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your descendants with you, that you may possess the land of your sojournings, which God gave to Abraham.” 5 Then Isaac sent Jacob away, and he went to Paddan-aram to Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau. 6 Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take to himself a wife from there, when he blessed him he charged him, saying, “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan,” 7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and had gone to Paddan-aram.
Last week over Shabbat we asked over fellowship, “Do you think that Jacob was an obedient child?” Off hand one might say, no he lied…he lied to his dad and deceived him. But let’s go back, who’s idea was this whole plan to take the firstborn blessing? Rivka’s (Rebecca’s). Why would she do such a thing? There were many factors but lets site two here: Firstly– God gives Rivka a direct prophecy, answer, message, revelation. Genesis 25; 21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of theLord. 23 The Lord said to her,“Two nations are in your womb; and two peoples will be separated from your body; and one people shall be stronger than the other; and the older shall serve the younger.” Secondly, this next text comes directly before the portion of the “deception” of Isaac.It seems out of place the way the chapters are broken up in the English, but coming with the understanding that the chapter breaks were based on a perspective a far off from the Hebrew, noting that a Torah scroll was not broken up in this way…I believe the following verses were meant to add to the explanation of this challenging situation. Genesis 26;34 When Esau was forty years old he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite; 35 and they brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah.
The question was, Is Jacob an obedient child? He did what his mother requested of him and one can not help but wonder…is Isaac really being fooled here or is he allowing for this deception? Why does he ask so many questions? In the end we can explain it away, Jacob was righteous, Esav spurned the birthright he could care less about the family name or legacy or promise and on top of that he married foreign women. How could the promise carry on in Esav? In the end Jacob still lied, and although his mother said she would carry any curse which came about [Genesis 27;13 But his mother said to him, “Your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get for me.”], he ended up the bearer of years and years of measure for measure trail and hardship. That being said again the Torah tells us that Jacob’s obedience to his father and mother’s wishes regarding his marriage even inspires Esav to marry again. Unfortunately for Esav he is so far removed from the value system and standards of his own household his efforts to marry into Avraham’s estranged wife Hagar’s descendants to please his father (whom he also just recently practically made a death wish over- Genesis 27; So Esau bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau is saying in the heart of him, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”), are so far askew they will not bring about the reconciliation he seems to suddenly desire.
Genesis 27;43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice, and arise, flee to Haran, to my brother Laban! 44 Stay with him a few days, until your brother’s fury subsides, 45 until your brother’s anger against you subsides and he forgets what you did to him.
God had very good reasons to ask His covenant people not to intermarry. The fact that Abraham, Isaac and Rebecca were upholding this Torah principle is just one of many examples we will explore that the Torah’s essence and the heart of these eternal commands of the Lord (as well as instructions to their actual performance) had been given prior to Sinai. The I King’s verses below express in part some of the trial which Isaac and Rebecca could have been witness to in their vicinity due to Esav’s choice of mate’s. Noting that Esav was a man whose heart was clearly not devoted to the service of God and His legacy this fall was much less shocking and devastating than that of king Solomon a man whose heart had been devoted to Hashem. The power of the temptation in these relationships can be life altering and effectual in terrible ways for generations. Isaac sends Jacob off with a blessing and his mission is become the agent of the preservation of his family’s heritage..and he must do this by choosing a proper mate.
I Kings 11; 1 Now King Solomon loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, 2 from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the sons of Israel, “You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, they will surely turn your heart away after their gods.” Solomon held fast to these in love. 3 He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away. 4 For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not ]wholly devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father.
Deuteronomy 7; 3 Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons. 4 For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods; then the anger of the Lord will be kindled against you and He will quickly destroy you.
Carefully read the following Isaiah 58 passage. The Lord blessed me with this section in connection to the Torah portion and it is amazing to me! First read Isaiah and the experience of Jacob and his vision from God, his oath, then I will explain what I saw…
Isaiah 58; 6 “Is this not the fast which I choose, to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke? 7 “Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked, to cover him; and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? 8 “Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. 9 “Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you remove the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness, 10 And if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom like midday. 11 “And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. 12 “Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.
Genesis 28; 10 Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place. 12 He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. 14 Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”
Jacob takes a leap of faith, by all rights he should live securely, blessed, wealthy, comfortable…instead he is forced from his home and finds himself enlisting into multiple decades of what can only be compared to servitude. Although the Torah doesn’t describe for us (yet) how corrupt and oppressive (mentally trying, spiritually draining) life with Laban was throughout the duration of Jacobs stay there, Jacob later does describe it: Genesis 31; 6 You know that I have served your father with all my strength. 7 Yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times; however, God did not allow him to hurt me. He’s frightened and he goes to the place, the place where Isaac, his father, was offered up to HaShem on the altar. It is dark, the sun has set. Perhaps it is a stone from the altar that he rests upon. In the end it is a former stone, an ‘ancient’ stone that he sets back up an anoints. He anoints it with oil for this is all he has to offer, he can not bring a sacrifice because he is, at this point, “broke”.[ Genesis 32;10 I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two companies.] He asks that the Lord provide for him the essentials for his journey (life) food and clothing. Interestingly these are the two things that were instrumental in the deception which led to his having to leave his home in haste (Isaac ate of the delicacies before giving the blessing and Jacob donned Esav’s garments). Through out Jacob’s life it seems clear, he has reason to doubt. Not God, but himself. God has already told him He will be with him, I believe he ponders his own merit to receive the benefit God promised already. Things do not get better for Jacob, they get bad and worse and even worse. He is continually asking for God’s reassurance at different junctions on his journey and I believe this is to his own merit. I believe it would be wise if we remember that we are servants of the Most High God maker of heaven and earth. We come empty handed, as ‘beggars at the door’ Much like Jacob at the outset of his journey. All we can offer is all that we have…ourselves, our life, our work, the toil of our faithful service, the oil of anointment upon a holy people which has been granted to us…by the sovereign choice of our King.
Genesis 28; 18 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on its top. 19 He called the name of that place Bethel; however, previously the name of the city had been Luz. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and garments to wear, 21 and I return to my father’s house in safety, then the Lord will be my God. 22 This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”
So what I saw was a promise for freedom from bondage, a heavy yoke…perhaps referring to Laban’s yoke.
Isaiah 58;6 to undo the bands of the yoke… *Jacob professes the pains he has endured but he doesn’t do this until Laban had chased him down and disrespected him to the utmost, Jacob has kept his honor and respect until now and we finally get a glimpse into what it was like for him, his yoke (which foreshadows the yoke of his people under Egyptian bondage and throughout time even to today…): Genesis 31; 38 These twenty years I with you; your ewes and your female goats have not miscarried, nor have I eaten the rams of your flocks. 39 That which was torn I did not bring to you; I bore the loss of it myself. You required it of my hand stolen by day or stolen by night. 40 I was: by day the heat consumed me and the frost by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes. 41 These twenty years I have been in your house; I served you fourteen years for your two daughters and six years for your flock, and you changed my wages ten times. 42 If the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had not been for me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the toil of my hands, so He rendered judgment last night.
Isaiah 58; 7“…. bread with the hungry… * If…we had a case for evidence against Esav, proof that the deception was unavoidable…this could possibly be the best case, if such a case could be made. It may not connect in context with Isaiah but I do find it interesting that a meal is involved, and this meal served as the means by which we realize how very little Esav valued his place as firstborn and how he BAZAH בז – to disesteem the birthright. (Interestingly it is at this point that Esav is called Edom, a name and assignment which has and does precede ‘him’ and his descendants even now, the brother who has not forgiven and forgotten, the brother who seeks to kill his neighbor and drive him (Israel) off into the sea…): Genesis 25; When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; 30 and Esau said to Jacob, “Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom. 31 But Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” 32 Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die; so of what then is the birthright to me?” 33 And Jacob said, “First swear to me”; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
Isaiah 58;7… not to hide yourself from your own flesh… *There is a lot of hiding in these sections, Jacob hides his identity from his father, flesh and blood. Laban uses the words ‘bone and flesh’ to lull Jacob into a sense of security, that he is trustworthy…eventually Jacob leaves Laban’s house and flees without announcing it. Laban accuses him of ‘deceiving’ him, in actuality the Torah states Jacob GANAB גנב-to thieve (literally or figuratively); by implication, to deceive…the heart of Laban. The Isaiah text speaks of a time that Jacob will soon arrive at, where there will not be any more running or hiding, deceiving or thieving. He will face his past, his sin, his former name and become a new man. Things will not cease to be difficult for him, nonetheless, he will finally be freed from the pain and guilt from his past. Genesis 27; 23 He did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like his brother Esau’s hands; so he blessed him. 24 And he said, “Are you really my son Esau?” And he said, “I am.”/ Genesis 31; 19 When Laban had gone to shear his flock, then Rachel stole the household idols that were her father’s. 20 And Jacob deceived Laban the Aramean by not telling him that he was fleeing./ Genesis 31; 26 Then Laban said to Jacob, “What have you done by deceiving me and carrying away my daughters like captives of the sword? 27 Why did you flee secretly and deceive me, and did not tell me/ Genesis 29; 14 Laban said to him, “Surely you are my bone and my flesh.”
Isaiah 58;8 …light will break out like the dawn.., and your recovery will speedily spring forth…*To me this is incredible. Yes we are flashing forward to next week, but these accounts are all connected. First at the outset of his journey we see darkness and light then a vision and dawn, we see it again when he is about to come to the ‘end’ of another part of this journey…just before he faces the very reason he is there in the first place…and angry brother and his army. Again wrestling in darkness, an injury and then the dawn…a new name, a blessing, healing, renewal preservation and the son rises. : Genesis 28;11 He came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set…/Genesis 28;18 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on its top./Genesis 32;24 Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.25 When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so the socket of Jacob’s thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the dawn is breaking.” But he said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 So he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.”29 Then Jacob asked him and said, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And he blessed him there. 30 So Jacob named the place Peniel, for, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved.” 31 Now the sun rose upon him just as he crossed over Penuel, and he was limping on his thigh.
Isaiah 58;9 …you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry….*There is a series of cries out to the Lord in our portion. Esav lifts up his voice and cries when he finds out the blessing has gone to his brother, but is he crying out to God? His pain is heard and there is a just measure exacted for the cause of his anguish. Jacob cries after meeting Rachel for he knows that he has come empty and will not be able to marry her outright, he see’s the trouble ahead and the sages teach he even see’s that they will not be buried together in Hebron. Somehow his tears match up to the pain which he will now endure for his transgressions. In connection we know that Leah cried to God in her prayers for she says the Lord has seen and heard that she is SANE שנואה –to hate (personally) and he opens her womb. The account of Jacob and his growing family is sure proof that God is more than willing and able to make a beneficent outcome from less than ideal circumstances. The accounts of the Torah reveal our own lives, we are not robots and we are certainly not perfect…He doesn’t need us to be to work in us and through us and to ANSWER according to His will crafting His Plan and shaping it awesomely using us along the way as we choose and move and act with Him at the helm. Jacob and his large family face danger as Esav approaches with his army and Jacob is open and bare with God. He says he is afraid he will loose it all, woman and child and he reminds God of the promise for the generations. ( Esav and Jacob cry when they face each other, we know that this reconciliation is not all it appears to be at the surface reading but still…the past is dealt with head on.) God does deliver Jacob and later in life (continually in his life) God reassured Jacob that going to Egypt will in the end be a blessing which touches our lives even now.The redemption and deliverance of Israel from slavery by the blood of the lamb is the picture of the salvation (Yeshua) for all of us as children of God. Genesis 27;38 Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me,even me also, O my father.” So Esau lifted his voice and wept./ Genesis 28;15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”/Genesis 29;11 Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted his voice and wept./Genesis 29;31 Now the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, and He opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 Leah conceived and bore a son and named him Reuben, for she said, “Because the Lord has seen my affliction; surely now my husband will love me.” 33 Then she conceived again and bore a son and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this also.”/ Genesis 32;10 I am unworthy of all the lovingkindness and of all the faithfulness which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two companies. 11 Deliver me, I pray, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, that he will come and attack me the mothers with the children./Genesis 33;4 Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept./ Genesis 46; 2 God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” 3 He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there.
Isaiah 58;11 …strength to your bones… *We already noted the use of Laban’s claiming Jacob as “ my bone and my flesh.” (Genesis 29;15). We know there was an injury to the socket of Jacob’s hip.(Genesis 32;25). But what came to my mind when I read this verse is the promise that bones would be taken up from Egypt. [Genesis 50; 24 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will surely take care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.” 25 Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones up from here.] This whole saga of the accounts of how the 12 tribes of Israel came to be born and grow into a nation…start to physically formulate in these Torah portions. When we look forward we do see a promise from God to Jacob, Joseph will be with you when you die and then he makes the brothers promise to take his bones and bury his body in Hebron, which they do…and it is incredible the foreshadow of the great company leaving Egypt with the body of their father to the land of promise. Furthermore the text states that when Jacob descended to Egypt in all there were 70 people with him. 2 Chronicles 29 speaks of the 70 bulls offered for the 70 nations on the feast of Succot. This descent to Egypt with 70 could show us how much a part of this entire journey each one of us really is! We are a part of the family if we attach ourselves to the Promise’s of God, part of this is fulfilling our duty to bless and strengthen Israel, our brother…our bone. [Genesis 35; 10 God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; you shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” Thus He called him Israel. 11 God also said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come forth from you.] Genesis 46; 4 I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will close your eyes.”/ Genesis 46; 26 All the persons belonging to Jacob, who came to Egypt, his direct descendants, not including the wives of Jacob’s sons, sixty-six persons in all, 27 and the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt were two; all the persons of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, seventy./ Genesis 50;7 So Joseph went up to bury his father, and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8 and all the household of Joseph and his brothers and his father’s household; they left only their little ones and their flocks and their herds in the land of Goshen.9 There also went up with him both chariots and horsemen; and it was a very great company….12 Thus his sons did for him as he had charged them; 13 for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre, which Abraham had bought along with the field for a burial site from Ephron the Hittite.
Isaiah 58;12…rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; and you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell….*We noted this already, Jacob’s vision at Moriah, the place, where Avraham confirmed the promise of God in his willingness to offer the son of promise on the altar. The stones of that altar being re erected and anointed by Jacob offering all that he had there. That same promise being re-confirmed to Jacob. This whole portion we have witnessed a transformation. Jacob, the heel…evading, hiding, running, empty into Israel, strong, upfront, brave, and blessed. He may have taken the blessing and charge to continue the House of Avraham…which for the integrity of the Way and Word, the Torah of the One God and Creator of heaven, earth, the sea’s and all that is in them…but he was not ready. He was not worthy. So empty handed with nothing to offer God molds him through trial and error and strengthens Him, fashioning him via his circumstances, per the journey…into a worthy agent and bearer of this blessing. What this blessing has always come with is the responsibility to bring light into the world, to be that repairer and restorer or at the very least to imitate the Ultimate restorer of all things. These accounts are not just about Jacob and Israel, they are about our own lives and our generation, our children. We too will see and be a part of a transformation which is indeed happening now, as the hearts of the sons are returning to the fathers. The age- old foundations. Genesis 28; 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am theLord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. 14 Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. ….18 So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on its top./Acts 3; 19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Yeshua the anointed appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time./ Malachi4; 4 “Remember the Torah of Moses My servant,the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel. 5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. 6 He will restore the hearts of the fathers to children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”/ II Corinthians 3; 18 But we all, with unveiled face,beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
Before I end this entry I’d like to take you to the next Torah portion via Isaiah 52. We’ve sited some of the verses already but read the text below and watch the other amazing things that the Lord seemed to be showing me…
Isaiah 52; 8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up voices, they shout joyfully together; for they will see with their own eyes when the Lord restores Zion.9 Break forth, shout joyfully together,you waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The Lord has bared His holy arm in the sight of all the nations, that all the ends of the earth may see the salvation of our God.11 Depart, depart, go out from there, touch nothing unclean; go out of the midst of her, purify yourselves, you who carry the vessels of the Lord.12 But you will not go out in haste, nor will you go as fugitives; for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel your rear guard.13 Behold, My servant will prosper, he will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted.
Genesis 32;1 Now as Jacob went on his way, the angels of God met him. 2 Jacob said when he saw them, “This is God’s camp.” So he named that place Mahanaim. 3 Then Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom. 4 He also commanded them saying, “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: ‘Thus says your servant Jacob, “I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed until now; 5 I have oxen and donkeys and flocks and male and female servants; and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find favor in your sight.”’”
So Jacob had a direct encounter with these angels of HaShem who do not seem to appear in a vision but rather meet him. PAGA פגעו- to impinge, by accident or violence, or (figuratively) by importunity. There is a directive and seriousness to this encounter and we know it comes about that the angels (messengers Jacob sends) report back the threat of Esav and his army. These watchmen warn Jacob and truly God does protect Jacob from the rear and the front, the face…which is what he does. Face it all. When he does face Esav he speaks to him from the voice of a humble servant while having attained the prosperity and wealth and blessing of God and man.
Genesis 35;1 Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” 2 So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments; 3 and let us arise and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” 4 So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods which they had and the rings which were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak which was near Shechem. 5 As they journeyed, there was a great terror upon the cities which were around them, and they did not pursue the sons of Jacob. 6 So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him. 7 He built an altar there, and called the place El-bethel, because there God had revealed Himself to him when he fled from his brother.
Is this not what the heart of this whole account rests on, purifying ourselves over a life time. Parting with our idols whatever they may be. Shedding the flesh and our ungodly attributes. Not relying on our own methods to bring about what purposes we believe we are destined to reach. Facing our past. Facing God and allowing Him to answer us on the day of distress (He can’t do that unless we CRY to Him). I love this…
“…God…has been with me wherever I have gone.”
Hosea 12; 3 In the womb he took his brother by the heel, and in his maturity he contended with God.
4 Yes, he wrestled with the angel and prevailed; he wept and sought His favor. He found Him at Bethel
and there He spoke with us, 5 Even the Lord, the God of hosts,the Lord is His name. 6 Therefore, return to your God,observe kindness and justice, and wait for your God continually.
The Torah speaks to us as does the Spirit when He teaches us the Word. From the beginning to the end it is Divine and I sit in awe once again, more and more. I praise Him for giving us the key to the way to walk and the map for all our journey’s. May yours be blessed and filled with light.
Baruch attah ADONAI Eloheinu Melech HaOlam
Blessed are You Lord our God King of the universe You have blessed us with Your Torah of Truth You have blessed us with the entire counsel of Your living Word, You alone have planted among us Life Eternal. Blessed are You Lord our God Gracious Giver of the Torah. B’Shem Yeshua HaMashiac amein.