Shalom and good morning. Our teaching this morning will be from GENESIS 30.14-20.
READ GENESIS 30.14-20
GENESIS 30.14 Reuben of course is Jacob’s first son, born from Jacob’s first wife Leah.
MANDRAKES – DOODAHEEM – possibly jasmine, violets, mandrakes – Webster’s – a narcotic (such as a drug), a short-stemmed European plant of the nightshade family having a fleshy, often forked root somewhat resembling a human form. Mandrakes in this setting could also be a basket of figs. Mandrakes, perhaps induce fertility to help produce children, or being fragrant bring about good feelings.
Anyway, Reuben gave them to his mother Leah. But Rachel her younger sister and second wife of Jacob wanted some of those mandrakes, perhaps hoping they would help her have chlldren. She was barren.
30.15 So here is another squabble between the 2 sisters Leah and Rachel, Jacob’s 2 wives.
30.16 FIELD – SAHDEH – ground, soil, land, the field.
Jacob was a farmer as were most Jewish people in the days of the Bible. And GOD spoke to them often in agricultural terms. For example:
SOW TO yourselves in righteousness. That is, learn righteousness which is obedience to Torah, and live your life according to GOD’s Word, Law and Commandment.
REAP IN MERCY – reap means harvest. When you sow to yourselves righteousness, you will receive mercy and kindness from the Lord God.
BREAK UP your fallow ground. Fallow ground is cultivated land that if plowed correctly, can grow crops. Thus Repent, and turn to The LORD, and obey Him by obeying Torah. BE NO LONGER FALLOW GROUND LIEING IDLE, BUT RATHER BECOME GODLY..
For it is time TO SEEK The LORD. Yeshua says in Matthew 6.33, “Seek The LORD in righteousness”. Seek Him by being RIGHT with GOD. And being Right with God comes by believing in Messiah and obeying Torah.
TILL HE COME and rain righteousness upon you, us. When He comes, Messiah will pour His righteousness upon us, and also teach us His righteousness.
So GOD is saying, learn righteousness, learn to be right with GOD, believing in Messiah, and obeying Torah. And you will receive His mercy and kindness.
Repent and turn to GOD. Serve Him in obedience to Torah. Seek Him in righteousness. Do what is right, live by Torah. Till He comes and rains on us His righteousness and teaches us righteousness.
Matthew 24.32-33, Luke 6.43-44
Good fruit is obedience to Torah. Serving GOD by obeying His Law. That is how a believer in Messiah Yeshua must live. That is the fruit of a Believer in the Messiah Yeshua.
GENESIS 30.16-18 ISSACHAR – YEESAHSKHAR
He will bring a reward
HIRE – SAHKHAR – reward
Now Jacob has 9 sons from his wife Leah, her maid servant Zilpah, and Rachel’s maid servant Bilhah, but Rachel was still barren. Their names are Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher and Issachar.
Issachar was of course, the father of the tribe of Issachar. And when the children of Israel came into the land of Canaan some 600 years after his birth, the tribe of Issachar was given their parcel of land in Israel, and it was rather small compared to the others because there were fewer people in that tribe.
The land of the tribe of Issachar was located at the Sea of Galilee where the Jordan River flows down to the Dead Sea. Issachar is in the region of Nazareth. And the Jordan River is the boundary today that separates Israel from Jordan, that is the country of Jordan.
The Tribe of Issachar had a reputation for wisdom and understanding.
1 CHRONICLES 12.32
UNDERSTANDING – BEENAH – understanding, and perfect knowledge, and wisdom, as in understanding times, to know what Israel should do.
Mt. Tabor is in the land of Issachar in Israel. And the Bible says, “So Barak went down to Mt. Tabor, and 10,000 men after him”.
30.19-20 ZEBULUN – ZEHVOOLOON – habitation, or a permanent home.
The inheritance of the tribe of Zebulun is also a small parcel of land bordering Issachar to the west. THE CITY OF NAZARETH IS LOCATED THERE, not far from the Sea of Galilee. That is where Yeshua spent some 30 years of His life though He was born in Bethlehem of Judah.
Let’s look at one of Isaiah’s prophecies of the coming of Messiah Yeshua. These words were written some 700 years before Messiah’s birth, and 1st coming.
VERSE 1 – DIMNESS – MOOAHF – darkness, i.e. not knowing GOD, not obeying Him, death.
VEXATION – distress, anguish, suffering, sorrow
LIGHTLY AFFLICTED – lightly regarded, the people in the Galilee were lightly respected.
VERSE 2 – DARKNESS – KHOSHEHKH. Darkness, ignorance and death, because of not knowing GOD, and disobeying Him.
SEEN A GREAT LIGHT – Yeshua.
Yeshua lived in Nazareth, travelled around the Galilee, taught in the Synagogue there and did many healings and miracles.
THE LIGHT the people saw was of course YESHUA AND HIS TEACHINGS. PROVERBS 6.23
COMMANDMENT – MEETZVAH – a Commandment and The Torah, The Law of Moses. Yeshua taught then and today the Commandments and The Law of Moses, for all mankind to obey.
Without The Law and GOD’s Commandments is darkness and not knowing GOD. But with His Law and Commandments we have light. We obey GOD and know Him and have life.
Back to the land of Zebulun and Nazareth. Miriam and Joseph lived in Nazareth a city of Galilee and that is where the angel Gabriel announced to Miriam that she would give birth to The Jewish Messiah.
It was the city of Nazareth in Israel in the land of Zebulun where Joseph and Yeshua’s Mother Miriam brought the Child from Egypt.
No Scripture or Prophet calls Him a Nazarene but this saying may come from Isaiah 9.1-2 commenting that Yeshua lived in the region of Nazareth, a Nazarene(?)
Yeshua taught in the Synagogue in Nazareth in the land of Zebulun, In Israel.
One of Yeshua’s great teachings is, “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand”.
MATTHEW 4.12-17, 23
REPENT – turn
to GOD and obey Him. Two excellent scriptures that teach what Repentance is are found in Ezekiel 18.21-22 and Ezekiel 36.27.
Let’s look at two of Jacob’s other sons, Gad and Asher, and a little of their history.
GENESIS 30.10-11 GAD – GAHD – Gad’s name is written in the Torah as bah gahd meaning good fortune or fortune has come.
Listen to this. The land of the tribe of Gad in Israel would be in today’s Jordan. That is the country of Jordan. In fact, Jordan’s capital city Amman is in Israel in Gad. Thus part of Israel is occupied by Jordan.
The Jabbok River is between Manasseh to the north and Gad, and this is where Jacob wrestled with GOD and where GOD changed Jacob’s name to Israel.
30.12-13 ASHER – AHSHER – happy
The land of the tribe of Asher is the most northern territory of Israel. It’s on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and extends north to Sidon in Lebanon. So, Lebanon also belongs to Israel. The City of Tyre is some 30 miles south of Sidon and Yeshua preached The Word of GOD there.
VERSE 27 I’ll take the crumbs. I’ll take whatever Words of GOD you say to me, and whatever you do for me. And He healed her daughter.
Joshua had some words of wisdom and encouragement for the children of Israel when the tribes came into the land. And these words apply to us today, and always will.
Before we bring this message to a close, let’s talk about the 12 tribes in Revelation 7 where the tribes of Dan and Ephraim are missing.
The tribes of Dan and Ephraim are left out of the 12 tribes of Jacob, because Joseph, Jacob’s 11th son, is counted for 3 tribes. The tribes of Jospeph, Manasseh and Ephraim. But the two tribes of Dan and Ephraim are left out in this writing of John. Why?
1. Some say they were left out because of idol worship. Not true. In the darkest hours in the history of Israel, many Jewish people worshipped graven idols. That’s one of the foremost reasons we were exiled in 586 B.C.E.
2 CHRONICLES 25.1, 14-15; 2 CHRONICLES 28.1-2
2. Others say it was a Scribal error that does not include Dan and Ephraim. Also not true.
3. Others say John made an error leaving the two out. Also not true.
4. Yet others say Dan is left out because the anti-Christ comes from the tribe of Dan. Nonsense.
5. There is no Biblical reference why they are left out, and GOD is sovereign.
I do believe however, that these 144,000 Jewish people will preach the Truth and be witnesses for the Jewish Messiah Yeshua throughout the world at a time in the future before Messiah’s return.
Messiah said, The Truth shall make you free. And you shall know The Truth, He said, and The Truth shall make you free.
Here is The Truth the 144,000 Jews will preach throughout the world. The Truth is this. GOD and Messiah are The Truth. GOD’S Word and His Law and Commandments are The Truth. And by obeying them, which includes believing in Messiah Yeshua, you are set free from your sins because Yeshua is your atonement, your only atonement to forgive your sins (Jeremiah 31.31-34). GOD forgives your iniquity, and remembers your sins no more. The result, GOD with you in this life, and eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven, forever.
That is what the 144,000 Jews will preach.
Shalom, Ira Weinstein
Shalom and good morning. Our teaching this morning will be from GENESIS 30.14-20.