Shalom. Our message this morning is from Genesis 46.1-7.
Read Genesis 46.1-7.
The prophecy is coming to fulfillment. GOD’s prophecy, I should say, is coming to partial fulfillment. GOD had promised Abraham some 200 years earlier that his descendants, the children of Israel would be strangers in a land not theirs. That land turned out to be Egypt. And GOD used Joseph as His instrument to bring the Jewish people the children of Israel, into Egypt, the land that is not theirs. And in this prophecy of Genesis 15.13, GOD said to Abraham, “know well that your offspring will be strangers in a land not theirs, and they shall be enslaved and oppressed 400 years”. And the prophecy continued. “But I will execute judgment on the nation they shall serve, and in the end, they shall go free with great wealth. And they shall return here to Canaan, which GOD renamed Israel, in the 4th generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites, that is the Canaanites, is not yet complete”. When the sun set, and it was very dark, GOD made a covenant with Abraham saying, to your offspring I assign this land which became Israel from the river of Egypt, to the great river, the River Euphrates, and all the Canaanite nations”. Joseph and his father Jacob, and all his family have partially fulfilled this prophecy. They have all come into Egypt as of this writing. Some 4,000 years ago in Genesis Chapter 46.
GENESIS 46.1 Israel is Jacob. GOD gave Jacob the name Israel after he wrestled with Jacob while he was returning from Syria, having worked for his Uncle Laban for 22 years. Jacob left Canaan to flee from his brother Esau. He had nothing but the clothes on his back. Now he is returning home to Canaan with his 2 wives, Leah and Rachel. His 2 women servants, 11 sons, 1 daughter, his servants, flocks and herds and camels. His youngest son Benjamin is Jacob’s only child born in Canaan. His birthplace was near Bethlehem. And Jacob sent messengers to his brother Esau and told them, say to my brother Esau, I hope we can be friends, and you will not hate me. And the messengers returned to Jacob, and said, we came to your brother Esau and he is coming to meet you, and 400 men with him. And Jacob was frightened and distressed, and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels into 2 groups, thinking, if Esau attacks 1 group, the other will escape. And Jacob prayed to The LORD GOD for deliverance from Esau. And Jacob sent Esau a present, a great number of animals from his flock and herds. And he sent the present by his servants to tell Esau, your servant Jacob is behind us. Hopefully, Jacob thought, when I see Esau, he will accept me. And the night before meeting Esau, Jacob wrestled with a Man from evening to daybreak. That Man was GOD, The GOD of Creation Who is Yeshua ha Mashiakh, The GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, The Holy One of Israel.
– This is the 1st time Israel is mentioned in The Bible.
– The name Israel is written some 2,567 times in Scripture.
– Jacob is Israel, the father of the 12 tribes of Israel, originating from his 12 sons.
– When Jacob met Esau and his 400 men, Esau ran to meet him. And embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept. GOD answered Jacob’s prayer (Genesis 33.4).
GENESIS 46.1 All that he had. Everyone in his family, his children and grandchildren, their flocks and herds, all their possessions, and they left for the land that was not theirs, Egypt.
Beer-Sheeba – Bayr-Shehvah – well of an oath, is in Southern Israel in the Negev on the way to Egypt.
And Jacob offered sacrifices to The LORD. The sacrifice was to make atonement for his sins. It was the precursor, the forerunner of the sacrificial atonement of Messiah Yeshua. The Torah, or The Law reads in Leviticus 17, all sacrifices must be offered at the Temple, and because there is no Temple in Israel today, there are no animal sacrifices. Yeshua is our sacrifice for forgiveness for all our sins. However, the sacrifice will be reinstated and brought back in The Millennium when The Millennial Temple is built. Read Ezekiel Chapters 40 through 48. Also, before Jacob offered sacrifces to The LORD, Abel also offered sacrifices to The LORD as did Noah, Abraham and Isaac.
46.2 Here am I. Henaynee
GOD spoke to Israel in the visions of the night and said, Jacob, Jacob, and he said, Here am I.
Let’s look at Genesis 32.28:
And GOD said, your name shall be called no more, or no longer Jacob, but Israel. So why does GOD call Israel Jacob?
The words in this verse, “no more or no longer” are a mistranslation from the original Hebrew word. It does not mean “no more, or no longer” shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel.
The original Hebrew word is ODE which means, again and again or continually. Thus GOD said to Jacob, You will not be called by the name Jacob “all the time”, or “again and again”, but you will also be called Israel. So Jacob is called Israel, but his name is still Jacob.
GENESIS 46.2 VISIONS – MAHROTE – visions. Webster’s Dictionary describes vision as something seen in a dream or a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation. Here the supernatural appearance is GOD. So the visions of the night could have been dreams of GOD speaking to Jacob, or an actual appearance of GOD speaking to Jacob. I believe the visions of the night were in fact actual appearances of GOD speaking to Jacob in a vision and not a dream.
GENESIS 15.1 Abraham had an interesting vision. The Word of The LORD came to Abram in a vision.
The Word of The LORD is Yeshua. Thus it was Yeshua Who came to Abram in a vision. JOHN 1.1
Thus, Yeshua The Messiah came to Abram either in a dream or he actually appeared to Abram and said, fear not Abram. I am your shield and exceeding great reward. I believe this was not a dream but an actual appearance of The LORD in a vision. An entire conversation took place as well as a sacrifice. When it was dark, a smoking furnace, and a flaming torch passed between those pieces.
And GOD made an historically huge prophecy with Abraham.
NUMBERS 12.1-16 (Verse 8) With Moses I will speak Mouth to mouth, that is Face to face, and I will speak plainly to him and not in riddles. And he sees My appearance, that is My body and form. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant Moses, The LORD said?
SIMILITUDE – TEMUNAH – form, His appearance, His body.
VERSE 6 With prophets, GOD makes Himself known to them in a vision, and speaks to them in a dream. Not so with Moses. GOD spoke Face to face with him as a friend speaks to a friend.
EXODUS 33.11, PSALM 17.15
(Psalm 17.15) LIKENESS – TEMUNAH – His Form, His Body, when we see Him, GOD and Messiah, we will be like Him, having the same type of spiritual body He has. Beautiful and magnificent.
ACTS 9.10-19 Ananias saw The LORD in a vision, not a dream. GOD The Messiah appeared to Ananias in a vision but not an actual appearance as The LORD spoke to Moses, Face to face, Mouth to mouth, Body to body.
GENESIS 46.2-3 FEAR NOT – AL TERAH – don’t be afraid or frightened, don’t fear or be terrified.
There are 2 very
important teachings in The Bible about fear. Certainly fears crop up often in Scripture, and perhaps often in our own lives also. But 2 very important teachings on fear are taught in The Word of GOD.
1. The children of GOD do not have to fear anything or anyone, except
2. Except, we all must fear GOD.
For example, those of us like Abraham who are of faith, who obey GOD, His Voice, His Commandments, His Statutes and His Laws (Genesis 26.5) do not have to fear anything or anyone because GOD is our shield. He always protects us.
SHIELD – MAHGAYNE – a shield, a protector.
GOD Almighty is our shield and protector.
Exceeding great reward or your reward shall be very great, which in part is; we have all GOD’s Covenants of promise, we always have hope in Him and His help, always, His blessings and deliverance always, and eternal life. And in eternity, in The Millennium and in Heaven, everything that belongs to Him, belongs to us, and so much more.
On the other hand, GOD commands us to fear The LORD our GOD. The word fear comes from the Hebrew word YAHRAY which means fear. To fear GOD, be frightened of GOD, afraid of Him, terrified of Him. And that is all for our good. To reverance GOD. That is honor Him, hold Him in high esteem, respect Him and appreciate Him in love, with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our might.
DEUTERONOMY 6. 2 teaches us how we prove to GOD, and to ourselves that we fear GOD. That proof comes from obeying The LORD GOD.
PROLONGED – AHRAKH – long life and eternal life.
Obeying GOD’s commandments and His Laws also include faith in Yeshua. DEUTERONOMY 18.15-19
EXODUS 14.13-14 Fear not. GOD will always deliver you.
We are commanded to fear GOD and keep His Commandments, and obey His Voice. DEUTERONOMY 13.4
We never have to fear what man will do to us. PSALM 56.3-4
DEUTERONOMY 31.6 fear not, for The LORD your GOD goes with you always
But we are commanded to fear GOD and obey Him. DEUTERONOMY 8.6
Lest The LORD will not hear your prayers. ISAIAH 59.2
We do not have to fear evil when we fear GOD. PSALM 23.4, PSALM 112.1-3
David feared GOD 2 SAMUEL 23.1-3, PSALM 25.12-14, PSALM 27.1-5
Wisdom comes from fearing GOD. PSALM 111.10
When we fear GOD, The LORD protects our children, and delivers us from death. PROVERBS 14.26-27
GOD is always with you. Fear not. ISAIAH 41.10-13, 14
Fear not, for you were created for GOD’s glory, His honor. ISAIAH 43.1-7
By the fear of The LORD, we depart from evil. PROVERBS 16.6-7
By the fear of The LORD is riches, honor and life. PROVERBS 22.4
LIFE – KHAHYEEM – life plural, that is, on earth and Heaven
The New Testament teaches that GOD does not hear those who disobey Him. JOHN 9.31
Messiah warns us to fear GOD. MATTHEW 10.25-28
Paul teaches that holiness is perfected by fearing GOD. By obeying His Torah, The Law of Moses, and His Commandments. 2 CORINTHIANS 7.1
FILTHINESS is immorality – doing that which is wrong. It is The Law of Moses and The Commandments of GOD that teach us what is right and what is wrong
Work our your own salvation in the fear of The LORD. PHILIPPIANS 2.12
You believe in Messiah, now do what GOD requires of you. Fear GOD. Follow The LORD your GOD, keep His Commandments, obey His Voice, serve Him and cleave to Him. That is how we are to live our lives. That is how we work out our own salvation. By fearing GOD, Paul teaches, and with trembling.
The Book of Revelation teaches every nation, every race, every language, and every person to fear GOD.
REVELATION 14.6-7, REVELATION 15.1-4, REVELATION 19.1-9
(Revelation 15.4) made manifext – declared
(Revelation 19.2) the great whore is the world, and the people in it.
(Psalm 2.2-3, 1 John 5.19)
FORNICATION – a metaphor comparing fornication with lawlessness, breaking GOD’s Torah, His Law of Moses.
At her hand – GOD punished and will punish those who shed the blood of His saints.
(Revelation 19.6) OMNIPOTENT – He is all powerfull, all ruling Almighty GOD
(Revelation 19.9) All GOD’s servants, and all they that fear GOD will be called to The Marriage Supper of The Lamb.
So in conclusion: fearing GOD is a commandment, GOD speaks over and over, again and again. Fearing GOD is evidence you and I keep all His Commandments, all His Laws, and all His Words always. And GOD promises you, if you fear GOD, it will go well with you, and your children forever. And that includes your grandchildren and your descendants.
DEUTERONOMY 5.29 (Hebrew Bible DEUTERONOMY 5.26)
Shalom, Ira Weinstein
Shalom. Our message this morning is from Genesis 46.1-7.