“Are You A Jacob or Are You An Esau?” by Ariel E…….
THIS WEEKS TORAH PORTION: TOLDOT- OFFSPRING
Haftarah 1 Samuel 20:18-42
Priesthood Instructions: Matthew 24-28, Mark 15-16, Luke 21-24
“Are You A Jacob or Are You An Esau?”
19 This is the account of Abraham’s son Isaac.
Abraham became the father of Isaac, and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekkah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekkah became pregnant. The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD . The LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger.”
6It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.“ In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.“ Not only that, but Rebekkah’ s children had one and the same father, our father Isaac. 11Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad–in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls–she was told, “The older will serve the younger,” Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.
It All A Matter of a Birthrite
For their first 20 years Rebekkah was barren; Yitza’ak prays for his wife and she conceives twins! At their birth Yitza’ak was 60 and Avraham was still alive—but nearing death Avraham would have shared the family history with the twins. Shem—Noach’s father & Eber were all alive for another 52-81 years more. Shem’s grandfather Lemech—walked with Adam—the Son of God
Genesis 25:27-28 says, “The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was a quiet man, staying among the tents. Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekkah loved Jacob.”
Pictures of our Patriarchs
Yitza’ak has favor toward Esav (ESAU)—who was a “Hunter” and “A Man of the Field”
Rebekkah has favor toward Ya’akov (JACOB) who was a “Quiet man” who “Stayed by the Tents”
What Do These Designations Mean?
“Open field” or “Country” is a reference to the Wild life—outside God’s Teaching and Instruction—Thus He was in contact with the realm of death Deut. 28
Being “Among the Tents” is a reference to adhering to God’s Teaching and Instruction, Walking in the Realm of Life Duet. 28
“Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)
This was an act of Pride on the part of Esav; There are three aspects to every act of pride
1-PRESUPMTION—when we presume too much in our favor—when we act as though we have authority we do not have.
2- REBELLING AGAINST AUTHORITY —Seeking our own will to the point of rebellion
3- WILFULL DECISION —Pride carries the element of willful decision—Scripture calls this “Wickedness” and “Tempting God”
Rotten Food vs. Good Food
Rotten Food (The World) versus the Good Food (Of Torah)
Esav’ s food source was not dependable, and gave him little strength or nourishment
Esav’ s soul (His Flesh) becomes weak from being in the wilderness
Ya’akov ‘s Food supply strengthened and nourished Him
Ya’akov ‘s soul (His Flesh) remained strong and constant from being around the teaching and instruction
Effects of the “Wilderness”
The Realm of Death
Ya’akov discerns that his brother has been outside God’s realm of Life
While reflecting on Avraham ‘s death @175—Jacob decides to test his brother to see and see how important his birthrite was to him.
Ya’akov is preparing Lentil Stew—the traditional meal of mourning which is “Red” in
The birth rite is the Priestly position of the firstborn (As ALL firstborn belong to God)
This priesthood position contains all the authority of the Father
Why is the Stew Red?
The Torah When it was given to Moses was red. The Hebrew indicates that these stones were carved, smooth, and highly polished. And the Hebrew word “luach” which has been translated as “stone”, can, and has been, translated in other passages of Scripture as carbuncle.
Carbuncle is a type of garnet stone found among igneous and metamorphic rock formations, and is dark red to very dark red in color. Like blood–the Blood of Yeshua.
Why is the Stew Red?
Now consider this, the true Mt. Sinai located in Arabia and called in Arabian, “Jabal Al Lawz” just happens to be composed of a great amount of granite – an igneous rock, and marble, a metamorphic rock, the exact type of rock that carbuncle is found with.
Is this awesome or what? The tablets of the Testimony—The Ten Commandments, relating to the way of salvation, were blood red in color, and written on by the finger of the only One who could provide that Salvation, God
What good is the Birth Rite?
Genesis 25:31-34 says “Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.
There was a covenant meal
Jacob gave Esav “Bread” and the “Red” Lentil stew—He “Ate” and “Drank”
Esav reveals to us—that outside the Torah—because a Birth Rite brings Power—Authority—Honor—and Victory—that only come from keeping God’s Teaching and Instruction
Your “Fathers” birth rite should NEVER be for sale—to the best worldly job—don’t be like Esav and give little worth to God’s Teaching and Instruction
Despising what God has done for us—always results in touching the realm of death
Do You Despise Your Birth Rite?
Have we ever “despised our birth rite of Torah—by believing it to be done away with?
Did you willingly disobey Torah—because you were afraid God couldn’t meet your need—and despise your birth rite?
Do you remain silent as sin is practiced—becoming an accomplice of sin for those who hate their birth rite?
Esav Marries Poorly
Esav—knowing His parents are not to intermingle with the Canaanites—marries two Canaanite women
This grieves His parents Yitza’ak and Rebekkah
Genesis 26:34-35, “34 When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and also Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite. 35 They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekkah.”
Yitza’ak’ s eyes grow “Dim” –a sign of decreased spiritual discernment
Genesis 27:3 says “ Now then, get your weapons-your quiver and bow-and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.”
We are what we eat!
YHWH allows hunting “Clean” animals—but ALL blood must be poured out on the ground and buried
Life is in the blood —so if you eat blood—you take on the life characteristics of what you consume
Because of Esav ‘s “predatory nature” and “wild” behavior—Rabbi’s believe Esav’ s wives taught Him to eat unclean meats
Eating blood would render the consumer “Unclean and Blind”
Yitza’ak looses his sight and Esav makes many unclean life choices—because he was spiritually blind!
Listen to your Momma!
Rebekkah overhears Isaac preparing to pass the “Covenant Authority” to Esav
She remembers the promise God made when she was carrying the twins—”The Older Shall Serve The Younger”
She tells Jacob to pick 2 Goats from the Herd
The 2 Goats represent the Sin Sacrifice for the Whole Nation of Israel—All 12 Tribes! This is a picture of the “Lords Goat” and the “Azazel” which bought Atonement on Yom Kippur
This is a prophetic foreshadowing of the tearing down of the wall of Hostility between the Two Houses of Israel
Genesis 27:15-16 says “15 Then Rebekkah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.”
“Choice Garments” represents the Holy Clothing—like the Priests used to wear in YHWH’s House
They represent the authority, power, and strength of the King
Revelations 3:5—16:15 say “5He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. 15″Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
After the Priest makes the “Guilt Offering” and the “Atonement Offering”—The Priests Family could eat the offering—whoever touched it’s flesh was made Holy!
Rebekkah takes the skin of the two sacrificed goats—and puts them on Jacob’s “Hands” and “Back”
“Hand” is an Idiom for “authority involving care, responsibility over someone or something”
In this case it was the birth rite blessing that God gave Abraham—Abraham’s Covenant!
Covering of Jacob’s Hands
Covering His 2 hands represents the 2 Houses of Israel —who come into the submission of God—and possess the inheritance of the land—people—and blessing
The neck symbolizes strength and surrender
Take my yoke upon you (God’s Teaching and Instruction) and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Jacob receives the blessing
The meal of the Two Goats represents the two houses
Together they eat the covenant meal including, “Bread” “Wine” and “THE Scapegoat”
His brother rages at Jacob from outside the Camp
Jacob leaves and returns with two brides— that represent the 2 houses of Israel
Which “Twin” do you look like?
Goats live outside the Camp—but Sheep in the comfort of the Shepard’s “Flock”
Matthew 25:31-46 says “”When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I as a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44″They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. ‘Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Do You Despise Your Birth Rite? A Reflection…..
Do we live a life of victorious covenant power? It is not rocket science to determine which Twin we resemble more. Are you obedient to the Torah and your parents like a Jacob—or are you disobedient to Torah and doing things that cause your parents shame and pain like Esau did?
The Torah lays forth a lifestyle that leads to success and is full of warnings about living a wild life among the nations. As we progress towards the end of days—evil seems to be rewarded and good often is unrewarded and not noticed; this is why it is critical for us to live a different lifestyle. IT TAKES NO WALK WITH GOD TO LIVE WITH THE NATIONS AND DO ALL THEY DO; HOWEVER –IT DOES TAKE COURAGE TO PROCLAIM THE JEWISHNESS OF YESHUA AND HIS TEACHINGS. IT TAKES COURAGE TO OBEY WHEN ALL OTHERS SEEM TO GET AWAY WITH THEIR DISOBEDIENCE. IT TAKES LOVE TO FOLLOW THE HEBREW LIFESTYLE WHEN ALL ELSE GO THE OTHER WAY PROCLAIMING THE OLD WAYS AS—GOD FORBID—DONE AWAY WITH TODAY.
To proclaim with your lifestyle that Torah is not for today is to DENY THAT GOD IS ALIVE AND RELEVANT TODAY. When people tell me the Paul said the Torah is done away with—I shudder inside—as I realize that that ignorant little one, just said the life force of the Universe was not for today. Is it any wonder that todays houses of worship are little more than social clubs for people who all agree?
Which Twin do you look like; are you one who walks only with God for only God is where you are walking? Or, are you popular with the world—a friend of the world—and an enemy of God? Will you life proclaim faith in the Messiah of a united Israel –or do our actions deny Yeshua—His Torah—and all with the falsehood of a Judas Kiss?
Repent today—return to God—and WALK IN THE COVENANT POWER of GOD!
IT IS YOUR BIRTH RITE!
Shabbat Shalom and Shavuatov
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