The Bible begins by telling us there is one spirit who was responsible for the existence of the heavens and the earth. This spirit is called God, and he created different parts of our world at different times over six days.
What we are given here is eye witness testimony of how the Creation of the Universe and the Origin of Life took place. That eye witness testimony has come to us in English from a different language (Hebrew) and a different culture.
I want to unpack some things that were lost in translation for you. There are some things about this that were obvious to people who speak Hebrew and live in Hebrew culture that can be misunderstood and overlooked by people who speak English and live in English culture(s).
So let’s get started.
#1. Genesis 1:1
The original Hebrew says “In the beginning ELOHIM created the heavens and the earth.”
In our English Bibles, the “Elohim” referred to here is described as God, and the New Testament confirms this many times in many different ways. However we have already lost something in translation here.
In the Old Testament writings, the word Elohim was not a word that was used to describe God. To state it simply the word Elohim was used throughout the entire Old Testament to describe God, the cherubim, the seraphim and the angels. In the parts of the Old Testament written later, the Elohim grew to include evil spirits as well.
This does not mean that all the spirits (Elohim) should be worshiped. There is only one spirit worthy of being worshiped, but the language here suggests that one spirit (God) was not alone during the Creation week.
So in the beginning God, the cherubim, the seraphim and the angels created the heavens and the earth. They worked together to build the universe, and as we go through the Creation story, I will show you where you can find the rest of them standing in the background.
#2. Genesis 1:2
I have made the claim that the word Elohim added the cherubim, the seraphim and the angels with God, and here in this verse is our first piece of evidence. This verse mentions “The Spirit of God.”
The Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters, this comment is meant to make us think that one of the Elohim, the one we call God, was responsible for initiating activity to create change.
Before we move on to the Creation account, we must consider the condition of the universe as it is described here. Our English Bibles (normally) say the earth was without form and void. They also mention darkness and water.
How long was the earth without form, void, and covered with darkness? We are not told, but the original language suggests the Creation did not start immediately, and this could explain why scientists tell us the earth is several million years old.
To state it simply, the language used here by Moses allows us to believe in a very old earth and a very young humanity. It should also be mentioned that the term “darkness” here is more than the absence of light. In Hebrew culture it also carries the significance of the worst kind of evil imaginable.
The universe is composed of evil, and in the Creation story we see God adding good things to that evil. This was the only way God could have made our world, if God had done it the other way and made the world good, we would have never needed him.
#3. Genesis 1:3-5
The development of the world into its current shape begins here with God speaking, and I have to ask you a question. What does the All knowing Father have to say to the All Knowing Son and All Knowing Holy Spirit?
The answer is nothing.
The reason God speaks is so that the rest of the Elohim (the cherubim, the seraphim and the angels) can know the mind of God and move in agreement with him. The cherubim, the seraphim and the angels separated the light from the darkness, after hearing God speak.
We see this pattern unfold at every step of the Creation story. It is the work being done by the cherubim, the seraphim and the angels that caused God to allow 24 hour intervals to exist here. God could have done it instantly, but that means God would have needed to do it alone.
#4. Genesis 1:4-8
In this passage, we are told that God instructed the cherubim, the seraphim and the angels to do one of his most important tasks: the act of separation.
We are told the Elohim separated the waters from the waters, and another 24 hour interval took place so the cherubim, the seraphim and the angels could follow the instructions they were given by God.
#5. Genesis 1:9-13
Now the Elohim were focusing their efforts on the earth, and this allowed two tasks to be done in 24 hours. The cherubim, the seraphim and the angels no longer had to travel around the entire universe. Their activity was limited to a single planet, and the amount of work they could do increased from one task to two.
Their first task was to create a single super continent, that scientists would one day call Pangaea. The second task was to create different kinds of plants, and to make sure these plants had the ability to reproduce more of their own kind.
#6. Genesis 1:14-19
On the fourth day, the Elohim began working to make sure that light was able to shine on the earth, to guarantee the survival of the plants they made previously.
The Elohim also set up the Sun, the Moon and the stars so that people living on the earth later could have ways of keeping track of time. The Elohim worked to set the length of days and years.
The Elohim also developed a way to use the Sun, the Moon and the stars to communicate with people living on the earth. This communication system involves solar eclipses, lunar eclipses and blood moons to be signs.
Sadly enough, this system would eventually be abused by the Evil Elohim with astrology and horoscopes to create counterfeit signs for people to follow, but we will deal with that later.
The Creation story must go on.
#7. Genesis 1:20-23
On the fifth day, the Elohim created every kind of animal that lives underwater, along with every kind of animal that can fly through the sky. Then they were blessed by the Elohim – the cherubim, seraphim and the angels agreed they would not do anything that would hurt these animals.
#8. Genesis 1:24-25
On the sixth day, the Elohim created every kind of animal you find on living on land today, and each of them were given the freedom to reproduce more of their own kind.
#9. Genesis 1:26-31
It was also on the sixth day that the Elohim created mankind. Mankind was created in the image of the Elohim. The Cherubim, the Seraphim and the angels had been given the freedom to make choices on how they would serve the Lord, and this ability was given to men and women by God as well.
#10. Genesis 2:1-3
So the Elohim – the cherubim, the seraphim, the angels and their God finished the Heavens and the earth, and the ruler of the Elohim declared a “Holy Day” where they would not work, but simply admire the work that had been done.
Of course, Mankind was invited to joined in the admiration as well.
In case you think the concept of the Elohim including the Cherubim, Seraphim and the angels somehow diminishes the glory of God as the Creator, please do not give up on me yet, for Moses wrote two versions of the Creation Story.
#1. Genesis 2:4-7
In the second creation account, Moses stops using God (Elohim) and introduces a new term – the LORD GOD (YHWH Elohim). This is meant to focus our attention on a single member of the Elohim who we read about in Genesis 1.
Now we can read a Creation story with God as the only main character. Interestingly enough, it is the LORD GOD – YHWH of the Elohim – who brings the man to life.
#2. Genesis 2:8-14
We are told that YHWH of the Elohim created a garden in Eden without any help from the rest of the Elohim. This garden received water from four rivers, two of which – the Tigris and the Euphrates – have the same names today that they did when Moses wrote the first version of Genesis down.
#3. Genesis 2:15-25
The man was led to the Garden by YHWH of the Elohim, and as soon as he arrived there, he was given a few responsibilities that we need to be aware of if we are going to understand YHWH of the Elohim’s intentions in the rest of the Bible.
(1) Adam was created to a member of God’s Heavenly Council.
To state it as simply as I know how, there were three interdependent forces present in the universe. The first one is YHWH of the Elohim.
The second group is the rest of the Elohim (the Cherubim, the Seraphim and the angels) and the third group (at this point in the story) only had one member – the man.
The man was responsible for taking care of the Garden and the animals, and the rest of the Elohim (the Cherubim, the Seraphim, and the angels) were responsible for maintaining the work we saw them doing in Genesis 1.
All of the work they had to do was going to be done under the leadership and guidance of YHWH of the Elohim. Since the man could not leave the planet, there would be meetings held on a regular basis in the Garden.
During these meetings, YHWH might ask the rest of the Elohim “How is your work maintaining the temperature of the Sun going?” The Elohim who were responsible for that task would answer “It is going good” at which the Man would speak up and say “You guys are doing too good! Its too hot down here, can you lower the temperature a little?”
These kind of conversations were happening on a regular basis in the Garden.
After the Man settled into this kind of routine, YHWH of the Elohim told the rest of the Elohim that “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a helper fit for him” and so God created a woman. (Genesis 2:18 ESV)
This event marks the first time in human history that we see poetry being written to celebrate the occasion: “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” (Genesis 2:23 ESV)
The Hebrew word for woman here is “Ishah,” which also means wife. According to Scripture, you cannot be a wife if you are not a woman involved in a intimate relationship with a man.
Before we get into Genesis chapter 3, there are a few things from the first two chapters we need to have in mind to understand what happens next.
(1) God created mankind to be in charge of the earth. (1:26)
God made Adam to be in charge, and warned us that he would have to bring this world into submission to his will. When God said this, He encouraged Adam to be suspicious of all the animals.
(2) God told Adam there was a death penalty for eating from the Tree of the Knowledge.
God made sure Adam knew there was one thing he could not use his free will to do, there was one choice that Adam should not make. God spoke in very clear terms to about the expectations he had for their lives. (See Genesis 2:16-17)
(3) Adam was having meetings with the Elohim on a regular basis.
While Adam was busy having meetings with the Elohim, the only thing Eve had to do was wait for the meetings to be over. Eve had been given no authority to participate as a decision maker in the meetings with the Elohim.
Now we can talk about what happened in Genesis 3.
#1. Genesis 3:1-6
The Elohim were always coming and going, and one day a member of the Elohim came to Eve and wanted to talk about what they were were allowed to do and not with their lives.
How many times had Eve watched Adam talking with the Elohim like this? She had seen it so many times it no longer surprised her, she had become completely comfortable with these kind of supernatural encounters.
That is why when a member of the Elohim showed up in the form of a Serpent and wanted to talk about what Adam and Eve were supposed to do as members of God’s Heavenly Counsel, neither of them were concerned or surprised.
The Serpent simply came as one of God’s official representatives and wanted to talk about the responsibility Adam and Eve had been given by God.
I realize you have probably never heard it explained this way, so let me give you the evidence for what I am saying happened here. All we have to do is look closely at how the Serpent spoke to Eve.
If you read it in English, your Bible should say something similar to this quote from the English Standard Version “Did God actually say…” (Genesis 3:1).
In the original Hebrew, the Serpent uses the word Elohim instead of YHWH (of the) Elohim. The Serpent wants to know if the Elohim told them they were not allowed to eat from the Tree of Knowledge.
How many times did Adam and Eve sit down with one of the Elohim to talk like this?
This was just another opportunity for one of the Elohim to make sure that his understanding was the same as what Adam and Eve understood. What could go wrong?
So they let their guard down, and both of them ended up eating the fruit, because none of the Elohim had ever come as one of God’s official representatives and lied to them.
#2. Genesis 3:7
Suddenly, Adam and Eve began to develop insecurities that Genesis 2:25 tells us they had never known before, and began looking for ways to hide from each other, as well as from YHWH of the Elohim.
#3. Genesis 3:8-13
Then God came looking for them. We are told that “they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden” (Genesis 3:8 ESV). So what did that actually sound like?
It sounded like footsteps.
When the Divine Council was meeting in the Garden, YHWH of the Elohim would manifest as a person with physical form. How else could they hear him coming?
When YHWH of the Elohim finally got close to them, he asked where they were, and then YHWH of the Elohim asked them to identify which member of His Heavenly Council they had been talking to.
Adam said he had only been talking to Eve. Then Eve told God that she had been talking to the Serpent. Then the Serpent was not given a chance to explain, he was simply held responsible for abusing his authority as a member of the Divine Council.
#4. Genesis 3:14-19
In Genesis 1 we were introduced to the concept of the blessing, and now we are being shown the concept of the curse. To state it simply, the curse means that the universe is malfunctioning.
(1) The Serpent malfunctioned in two ways.
First, the Serpent would dwell in the dust. In several cultures around the world, this is the worst thing that could happen in a person’s life. It means you would be disrespected everywhere you went for the rest of your life. The disrespect God is referring to has been given to the Serpent by the rest of the Elohim throughout human history.
Second, the Serpent would have open hostility with humanity. They would constantly be fighting each other over how to use their free will to make choices, and the fight would end with the Serpent’s head being crushed.
(2) The woman’s life malfunctioned in two ways.
First, the amount of pain she experienced in childbirth was increased. There were limits God imposed on what she would have to endure, and those limits were removed.
Second, the natural inclination of her heart would tend to desire conflict. There were going to be power struggles and fights from now on.
(3) The man malfunctioned in two ways.
First, he would become vulnerable to pain and suffering while he was doing all of the things that needed to be done. There were now limits to his strength and energy levels.
Second, he would one day die and then his body would decay into dust. There were two trees in the Garden. Adam had been told not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, but he disobeyed.
Because of his disobedience regarding the Tree of Knowledge, Adam, Eve and the future generations of mankind would never know the benefits of eating from the Tree of Life, and its gift of eternal life in this world.
#5. Genesis 3:20-24
Moses gives us a few thoughts as a conclusion to the story we find in Genesis 3.
(1) All of us are the children of Adam and Eve. Eve is given her name here, because “she is the mother of all living.” (Genesis 3:20 ESV)
(2) God provided a way to cover their insecurities by killing and skinning an animal. So in addition to seeing a physical manifestation of YHWH of the Elohim walking in the Garden, we are told that he made clothing from animals skins for Adam and Eve.
(3) Adam and Eve, as the official representatives of everyone who ever lived, were sent into exile away from the Tree of Life and the Garden where the Divine Council meetings were held. They lost our place at the table.
(4) One of the Elohim, a cherubim, was given a sword and told not to let anyone back into the Garden where the Tree of Life could be found.
In exile, life went on. Adam and Eve began having children and the world began to be filled with people who had to live with the consequences of the decision Adam and Eve made regarding the Tree of Knowledge.
Now we can look at how human civilization began to develop.
#1. Genesis 4:1
The first thing we are told is that Eve became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When it was over, she said “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.” (Genesis 4:1 ESV)
One more time we are told about a physical manifestation of YHWH here, this time He is working as the world’s first midwife. When it was time for Eve to give birth, God came and helped her, because no one else understood the process.
#2. Genesis 4:2-7
There was a Jewish historian named Josephus who lived in the first century and wrote a record of everything the Pharisees believed about the Old Testament. Regarding Adam and Eve, Josephus said they had 55 sons and 37 daughters.
In the Bible we are only introduced to 4 of their children: Cain, Abel, Seth and an unnamed daughter who is introduced as Cain’s wife. So let’s take a look at them next.
As the number of people began to increase, different people began working in different areas to contribute to the well being of other people. To state it simply, a culture began to develop in the world.
We are told that Abel was a shepherd and Cain was a farmer (see Genesis 4:2). God had told Adam and Eve to live as vegetarians in Genesis 1:29 (though he later changed his mind). So what exactly was the point of Abel working as a shepherd?
To state it simply, Abel was the worship leader in the family. Abel took care of the animals they used as sacrifices. Cain, however, believed that his work to fight world hunger was of equal value to God as what Abel chose to do.
God disagreed. In God’s point of view we have a problem that cannot be solved by fighting world hunger. So Cain was rejected by God, and you will be too if you think the way that he did.
God gave Cain a warning, and Cain responded to that warning by wanting to talk to the worship leader about his problem. There was nothing Abel could say that Cain wanted to hear.
If you make the decision to take the resources on this website and try to help other people draw closer to God, there will be times when you will not be able to tell people what they want to hear.
If you want to serve the Lord and make disciples in this world, Cain is coming for you, and you probably will not survive the meeting.
#3. Genesis 4:8-16
After Abel had died, God came to talk to Cain about what happened. Cain did not believe he was personally responsible for what happened to Abel, and admitted it directly to God in Genesis 4:9.
There had to be a penalty. There are always consequences, and God explained what those consequences would be. Cain’s ability to enjoy the manual labor involved in farming was ruined; he would be haunted by the memory of what he had done for the rest of his life (see Genesis 4:12).
Cain’s heart had already grown cold enough to kill, and that is why we see Cain accusing God of being unreasonable. Cain had developed a misunderstanding of who God is and believed that God had no mercy, and Cain hated his misunderstanding of God.
Before we move past Cain, I want you to know something is missing in this story. Perhaps I should say someone. Cain’s misunderstanding of God and Cain’s hatred for Abel grew in his own heart without any help from the Serpent.
The Serpent is not mentioned in this story because the Serpent was not involved in what happened here. People are capable of murder over religious matters without any evil spirits being personally involved in persecution.
The story here ends when Cain took his wife and they ran away from home. God allowed Cain to live so that he would have a chance to admit that he was wrong, but we are never told that Cain changed his mind, and must assume that God’s kindness was wasted.
#4. Genesis 4:17-24
We are told how Cain’s family developed. The descendants of Cain became the leaders in the development of technology. Cain’s family learned tent making, ranching, making musical instruments, as perhaps most important they also learned how to make things out of metal.
So we find the descendants of Cain being leaders of industry and technology, violating God’s standards along the way. One of Cain’s descendants began experimenting with polygamy.
They also were skilled in writing poetry, and wrote about their ability to kill anyone they disapproved of, any time and any where. The beauty of poetry we saw earlier about marriage was completely lost in one generation.
#5. Genesis 4:25-26
As a conclusion to the Cain and Abel incident and the growth of Cain’s family, we are given two things to remember by Moses.
First, God gave Adam and Eve another son to offer them comfort over the death of Abel, and Second, while Cain’s family was running around killing everyone they disapproved of, people began to pray to God that he would intervene to help them survive.
This chapter contains a genealogy that has a lot of gaps in it. In Hebrew culture, you could skip generations in a genealogy and still have an accurate record of the family history. We can see this happening in the New Testament Gospels, but we can look at that later.
Let’s continue with the book of Genesis.
While we are here looking at Genesis 5, this would be a good time to look at how human civilization began developing. There are some important things to notice here in the lives of the 10 men whose names are on this list.
#1. Genesis 5:1-5
The first thing of importance is to recognize that human nature is broken. We are told that Adam was made in the image of God, but after Adam disobeyed God, the next generation is made in his broken image.
The consequences of being born with Adam’s broken image is death, and death was the fate of every generation with the exception of Enoch, but we will take a closer look at that later.
#2. Genesis 5:6-32
Aside from death, none of the plans God made in Genesis 1 and 2 have changed. When mankind disobeyed God, God did not decide to cancel his plans for people to get married and to have children that we can read about in the first two chapters of Genesis.
#3. Genesis 5:28-29
Noah’s father does something very interesting in this genealogy. We were told at the end of Genesis 4 that people began praying that God would intervene to help them survive in this world, and Noah’s father knew that God was going to provide that intervention before it happened. Genesis 5:29 (ESV) says:
“…this one will bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands.”
We are being shown here that God lets people know in advance when He is ready to cause a divine intervention to take place. We are also being told that every divine intervention happens in response to prayer.
In Noah’s lifetime, the Elohim were finally ready to do all of the work YHWH of the Elohim told them was necessary to answer the prayers that started to be offered around the time Seth was born. (See Genesis 4:26)
The Cherubim, the Seraphim and the angels (with the exception of the Serpent) had finished all of the preparations that needed to be done in order for them to do their part in a divine intervention.
#4. Genesis 5:21-24
I have heard this passage about Enoch being used to defend the idea of a Rapture, and today I believe people who do that have misunderstood and misread what the Moses was trying to say here.
When Moses wrote about Enoch, he was not encouraging us to believe that God’s people are going to be removed from this world. What Moses wanted us to see was that our story does not have to end in death.
God had imposed a death penalty on humanity, and Enoch’s story was included here to let us know that God does allow people to be exempt from that death penalty.
#5. Genesis 5:1-32
The Serpent we saw in Genesis 3 was an eye witness to the lives of these men, and when he was examining what we are told here, it appears that each aspect of this chapter simply contained a record of what happened before the Flood.
It is very easy to look at this and think that God is just trying to create some content to connect Adam and Eve’s story to what is about to happen in Noah’s lifetime, and that way of thinking caused something important to be overlooked.
The Serpent and the rest of the Elohim who were eye witnesses to the lives of these 10 men were so familiar with their lives that they misunderstood why God included these ten men.
It was a mystery why these 10 men were chosen, when there were so many who could have been mentioned. I want to give you a revelation of why these 10 men were included here.
If you take the names of the men whose names are given in the order that they appear, and translate them into English, the list of names says this: “Mankind is appointed mortal sorrow, but the Blessed God shall come down teaching by his death, he will give the weary rest.”
So while the Cherubim, the Seraphim and the angels were busy working to get ready for a divine intervention that took place in Noah’s lifetime, God was quietly working at the same time to leave clues about his Gospel in human history to be overlooked and misunderstood by everyone who lived before Jesus was born.
When the last one of the clues that would point to the New Testament Gospel was in place, then he could tell the Divine Council of the Elohim that it was time for all of them to cause a divine intervention in order to answer the prayers that had been made since Seth was born.
Genesis 6, 7 and 8
#1. Genesis 6:1-12
Not every member of the Divine Council of the Elohim was content to wait for the prayers that had been offered since Seth was born to be answered.
The basic request being offered was for help, people wanted relief from the violence of the Sons of Cain. When God did not respond immediately, some of the Elohim grew impatient and decided to resolve the problem on their own.
Just like the Serpent before them, they abused their authority, and began using their free will to change the way God’s world operated. The Bible tells us that they created a race of half Human half Elohim creatures known as the Nephilim.
Concerning the Nephilim, Moses says they “were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown” in Genesis 6:4 (ESV). Of course, there are a lot of people who disagree with the story as I described it above, and I want to offer proof the story as I described it here is true. I want to give you a reason to believe the half human Nephilim were real.
The rock in the picture is sitting in a Museum right now. It is known as the Sumerian Kings List, and contains a record of the early rulers of an ancient Kingdom.
Here is a summary of what the record says.
The Sumerian Kings List
Alulim, the 1st King reigned for 28,000 years.
Alalngar, the 2nd King reigned for 36,000 years.
En-men-lu-ana, the 3rd King reigned for 43,200 years.
En-men-gal-ana, the 4th King reigned for 28,800 years.
Dumuzid, the 5th King reigned for 36,000 years.
En-sipad-zin-ana, the 6th King reigned for 28,800 years.
En-men-dur-ana, the 7th King reigned for 21,000 years.
Ubara-tutu, the 8th King reigned for 18,600 years, and he died in the Flood.
All eight of these kings “were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”
All 8 of these Kings is described as having a human mother and a “god” for a father, for they lived at a time “when man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the Sons of God saw that the daughters of men were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose.” (Genesis 6:2 ESV)
My point is that a few of the Elohim decided to answer the prayers that had been offered since the days of Seth by creating half human, half Elohim creatures who were bigger and stronger than the sons of Cain, and as a result the Bible says “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.” (Genesis 6:11 ESV)
If we remember that Hebrew genealogies like the one in Genesis 5 could contain gaps and still be accurate, then the long lives of the HUMAN MEN named in this early part of the Bible CAN BE RECONCILED with the ages of the HALF HUMAN KINGS whose names are inscribed for us in the Sumerian King’s List.
Each member of the Elohim was an immortal spirit, and when some of them began to have half human children – their offspring would have incredibly long lives when compared to people like Adam and Noah who were completely human.
#2. Genesis 6:8-10
Now we can take a look at Noah.
The Bible tells us that “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:8 ESV)
While the sons of Cain were running around killing everyone they disapproved of, and some of the Elohim were creating the Nephilim to be warlords, God looked and saw there was one man named Noah who disapproved of the world around him.
Noah is described as a righteous man (see Genesis 6:9). We have already seen Job described as the kind of person Noah was, but now we are given a chance to understand how to become a righteous person who God favors.
Righteousness is closely associated with obedience. When God came and gave Noah instructions on how to build the Ark, Noah OBEYED all of the instructions, not a single detail was overlooked.
Noah was the kind of person who would do anything God wanted. Noah would not consider any task to difficult, because his understanding of who God is was completely different from Cain (who considered God to be unreasonable).
Noah had grown up hearing the stories about Adam and the Elohim along with the story about how God was going to make the world a better place in his lifetime (Genesis 5:29).
#3. Genesis 6:13
In Genesis 6:13 (ESV) we read that “God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”
In this verse, the English word “God” is actually the Hebrew Elohim. The Divine Council of the Elohim came with YHWH of the Elohim to let Noah know what was going to happen.
This meeting would have been noticed by the Serpent and the members of the Elohim who were responsible for the existence of the Nephilim.
There are a lot of different versions of the Flood story. Some of the important details found in the Bible’s account where changed by the Nephilim after the Flood so they could reclaim their positions of power and influence over humanity by changing the details of the Flood story in a way that makes the Nephilim the champions of humanity instead YHWH of the Elohim and the Divine Counsel that serves Him.
#4. Preparing For The Flood
The Divine Council of the Elohim put their full strength on display to make sure that the sons of Cain and the Nephilim warlords were not able to hurt Noah and his three sons while they were working on building the ark, collecting food and gathering the animals.
When all the work was done, Noah and his family went into the ark we are told that YHWH closed the door Himself. Another physical manifestation of YHWH came to earth and shut the door of the ark after Noah and his family went inside to wait for the Flood to begin.
#5. The Raven, the Dove, and Leaving The Ark
At some point Noah decided to release a raven and it never came back to him. Ravens tend to be scavengers, and I imagine there were a lot of dead bodies floating on the surface of the waters that the Raven would have considered a source of food.
Later, Noah decided to send out a dove. Doves are easily frightened, if they saw a dead body floating on the surface of the water, the constant motion that water makes would have scared them too much for them to try and land.
This is why the dove returned to Noah the first time he let it out. The second time Noah released the dove, it came back with an olive branch. The kind of plant that the dove brought back can only grow in valleys, which would have let Noah know the canyons and valleys were not completely underwater anymore.
Then the dove did not come back, so Noah decided to open the door to the ark, but they did not leave because the mud had not dried up. They had to wait until the ground was dry enough to stand on before they let the animals go and safely leave the ark themselves.
The Bible tells us that God let them know when it was safe to leave the ark, but the Hebrew uses the word Elohim again, so God did not come alone to talk to them.
Genesis 8 and 9
Now we can look at what happened when Noah and his family left the ark.
#1. Genesis 8:20-22
We are told here that Noah built an altar and made some animal sacrifices, and we are told what God’s response was. This time, when we see the word God, the Hebrew is showing us the word YHWH.
This means that God was enjoying something the rest of the Elohim were not able to appreciate the significance of. YHWH became so excited that he made a decree for the Divine Counsel of the Elohim to follow:
“I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:21-22 ESV)
#2. Genesis 9:1-17
In this part of Genesis 9, where our English Bibles use the word God, the Hebrew text uses Elohim. So another Divine Council is meeting, and Noah is allowed to attend, sitting in the same position that Adam held before.
During the meeting it was decided by the Divine Council of the Elohim that:
(1) People were no longer required to be vegetarians. (Genesis 9:1-4)
(2) People were given permission to use deadly force to restrain violence. (Genesis 9:5-6)
(3) The Rainbow was given as a sign of mercy. (Genesis 9:17)
#3. Genesis 9:18-28
After the Divine Council meeting was over, Noah and his family settled down and began repopulating the earth. However, there is one incident that happened which proves that human nature was not free from the corruption that dominated the past.
One of Noah’s sons saw his Father in a compromising position and it says he “told” his two brothers about it. The Hebrew word used here carries of the idea of speaking to slander and humiliate someone.
“When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him…” (Genesis 9:24 ESV) then Noah, as a member of the Divine Council of the Elohim, made 3 decrees which are still in effect around the world today:
(1) The Children of Ham would be cursed with poverty and slavery (Genesis 9:25)
(2) The Children of Shem would have a unique relationship with YHWH (Genesis 9:26)
(3) The Children of Japheth would grown to fill the entire earth (Genesis 9:27)
Genesis 10 and 11
With the death of Noah, the story focuses on how his children’s families began to grow and spread out over the earth. Before we get to that, there are a two things related to the Flood that we have to understand before we examine the growth of Noah’s family.
#1. During the Flood, The Divine Council of the Elohim fought against the Elohim who had been creating the Nephilim. What happened to the Elohim who were responsible for the Nephilim is explained in 2 Peter 4 (ESV):
“God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment.”
#2. The Serpent from Genesis 3 was not involved in the Nephilim incident.
There is nothing said in the Flood story written Genesis about the Serpent. This means he was not personally involved, perhaps he had been invited to join them, but recognized a bad idea when he saw it. I guess the Serpent knew better than to cross that line.
Unfortunately, the Nephilim became a bunch of disembodied spirits, and they were sent to the Sheol (The Realm of the Dead) and quickly became servants of the Serpent. The Serpent was stronger than them, and the Nephilim began to serve him in order to protect themselves from him.
(1) Nimrod and the Tower of Babel
Now we can examine what the Bible says about the growth of Noah’s family.
Noah’s family had been in the Ark, and we are told they landed in what became known as the mountains of Ararat. Their first priorities would have been to secure food, water and shelter.
As the number of people on the earth increased, they began exploring. Their goal was to find new places to live. The Bible tells us “and as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there.” (Genesis 11:2 ESV)
After they settled in the land of Shinar, the Bible tells us a man named Nimrod was born, and Nimrod was a warlord. Here is what the Bible tells us:
“The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. From that land he went forth into Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city.” (Genesis 10:10-12 ESV)
Why did Nimrod become a warlord and begin building cities like this?
Nimrod’s ambition was to rebuild the Kingdom of the Nephilim that had been destroyed in the Flood. The stories about the Kingdom of the Nephilim had not been passed around long enough to become myths, and this raises an important question.
The question is this: what was the Kingdom of the Nephilim like before the Flood came?
We need to find an answer to this. The popular view seems to be that after Adam and Eve left the Garden, they settled into a stone age like existence with fire being their greatest scientific achievement.
The Bible disagrees with that way of thinking.
Consider the following facts:
We are told that Adam was smart enough to create names for all of the animals, and Eve was smart enough to memorize all of the names Adam choose.
The day Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden, we are told they sewed fig leaves together. This would have required a sewing needle and some type of thread.
After Cain killed Abel, we are told that he built a city. Cain was smart enough to know how to defense structures to protect himself from his relatives and the animals.
Cain’s descendants began making musical instruments, tents, and they were also skilled in making things out of metal.
Noah built the ark. I am not an expert on ship building, but I have been told in the past that in order to build a ship out of wood, you would need a single piece of wood that every other piece can be attached to.
How did Noah safely cut down a single tree big enough to build the ark around? Also, how did Noah move the rest of the wood? He only had 4 people available to build the ark, how did they safely and quickly do it with stone age tools?
Could people as smart as Adam and Eve were settle into a stone age style existence?
Humanity had a golden age of technology before the Flood, and Nimrod’s ambition was to collect all of the scattered information about the lost technology in one place.
Nimrod wanted to prove that he was as strong and wise as the Nephilim whose names are written on the Sumerian Kings List. Nimrod believed that if he could rebuild the Kingdom that the Nephilim ruled before the Flood, he would be allowed to become a member of the Divine Council of the Elohim.
What kind of lost technology was Nimrod trying to gather?
If you want to know, all you have to do is search for the memories contained in the legends and myths of the ancient world. Here are a few of my favorites that I have found.
In China, there are stories about Chinese Emperors that had a ship that could fly out of the Earth’s atmosphere as far as Pluto.
In India, there is a story about a doctor successfully performing a brain transplant. The doctor in this story was able to connect the nerve endings in the brain to the severed nerves of the new body’s nervous system, so that the brain could use them.
If Nimrod could control who had access to these kinds of things, he really would have been able to become as important as the Divine Council of the Elohim.
His ambition was a direct threat to YHWH of the Elohim’s throne, and so YHWH of the Elohim acted alone to confuse the languages and ruin the foundation of Nimrod’s kingdom.
All throughout history, Emperors and Kings have often pursued Nimrod’s dream and the lost technology of Humanity’s Golden Age before the Flood.
The names of the Empires who came the closest to building a nation around the lost technology the Nephilim controlled before the Flood are well remembered in history: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome.
(2) The Table of Nations
So after the Flood, and the minor setback of Nimrod’s Kingdom, mankind began to spread out over the entire earth as God originally intended.
Here is how they spread out, with information based on modern day maps. These names and places are very important for understanding Bible prophecy.
The Seven Sons of Japheth
#1. Gomer settled north of the Black Sea, and we believe they eventually moved west, spreading into Germany, France, Spain and the British Isles.
#2. Magog (The Scythians) settled north of the Caspian Sea.
#3. Madai became known as the Medes, and were neighbors to the Persians (Iran).
#4. Javan settled in Greece.
#5. Tubal became known as the Turks, and lived south of the Black Sea.
#6. Meshech became known as the Slavs who live between the Black and Caspian Seas.
#7. Tiras became known as the Etruscans who lived West of the Black Sea.
The Four Sons of Ham
#1. Cush settled in modern day Ethiopia.
#2. Mizriam settled in the land of Egypt.
#3. Phut settled in modern day Libya.
#4. Canaan settled north of Egypt in the Middle East.
The Five Sons of Shem
#1. Elam settled northeast of the Persian Gulf and became known as Persia (Iran).
#2. Asshur settled between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and became known as Assyria (Iraq).
#3. Arphaxad settled in Chaldea and became known as Babylonia (Iraq).
#4. Lud settled in coastal towns in Asia Minor and Northern Africa.
#5. Aram settled in what is known as modern day Syria.
(3) The Divine Council Has A Civil War
So the Flood was finished and Nimrod’s Kingdom ruined. The nations began to spread out on the basis of their ability to communicate with each other, but there is one more thing that the Bible says happened.
In Deuteronomy 32:8 (ESV) we are told that “When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples, according to the number of the sons of God.”
God’s whole goal from the very beginning was to set up a Kingdom with God as the King, and the rest of the Elohim and Mankind as his servants. By the time the incident with Nimrod was settled, God decided to completely disown the nations.
He had grown weary of the rebellion(s) that were taking place and no longer wanted to be the King. It was at this time, that the members of the Divine Counsel of the Elohim who were loyal to God were appointed to be Kings of each language group in God’s place.
It was at this time, when God resigned as the King, that that a single member of the Divine Council of the Elohim looked at the uncertainty and confusion of the situation and spoke to himself in his heart saying:
“I will ascend to heaven, above the stars of God, I will set my throne on high, I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north, I will ascend above the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:13-14 ESV)
So another rebellion began, and this time a third of the angels participated in it.
A third of the Heavenly Host used their free will to appoint another member of the Divine Council of the Elohim to be their King who would guide them on how they were supposed to fulfill their responsibilities to mankind.
This turn of events created a lot of problems in the world, and here is give an example of what I mean.
(1) Genesis 11:10-26
This genealogy covers the period of time when the Divine Counsel of the Elohim started having a Civil War. The Civil War damaged the spiritual infrastructure of the the universe and its effect on mankind was the loss of the long lifespans Adam and Noah had.
There was also changes happening on earth among people as a result of the Civil War between members of the Divine Counsel of the Elohim who remained loyal to YHWH of the Elohim, and the members of the Evil Elohim who were being lead by the figure who is mentioned in Isaiah 14:13-14.
The basic strategy of the Evil Elohim was to be worshiped by men and women. They wanted to receive the Divine Honor that had been reserved for YHWH of the Elohim.
I am going to call the leader of the Evil Elohim Lucifer. Lucifer was a high ranking member of the Divine Council, and began organizing pagan tribal religions among his servants.
There were some ethnic groups who submitted to Lucifer and the Evil Elohim, while others remained loyal to YHWH of the Elohim and the Divine Counsel.
Let’s consider Lucifer and the Evil Elohim’s influence on mankind. Perhaps the best way to do this is to examine what historians and archaeologists have learned about Hinduism.
The Hindu Holy Books were written around 1500 years before Jesus Christ was born. That places them roughly 500 years after Abraham’s life and death.
Hinduism teaches that there is a Supreme Being known as Brahman, which is an idea that allows Lucifer to stand in YHWH of the Elohim’s place. The Brahman is said to be unknowable, but there are different aspects of Brahman that can be known.
These aspects are called Shiva, Vishnu, and Kali-ma. The stories about Michael and Gabriel in the Bible tell us that the members of the Divine Counsel of the Elohim have real names. It is speculation of my part, but I believe Shiva, Vishnu and Kali-ma are the names of the Elohim who followed Lucifer and were appointed to fill the space created by YHWH of the Elohim’s resignation from the Divine Counsel.
They would have been helped in this task by the Nephilim who were servants of the Serpent. This is why the Hindu Holy Books contain stories about the lost technology of the Nephilim.
However, not every ethnic group was mislead like this. The majority of the Divine Counsel of the Elohim disapproved of what Lucifer and the Evil Elohim were doing, and there were some ethnic groups who remained faithful to the worship of YHWH of the Elohim and the story we are told in the Bible.
I want to give you an example of an ethnic group who remained faithful to YHWH of the Elohim and the Divine Counsel. Here is an example of how culture developed when Lucifer and the influence of the Evil Elohim were ignored and rejected.
Here is a one hour YouTube video about the development of the Chinese language, which historians confirm emerged in the time of the Genesis 11 genealogy leading up to Abraham in the Bible.
The reason I mentioned Hinduism and the Chinese language here is because I wanted you to see the impact that the Elohim have had on human history. There is an example like these in the Bible.
We can find an example of their influence in our modern English Bibles.
There is a version of the Old Testament known as the Masoretic Text, which is written in Hebrew and used as source material for modern English translations of the Old Testament. Versions of the Bible based on the Masoretic text. The ages of the men named in the genealogy of Genesis 11 in the Masoretic text were changed. The real ages of the men named here were edited to make the length of their lives shorter.
For example, Arpachshad was 135 years old when Shelah was born, but some English Bibles follow the Masoretic text and say he was 35 years old.
The real ages of the men named here can be found in the version of the Old Testament known as the Greek Septuagint, and confirmed by Josephus the Jewish historian as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
We can deal with the reason why the Hebrew Old Testament was edited this way by rabbis under the influence of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim sometime around the first century AD later.
(2) Genesis 12:1-3
So YHWH of the Elohim had resigned from the Divine Council and was watching the Civil War between the members of the Divine Council who were loyal to Him and rise of Lucifer’s Evil Elohim.
YHWH of the Elohim responded to what was happening by picking a man named Abraham to be the founder of a new ethnic group that the members of the Divine Counsel who remained loyal to YHWH could use to defend the stories that were being forgotten because of Lucifer’s Evil Elohim.
When Abraham was an old man, YHWH of the Elohim told him to leave his homeland, which we know has been overrun by Lucifer’s Evil Elohim, and move to a place where Abraham could begin learning how to worship YHWH of the Elohim correctly.
In order to encourage Abraham to take a risk like this, YHWH promised there would be blessings on any one under the influence of Lucifer’s Evil Elohim who would be good to Abraham, and that there would be curses on anyone under the influence of Lucifer’s Evil Elohim who would mistreat Abraham. The promise of these blessings and curses by YHWH were extended to the future generations of Abraham’s family as well.
I hope you notice it by now, but in case you missed it the promise made to Abraham here was given by YHWH. Not YHWH of the Elohim, but YHWH alone, without the rest of the Elohim.
(3) Genesis 12:4-9
So Abraham went on a journey. The details of his life are important to us because this is our first chance to see someone learning obedience.
How exactly did Abraham use his free will to live in agreement with God’s Sovereignty? This is important because the New Testament uses him as an example for the Church. So let’s look at Abram’s life.
Abra’s relationship with God began when God reached out to him, and Abram was told to 1) take his wife and his wealth and leave on a journey, and 2) to not take any members of his extended family with him.
Abram obeyed the first command and ignored the second.
Before we move past this, we need to recognize a few things about the journey that Abram was on. Abram’s journey started in a place known as Ur of the Chaldeans, which is found in modern day Iraq.
His extended family traveled with him as far as Haran, and then Abram continued on to the land of Canaan without them. We must not think that Abram did not know where he was going, because there was a trade route that merchants used to travel from Ur of the Chaldeans as far as Egypt on the African continent.
This trade route had rest stops with water wells available to use, so the only thing about the journey that Abram did not know was which rest stop would become his new home.
As soon as Abram arrived in the place God wanted him to make his new home, we are told “the LORD appeared to Abram and said “To your offspring I will give this land.” (Genesis 12:7 ESV)
Again, I hope you notice that YHWH is presented here by Moses without the Divine Council of the Elohim. So we see Abram respond to God with worship: Abram built an altar and spent some time in prayer.
Then in Genesis 12:9 we are told that Abram began exploring his new home, and discovered that he had a problem.
(4) Genesis 12:10-16
The problem was that the land did not have enough natural resources to provide for all of his livestock as well as the livestock of his nephew, Lot.
This is why Abram was told by God to not take any of his extended family with him. The reason there was not enough natural resources was because of a famine.
Abram would have been able to survive the famine if he had obeyed ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS God gave him for the journey, but his disobedience made settling into his new home harder than it had to be.
This is important for the Church to understand, because we can obey God’s first command to believe in Jesus, and then completely ignore the rest of the commands God has given us just like Abram did.
Abram defended his disobedience by walking away from his new home. Abram went looking for a way to live his life on his terms and he ended up moving to Egypt – a land that had been overrun by the Evil Elohim.
Abram’s disobedience left him in a place surrounded by people who were servants of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim. Abram tried to defend his earlier disobedience by settling into a position of weakness away from all of the good things that God intended for him and the future generations of his family to have.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.” (Revelation 3:22 ESV)
So how exactly did Abram mess up this badly?
It started when he brought his nephew with him, but let’s look at how it escalated from there.
In order to enter the land of Egypt, Abram had to let the Egyptian border guards search everything that Abram had. Abram would have had to introduce them to his wife, Sarai.
When the border guards filled out their reports that were sent to the Pharaoh, they mentioned Abram had brought his sister with him, for Abram was afraid to tell the truth.
Abram was learning to be a servant of YHWH, and he moved to a land where everyone worshiped Lucifer and his Evil Elohim. Abram made a choice to live as a religious minority in a pagan land.
He was scared of what the people who worshiped Lucifer and the Evil Elohim might do to him, so he lied to them in self defense. This would be a good time to say that Discipleship is God’s solution to remove this kind of behavior from His Church.
We are told that YHWH began sending plagues on the Pharaoh and his servants. It was the servants of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim who suffered for Abram’s disobedience.
Eventually, the Pharaoh and his people learned the truth, and Abram was escorted by the Egyptian Army back to the border and told not to come back.
Abram’s disobedience had hurt God’s reputation, and God had nothing to say about it – no angry words about Abram’s disobedience with Lot or any kind of frustration over how and why Abram walked away from all of the promises God intended to give him in his new home.
“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (Psalm 118:29 ESV)
When Abram left Egypt, he went back to the place God intended him to be, but this obedience on his part did not make his life easier, because he was still traveling with his nephew.
When Abram and his nephew arrived in the land of Canaan, there was a famine. The famine had depleted the natural resources available for Abram to share with Lot, because Lot was supposed to leave.
Yet Abram was the one who left (for Egypt). In Genesis 13 the famine is over, but there are still not enough natural resources in the land for Abram to share with Lot.
When Abram was in Egypt, he was given a lot of livestock by the Pharaoh as a wedding dowry for Sarai, and when he left, Abram brought all those animals back to Canaan with his nephew.
The only way Abram could survive was to become obedient to the original set of instructions God gave him. In our lives, we will face problems like this as well.
Abram finally decided to obey the instructions God gave him before his journey began and moved away from Lot. The decision to follow all of the instructions God had given him improved his relationship with God.
When Abram arrived in the land of Canaan, God spoke in 9 words to let a disobedient Abram know he was in the right place. When Abram obeyed by sending Lot away, God spoke in 82 words to communicate with him. (I am counting the English words used in Genesis 12:7 and 13:14-18 from the ESV).
Look at the difference obedience makes! Both times Abram was in the right place, but being obedient when you are in the right place God becomes a lot more social. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.”(Revelation 3:22 ESV)
Now that Abram has learned obedience to both of the commands he was given in Genesis 12, God told him to “walk through the length and breath of the land, for I will give it to you.” (Genesis 13:17 ESV)
The kind of traveling that God is talking about here was a social custom of the ancient world that kings would use to define the borders of their territory. The idea was they control any land where would be able to walk around without being attacked by their enemies.
Abram is defining the borders of the land God intended for him to have for the future unborn generations of his family. Discipleship involves helping the next generation of the Church explore what God intends for them to have in the same way.
The older, more experienced members of the Church should provide clear boundaries like we see Abram doing here for Isaac, who has not been born.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
The land of Canaan was a dangerous and hostile place. Abram had been told to leave his home in Ur of the Chaldeans. The reason he left is because their culture was being controlled by Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
Now we see Abram getting caught in the middle of a fight between the people he left behind and the locals Lot had chosen to be his neighbors.
The cultures controlled by Lucifer and the Evil Elohim became based on what I like to call the Conquest narrative. That simply means that if you have something and I want it, I am going to take it from you; and if you try try and stop me I am going to kill you.
So this king named Chedorlaomer from the land of Shinar sent a message to the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah saying they needed to pay him to leave them alone, and they chose not to pay.
So Chedorlaomer got all of his friends together and came to steal the wealth of Sodom and Gomorrah by force. By the time Chedorlaomer arrived at Sodom and Gomorrah, he and his friends had already stolen everything of value from six different ethnic groups. (See Genesis 14:5-7)
Then they arrived at Sodom and Gomorrah, and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah were defeated in battle; but one of the survivors came and told Abram that his nephew Lot had been kidnapped and was going to be sold into slavery.
So Abram gathered up his army and his allies and went after them.
Abram defeated Chedorlaomer and his friends, and everything that they had stolen from the people listed in Genesis 14:5-7 now belonged to Abram, but Abram did not want any of it.
When the King of Sodom came to negotiate for the return of his citizens, Abram told him he could have all of the wealth that Chedorlaomer had left behind when they ran away.
So Abram made the King of Sodom one of the wealthiest men around, and this allowed his nephew Lot to become one of the most important people in the city of Sodom and Gomorrah, which would hurt him later, but we can look at that another time.
Before we leave Genesis 14, we need to talk about Melchizedek.
When Chedorlaomer and his friends came, every city state was concerned about his ambitions. They all would have been sending spies out to watch the situation closely, but the threat passed.
When the reports of Abram’s victory began to spread, a delegation from the city of Salem (which would later be called Jerusalem) came to celebrate.
The city of Salem was a place free from the influence of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim, for we are told that the King of Salem was a priest of “God Most High.”
While Lucifer and the Evil Elohim were running around setting up false religions, there were cities like (Jeru)Salem who held on to the old ways.
The memory of YHWH and the Divine Counsel of the Elohim persisted, but the Civil War of the Divine Counsel had caused people who wanted to be faithful to the stories found in Genesis to compare YHWH Elohim to all of the “new gods” that Lucifer and the Evil Elohim were making popular.
This comparison is why a new term (“God Most High”) appears here, to emphasize the place that Lucifer and the Evil Elohim held as being inferior to YHWH of the Elohim.
(1) Genesis 15:1-6
“After these things…” (Genesis 15:1)
Abram left Ur of the Chaldeans so he could begin to learn how to serve YHWH, and his disobedience has made him some very powerful enemies who were a part of the new religious system that Lucifer and the Evil Elohim were building.
Abram had been told to make the journey to the land of Canaan without any members of his extended family. His disobedience regarding Lot led him into a fight that could have been avoided.
We are told later that the rest of Abram’s family settled in a place known as Haran, which is about half way between Ur of the Chaldeans and the land of Canaan. Interestingly enough, the extended family members who remained in Haran were not threatened by the war described in Genesis 14, but Lot who left Haran and continued to travel with Abram was.
Now, as a result Abram is scared. Abram was discouraged and frustrated by the consequences of the choices he had made, and God came to encourage him.
We are told the Word of the Lord came to Abram. God is introducing Himself in a new form (“The Word of the Lord”) and a new way (“visions”) that He has not used before.
When God came to Abram in a new form and a new way, he had two things he wanted Abram to know. First, God mentions being a shield to let Abram know he was stronger than Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
Second, Abram is told about the results of his obedience – “your reward shall be very great” (Genesis 15:1 ESV). In order to restore Abram’s hope, God not only reminds Abram of the promise that was made in Genesis 12, but he also shares information about the future with Abram.
In order to restore hope to Abram’s life, God begins telling him about Moses and the Israelites living in and leaving the land of Egypt. The choices that Abram has made so far have guaranteed that Moses will be able to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
Sometimes hope can only be restored in the Church when God shares insights about his long term plans for the future that will come because of our obedience in the past.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
The Bible tells us that the Word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision and a dream, but how did Abram see God? Let’s look at how Abram responded in his disappointment, frustration and despair.
In Genesis 15:2 we see Abram talking to God, and God is described as the Lord GOD (Adonai YHWH). Abraham, in his depression, saw God as an Adonai, an independent consultant who was not personally involved or invested in anything.
We have to restore hope to people who begin to think of God as an Adonai, an outsider who is watching a situation unfold that may not intervene on our behalf to help us.
(2) Genesis 15:1-21
This is the first time we see God using dreams and visions to communicate with a someone, so we should pay attention to how this was done.
God had a message to restore hope to Abram’s life, but how exactly was the message delivered? It was delivered in a vision that was followed by a dream.
Visions occur when a person is awake, and dreams occur when a person is asleep. The vision and the dream carried the same message – God is going to make sure that Abram has a son, and that his son will be the founder of a new ethic group.
We are shown a pattern here that will be repeated many times in the Bible, and that pattern is that God sent the message to Abram two different times in two different ways.
I mention this to make sure you can tell the difference between a dream or vision that God sends and one that is not sent by God.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
(3) The Iniquity of the Amorites
In Abram’s lifetime, the Amorites were beginning to move in a position that would allow Lucifer and the Evil Elohim to be in charge of their cultural habits, but God was still willing to forgive them because they had not gone very far in that direction.
By the time Moses would be born, God would have a different opinion of the Amorites, and it would be too late for them to ask for forgiveness.
(4) Dreadful and Great Darkness
When God chooses to communicate in dreams and visions, there are some things that he cannot show us, and in order to keep them hidden, God allowed darkness to blind Abram to certain aspects of the spiritual realm that involved in showing him this dream and vision.
Now the Bible introduces Hagar and Ishmael. Hagar was an Egyptian, and Abram’s disobedience is the reason there was an Egyptian living with them.
Abram’s wife grew impatient with YHWH, and said YHWH was not keeping his part of the promise he made to them. So Abram’s wife decided to do something that Lucifer and the Evil Elohim made popular in Egypt.
This was considered a good idea because there was an Egyptian living with them who understood how unreliable Lucifer and the Evil Elohim were, why would YHWH of the Elohim be any different?
In addition to that her moral standards were so low she did not mind violating YHWH’s standards, because Lucifer and the Evil Elohim encouraged this kind of behavior. Why would YHWH be any different?
So Abram took his wife’s advice and began making choices based on by the moral standards that God’s enemies had made popular in Egypt.
This included Abram’s decision not to protect Hagar from his wife’s violent temper. Abram used Hagar, and then chose not to protect her; he did not keep his end of the deal.
So Hagar ran away from home.
It is sad that Abram agreed to violate God’s standards, and then made the choice not to protect Hagar from the consequences. However, there was someone watching who saw how Hagar was being mistreated, and intervened to help.
The Angel of the Lord (“malak YHWH”) came.
God intervened on Hagar’s behalf by coming in person to console her over the abuse she had suffered from Abram and his wife. God consoled her telling her about his long term plans were for her unborn son.
Hagar began to see something that Lucifer and the Evil Elohim did not offer people who were loyal to them in Egypt, and it was so beautiful in her eyes that all of her fears and frustrations disappeared, and she went back home, at peace with those who had mistreated her, even though she had no assurance they would treat her any better in the future.
God was on Hagar’s side.
(1) When Abram was 99 years old…
Abraham and his wife grew impatient with God, and decided to use Hagar as a mistress when Abram was 86 years old. Now Abram is 99 years old, 13 years have passed since Ishmael was born.
Abram’s decision to have a son with Hagar caused God to change the time when he was going to fulfill his promise. The impatience Abram and his wife had created a situation where God had to wait 13 years to uphold his part of the covenant.
The 13 year delay was added for Ishmael’s sake. By the time Ishmael was 13 years old, he had lived long enough to be able to be smart and strong survive as a hunter and a warrior. God loved Ishmael, and the 13 year delay allowed Ishmael to become someone who could survive on his own, for we will see later that he was exiled after Isaac was born. (See Genesis 21)
So as soon as Ishmael was able to survive alone, God came back to Abram to put his original, unchanged plan back on the agenda for Abram’s life.
(2) The Covenant of Circumcision
In order to get Abram back in line with God’s agenda, God tells him that the time when Abram will begin to become the great nation that was promised in Genesis 12 and Genesis 15 is still a future event.
God adds circumcision as a condition for inheriting the promise and having an inheritance within the land, and Abram obeys. This kind of obedience would have been unacceptable to anyone who embraced the culture being promoted by Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
God is trying to create an irreconcilable difference between the people loyal to Him and those who are loyal to Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
As a conclusion to this, God finally lets Abram know the timing he has set for the birth of Isaac “who Sarah shall bear to you at this time next year.” (Genesis 17:21 ESV)
So when Ishmael was mature enough to live in exile, God comes and announces the timing of his plan for Isaac to be born.
When God is gone, Abram still clings to the idea that Ishmael has a place by his side, Abram circumcises Ishmael, which gives Ishmael and his descendants the right to make a claim on Israel’s land, even though God had already said Ishmael was going to be excluded.
Abram could have sent Ishmael away at this time, but once again Abram, who is shown in the New Testament to be the best example of how to live the Christian life is not living in submission to God’s agenda.
God has already said Ishmael is not a part of the plans God made to keep his promise, but Abraham was unwilling to live in agreement with God’s plan to fulfill his promises.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
During the one year Abraham and Sarah were waiting for Isaac to be born, two things happened that God wanted to share with us.
The first thing is the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19) and the second is Abraham moving to the land of the Philistines (Genesis 20).
Let’s look at a story from the life of Abraham that occurred before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
(1) Genesis 18:1-33
One day Abraham was sitting down outside during the hottest part of the day, and the visible manifestation of YHWH we have seen before came walking by and he was accompanied by two members of the Divine Council of the Elohim.
As soon as Abraham saw him, he invited him to have a meal and began showing all the hospitality possible.
While they were sharing a meal, Abraham is told a second time that he is going to have a son within one year. This is the second time that God has come and shared information about the timing God has chosen to keep his promise.
When God is about to do something for us, there will be more than one event God uses to let us know what His schedule is. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
(2) When Sarah Laughed
We need to understand what happened when Sarah hears Abraham’s guest talking about her becoming pregnant and having a son.
According to the social customs of the time, she would have stayed in the tent until their guests were gone, she had no idea who was outside with her husband.
Sarah had been busy cooking a meal, without knowing who the meal was for. All she knew is that their guest really believed she was going to have a son.
This took her by surprise, because how often does someone old enough to be a grandmother turn out to be pregnant? So without knowing who Abraham’s guest was, she laughed at the idea of having a child, because this is not the kind of thing people normally talk about.
She thought it was funny, and God heard her laughing about it.
I have no words to express how serious this violation of hospitality was, according to the standards of the time. I will say that the men who are guests in a situation like this never see or talk to the women living with their host.
When Sarah realized she had been heard, she was scared out of her mind, and denied it. She did not know who Abraham was with, and did not want to offend anyone.
Sarah did offend God, and yet God choose to keep the promise and allowed the time when the promise was going to be kept to remain unchanged. God loved Sarah that much, and the same is true of you.
Your offenses against God are not enough to disqualify you from receiving what God has promised. His love for you is that strong. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
(3) Abraham Intercedes For Sodom
As Abraham’s guests were leaving, the physical manifestation of YHWH offers to share information about the future with Abraham. The reason this information was shared is because Abraham had already done enough for God to guarantee that Moses and the Exodus would take place.
So let’s consider what is said about Sodom and Gomorrah. The Divine Counsel of the Elohim had been assigned to rule the nations, and within the Divine Counsel a third of the members went to start their own group.
In Abraham’s lifetime, this other group – Lucifer and the Evil Elohim – were still getting started and not completely sure how far they could influence culture.
The reports about the situation in Sodom and Gomorrah that the Divine Counsel were bringing back were so bad that YHWH came down with some high ranking members of the Divine Counsel to see it for themselves.
The two members of the Divine Counsel went on, while YHWH stayed behind to talk with Abraham. God explained what the Divine Counsel wanted to do about Sodom and Gomorrah.
So Abraham begins talking to “Adonai.” This Hebrew word carries the idea of someone who has the authority to make decisions for other people.
Abraham understands that even though God resigned from the Divine Counsel, He came down to help some high ranking members of the Divine Counsel examine the situation in Sodom and Gomorrah to learn if the lower level members who basic write reports about what they see happening were being honest.
The reports the Divine Counsel used to make decisions about Lucifer and the Evil Elohim were doing in Sodom were so bad, the Counsel members who were loyal to God thought their messengers were lying to them.
So God came down to help the Divine Counsel learn the truth.
Abraham already knew that God had resigned His position on the Divine Counsel of the Elohim, and yet God was standing here saying something so bad was happening that He came back to help the Divine Counsel decided on how to respond.
So Abraham begins bartering with God. The reason Abraham stopped at 10 righteous people is because according to the social customs of that time, you would need ten men to begin having public worship services.
Abraham was basically asking, if you can find ten people in Sodom and Gomorrah who believe the stories about YHWH and the Divine Counsel, will you have mercy on them all.
Adonai agreed to that.
God is portrayed here as an independent consultant on this matter, and this encourages Moses to write down a new term for God (Adonai).
Adonai means God is working as an independent consultant offering advice to the Divine Counsel of the Elohim who want to keep the memory of the stories told in Genesis 1-11 alive among the nations God disowned.
So two members of the Divine Counsel of the Elohim came to investigate the reports they were receiving about Sodom and Gomorrah.
Our English Bibles call these two angels. The Hebrew calls them Ma’lak, which simply means messenger. The English language uses one word (angels) to describe the Cherubim, the Seraphim and the Ma’lak, but the Old Testament language does not. In Hebrew they have 3 different words to emphasize they are not the same.
Lot found these two Ma’lak standing around, waiting for an invitation into someone’s home where they could rest for the night. It was considered good manners to offer this to a stranger. It was also considered good manners for the stranger to reject the first offer, because they used bartering to settle matters like this.
Lot and the two Ma’lak went to his home, and settled in for the night.
While they were having dinner, a mob formed outside Lot’s house and began calling for Lot’s guests to come outside. This was a serious breach of hospitality on their part.
Allow me to talk about Islam for a moment. A man I know who works with Muslims has told me the safest place in the world for a Christian to be is in the home of a Muslim as an invited guest.
Muslims take hospitality so seriously that a Muslim, his wife (s), and all of his sons and daughters would be dead before a Christian who was an invited guest in their home could be in danger.
The situation in Sodom and Gomorrah had been corrupted by Lucifer and the Evil Elohim so much there was no hospitality towards outsiders anymore.
Lot comes out to defend his guests. In order to protect his guests, Lot offers to let everyone in town gang rape his daughters in exchange for his guests personal safety.
Lot had been an outsider who became one of the town’s benefactors when Abraham rescued them from Chedorlaomer and his friends (Genesis 14), but his influence was not enough to restrain the mob.
The two Ma’lak inside Lot’s house pulled him to safety and then blinded all of the men who wanted to get inside, and the Bible tells us that they “wore themselves out” trying to find a way inside Lot’s house (Genesis 19:11 ESV).
The two Ma’lak explain what is going to happen next.
As members of the Divine Counsel of the Elohim, the two Ma’lak tell Lot they came to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah with permission from YHWH.
YHWH gave the rest of the Elohim permission to kill everyone in these cities, and the Divine Counsel of the Elohim made a plan to do it, after they got Lot out. Lot was the only person in the city who believed the stories about YHWH and the Divine Counsel that Lucifer and the Evil Elohim had been suppressing.
When Lot went to warn the men who were going to marry his daughters about the danger they were in, they laughed at the idea that YHWH and the Divine Counsel could do something like that.
That is how much influence Lucifer and his Evil Elohim had.
The two Ma’lak had to drag Lot out of the city, and when they got outside they told Lot and his family to keep walking and not look back. Sadly enough, Lot’s wife ignored their warning and died.
Lot and his daughters went and lived in a cave for the rest of their lives.
They were so scared of God’s wrath against the spread of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim’s influence, they simply avoided being around people on a regular basis to protect themselves.
The destruction Lot witnessed scared him so bad that he did not have the courage to live in a city anymore, for fear that this city might be condemned as well.
Lot’s daughters thought that YHWH and the Divine Counsel had destroyed every city around the world, and began using their father to have children.
Lot’s daughters had two sons named Moab and Ben-ammi, who eventually became two nations we will see more of later.
(2) The Location of Sodom and Gomorrah
Where exactly were these two cities located? The story of Sodom and Gomorrah stands as a warning that there are some things God will not tolerate happening on earth.
If these two cities really existed, and really were destroyed in fire and brimstone, then there should be evidence, right? I want to show you where the evidence is found.
Take a look at this picture.
The off white hills in front of this path to the fortress of Masada is actually a large pile of ashes mixed with sulfur on top of the ruins of an ancient city, which as far as I know has not been excavated by archaeologists at this time. (Note: Today is August 29, 2020).
(1) Genesis 20:1
God has told Abraham that his wife was going to become pregnant in one year. During that one year, God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
In Genesis 14:10 (ESV) we are told that the land surrounding Sodom and Gomorrah was “well watered everywhere like the Garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt.”
The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah changed all that, and the amount of natural resources available for livestock in the area has decreased, and as a result we see Abraham leaving for greener pastures somewhere else, literally.
“Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar.” (Genesis 20:1 ESV)
(2) Genesis 20:2-18
Abraham moved away from his allies who helped him rescue Lot (in Genesis 14) so they could avoid fighting over the sudden decrease in natural resources, and settled in the land of the Philistines.
By this time the Philistines had already traded the stories about YHWH and the Divine Counsel of the Elohim for Dagon, placing their entire nation under the influence of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
When Abraham said he thought there was no fear of God, the word for God he used in Genesis 20:11 is Elohim. Abraham lied about being married because the Philistines had already traded all the stories about YHWH and the Divine Counsel to be servants of Dagon who were under the influence of Lucifer and the evil Elohim.
The main point here is that Abraham knew he was less than one year away from having a son with his wife, and he completely forsakes God’s plan and gives his wife away to marry someone else.
The promise God made is less than one year away and Abraham is still not able to live in agreement with God’s agenda.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
God intervened to keep everything on schedule by scaring Abimelech in a dream. God will use dreams to communicate and correct the behavior of people who are under the influence of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
God really does use dreams to correct the behavior of unbelievers that threaten the schedule he has set for keeping his promises. In these God given dreams, God will allow the unbeliever to freely think and speak during the dream.
So God delivered a threat, and Abimelech was able to think and speak freely enough to beg for mercy and plead ignorance, and his begging for mercy was heard.
God understood that Abimelech, being a servant of Dagon and under the influence of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim, would not have done what he did if Abraham had simply told him the truth.
God allowed this servant of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim to receive mercy after promising he would make it right as soon as he woke up the next day.
In the dream, Abimelech called God “Adonai,” which we saw earlier in the story about Sodom and Gomorrah. While I have said it before, I will repeat it here – Adonai is a Hebrew word that carries idea of someone who has the authority to make decisions for other people.
When Abraham had to explain himself, he said “and when God (ELOHIM) caused me to wander from my father’s household.” (Genesis 20:11)
The detail about The LORD (YHWH) closing the wombs of all the women living among the Philistines is put here to show us that the spirits of the Evil Elohim who were being worshiped were completely helpless.
They could not prevent YHWH from doing whatever it takes to keep the schedule He sets for keeping His promises. There was nothing “Dagon” could do to avoid Abimelech being scared into submission.
(1) Genesis 21:1-7
The Bible says that the LORD (YHWH) kept the promise he had made at the time he said he would, and Abraham and Sarah had a son together.
When Sarah celebrated, she said “God (Elohim) has made laughter for me…” in Genesis 21:6 ESV). Maybe Sarah not understand the difference that existed between YHWH of the Elohim and the Divine Counsel of the Elohim.
That would explain this comment God made to Moses: “I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them.” (Exodus 6:3 ESV)
There is an important lesson for us in this. Abraham’s entire understanding of God’s identity was based on his work within the Divine Counsel of the Elohim and the stories about them in Genesis 1-11. Moses was different, his understanding was based on the stories in Genesis 1-50.
Discipleship involves moving from Genesis 1-11 to Genesis 1-50. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches about this.
(2) Genesis 21:8-21
Now Ishmael was 13 years old. He had enough experience and physical strength to survive on his own, and was sent into exile. God never intended for Ishmael to be born, but God allowed Abraham to abuse his free will to become Ishmael’s father.
The Bible tells us that God (Elohim) heard Hagar and Ishmael crying, and the Elohim showed them where they could find water. The Divine Counsel of the Elohim took responsibility for Ishmael’s personal safety.
(3) Genesis 21:22-34
Abimelech, the King of the Philistines and a servant of Dagon, one of Lucifer’s Evil Elohim, has heard about the birth of Isaac and come to acknowledge that the Divine Counsel of the Elohim are real, and that they are supporting Abraham.
Abimelech and Phicol, his military adviser came as servants of Dagon to ask for a peace treaty with Abraham, a servant of the Divine Counsel of the Elohim.
Abraham agrees to make a peace treaty with the King of the Philistines, but he has a problem – the servants of Dagon among the Philistines are incredibly jealous of Abraham’s ability to find water supplies in their territory.
The servants of Dagon have been terrorizing Abraham’s servants and bullying them away from the water without letting the King of the Philistines know the truth about how badly Abraham and his servants are being treated.
This is what the Church can expect when we interact with unbelievers who are servants of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim. They will mistreat us, and then lie to their Presidents and Kings about what they have done.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
This passage is often used in sermons to remind people of what Jesus Christ went through to provide salvation. There are a lot of interesting similarities between what happened to Jesus and what almost happened to Isaac, but focusing on that makes us miss the point of this story.
(1) Genesis 22:1-19
The point of this story is explained in the very beginning: “God tested Abraham” (Genesis 22:1 ESV). God tested Abraham, and you are going to be tested by God as well.
Your test is going to be the same as the test Abraham was given. I do not mean that you are not going to have to sacrifice your son. That is not what Abraham did here, for we are told that Isaac lived.
There were two things Abraham did here.
The first thing Abraham did was to abandon all of his hopes and dreams for the future. Everything Abraham wanted in life was tied up in the life of Isaac, and Abraham was told by God that Isaac has become too important to you. God wanted Abraham to destroy all of the influence that Isaac had over his life.
That was the test.
Now it is your turn to be tested. It is time to destroy the influence that all of your hopes and dreams for the future have over your life. If you are gifted as a musician, would you abandon all of the possibilities that creates for your future so that God is the only thing you have left?
Every day you are being tested. The people who abandon all of their hopes and dreams for the future will pass the test and get to have the same thing that Abraham was given.
“By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” (Genesis 22:16-18 ESV)
God has blessings that are given to people in order to earn their trust. We saw this done for Abraham in Genesis 12, but there is a different set of blessings available for those who endure being tested.
In Genesis 12, God was acting on his own authority to share good things with Abraham, but in Genesis 22 God is sharing his authority with Abraham, because he was tested and he overcame.
After Abraham was tested, God said “your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies” in Genesis 22:18 ESV). This was not a part of the promise God made in Genesis 12.
So it is today in the Church – every one who has received forgiveness for their sins has inherited a Genesis 12 blessing, but within that group there is a smaller group who has been tested, and those who endure being tested are people God shares his authority with.
Not everyone in the Church is mature enough to use God’s authority the way Jesus Christ did, and discipleship is designed so that people who have more experience thinking and living like Jesus did can discipline you into the kind of person God will share his authority with.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
(2) Genesis 22:20-24 ESV
I mentioned earlier that when Chedorlaomer and his friends came to attack Sodom and Gomorrah (in Genesis 14) Abraham’s extended family were left alone, with the exception of Lot.
Here is a piece of evidence to support that earlier claim, Abraham receives a report about how the extended family he left behind is doing. They are doing well.
Moses includes a note here about them to foreshadow their importance to a future event – they are going to provide a wife for Isaac.
(1) Genesis 23:1-2
Now that God has kept his promise of a son to inherit the promises made in Genesis 12, Sarah’s part in the story ends. “Sarah lived 127 years, these were the years of the life of Sarah. And Sarah died…” (Genesis 23:1-2 ESV)
(2) Genesis 23:3-20
Now Abraham has a problem, he needs a place to bury Sarah’s body. He was able to secure a grave by bartering with the Hittites. The Hittites agreed to let Abraham become a property owner, which would allow Abraham the right to be a part of their government.
The common form of government at that time was the local city state, and by owning property, Abraham was allowed to participate in typical city state business – like declaring war on a neighboring city state to secure property rights, water supplies, and food resources.
The last time we saw Abraham, he was living with the Philistines. The Philistines were servants of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim, and had proven they could not be trusted.
The Hittites were different. Eventually they would become servants of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim, but in Abraham’s lifetime they were still loyal to YHWH of the Elohim and the Divine Counsel.
The Hittites have heard the story about how Isaac was born, and were so impressed by what happened they considered Abraham to be a “a prince of God” or we can say he was a “mighty prince.”
This phrase is used in the ESV version of Genesis 23:6, and also in the footnotes the English translators made. Among the Hittites Abraham was a prince of the ELOHIM.
In Genesis 12, Abraham was given a promise, but after learning obedience in Genesis 22, Abraham was given authority, and now he is being recognized by the Hittites as a member of the Divine Counsel.
The servants of YHWH and the Divine Counsel decided to let Abraham become a part of their town counsel after hearing the story about Isaac, and seeing Abraham in need of a place to bury his wife.
The loyalty to the stories in Genesis 1-11 along with the story about the birth of Isaac have impressed the Hittites so much they allowed a foreigner who held the same religious convictions as they did to become a member of their city council.
(1) Genesis 11:31-32
In Genesis 11, we are told that Abraham and his extended family left their home in Ur of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. It was only after they reached Haran and the patriarch of the family – whose name was Terah died – was Abraham told to continue the journey alone in Genesis 12.
Now God tells us why this is important.
(2) Genesis 24:1-67
After the death of Sarah, Abraham began thinking about his own death and began making arrangements to find a good wife for his son.
So Abraham decided to send the oldest servant in his household back to Haran. The oldest servant in his house would have recognized the members of the extended family, and some of them would have recognized him.
Abraham gives clear instructions that Isaac is not allowed to leave the land of Canaan, his future wive must leave Haran to live in Canaan.
When the servant arrives in Haran, he prays for help. This servant makes a plan in his own mind and asks God to help him by letting every detail of the plan unfold according to his expectations.
God did that for him back then, but God may not do that for you today. The prayer that was being offered by this servant contained a request for someone else. To be very specific, he prayed for God to “grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham.” (Genesis 24:12 ESV)
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches about prayer, and learn to pray the way the servant did – to secure the well-being others.
If we can learn to make requests like that, then we can receive answers like the one that was given to this servant. The answer came “before he had finished speaking” the words of his prayer. (Genesis 24:15 ESV)
This servant went to Rebekah’s family and explained why he had come to Haran, and received permission to leave with Rebekah. The servant asked for permission to take Rebekah back to Canaan.
The rest of Abraham’s extended family in Haran could have said no, they were under no obligation to live in agreement with God’s plan for the future generations of Abraham’s family.
In Abraham’s lifetime the entire community was allowed to decide who is given permission to get married. The reason is because if you pick the wrong person, you will end up fighting all the time and disrupt everyone else’s ability to live in peace.
So the community would make decisions on who would marry who so that they could avoid having problems later on. On a side note, if you want to see the kind of problems the entire community wanted to avoid, go look up the American story of the Hatfield and the McCoy feud for an example.
Abraham’s extended family did agree, and so Rebekah became Isaac’s wife.
Why would God allow Rebekah to become Isaac’s wife?
Please do not listen to anyone who says we cannot know why God chose her to be Isaac’s wife. We are given one detail here that explains God’s decision.
The reason God chose her is because Rebekah had a servant’s heart.
The prayer offered by Abraham’s servant involved finding someone who would provide water for the ten camels that Genesis 24:10 tells us he brought with him on this journey.
This is important because a single camel can drink up to 50 gallons of water at one time, and Rebekah is offering to provide water for 10 of them.
(1) Genesis 21:7
In Genesis 20:7, God spoke of Abraham as a prophet. This is the first time we see someone being given that designation, and so we need to consider it well before move on.
Abraham’s life can be divided up into two parts: 1) The time God promised to bless him (Genesis 12) and 2) the time God shared his authority with him because he learned obedience (Genesis 22).
Abraham was called a prophet before he learned obedience.
God intended for Abraham to to remembered as a prophet, and look at his life before he learned obedience. Consider carefully all the bad situations this prophet was involved in. Think of Lot, Egypt, Chedorlaomer and his friends, Hagar, and the Philistines.
As a prophet in training, Abraham got into a lot of messy situations before he was able to learn obedience. We see Abraham having panic attacks every time he makes a choice that puts him in contact with people who were loyal to Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
God did not allow those moments to disqualify Abraham. Abraham was allowed to share God’s authority after he learned obedience, but the opportunity to be a prophet was not taken away because he had trouble learning how to do the right thing.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
(2) Genesis 25:1-6
After Sarah died, we are told that Abraham got married to another woman named Keturah and had six more sons. This brings up another aspect of ancient culture that we may misunderstand.
Keturah, most likely had been living like Hagar, even before Isaac was born.
It was only after Sarah died and Keturah chosen to be Abraham’s wife, because she had already provided him with six sons. We will see Jacob doing this later, but I want to mention it here because there are some who claim the Bible endorses polygamy.
This simply is not true. In the ancient world, Abraham could have been with Sarah, Hagar and Keturah and not be involved in what we consider to be polygamy by modern standards.
Their culture was just that different from ours.
Abraham had 6 sons with Keturah, one son with Hagar, who were (probably) all born before Isaac, but according to the social customs of the time Isaac was his only legal heir.
“But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, and while he was still living he sent them away from his son Isaac…” (Genesis 25:6 ESV)
(3) Genesis 25:19-28
Now the story passes on to Isaac and his wife Rebekah. There was a time in their marriage where they could not have children, and it looked like the promises made to Abraham were not going to come true.
So Isaac prayed. Isaac was able to pray about this as Rebekah’s representative to God and receive an answer on her behalf.
This does not diminish her in anyway, for we are told that when the two boys to be born began fighting in her womb, she took her concerns about it to God and God shared his thoughts about the future with her.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
We are given a story here about Jacob cooking some soup, and Esau trading his birthright for a meal. This is very important for us to understand.
Esau had been chosen by God to be the firstborn, which brings us into contact with another social custom many of you may not be familiar with.
In the ancient world when the Father of two sons died, the family’s entire wealth was divided up into 3 equal parts, and two of them were given to the older son. The third and smaller part was given to the younger son.
Esau traded his two portions of the estate for a bowl of soup.
God had chosen Esau to receive a double portion of the family’s wealth in order to compensate him for not receiving the blessing that was given to Abraham in Genesis 12.
Esau was not aware of what God was doing, and disqualified himself from his part in the plan God was setting up for his future. This is what sin does to us. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
Let’s look at Jacob. We are told that Jacob was cooking. This is not normal according to the social customs of the time. It was the man’s responsibility to work at farming and ranching, and the women were responsible for cooking while the men began to rest.
Why is Jacob cooking?
There was one event that women were excused from the kitchen for, and that event is the death of a relative. The relative who died was Abraham.
Rebekah had quit all the tasks on her normal daily schedule to console Isaac over the death of his father. So while Abraham’s funeral was taking place, Jacob stayed at home quietly nearby, and Esau got frustrated with how sad and upset everyone was and decided take a hunting trip instead of staying home to console his parents over the death of Abraham.
(1) Genesis 26:1-5
The Bible tells us that after Abraham died, another famine occurred, and Isaac moved to the land of the Philistines to escape.
The King of the Philistines at this time is named Abimelech, but this is probably not the same Abimelech who Abraham knew, for at least 75 years has passed.
God spoke to Isaac, telling him not to go down to Egypt.
(2) Genesis 26:6-33
Isaac, just like Abraham before him, became nervous about what the servants of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim might do to him to steal his wife, and so he lied about being married.
Abimelech found out the truth, and made a decree saying that no one was threaten Isaac or Rebekah, under penalty of death. So Isaac made himself at home and became incredibly wealthy.
His wealth began growing so much that the servants of Dagon became jealous of Isaac’s success. Lucifer and the Evil Elohim had not helped any of them to prosper the way Isaac had, even though the Philistines believed they were living in Dagon’s land.
We need to realize that Lucifer and the Evil Elohim can only be in one place at one time. This makes them very territorial, they have defined boundaries they use as borders, based on the ethnic group they are supervising.
Now Isaac, a servant of YHWH of the Elohim is living inside of the territory that Lucifer and the Evil Elohim assigned to Dagon, and is prospering in a way that the servants of Dagon are not.
So the servants of Dagon began to mistreat Isaac and his servants, and the situation got so bad that Abimelech had to ask Isaac to leave. Later Abimelech came and asked Isaac to sign a peace treaty promising that they would not mistreat each other in the future.
(3) Genesis 26:34-35
It was around that time that Esau got married. Esau was always leaving on hunting trips, but one day after he had been gone for a few days, he came home with two women he had married.
They were Hittites, and they made Isaac and Rebekah’s life miserable.
The last time we saw the Hittites had been loyal to what Genesis 1 through 11 say about YHWH and the Divine Counsel but it is 100 years later and that seems to have changed, and Isaac and Rebekah did not like the differences.
On a side note, in order for Esau to marry two Hittite women, he would have had to dedicate his life to whatever “god” Lucifer and the Evil Elohim had introduced to Hittite culture.
So Esau did not think much of the birthright YHWH had given him, and now he has dedicated his life to serving Lucifer and the Evil Elohim in order to marry some Hittite women.
In this chapter we are told a story from when Isaac was around 100 years old. Isaac had gone blind, and in this story we see him thinking about his obligations to his son that he has to do before he dies.
In the ancient world, when the head of the family was growing old, there would come a time when he would have a meeting with all of his sons.
The goal of this meeting is to let his sons know what the “gods” they worship think of each son and to share insight into what the future generations of their son’s family can expect to receive from the “gods.”
Of course the God that Isaac would be speaking for is YHWH of the Elohim, which poses a problem for Esau, because Esau has already proven that there is no love for YHWH in his heart. Esau has done this in two ways 1) he traded his birthright for a bowl of soup, and 2) he also dedicated his life to the gods of the Hittites.
Now Isaac has to proclaim the will of YHWH for Esau and Jacob.
Esau is about to be excluded from the promises that were made to Abraham. God has already told Isaac and Rebekah that their younger son was going to be given a place of honor over his older brother.
YHWH, with his ability to see all the possible outcomes of every choice people can make, found no way to include Esau and Jacob both as heirs of the promise made to Abraham.
Esau was not sensitive to YHWH at all, and as a result it is time to begin sending Esau into exile away from the promise made to Abraham.
There is one problem.
YHWH can only send Esau away with Isaac’s permission. The passing on of the promise that was made to Abraham can only be done as a result of a choice that only Isaac can make.
Isaac has already made up his mind. Isaac intends to give the promises made to Abraham to Esau. Isaac is consciously choosing to ignore the information he has been given in the past about Yahweh’s agenda for Jacob.
Isaac has shown a complete disregard for Yahweh by choosing Esau over Jacob, but Yahweh’s will was accomplished anyways.
This kind of thing can happen in the Church, indeed it has happened many times in the past. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
Rebekah comes up with a scheme. She wants to send Jacob in Esau’s place, and as a result of telling a lie, Isaac ends up giving Jacob the promise that was given to Abraham.
We should look closely at Jacob’s relationship with Yahweh. When Jacob came to Isaac, he had to explain why he had come back so quickly from his hunting trip.
Jacob’s explanation mentioned “the LORD your God” in Genesis 27:20 (ESV).
This is an important detail. Jacob could have said “The Lord My God” or “the Lord Our God” but he did not. Esau had already made the choice to be a servant of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim, but Jacob was still undecided and indifferent to both sides of the spiritual realm.
This is why God allowed Jacob to tell a lie in order to exclude Esau from the promises that were made to Abraham. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the churches.
As you would image, Esau was unreasonably angry. Esau had made the choice to become a servant of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim, and yet Esau believed Jacob should be held responsible for his loss of Yahweh’s blessings.
This caused a lot of problems, and Isaac and Rebekah began scheming together to develop a plan to save Jacob’s life.
(1) Genesis 28:1-9
As a part of the scheme to save Jacob’s life, Isaac decided to send Jacob on a trip to go visit Rebekah’s family so he could find a wife there.
When Esau found out about the instructions Jacob was given, he finally realized his decision to marry the two Hittite women was hurting his relationship with his parents.
In order to try and fix things, Esau decided to marry a daughter of Ishmael, which put even more distance between him and Yahweh of the Elohim, who had already said the children of Ishmael were not going to receive the promise made to Abraham.
At this point, Esau’s presence begins to fade, and we are shown what happened to prepare Jacob to become the only heir of the promises that were made to Abraham.
(2) Genesis 28:10-22
Jacob was in a really bad situation. When he left home, he went on a journey alone. Many years later Solomon would write about why Jacob’s journey was dangerous.
In the ESV, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says this:
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”
If Jacob had gotten hurt, he would have had no one to ask for help.
This is what sin does to us – it isolates us like this. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
Jacob went to find a place to rest, and when he slept he had a dream.
In his dream, he saw Yahweh standing in heaven, while messengers (ma’lak) of the Elohim were using a ladder to ascend and descend to the earth not far from where he was sleeping.
Jacob realized that he was not alone – Yahweh and the Divine Counsel of the Elohim were nearby. The spirits who were involved in maintaining the promises and blessings that were given to Abraham were all around him.
He was sleeping in a place where they would come to earth in order to fulfill their assignments they were given by Yahweh. The servants of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim were not allowed near these ladders so that Yahweh’s enemies could not disrupt the assignments given to the members of the Divine Council who were loyal to Yahweh.
Since Jacob was in a place the Elohim who were a part of the Divine Counsel used to visit the earth, he decided to acknowledge their presence by dedicating his life to be a servant of Yahweh.
(1) Genesis 29:1-30
When Jacob reached his destination, he met some strangers who introduced him to his uncle’s daughter. Her name was Rachel. Rachel was a shepherdess, she worked with her father’s servants taking care of sheep.
Rachel left the sheep with the servants and ran home to let her father know about Jacob. When he heard the news, her father came running to meet him, and immediately recognized him.
Jacob stayed with his uncle Laban as a guest for a month, during which he was learning how Laban’s household operated, before he was expected to begin working with them.
When Jacob was ready to start working, he sat down with Laban to talk about how he could be paid for his help. Jacob decided to ask for permission to marry Rachel in return for his help.
Laban agreed, and Jacob worked for seven years, only to end up marrying Rachel’s older sister. When Jacob realized what happened, he was upset and asked Laban why.
Laban agreed to let him marry Rachel, in exchange for another seven years of work, which Jacob reluctantly agreed to do. But why?
Why would Laban treat Jacob this way?
The Bible tells us the answer. In Genesis 31 Jacob takes his wives and leaves, only to be pursued by Laban, who caught up to Jacob and wanted to know “why did you steal my gods?” (See Genesis 31:30)
The fact that Laban was concerned about his “gods” means that he was a servant of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim. The demon spirits that were assigned by Lucifer to keep Laban under the influence of the Evil Elohim came and told him it was okay to take advantage of Yahweh’s servant (Jacob) by treating him this way.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
Jacob ended up marrying Leah and Rachel, and this made his life a burden to himself. His marriage problems begin to be described for us at the end of Genesis 29.
(1) Genesis 29:31-35
Leah began having children and Rachel did not. The reason for this is because Jacob hated Leah. Jacob hated being reminded of how Lucifer and the Evil Elohim had given his father in law permission to take advantage of him this way.
Leah had 4 sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah.
(2) Genesis 30:1-24
After watching Leah have four sons, Rachel became jealous and took her frustration out on Jacob. Jacob responded by saying “Am I in the place of God…” (Genesis 30:2 ESV).
The word “God” is Elohim – Jacob tried to reason with her by reminding Rachel of the existence of the Divine Council. Rachel, however, was more inclined to believe in Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
When she believed that YHWH and the Divine Council were not going to help her have children, she decided to use a cultural habit common among people who were influenced by Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
Rachel gave one of her personal attendants to Jacob, just like Hagar was given to Abraham earlier. Rachel’s servant was named Bilhah, and she became pregnant twice.
Her two sons were named Dan and Naphtali.
When Leah saw that she was not having any more children, she decided to do what Lucifer and the Evil Elohim encouraged people to believe is an acceptable answer, and so one of her personal attendants was given to Jacob as well.
This personal attendant was a woman named Zilpah, and she had two sons. The names of her two sons were Gad and Asher.
One day, Reuben, the son of Leah brought his mom a plant that was believed to be an aphrodisiac. Reuben was hoping this could help improve his mom’s relationship with Jacob.
When Rachel found out, she came and asked her sister to share, and they began bartering over the terms. When Jacob came home, Leah was waiting for him.
Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son named Issachar.
When Leah celebrated the birth of Issachar, she said “God has given me my wages because I gave my servant to my husband” in Genesis 30:18 (ESV).
The word for God Leah used is Elohim. Leah was using the word for the Divine Council who were loyal to God, saying they had supported her for violating the marriage standards described in Genesis 1 and 2.
Not long after this, Leah had another son named Zebulun, and Rachel had her first son named Joseph, and then the story changes directions.
I hope you can see clearly how theologically confused Jacob’s family has become. They are using God and the Divine Council’s common name to celebrate the cultural habits promoted by Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
God was using Jacob to begin building the nation that was promised to Abraham, and this founding members of this new nation are celebrating the cultural habits promoted by Lucifer and the Evil Elohim on earth in the name of God.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
(3) Genesis 30:25-43
Now that we have seen the problems that Jacob was having at home, the focus changes to show us the problems Jacob was having working with his father in law and his extended family who were loyal to Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
Jacob wants to leave and begin building an inheritance that he can leave to his sons, but Laban does not want to lose Jacob. Laban has been prospering as a result of Jacob’s hard work, and begins bartering to convince Jacob to keep working.
Why was Laban so determined to keep Jacob around? Laban says he learned by divination that Jacob was the secret to his success. Divination is a communication method that Lucifer and the Evil Elohim developed to communication with people. This is another piece of evidence that shows where Laban’s loyalty lies.
Jacob and Laban reach an agreement to share all of Laban’s livestock. They were going to divide everything up into two groups. One group would belong to Jacob and the other would belong to Laban.
An animal could be recognized as a member of one group by the color of its fur. They were using fur patterns based on genetics to tell the difference between Jacob and Laban’s livestock from now on.
The end result of their agreement is that Jacob’s livestock were healthy, and Laban’s livestock were not. In order to take care of the animals, Jacob began having servants who could help take care of them.
So the animals that were going to belong to Jacob’s sons became healthy and numerous to uphold the promise made to Abraham, while Laban’s animals began losing their health and numbers for his loyalty to Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
(1) Genesis 31:1-55
When Jacob and Laban agreed to divide up Laban’s livestock so Jacob could have something to give to his sons as an inheritance, we are told that Jacob became wealthy at Laban’s expense.
Laban’s sons were very upset over this, and Laban himself stopped thinking so highly of Jacob as he did in the past. These servants of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim were not happy about how Jacob was prospering at their expense.
While Jacob was trying to decide what to do about this turn of events, God came and told him it was time to leave. God’s intervention like this gave Jacob complete freedom to decide how he left, which is the main emphasis of this part of his story.
Before we look at that, we should consider the Hebrew word for God used here. The word translated as God is YHWH. We have seen this before as YHWH (of the) Elohim, but the rest of the Elohim is not included here.
While Lucifer and the Evil Elohim were corrupting the nations, the Divine Council of the Elohim were defending the nations, YHWH was acting on his own to guide Jacob’s decision making process in order to help him receive the benefits of the promises made to Abraham.
So now that God has given Jacob permission to leave, Jacob has to decide on his own the best way to leave. Using his own free will to act on God’s guidance, Jacob decided to leave without letting Laban know.
Jacob, Leah and Rachel all agreed it was time to leave, and when Laban found out he gathered an army and went after them. When Laban caught up to them, YHWH spoke to him in a dream telling him not to do anything to hurt Jacob, and Laban submitted to the instructions he was given.
When Jacob was told it was time to leave, we see YHWH speaking. When Jacob was explaining his decision to his wives, he spoke about God as an Elohim.
Jacob did not clearly understand the difference between YHWH and the rest of the Elohim. Neither did Laban, for Laban spoke to Jacob about the dream he had and said the “Elohim of your father” told him not to hurt Jacob.
So Jacob and Laban parted on somewhat peaceful terms. Laban, being a servant of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim, insisted on the two of them making a promise.
The promise was “The LORD watch between you and me when we are out of each other’s sight,” Laban said this because he did not trust Jacob, which makes this a good thing to inscribe on a piece of jewelry and give to someone else you consider to be untrustworthy.
Then Laban withdrew peacefully.
(2) Genesis 31:30
Before we allow Laban to leave, we have one final thing to understand the importance of in this chapter. Before they left, Rachel had gone and stolen the idols that Laban used to communicate with Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
Laban wanted to know why Jacob, as a servant of YHWH, would want the statues that allowed him to make contact with Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
Jacob did not want them, but Rachel did.
These statues were used to resolve inheritance issues. So when it was time for Laban’s sons to divide up the family’s wealth, Rachel was planning on having her son (Joseph) show up with them to justify receiving a portion of Laban’s wealth.
Rachel was a founding member of the new nation God was building for Abraham, but in her heart she was not really living in agreement with God’s plan for the future generations of their family.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the churches: Rachel’s bad decisions here are going to hurt her in the future.
After Laban left, Jacob continued his journey back home to the land that God intended for him to have as a result of the promise made to Abraham.
While Jacob was traveling, he ended up in a place where some messengers (ma’lak) of the Divine Council were and realized he was in a place under the control of the Divine Council of the Elohim.
While Jacob was in that place, he decided to send messengers to let Esau know that he was back in the area. The visible presence of the messengers of the Divine Council gave Jacob the confidence to reach out to Esau.
Esau responded by gathering an army to go with him on his trip to meet his brother. When Jacob find out about this, he begins to panic.
Let’s look at this without panicking. Here is one important fact about this situation to remember. If Esau had intended to harm Jacob, he would not have let the messengers return with the news that an army was coming.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Now Jacob had to decide what to do about this. Jacob responded in three ways to prepare for the worst possible outcome.
(1) Sending Esau A Gift
In Genesis 32:13-21 Jacob sent some of his livestock to Esau as a gift. That seems simple enough, so let’s move on to the next thing Jacob did.
(2) Jacob Divided His Family Up
In order to give his family a chance to escape, Jacob decided he was going to be the first to meet Esau and the army who was coming with him.
If Jacob was attacked first, the rest of his household could start running for their lives before they ended up being surrounded. If Leah and her sons were attacked, Rachel and Joseph would have a chance to run away.
If Rachel and Joseph were attacked first, then Leah and her sons could have run away. In front of Leah and Rachel were the servants who they had given to Jacob to have children with.
(3) Jacob Prayed
Remember how earlier Jacob met the messengers (ma’lak) of the Divine Council? Jacob sent his wives and their children to the other side of a river without him.
When we read about Jacob praying here, he stayed in the place where the messengers of the Divine Council had been seen. He knew they were active in the area, and remained there so they could hear his prayer and carry a message to the Divine Council of the Elohim on his behalf.
This does not mean that angels answer prayer. What it means is that the meetings of the members of the Divine Counsel are organized around reports they receive from the “ma’lak” on the earth.
We saw this in the book of Job.
In Job chapters 1 and 2 God asked one of the Evil Elohim to give a report on what Lucifer and the Evil Elohim thought about Job, based on the reports they were receiving on a regular basis from the messengers (“ma’lak”) in their service.
So while Jacob is praying, a messenger from the Divine Council of the Elohim comes to visit him. Jacob and this messenger got into a wrestling match.
The messenger was going to the place where the Divine Council met, but Jacob was physically trying to prevent him from leaving the area. Jacob did not want to go into the situation with Esau until a messenger of the Divine Council told him that he was going to be “blessed.”
The blessing Jacob sought was an assurance that his situation was a concern for the Divine Council, and they had already come up with a plan to intervene and help Jacob out.
So when Jacob was told “you have striven with God…and have prevailed” the messenger was telling him you have changed the agenda of the Divine Council of the Elohim.
Then something interesting happened.
The messenger of the Divine Council hurt Jacob by dislocating his hip. This type of injury meant that Jacob would not be able to run away from Esau when they met.
Jacob’s ability to act in self defense if Esau attacked him was compromised by the blessing he had received. The blessing Jacob received also meant that Jacob was no longer able to work for a living.
Jacob was a shepherd. This kind of job involved a lot of walking, running and fighting wild animals. The blessing that Jacob was given here meant he was no longer physically able to do anything for a living anymore.
Jacob’s entire future was out of his control. His freedom to make choices counted for nothing anymore. He could only survive because other people provided for all of his needs.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches about the burden carried by those who have been blessed by God.
Now that Jacob has been hurt so bad that he can no longer run away, he finally meets Esau and finds out the only thing Esau wants anymore is to have his brother back.
The only reason Esau was angry was because he was afraid that the future generations of his family were going to live in poverty. With all the time that has passed, Esau has learned that his choices to serve Lucifer and the Evil Elohim have not caused his family to be poor.
Esau and the future generations of his family were disqualified from inheriting the promise made to Abraham, but that does not mean that YHWH and the Divine Counsel had condemned them to poverty.
This is why Esau refused the gifts that Jacob offered in Genesis 33:8-9. I realize they were bartering, and the polite thing to do was to refuse the first offer, but look closely at the reason Esau refused the first offer: “I have enough.”
Esau invited Jacob to come back home, but Jacob did not have a home to go back to anymore. God’s plan was for Jacob to inherit the promises made to Abraham, and Jacob had already tried living with people who were loyal to Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
Jacob did not want to replace Laban with Esau.
Besides, God’s plan was for Jacob to inherit all of the land that was promised to Abraham, which meant Esau would have to move out.
That is exactly what happened – Esau became so wealthy that there were not enough natural resources to provide for all of his livestock while Jacob was in the area.
So Esau moved. He moved in with the people of Seir, and became one of their ruling elders according to Genesis 36. The choices Esau made to become associated with Lucifer and the Evil Elohim had built a wall between him and Jacob that could not be taken down.
Jacob did settle down, and he built an altar that he named El-Elohe-Israel.
El-Elohe Israel means “God, the God of Israel.” Jacob acknowledged that God was beginning to build the nation that was promised to Abraham.
After Jacob and his family settled in the land that was promised to Abraham, they found themselves in a difficult situation.
Jacob’s daughter wanted to go spend time with the girls who were servants of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim, and got raped as a result.
The rapist was the prince who was simply abiding by the cultural habits encouraged by Lucifer and the Evil Elohim. Rape was a perfectly acceptable way to obtain a wife.
Since Jacob and his family were not servants of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim, they disagreed. So the Prince found out, he came to try and negotiate in good faith.
Jacob’s sons initially refused because of circumcision, which the Prince was willing to do. Jacob’s sons lied about their intentions and when all of the men were recovering from the surgery, Simeon and Levi came and killed them all.
The rest of Jacob’s sons came and took everything of value from the city that Simeon and Levi had destroyed. The new nation that God was building could behave just like the servants of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim did.
We see Jacob concerned because the servants of Lucifer and the Evil Elohim would use this incident to fight back, but God intervened on Jacob’s behalf in Genesis 35.
When Jacob arrived back in the land that was promised to Abraham, he was given a new name. The new name was Israel.
After the incident with his daughter, Jacob begins living up to his new name. God spoke to Jacob and told him to move to Bethel.
Bethel was a place Jacob would have passed by on his way back home, when he was going to meet Esau. Abraham had made his home near Bethel years earlier, and now Jacob and his sons are as well.
This place was very important to them, because it was the place where Abraham had been first told that he had reached his destination. Now Jacob and his sons who were going to receive the promise made to Abraham are making their home in the same area.
Jacob told his sons to get rid of all the idols they had. Let’s look at this in context. Jacob’s sons had overrun a city loyal to Lucifer and the Evil Elohim, taking everything of value.
This kind of looting would have included statues that represented Lucifer and the Evil Elohim that had been covered with silver and gold. In addition to that, some of the women and children they brought back had earrings that displayed their loyalty to Lucifer and the Evil Elohim as well.
All of these things were abandoned. Jacob buried them (see Genesis 35:4).
Some of the idols that were buried that day were the ones that Rachel stole from Laban. It was not long after this that Rachel paid for the choice she made back then.
After they reached Bethel, Rachel died.
Jacob had promised Laban that anyone who would be found in possession of Laban’s idols would die, and now that Rachel’s deed has become known, the penalty was enforced.
Rachel had been pregnant and went into labor with Benjamin, but she did not survive. The death penalty Jacob pronounced on the person who had stolen Laban’s idols was now being enforced (see Genesis 31:32).
Rachel named her son “the son of my sorrow” because she was dying as a result of the bad decisions she made in the past. In addition to that, we are told that Isaac also died around this time.
There was also one important incident with Reuben, but we will skip that for now. We will have another chance to examine this later.
This chapter contains a genealogy that outlines how Esau’s family began to grow. God had chosen not to include the future generations of Esau’s family in the promise that was made to Abraham.
In order to exclude them, God allowed Esau’s family to grow so big there would not be enough natural resources to share with Jacob’s family.
As a result, Esau’s family moved, and this chapter explains how move that became necessary for both of them to survive and prosper.
Jacob’s main source of income involved livestock. The animals he owned would need to be moved from place to place on a regular basis, but Jacob was no longer able to move them all around himself.
In addition to his age, he had his hip dislocated and as a result was no longer able to do all of the walking required to take care of his animals.
So Jacob stayed at home, and his sons traveled from place to place taking care of their livestock. One day, Jacob decided to send Joseph to check on his brothers, and Joseph brought back a bad report.
Joseph’s brothers began to resent him over this. Jacob made it even worse by giving Joseph a robe made of many different types of colored threads.
Most robes were made of a single color, but Jacob wanted to give the oldest son of the only woman he wanted to marry special treatment. This made the other sons who were working to maintain the family’s wealth even more upset with Joseph.
Then Joseph began having dreams. The dreams indicated that Joseph was going to become the head of the family before his father died. So it seemed that Yahweh and the Divine Council of the Elohim were planning on giving Joseph special treatment.
One day Jacob decided to send Joseph to go look for his brothers, to bring home another report about their livestock’s welfare. “They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him” (Genesis 37:18 ESV).
Reuben, the oldest son of Leah, proposed a compromise. He suggested they take the expensive robe away and thrown in a well for a few hours to teach him a lesson.
Reuben was planning on coming back later, getting Jacob out and sending him back home, when the other brothers were not around. Before he had a chance to do that, a caravan of merchants showed up.
So Joseph ended up being sold as a slave and taken to Egypt.
This family was not a family at all. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches: the work of the ministry is to prevent these kinds of things from happening.
When Reuben came back and found that Joseph was missing, the brothers decided to lie to their father about what really happened. Jacob was told that Joseph had died.
The goal of the ministry is to help people learn not to treat each other this way when we have disagreements and disputes. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
God had a plan to make Joseph the most important member of his family, but this turn of events was the only way God could respect our freedom to make choices and still achieve his goal.
The goal of the ministry is to help people learn to make better choices so that God can achieve his goals without situations like the one Joseph ended up in unfolding.
When Jacob heard the news about Joseph’s death, we are told that he planned on spending the rest of his life mourning the death of the oldest son of the only woman he ever loved.
After watching this for a few weeks, Judah decided to run away from home (sort of). It was Judah’s idea to sell Joseph as a slave, and now Judah decided he did not want to come home after a hard day’s work and watch his father mourning Joseph’s death…because he knew that Joseph was alive.
So Judah ran away from home, and while he was gone he married a Canaanite woman. In order to do that Judah would have had to dedicate his life to serve whatever spirit Lucifer and the Evil Elohim were promoting as a “god” among the Canaanites.
This should not surprise us, for we later see Jacob hiring a prostitute who was available for anyone who wanted to “worship.” (See Genesis 38:20-21)
This is how far Judah fell when he ran away from home.
Eventually Judah’s wife died. Then Judah’s sons began to die as well. Judah’s sons grew up living at home with their mother, in an environment dominated by Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
Judah’s sons embraced that kind of culture and God did not want the promises that were made to Abraham passed on to Judah’s children.
Judah’s two oldest sons, Er and Onan had already died over this, and Judah tried to intervene to protect his youngest son from dying as well. Some time later, the woman (her name was Tamar) was supposed to marry Judah’s youngest son posed as a cult prostitute and became pregnant.
This woman offered proof of who the father was, and when Judah found out he said she is more righteous than I am (see Genesis 38:26).
In a situation like the one Tamar was in, a righteous man would have wanted Tamar to have children so she could receive the blessings made by God back in Genesis 1 and 2.
Tamar had to pretend to be a prostitute and take advantage of her father in law in order to receive what Genesis chapters 1 and 2 said God wanted to share with her.
Tamar was more righteous (that is more dedicated to believing the promises God made) than Judah was. Look how far Judah has fallen over the lie he told his father about Joseph.
This little detour in Judah’s life was not a part of Yahweh’s plan. Yahweh’s God’s plan was to have the 12 sons of Jacob living together, growing together into a new ethnic group who would be His servants.
Exposure to the cultural habits upheld by Lucifer and the Evil Elohim have made the 12 sons of Jacob who we see here. They have anger management issues, pride, double standards, and they also are liars.
God gave them the freedom to make choices out of anger, pride, lying and their double standards so they could see clearly who they were and begin learning how to make better choices in the future.
They had to understand that just because they were all in one place at one time with one leader doing one job, they were not being loyal to each other, and this made God’s goals harder to accomplish.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the churches.
Now, we can see begin to see how Joseph learned to be loyal to his brothers.
We already know that Joseph had been having dreams about becoming the most important person in his family. There was a lot of pride in his heart that was keeping him from being loyal to his brothers.
Slavery in the ancient world is a good way to remove pride, and into slavery Joseph went. The pride in his heart had to be completely removed so that it could not grow back later.
In order to get it all, God treated it like we would treat a plant we wanted to destroy – you just have to pull it up by the roots. Going from being Father’s favorite to being no one’s favorite was the best way to get the pride issue resolved permanently.
“God’s wisdom means that God always chooses the best goals and the best means to those goals.” (Wayne Grudem)
God saw the kind of person Joseph had become because he had been exposed his whole life to people around him who sometimes favored God’s plans and sometimes favored Lucifer and the Evil Elohim’s plans.
Joseph’s family had a theology of convenience. Jacob’s family were loyal to God until they wanted something, and then they began being loyal to Lucifer and the Evil Elohim in order to get what they wanted.
Joseph was raised in that kind of environment. Joseph had to be removed from this spiritually toxic environment in order to learn how to be loyal to God.
He had to learn to be loyal to God BEFORE he could learn how to be loyal to his brothers. That kind of journey involved him realizing that his brothers were not loyal to him.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
In order to become loyal to God and then become loyal to his brothers, Joseph had to learn to live without having any freedom and independence.
He had to live in a situation where injustice existed and he was completely powerless and completely helpless to do anything about it. This was his first test – Joseph had to learn unconditional obedience to the will of others, in this case it was the will of an Egyptian man named Potiphar.
(2) Moral Purity
Joseph had grown up being spoiled.
Joseph had to prove that he was better than that BEFORE he became the most important person in his family.
When Joseph was in Egypt, he had become very close to Potiphar and his wife. Joseph had become the most important person in Potiphar’s family.
The cultural habits of people living in the land of Egypt had already been overrun by Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
Potiphar’s wife was inviting Joseph to embrace something completely acceptable by Egyptian standards. Joseph’s response to her invitation showed that he had a completely different set of standards.
Instead of submitting to the cultural standards promoted by Lucifer and the Evil Elohim in Egypt, Joseph held on to the standards promoted by YHWH and the Divine Counsel of the Elohim.
Potiphar’s wife eventually became angry with Joseph for not embracing the cultural standards promoted by Lucifer and the Evil Elohim in Egypt.
Joseph, being a slave, had nothing he could say or do in self defense. This is the plan God chose to make Joseph someone who would be loyal to his brothers.
Suffering at the hands of an unbelieving world is what it takes to teach us how to avoid causing suffering in the lives of people God wants us to be loyal to.
In order to become the most important person in his family, Joseph had to learn to live as a slave who has no freedom to say or do anything in self defense.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches: each time Joseph became closer to God, his circumstances got worse as a result.
How did Joseph prove to God and the Divine Council of the Elohim that he had learned not to be proud? By living in slavery and community with people who followed Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
How did Joseph prove to God and the Divine Council of the Elohim that he had learned not to be spoiled? By rejecting Potiphar’s wife and being sent to prison controlled by people who followed Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
How did God and the Divine Council of the Elohim prove to Joseph that they were still on his side when so many bad things were happening?
By giving him opportunities to serve others faithfully and allowing him to have the ability to interpret dreams and visions, which is a spiritual ability highly prized by people who follow Lucifer and the Evil Elohim.
Now Joseph is in prison. This is the best place for him to be. Prison is the best environment for him to prove himself to Yahweh and the Divine Council of the Elohim.
The reason I say it is the best environment is because he finally has nothing left to lose. Joseph has fallen as far as he can, the only way Joseph’s situation can become worse is for him to be executed.
That would mean the promise that Yahweh made about him becoming the most important member of his family was never a possibility. If Joseph falls an farther, Yahweh and the Divine Council would be guilty of lying.
So living in prison with no idea how to be released is as low as Yahweh and the Divine Council can let him go. While Joseph is at his lowest point, he has to prove himself to God and to the Divine Council of the Elohim in one more way before he can be free.
(1) The Final Test
The final test is that Joseph has to prove that he has the courage and discipline to share good news and bad news with others.
Consider this – two people ended up in prison with Joseph. The first one was the Chief Cup Bearer, and the second one was the Chief Baker.
Both of them had a dream, but since they were in prison, they did not have access to Pharaoh’s counselors who were experts in interpreting dreams.
The Chief Cup Bearer had a dream that offered good news – he was going to get to go home and serve the Pharaoh again. The Chief Baker had a dream that offered bad news – he was going to be executed in 3 days.
Would Joseph have the courage to tell them the truth? Would Joseph use his ability to interpret dreams to share good news and bad news?
This is important because very soon, the Pharaoh is going to have two dreams full of good news and bad news about a seven year famine.
If Joseph cannot tell the good news and the bad news right here and right now in prison, then he is obviously not ready for Yahweh and the Divine Council of the Elohim to make him become the most important member of his family by being promoted to be second in command in the land of Egypt.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
Joseph passed his test, but we are told that the Chief Cupbearer forget about Joseph, and he remained in prison for another two years.
During those two years Joseph thought he had been forgotten, the Divine Council of the Elohim was working to re-organize all of their plans to make sure that Joseph would be well protected with their limited resources BEFORE he became the second in command of the entire land of Egypt.
It took the Divine Council of the Elohim two years to reorganize their forces to make sure they could hold onto the ethnics groups who were still loyal to the stories told in Genesis 1-11 while they were expanding their reach by protecting and supporting Joseph in Egypt.
It took two years for the Divine Council to re-organize their forces in a way that allowed them to maintain their influence over all the other ethnic groups around the world while they were able to make sure nothing bad happened to Joseph in Egypt.
When the Divine Council was prepared to protect Joseph from the jealousy and envy of everyone in Egypt who was loyal to Lucifer and the Evil Elohim, then the Pharaoh had two dreams.
Each dream contained good news and bad news about the land of Egypt, and Lucifer and the Evil Elohim had no available to explain what the dreams meant to the Pharaoh.
However, Yahweh and the Divine Council had a Cup Bearer working in Pharoah’s court who knew a prisoner named Joseph that was able to interpret dreams correctly. Imagine that.
Suddenly Joseph receives an invitation to leave the prison and visit the palace, but there is a problem that needs to be solved first.
Before Joseph can meet the Pharaoh, he has to be presentable according to the cultural habits of Egyptian royalty. Before Joseph can minister to the Pharaoh, he has to look like an Egyptian noble.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
So Joseph is given a complete Egyptian makeover, and then brought into the palace to meet the Pharaoh. When Pharaoh shares the information he can remember about his dream(s), Joseph immediately tells him what the good and the bad news is.
Joseph is not scared of saying something Pharaoh might disapprove of when he perceives that a famine is coming to the land of Egypt.
Since Joseph had the courage to share the good news and the bad news, and offered advice on how to prepare for the famine, the Pharaoh decided that Joseph was the best person for the job of providing famine relief.
Joseph has actually become the most important member of his family, but his family still has no idea. The people who had been closest to him – that is his brothers – were going to be the last ones on earth to find out how important and powerful Joseph had become.
In order for Joseph to become the most important member of his family, he would have to be reunited with his brothers. When Joseph became the second in command of the land of Egypt we are told he was 30 years old in Genesis 41:46.
This would have been in spring, when crops are planted during the first of the seven years of abundance. This means Joseph was 37 years old when the famine began.
It also means Joseph had to wait 20 years for the dream he had to come true. It was during the seven years of famine that Joseph would get a chance to be reunited with his brothers.
Joseph had to go through 20 years of training BEFORE he was given a chance to see the Genesis 37 dream he had about being the most important person in his family come true.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
Now Joseph’s brothers were brought to him by circumstances outside of their control. Jacob and his whole household had lost touch with God, and now the famine created a situation where they had no choice but to be reunited with Joseph who had remained in touch with God this whole time.
This brings up a really important principle. When God is guiding you to the place where you can serve Him, He will separate you from others.
Abraham left everyone in his family behind except for Lot and we know how that turned out. Isaac and Ishmael were not allowed to remain together either.
Jacob and Esau had to go their separate ways, and in order to help Joseph become someone who could serve God and serve others, he had to be betrayed by his family and live in slavery for 20 years.
If you want to serve God and serve others, you are going to be set apart like this as well. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
However, there does come a reunion of some kind.
Joseph’s brothers came looking for him when they needed help. Joseph took the money they brought him to buy food and gave it back to them when they were not watching.
Joseph had a chance to prove he did not hate his brothers. There was another contest taking place here like the one we saw in Job chapters 1 and 2 over how Joseph would respond to his brothers with his authority.
Lucifer and the Evil Elohim were slandering Joseph the same way Job had been slandered, and the members of the Divine Counsel of the Elohim who were loyal to Yahweh were wondering if Joseph would abuse his position.
Would all of the work The Divine Council had done to prepare Joseph to become the most important person in his family be wasted because Joseph had the authority and power to mistreat his helpless brothers?
Joseph was emotionally unprepared for a moment like this. So he tried to release some of his inner turmoil by speaking harshly to them, and then locking them all up in prison.
The three days they spent in prison gave Joseph a chance to calm down and think clearly and carefully about how to respond. After three days had passed Joseph decided to leave Simeon in prison and send the others back home with the food they needed for their families.
Simeon was left in prison for a good reason. Joseph remembered how Simeon and Levi murdered a whole city when Dinah was raped, and Joseph used his authority to keep Simeon away from the others, especially Levi.
This would guarantee the two most dangerous of his brothers would not be able to make another trip back to Egypt with Benjamin, who had become Father’s new favorite son in Joseph’s absence.
So Reuben and others left.
Genesis 43 and 44
The famine continued on, and eventually Reuben and the others needed to return to Egypt to get more. Unfortunately, they had been told they would not be allowed to have any more food unless Benjamin was with them.
So Benjamin came, and Simeon was allowed to be reunited with Levi and the others. Joseph set them up again: this time Benjamin was framed for a crime he did not commit.
How would they respond?
Would Reuben try to fix things by simply telling everyone what they wanted to hear like he did last time?
Were Simeon and Levi still capable of committing murder?
Would Judah be cruel enough to abandon Benjamin to a life of slavery like he had done to Joseph?
Would the rest of them be indifferent to Benjamin’s cries for help, like they were when Joseph was begging for mercy?
Judah finally spoke up to resolve the crisis by getting right to the heart of the issue. None of them wanted to see what would happen to their father if they came home without Benjamin.
They had all been through that once, and none of them wanted to see it happen again to Jacob again. None of them were the same kind of person that Joseph remembered.
When Joseph saw clearly that his brothers were not the kind of people who would misunderstand and mistreat each other anymore, he finally opened up to them.
Joseph gave them everything they would need to leave the land of Canaan and move to Egypt and gave them a final warning not to become the kind of people that Joseph remembered them being.
“Then he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, “Do not quarrel on the way.” (Genesis 45:24 ESV)
When the sons of Israel returned home, they told their father about Joseph, and Jacob did not believe them. The story Jacob was being told went something like this: Dad, do you remember those dreams Joseph had about becoming the most important member of our family?
Well, the dreams God showed him back then came true, and right now Joseph is the second most powerful political figure in the land of Egypt!
For more than 20 years Jacob had lived with pain and sorrow over the death of Joseph, and the messengers who told him the bad news were sharing a different story.
Now they were saying Joseph was not dead at all.
Jacob began to have hope again, and God spoke to him. God spoke to let him know it was time to take the next step, time for a new chapter in his life to unfold. God gave them permission to move to the land of Egypt.
For 20 years God had not spoken to Jacob. If God had let Jacob know that Joseph was alive and told him where to find him, Joseph would not have had a chance to meet the Pharaoh, and Israel would have starved to death during the famine.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Bible says to the Churches.
Joseph’s brothers were allowed to settle in the land of Goshen, and Joseph provided for all of their needs during the famine. Because of Joseph, the sons of Israel did not struggle financially during the famine.
The people of Egypt, however, did have a serious struggle.
Under Joseph’s leadership while the famine was occurring, Egyptian culture began to change. The end result of those changes was that Pharaoh owned everything in the land of Egypt, and the Egyptian people became slaves who were paid to take care of everything the Pharaoh owned.
So the sons of Israel retained their wealth, and Pharaoh ended up owning everything of value in the land of Egypt. This will become important when we begin to explore the book of Exodus.
Now that the family was reunited, it was time for Jacob to pass on the birthright and the blessing to his sons. This is one area that can be confusing to people who have a non Jewish background.
(1) The Thirteen Tribes of Israel (in Genesis)
Here is a quick summary of what happened in Genesis 48, along with a summary of Moses was told to do in the Books of Exodus and Numbers.
12 Tribes – 1 son (Joseph) = 11 Tribes.
11 Tribes + 2 sons of Joseph = 13 tribes.
So at the end of the book of Genesis, there are 13 tribes of Israel, but another event from the book of Exodus and Numbers allowed Moses to change the total number of tribes again to organize the priesthood:
13 Tribes – the tribe of Levi (the Priests) = 12 tribes.
So the book of Genesis ends with there being 13 tribes of Israel. Now let’s look at the blessings and the birthright Jacob gave to his sons.
Jacob pronounced a blessing on the two sons of Joseph, starting with the younger son. Let’s consider what they were given by Jacob.
This is important to remember because Jacob is setting the standard for what kind of plans the Divine Council of the Elohim will make to fulfill God’s goals for the future generations of his family from now on.
(2) Manasseh (The Older)
Manasseh was going to have a large family, and his young brother would become more important than him in the future.
(3) Ephraim (The Younger)
Ephraim was going to become a multitude of nations (see Genesis 48:19).
What this means is that Ephraim’s tribe would not maintain a pure bloodline, they would intermarry with people outside of Israel.
This union with outsiders would somehow turn out to be to the benefit of people who were not born into one of the tribes of Israel.
Jacob’s words here allow Ephraim and Manasseh to inherit the blessing that was given to Abraham. Jacob has set the standard for how the Divine Council of the Elohim should think about Ephraim and Manasseh.
Now we can look at the destiny of the 13 tribes.
In this chapter Jacob gives a blessing to each of his sons. This blessing has been used by the Divine Council of the Elohim to provide guidelines on how to fulfill their obligations to the descendants of each tribe.
(1) The Tribe of Reuben
Reuben was the oldest, and had a right to expect to become the next patriarch of the sons of Israel. Jacob considered Reuben to be unreliable, and was therefore disqualified. The honor that had been reserved for him was given to Judah and Ephraim.
We need to understand why this happened, because God can still decide that we are unreliable, and this will disqualify us from serving the Lord.
Reuben was sexually immoral.
Jacob had 2 wives (Leah and Rachel) as well as two concubines (Bilhah and Zilpah). When Rachel died, Reuben wanted his mother (Leah) to become father’s favorite, so he took advantage of one of the concubines to make sure his mother did not have any rivals for his father’s devotion.
So Jacob basically stood Reuben up in front of his brothers and said “I do not trust you at all.” These words were used by the Divine Council to influence how they made decisions about the tribe of Reuben in the future.
Jacob considered Reuben to be unreliable, and as a result the Divine Council of the Elohim never chose a judge, prophet, or a king from Reuben’s descendants. The choices Reuben made disqualified every member of the future generations of all of his children from being able to obtain these kinds of positions in life.
He who has an ear, let him here what the Bible says to the Churches.
(2 and 3) The Blessing of the Tribes of Simeon and Levi
Jacob said these two would be divided and scattered.
Jacob had not forgotten how Simeon and Levi committed genocide together when their sister was raped. Now it is time for them to pay for what they did back then. They had to be split up.
When Moses took a census of Israel, Simeon was the smallest of the tribes.
Simeon’s territory in the land of Canaan also had no clear boundaries. They had cities scattered among the land given to Judah, and eventually they became absorbed into the tribe of Judah.
As for Levi, they were also scattered among the tribes, in order to fulfill their obligations as the priests. This allowed them to retain their tribal identity in a way that Simeon did not.
(4) The Tribe of Judah
Judah inherited the tribal authority that should have gone to Reuben. It was the tribe of Judah that become the royal family of David, and later they also produced the Messiah.
The words Jacob spoke here determine the future of the tribe of Judah. This tribe would rule over the others until Shiloh, which is understood to be the Messiah, comes.
The Messiah would be the last heir of the royal family. When he was born, he would end up dying without a son, which means he would hold the throne forever.
(5) The Tribe of Zebulun
The future generations of Zebulun’s family would become wealthy merchants and skilled sailors.
(6) The Tribe of Issachar
The tribe of Issachar would be skilled in manual labor.
(7) The Tribe of Dan
The Tribe of Dan had the serpent as their symbol.
This was the banner they stood under, and this made them a burden to the rest of the tribes. Yet Jacob’s words here made it clear that Dan could not be disowned by his brothers.
(8) The Tribe of Gad
The future generations of Gad’s family would be in constant danger from foreign raiding parties, and would eventually use this kind of behavior in self defense.
(9) The Tribe of Asher
The future generations of Asher’s family would become farmers.
(10) The Tribe of Naphtali
The tribe of Naphtali was considered to be graceful, swift and beautiful like a female deer. The inhabitants of the land of Naphtali were the ones who Jesus spent most of his time with.
(11) The Tribe(s) of Joseph
Joseph was given so many blessings here for his loyalty to God. He never once doubted God’s intentions, although he lived most of his life without understanding how God was going to keep his promise.
That kind of conviction allowed the tribe of Ephraim received the double portion of wealth that should have been given to Reuben. It also guaranteed that Manasseh would prosper as well.
(12) The Tribe of Benjamin
Benjamin’s family would be in danger from foreign armies, and as a result would have to become like a predator to survive. The banner they gathered under was the symbol of a wolf.
So Jacob has told each of this sons what the future generations of their family had to look forward to when they left Egypt and returned to the land of Canaan.
Now we are told that Jacob had died and was buried in Canaan. Finally we see Joseph ask his children to bury him in the land of Canaan when they leave Egypt.
Then Joseph dies while the Divine Council of the Elohim begins making plans on how to follow the guidelines Jacob has set for the future growth of his son’s families and the tribes of Israel settle in and wait for the right time to leave the land of Egypt.
This Is (Not) The End.