|* I Chronicles 2
I Chronicles 1 brought us the “Key of David,” i.e., the key which opens the door which no man can shut, and shuts the door which no man can open. Only Father can do this, and Father opened these Books of the Chronicles by showing us that His Story concerns the lineage through which He will become flesh as His Only Begotten Son: Jesus Christ. The only time any of the other races He Created are mentioned in His Word, are when they come in contact with our Forefathers: The Israelites. I Chronicles 1 opened mentioning 3 names: Adam, Sheth, Enosh. Not mentioned in the lineage were Cain; as, he was NOT Adam’s son, nor Abel; as, he was murdered by Cain before he had any posterity.
This Chapter continues tracing the genealogy, and it begins with the sons of Jacob (Israel), the 12 patriarchs who would become the fathers of the 12 Tribes collectively known as “The House of Israel.”
I must caution you brethren as, at the end of the Chapter, we again tool with the “Key of David;” as, there are those who have slipped in and are trying to hide themselves in the True Genealogical Listing. I'll be sure to point them out to you as, it is extremely important.
With that introduction being said, let's go to Father and ask Him for His Blessings on our Study of His Word: “Father, we come to you right now to thank you for inviting us to Your table in order that we might be able to partake of and receive Your Spiritual Meat, and Father, as we prepare to dine on the sustenance which sustains our inner man, we ask that You Oh LORD open our ears and eyes, that we might be able to hear and see your Truths, open our hearts and minds and prepare us in order that we may receive Your Truth. We Pray for Your Understanding of Your Word, we seek Your Knowledge in Your Word and most importantly Father, we Pray for and desire Your Wisdom from Your Word, in Jesus' Precious name we Pray, thank You Father, Amen.”
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I Chronicles 2:1 These are the sons of Israel (he will rule as God; or, the prince that prevails with God) (yis-raw-ale') (map); Reuben (see ye a son; and, behold, a son) (reh-oo-bane'), Simeon (hearing; or, heard (shim-one'), Levi (attached; or, joined) (lay-vee'), and Judah (celebrated; or, praised, celebrated) (yeh-hoo-daw'), Issachar (he will bring a reward; or, reward) (yis-saw-kawr'), and Zebulun (habitation; or, a habitation) (zeb-oo-loon'), —> As outlined in Genesis 29:32-30:25, the order of Jacob’s children is as follows: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah,—Leah—Dan, Naphtali—Rachel’s handmaiden Bilhah—Gad, Asher,—Leah’s handmaiden Zilpah—Issachar, Zeblun, Dinah,—Leah—Joseph, and then Benjamin was born a little later—Rachel—35:18. As you notice here, they are not in birth order in the first 2 Verses of this Chapter, they are in the case of the first 4; then we skip to down to Issachar and Zebulun because these are the 6 sons of Leah.
Israel=Jacob, now known as Israel; Honored, Served and Worshiped Father his entire life. Many years after purchasing the Birthright from his brother, their father Isaac feared he was close to death, and therefore, he called Esau to him in order to bestow onto him the Birthright Blessing. Now, Esau knew that he had sold the Birthright to his brother and as such he had no right to it; so, did he tell his father this when Isaac called him unto him? No, he was going to steal it back from his brother. What happened? Rebekah, know of the entire incident and called for Jacob in order to have the Birthright bestowed upon it’s rightful heir. Jacob, knowing he couldn’t fool his father feared what would happen should he and his mother get caught. So, Rebekah devised a plan and made hairy skins for Jacob’ arms; so, that, when Isaac reached for him, he would feel the skins and think that it was Esau. Sure enough, Isaac fell for the ruse and bestowed the Birthright Blessing on Jacob. Esau came later seeking the Blessing; however, Isaac told him that he had already bestowed upon him, Esau then told Isaac that it was not him who he had bestowed teh Blessing upon; but, his younger brother Jacob. Esau cried out begging his father to Bless him also; but, there no such Blessing to come. So, Esau devised a scheme to kill his brother in order to get the Blessing back from him. Rebekah, fearing for her younger son’s life, called him to her and told him to flee and go to her family, where he might hide out until Esau’s anger cooled. Jacob did as his mother bid, and when he had arrived he found some men and their flocks of sheep by a well. He asked them what land he was in, and they replied, “Haran.” After hearing this, he next asked them if they knew his uncle, his mother’s brother, Laban. They replied that they indeed did know Laban, and as they were replying, Laban’s younger daughter Rachel approached with her herd of sheep. Well, Jacob fell in love with his cousin and after living with his uncle and his family for a month, Laban asked him what he cold pay him for the work he had been doing for him. Jacob told his uncle that he wold work for him for seven years if he could have Laban’s younger daughter for his wife. Laban agreed and at the end of the seven years, Jacob asked his uncle for Rachel’s hand in marriage, Laban agreed; but, he deceived Jacob by bringing his elder daughter Leah to him that night, and in the morning, Jacob realized he had been had. Long story short, he worked for another seven years for Leah’s younger sister Rachel. In all, he got the 2 sisters and their handmaids, and from the 4 of them he bare the 12 patriarchs which became the 12 Tribes making up the House of Israel. In all, Jacob served, or worked for Laban for 21 years. On Jacob's return from Haran to the land of his father Isaac, as he was stopped for the night one night, Father YHVH'S Angel appeared to him and they wrestled all night until the breaking of day, and when Father’s Angel saw that He could not prevail He touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh, and his thigh became out of joint. Father then told Jacob to let Him go; but, Jacob would not do so until Father Blessed him. Father next asked Jacob his name, not that He didn’t know; but, because it was time He was going to change it for him, Jacob replied, Jacob and Father told him he would no longer be called Jacob; but, Israel. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Hebrew word number: H3478, - יִשְׂרָאֵל, - yiśrâ'êl, pronounced - yis-raw-ale', and means: From H8280 and H410; he will rule as God; Jisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity (Easton’s): - Israel. Total KJV occurrences: 2505., and now from a combination of the Smith’s Bible Dictionary and the Easton’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The name conferred on Jacob, Genesis 32:28, after the great prayer-struggle and his wrestling with the Angel of the LORD, Hosea 12:4, at Peniel, because "as a prince he had power with God and prevailed," Gesenius interprets Israel “soldier of God.” (See JACOB, [Easton’s].) This is the common national name given to Jacob's descendants, the whole People of the twelve tribes are called "Israelites," the "children of Israel" Joshua 3:17; 7:25; Judges 8:27; and Jeremiah 3:21, and the "house of Israel" Exodus 16:31; 40:38. It is used in the narrower sense, excluding Judah in I Samuel 11:8; II Samuel 20:1; I Kings 12:16. This name Israel is sometimes used emphatically for the true Israel Psalms 73:1; Isaiah 45:17; 49:3; John 1:47; Romans 9:6; and 11:26. After the death of Saul the ten tribes arrogated to themselves this name, as if they were the whole nation II Samuel 2:9,10,17,28; 3:10,17; 19:40-43, and the kings of the ten tribes of the northern kingdom were called "kings of Israel," while the kings of the two tribes were called "kings of Judah." After the babylonian captivity, the returned exiles resumed the name Israel as the designation their entire nation. The name Israel is also used to denote lay-men, as distinguished from priests, Levites and other ministers Ezra 6:16; 9:1; 10:25; Nehemiah 11:3 etc..”.
Reuben=Reuben was Jacob’s first born son, his mother was Leah Genesis 29:32. So, what else do we know of Reuben? It was Reuben who found the mandrakes and gave them to his mother as read in Genesis 30:14. The next we read of Reuben is when we find that he uncovered his father’s nakedness by laying with one of his concubines: Bilhah, handmaiden to Rachel. We then read that it was Reuben who, when their younger brother Joseph had come to find them in the field and they were going to kill him, it was Reuben who said: Genesis 37:21 “Let us not kill him.” [37:22] And Reuben said unto them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him;” (that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again). —> The nine older than Joseph; but, younger than Reuben brothers, we going to murder their younger brother; however, Reuben the eldest, not wanting blood on their hands, talked the other eight out of murder. They did though, cast him into a pit; and unbeknownst to Reuben who had stepped away, when a traveling company of merchantmen made up of both Ishmaelites and Midianites came by, the eight brothers sold Joseph into their hand. Upon his return, Reuben went to check on his younger brother and to his surprise, Joseph was not in the pit his brothers had put him in; so, Reuben questioned his eight brothers to his whereabouts as, he knew he wouldn't be able to face his father Jacob. His brothers took their Joseph’s coat and dipped it in the blood of a goat and when they all returned to their father, they told him that their younger brother had wandered into danger and had not survived. Jacob took the news of his second youngest son’s death hard, Joseph was after all, the first son of the woman he truly loved. Many years later, when the famine came upon the land and they had to go to Egypt to buy corn, and the governor of Egypt, who happened to be their younger brother Joseph who had disguised himself from them, it was Reuben who, when Joseph accused them of being spies, and cajoled them to bring their youngest brother to him in order to see if they might do to Benjamin as they had done to him, spoke up to defend and protect his youngest brother. Upon finding that his older brothers would not do to Benjamin as they had done to him, Joseph revealed himself to them and then told them that it was Father YHVH’S doing that he was where he was in order to save them all during the coming famine. Years later as their father Jacob lay on his deathbed, he called all his sons to him in order to bestow upon their Blessing, to Reuben he proclaimed this: Genesis 49:3 Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power: [49:4] Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch. —> Because Reuben uncovered his father’s nakedness, Jacob told Reuben that he would not receive the first fruit Blessings. Now from the Blessings of Moses found in Deuteronomy 33: Deuteronomy 33:6 “Let Reuben live, and not die; And let not his men be few.” —> Let not his men be few=How did Reuben and his offspring fare? During the two numberings in the Book of Numbers we find : Numbers 26:7 These are the families of the Reubenites: and they that were of them were forty and three thousand and seven hundred and thirty. —> During the first numbering in Numbers 1:21 the total sum of the Reubenites was 46,500; so then, this is a decrease of 2,770. Reuben’s numbers as compared to the rest of the Tribes after the second numbering was 8th; or, 4th from the bottom. Reuben's encampment as they came out of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, was as the Standard Bearer on the South side of the Tabernacle. The sign on their Standard was aquarius (man), the colors on the Standard was the color of the top row of stones on the High Priest's Breastplate: the Sardis, the Topaz, and the Carbuncle, most likely, brown, yellow and a shade of green. Reuben was the centerpiece, surrounded by the Tribes of Simeon and Gad. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Hebrew word number: H7205, - רְאוּבֵן, - re'ûbên, pronounced - reh-oo-bane', and means: From the imperative of H7200 and 1121; see ye a son; Reuben, a son of Jacob: - Reuben. Total KJV occurrences: 72., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “Jacob's firstborn Child Genesis 29:32, the son of Leah. (B.C. 1753.) The notices of the patriarch Reuben give, on the whole a favorable view of his disposition. To him and him alone the preservation of Joseph's life appears to have been due and afterward he becomes responsible for his safety Genesis 37:18-30; 42:37. Of the repulsive crime which mars his history, and which turned the blessing of his dying father into a curse—his adulterous connection with Bilhah—we know from the Scriptures only the fact Genesis 35:22. He was of an ardent, impetuous, unbalanced but not ungenerous nature; not crafty and cruel, as were Simeon and Levi, but rather, to use the metaphor of the dying patriarch, boiling up like a vessel of water over a rapid wood fire, and as quickly subsiding when the fuel was withdrawn. At the time of the migration into Egypt, Reuben's sons were four Genesis 46:9; I Chronicles 5:3. The census at Mount Sinai Numbers 1:20,21; 2:11, shows that at the exodus the men of the tribe above twenty years of age and fit for active warlike service numbered 46,600. The Reubenites maintained the ancient calling of their forefathers. Their cattle accompanied them in their flight from Egypt Exodus 12:38. Territory of the tribe . --The portion of the promised land selected by Reuben had the special name of "the Mishor," with reference possibly to its evenness. Under its modern name of the Belka it is still esteemed beyond all others by the Arab sheep-masters. It was a fine pasture-land east of the Jordan, lying between the river Arnon on the south and Gilead on the north. Though the Israelites all aided the Reubenites in conquering the land, and they in return helped their brothers to secure their own possessions, still there was always afterward a bar, a difference in feeling and habits, between the eastern and western tribes. The pile of stones which they erected on the west bank of the Jordan to mark their boundary was erected in accordance with the unalterable habits of Bedouin tribes both before and since. This act was completely misunderstood and was construed into an attempt to set up a rival altar to that of the sacred tent. No Judge, no prophet, no hero of the tribe of Reuben is handed down to us. The Reubenites disliked war clinging to their fields and pastures even when their brethren were in great distress. Being remote from the seat of the national government and of the national religion, it is not to be wondered at that the Reubenites relinquished the faith of Jehovah. The last historical notice which we possess of them, while it records this fact, records also as its natural consequence that they and the Gadites and the half-tribe Manasseh were carried off by Pul and Tiglath-pileser I Chronicles 5:26.”.
Simeon=Jacob's second born, and like his older brother Reuben, Simeon’s mother was Leah. It was Simeon along with his brother Levi who took vengeance upon the men of Shalem because Shechem, the son of Hamor the Hivite had raped and defiled their sister Dinah when she had gone to introduce herself and visit with, the daughters of the land. Jacob and his sons knew that the men were not to have intercourse with women outside of Israel, and the women of Israel were not to have intercourse with men outside Israel, and now this Shechem, not only broke this rule, he actually raped Dinah in doing so. Jacob’s sons were all out in the field tending to their flocks when it was told Jacob, and he held his peace until they returned. When Simeon and Levi heard the news, as Shechem and his father came to Jacob to ask Dinah’s hand in marriage, asking what the dowry should be, they told them that it was against the laws of their God and they could not allow their sister to marry a man who was uncircumcised. This was only part truth as; as I said a moment ago, it was forbidden for any Israelite to marry a non-Israelite. They just said what they did, because they wanted to deceive the Hivites into being circumcised, so that while they were in pain and recovering for the procedure, they could exact vengeance, which they did, slaying every male Hivite which lived in Shalem. It is obvious from reading further on in Father’s Word that, not all the Hivites lived in Shalem; because, our forefathers encountered them again much later, after their return from their bondage to the Egyptians. Not only did they encounted them; but, being fooled by them, they made a covenant with them, and when it was discovered that they had deceived our forefathers, our forefathers allowed them to live amongst them, and made them nethinims, i.e., temple servant, requiring them to be the hewers of wood and the drawers of water for Father’s Altar. Years later after they had sold Joseph unto the Ishmaelites and Midianites, and the famine had come to them, when they had gone down to Egypt to get corn, Joseph had bond and taken captive Simeon and sent his other brothers on their way back home, requiring they bring their youngest brother back to him. After much convincing, they finally brought Benjamin down to him and it was then that he released Simeon and revealed himself to them. During Jacob’s deathbed Blessing of his sons, it was said of Simeon: Genesis 49:5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations. [49:6] O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. [49:7] Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel. —> Divide=This prophesy of Simeon’s inheritance of their being divided in Jacob, and scattered throughout Israel, was fulfilled in Joshua 19. Now, during the Blessing of Moses in Deuteronomy 33, we find that, Simeon’s Blessing was included with the Blessing of Judah as, their inheritance and Blessing were one. During the first numbering of the Tribes in Numbers 1:23, Simeon’s numbers of the males 20 years old and up, able to go to war were 59,300; however, during the second numbering, the numbering of Numbers 26:14, their numbers decreased significantly, by 37,100, down to 22,200. Simeon’s numbers as compared to the rest of the Tribes after the second numbering was the bottom of the list. Simeon’s encampment as they came out of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, was on the Easterly side of the South of the Tabernacle, beside Reuben, the sign on Simeon’s Standard was Pisces. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H8095, - שִׁמְעוֹן, - shim‛ôn, pronounced - shim-one', and means: From H8085; hearing; Shimon, one of Jacob’s sons, also the tribe descendant from him: - Simeon. Total KJV occurrences: 44., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The second of Jacob's son by Leah. His birth is recorded in Genesis 29:33. The first group of Jacob's children consists, besides Simeon, of the three other sons of Leah --Reuben, Levi, Judah. Besides the massacre of Shechem Genesis 34:25, the only personal incident related of Simeon is the fact of his being selected by Joseph as the hostage for the appearance of Benjamin Genesis 42:19,24,36; 43:23. The chief families of the tribe of Simeon are mentioned in the lists of Genesis 46:10. At the census of Sinai, Simeon numbered 59,300 fighting men. Numbers 1:23. When the second census was taken, at Shittim, the numbers had fallen to 22,200, and it was the weakest of all the tribes. This was no doubt partly due to the recent mortality following the idolatry of Peor, but there must have been other causes which have escaped mention. To Simeon was allotted a portion of land out of the territory of Judah, on its southern frontier, which contained eighteen or nineteen cities, with their villages, spread round the venerable well of Beersheba Joshua 19:1-8; I Chronicles 4:28-33. Of these places, with the help of Judah, the Simeonites possessed themselves Judges 1:3,17, and there they were found, doubtless by Joab, residing in the reign of David I Chronicles 4:31. What part of the tribe took at the time of the division of the kingdom we are not told. The only thing which can be interpreted into a trace of its having taken any part with the northern kingdom are the two casual notices of II Chronicles 15:9; 34:6. Which appear to imply the presence of Simeonites there in the reigns of Asa and Josiah. On the other hand the definite statement of I Chronicles 4:41-43, proves that at that time there were still some of them remaining in the original seat of the tribe, and actuated by all the warlike, lawless spirit of their progenitor.”.
Levi=Levi was Jacob’s third eldest son, he too was born of Leah. Levi was confederate with his older brother Simeon in exacting revenge on the Hivites for Shechem’s raping their sister Dinah, and as such, during the Blessing by their father Jacob, Levi received the same as Simeon. That being said; it was the descendants of Levi—namely Gershon, Kohath, and Merari, then Kohath's grandchildren: Aaron, Miriam, Moses, and then Arron's sons and so forth—whom Father choose to bestow His Priesthood upon, Moses is included in this grouping as, he was Aaron and Miriam’s younger brother, and it was he whom Father choose to lead our forefathers up out of their bondage to the Egyptians. Yes, Levi’s descendants were indeed scattered throughout Israel; however, it was because they were the Priesthood and they became Father’s Inheritance: Numbers 18:20 And the LORD spake unto Aaron, “Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any part among them: I am thy part and thine inheritance among the children of Israel. [18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation. —> There is no finer inheritance. During the Blessing of Moses in Deuteronomy 33 we read: Deuteronomy 33:8 And of Levi he said, “Let Thy Thummim and thy Urim be with Thy holy one, Whom Thou didst prove at Massah, And with whom thou didst strive at the waters of Meribah; [33:9] Who said unto his father and to his mother, ‘I have not seen him;’ Neither did he acknowledge his brethren, Nor knew his own children: For they have observed Thy word, And kept Thy covenant. [33:10] They shall teach Jacob Thy judgments, and Israel Thy law: they shall put incense before Thee, and whole burnt sacrifice upon Thine altar. [33:11] Bless, LORD, his substance, And accept the work of his hands: Smite through the loins of them that rise against him, And of them that hate him, that they rise not again.” —> Levi’s descendants would become the High Priest and Priest line; and, as such, the High Priest would bear the Urim and Thummim, the two stones which in the Hebrew language means “lights,” and “perfection.” “Lights” in the manner that brought all judgments of gilt to light, and “perfection” for moral perfection, and thus, innocence. The two stones were part of the Priest's Breastplate and worn in a bag which was attached to the Breastplate. When any legal decision needed to be made, the Priest had to be present, especially concerning land or of the such. The Thummim stone would be cast down and the way the stone landed determined innocence or gilt. If a moral decision was to be made the Urim stone was cast, and the pointing determined it to be yes or no, guilt or innocence. The decisions were made on yes or no, right or wrong, and—though this is a bad analogy, it'll still put it forth—it was sort of like flipping a coin to see what the answer would be; however, the reality was that Father had complete control over the two stones for, it was at His command that the Levites used this method to receive their answer, or judgment. The Levitical Priests were also Father’s choice that shall teach all of the tribes the full Commandments, Judgments, Laws, Ordinances and Statutes of our Father. Now, as to the numbering of the Levites in the Book of Numbers, the Levites were left out of the numbering of the House of Israel, because Father numbered them separately in Numbers 3 where we read their numbers were: 22,300 males a month old and up; but, in Numbers 4, their numbers were 8,580 ages 30-50. Levi’s encampment as they came out of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, was in the midst of the camp, surrounded by all the other Tribes. The sign on Levi’s Standard was Libra, or more anciently “the Altar.” Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Hebrew word number: H3878, - לוי, - lêvı̂y, pronounced - lay-vee', and means: From H3867; attached; Levi, a son of Jacob: - Levi. See also H3879, H3881., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The name of the third son of Jacob by his wife Leah. (B.C. about 1753.) The name, derived from lavah , "to adhere," gave utterance to the hope of the mother that the affections of her husband, which had hitherto rested on the favored Rachel, would at last be drawn to her: "This time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have borne him three sons" Genesis 29:34. Levi, with his brother Simeon, avenged with a cruel slaughter the outrage of their sister Dinah. [DINAH] Levi, with his three sons, Gershon, Kohath and Merari, went down to Egypt with his father Jacob Genesis 47:11. When Jacob's death draws near, and the sons are gathered round him, Levi and Simeon hear the old crime brought up again to receive its sentence. They no less than Reuben, the incestuous firstborn, had forfeited the privileges of their birthright Genesis 49:5-7. [LEVITES].”
Judah=Judah was Jacob’s forth oldest son, and like his first three, Judah too, was born of Leah. It is through Judah that the genealogical seedline to Jesus continues. It will also be Judah’s descendants who'll become the king line in the future. It was Judah who asked in Genesis 37:26... “What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? [37:27] Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh”... —> Judah didn’t have the heart to kill his brother; however, he had no qualms selling him off to foreigners. A Judas—Judah’s name in the Greek language, also a slang term\name for someone who betrays a friend because of Judas Iscariot’s betrayal of Jesus—sold Joseph, as a Judas sold Jesus Christ. This Pastor speculates that it was guilt for selling their younger brother to that traveling company of merchantmen which caused Judah to do the negotiating for their youngest brother Benjamin with Joseph when they all went back to Egypt as read in Genesis 44. It was also Judah who took to wife, a woman outside the Israelite genealogical lineage, which of course was against Father’s Command and Law. He married a Canaanite woman named Shuah, who bare him three sons named: Er, Onan and Shelah. When Er came of age, Judah found an Israelite woman named Tamar for him to marry. Father found Er to be wicked, in other words, Father took things into His own hands, meaning this, He had chosen Tamar to be the female line through which the seedline would continue and pass on through, and for the halfbreed Er who had Canaanite blood, which was most likely contaminated from the fallen angels, to lay with Tamar would corrupt that line; therefore Father gave Divine Intervention to correct the wrong that Judah has committed, and He took Er Home to Him. As was custom at the time, since Er died before having any sons, his brother Onan was required to marry Tamar and bare a son to his brother; however, Onan spilled his seed onto the ground, and Father slew him also. Judah feared for the life of his youngest son; and therefore refused him to go unto Tamar. After a while Judah went sheep shearing,—as was his custom and nature—and he found Tamar, who had dressed as a harlot in order to ensnare Judah to lay with her and bare her a son, Judah fell for her disguise and did lay with her, and, sure enough, Tamar became pregnant and later bare twins: Pharez and Zarah. Both Pharez and Zarah, together with their mother are in the genealogical seedline to Jesus, see Matthew 1:3. At Jacob’s death bed Blessing of his sons, he bestowed this Blessing upon his forth oldest son: Genesis 49:8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. [49:9] Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? [49:10] The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be. [49:11] Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass's colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: [49:12] His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk. —> To have your hand on your enemies neck means that you will have victory over your enemy. It was to Judah that Father gave the royal king line, the right to rule, and He said that the sceptre would never leave Judah’s lineage, it would continue right up to the Second Advent and Jesus’ Return. Judah’s actions when he was a young man were that of having a quick temper, fast reaction, and though it was his two older brothers who enacted revenge on the Hivites, Judah was also one to first strike out at an enemy. As he became older, Judah became more stable, much like an old lion, who will stand his ground, and not be easily moved, which explains why, when he went in before Joseph, whom he did not know at the time was Joseph; he assumed full responsibility in standing his ground and protecting Benjamin. Shiloh =Means “the place of rest.” The term, “unto Him (Christ Jesus) shall the gathering of the people be;” is in reference to the coming of the promised Messiah. The phrase he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes is a figure of speech, which in the English translation loses the meaning of the Hebrew text, and what it means is this: it is the same as us saying today, “he is so rich that he could bath in perfume” for, the juice of the grapes were similar in value to the perfume of today. The whole expression was pointing to the fact of extreme wealth, and not in reference to being as a drunkard. Whereas, red with wine simply means that he will have plenty, while teeth white with milk is in reference to his flocks always being blessed. During the Blessing of Moses in Deuteronomy 33, we read: Deuteronomy 33:7 And this is the blessing of Judah: and he said, “Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, And bring him unto his people: Let his hands be sufficient for him; And be Thou an help to him from his enemies.” —> Remember, Simeon was included in Judah’s Blessing. This Blessing has the answer to success in anyone's life; for, in the phrase, “Let his hands be sufficient for him;” as we know, we work with our hands. Therefore, this is asking Father for the health of Judah’s descendants to where they can do the work that Father has put before them. During the first numbering in Numbers 2:4, we read Judah’s numbers were: 74,600; then during the second numbering, in Numbers 26:22, we read that their numbers had increased by 1,900, to 76,500. Judah’s numbers as compared to the rest of the Tribes after the second numbering was the top of the list, meaning they had the highest number of men 20 years old and upward, able to go to war. Judah’s encampment as they came out of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, was on the East Side of the Tabernacle, toward the rising of the sun, the Tribe of Judah was the Standard Bearer for the East, the Tribe of Judah was the centerpiece of the East, surrounded by the Tribes of Issachar, and Zebulun, and the sign on Judah’s Standard was a lion (Leo). The colors on the Standard, was the color of the Stones on the Second Row of the Breastplate, which were the Emerald, the Sapphire, and the Diamond, and as such the colors most likely were green, blue, and white. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H3063, - יְהוּדָה, - yehûdâh, pronounced - yeh-hoo-daw', and means: From H3034; celebrated; Jehudah (or Judah), the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe and the Kingdom descended from the first, and of its territory: - Judah. Total KJV occurrences: 820., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “When the disruption of Solomon's kingdom took place at Shechem, only the tribe of Judah followed David, but almost immediately afterward the larger part of Benjamin joined Judah. A part, if not all, of the territory of Simeon I Samuel 27:6; I Kings 19:3, compare with Joshua 19:1, and of Dan II Chronicles 11:10, compare with Joshua 19:41,42. Was recognized as belonging to Judah; and in the reigns of Abijah and Asa the southern kingdom was enlarged by some additions taken out of the territory of Ephraim II Chronicles 13:19; 15:8; 17:2. It is estimated that the territory of Judah contained about 3450 square miles. Advantages. — The kingdom of Judah possessed many advantages which secured for it a longer continuance than that of Israel. A frontier less exposed to powerful enemies, a soil less fertile, a population hardier and more united, a fixed and venerated centre of administration and religion, a hereditary aristocracy in the sacerdotal caste, an army always subordinate, a succession of kings which no revolution interrupted; so that Judah survived her more populous and more powerful sister kingdom by 135 years. History — The first three kings of Judah seem to have cherished the hope of re-establishing their authority over the ten tribes; for sixty years there was war between them and the kings of Israel. The victory achieved by the daring Abijah brought to Judah a temporary accession of territory. Asa appears to have enlarged it still further. Hanani's remonstrance II Chronicles 16:7 prepares us for the reversal by Jehoshaphat of the policy which Asa pursued toward Israel and Damascus. A close alliance sprang up with strange rapidity between Judah and Israel. Jehoshaphat, active and prosperous, commanded the respect of his neighbors; but under Amaziah Jerusalem was entered and plundered by the Israelites. Under Uzziah and Jotham, Judah long enjoyed prosperity, till Ahaz became the tributary and vassal of Tiglath-pileser. Already in the fatal grasp of Assyria, Judah was yet spared for a checkered existence of almost another century and a half after the termination of the kingdom of Israel. The consummation of the ruin came upon its people in the destruction of the temple by the hand of Nebuzaradan. There were 19 kings, all from the family of David. (Population. — We have a gage as to the number of the people at different periods in the number of soldiers. If we estimate the population at four times the fighting men, we will have the following table: King...Date ... Soldiers ... Population David...B.C. 1056-1015 ... 500,000 ... 2,000,000 Rehoboam...975-957 ... 180,000 ... 720,000 Abijah...957-955 ... 400,000 ... 1,600,000 Asa...955-914 ... 500,000 ... 2,000,000 Jehoshaphat...914-889 ... 1,160,000 ... 4,640,000 Amaziah...839-810 ... 300,000 ... 1,200,000 -ED.)”.
Issachar=Issachar is Leah’s fifth son; though he was not the fifth born. There were four sons born between Judah and Issachar, 2 to Bilhah, and 2 to Zilpah. We don’t read much of Issachar in Father’s Word, actually there is very little written concerning him and when we come to Jacob’s death bed Blessing of his sons, we read this: Genesis 49:14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens: [49:15] And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute. —> What this is saying is, that, Issachar is and always will be a pacifist. Though Issachar’s name means “reward,”s Jacob in his Blessing was stating this: The hireling—in this case Issachar— is the ass (or saddle-bearer) of strangers, Couching down among the folds. When he saw that rest was good, And the land that it was pleasant.... in other words, Issachar, being the pacifist that he was, would always prefer to pay someone off rather then fight, or cause trouble. And this came to pass as, when our forefathers moved into the Promised Land, Issachar, rather then engaging in the struggle to expel the Canaanites, he preferred to pay tribute to them instead. During the Blessing of Moses in Deuteronomy 33, we read: Deuteronomy 33:18 And of Zebulun he said, “Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents. [33:19] They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: For they shall suck of the abundance of the seas, And of treasures hid in the sand.” —> ...the seas...Treasures hid in the sand=Hidden treasures found in the sea and the sand such as pearls, agate, amber, glass and such. This came to pass as Zebulun did control their sea coasts, and even to this day do so as; today we find that the people of Holland and the Netherlands know that they are descended from these two tribes, and it is from the damming of the sea that their land has become very fertile. By building the dikes and drainage of the sea waters, their lands have become extremely productive. Their sea ports are some of the oldest and largest on the face of their earth, and their people are scattered around the world throughout the shipping industry. During the numbering found in Numbers 2:6 their numbers were 54,400; but in Numbers 26:25, their numbers had increased by 9,900 to 64,300, Issachar’s numbers as compared to the rest of the Tribes after the second numbering was 3rd from the top of the list. Issachar’s encampment as they came out of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, was on the East side of the Tabernacle, toward the rising of the sun, on the Northerly side of the Tribe of Judah, the Standard Bearer. The sign on Issachar’s Standard was (Cancer). Now the Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Hebrew word number: H3485, - יִשָּׂשׂכָר, - yiśśâśkâr, pronounced - yis-saw-kawr', and means: From H5375 and H7939; he will bring a reward; Jissaskar, a son of Jacob: - Issachar. Total KJV occurrences: 43., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The ninth son of Jacob and the fifth of Leah Genesis 30:17,18. At the descent into Egypt four sons are ascribed to him, who founded the four chief families of the tribes Genesis 46:13; Numbers 26:23,25; I Chronicles 7:1. The number of the fighting men of Issachar, when taken in the census at Sinai, was 54,400. During the journey they seem to have steadily increased. The allotment of Issachar lay above that of Manasseh Joshua 19:17-223. In the words of Josephus, "it extended in length from Carmel to the Jordan, in breadth to Mount Tabor." This territory was, as it still is, among the richest land in Palestine. It is this aspect of the territory of Issachar which appears to be alluded to in the blessing of Jacob.”.
Zebulun=Zebulun is Leah’s 6th son, 10th in order of birth. Like his older brother Issachar, there is very little written in Father’s Word concerning Zebulun; and as such, we read concerning Jacob’s death bed Blessing: Genesis 49:13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon. —> Zebulun’s Blessing can be translated this way: “Haven” as used in this verse can be translated “port;” because, Zebulun had many huge ports during the early days in the old Nation of Israel; and, even to this day, Zebulun is still a country of sea ports and commercial shipping. You see, there are many markings and writings in Holland where these people claim Zebulun to be their Patriarch, and they, descended from him. During Moses’ Blessing in Deuteronomy 33:18-19, it was the same as his brother Issachar’s. Like I said, today the Dutch of Holland claim ancestry of Zebulun. At the numbering in Numbers 2:8 their numbers were 57,400, and by the time of the second numbering in Numbers 26:27 their number had increased to 60,500, an increase of 3,100. Zebulun’s numbers as compared to the rest of the Tribes after the second numbering was 4th from the top. Zebulun’s encampment as they came out of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, was on the East side of the Tabernacle, to the Southerly Side of Judah, the Standard Bearer. The sign on their Standard was (Virgo). Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Hebrew word number: H2074, - זְבוּלוּן, זְבֻלוּן , or זְבוּלֻן , - zebûlûn, zebûlûn, or zebûlûn, pronounced - zeb-oo-loon', zeb-oo-loon', or zeb-oo-loon', and means: From H2082; habitation; Zebulon, a son of Jacob; also his territory and tribe: - Zebulun. Total KJV occurrences: 44., now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The tenth of the sons of Jacob, according to the order in which their births are enumerated, the sixth and last of Leah Genesis 30:20; 35:23; 46:14; I Chronicles 2:1. His birth is mentioned in Genesis 30:19,20. Of the individual Zebulun nothing is recorded. The list of Genesis 46 ascribes to him three sons, founders of the chief families of the tribe, compare with Numbers 26:26 at the time of the migration to Egypt. The tribe is not recorded to have taken part, for evil or good, in any of the events of the wandering or the conquest. The statement of Josephus is probably in the main correct, that it reached on the one side to the Lake of Gennesareth and on the other to Carmel and the Mediterranean. On the south it was bounded by Issachar, who lay in the great plain or valley of the Kishon; on the north it had Naphtali and Asher. Thus remote from the centre of government, Zebulun remains throughout the history with one exception, in the obscurity which envelops the whole of the northern tribes. That exception, however, is a remarkable one. The conduct of the tribe during the struggle with Sisera, when they fought with desperate valor side by side with their brethren of Naphtali, was such as to draw down the special praise of Deborah, who singles them out from cell the other tribes Judges 5:18.”.
2:2 Israel (Jacob) to Judah.
I Chronicles 2:2 Dan (judge; or, a judge) (dawn), Joseph (let him add, (or perhaps simply active participle adding); or, increase) (yo-safe’), and Benjamin (son of (the) right hand; or, son of the right hand, fortunate (bin-yaw-mene'), Naphtali (my wrestling; or, wrestling) (naf-taw-lee’), Gad (a troop) (gawd), and Asher (happy; or, blessed) (aw-share’). —> The individual naming of the 12 Patriarchs continues.
Dan=Dan was the the 5th son of Jacob, the first born of Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaiden. There is nothing significant written of the patriarch Dan in Father’s Word, and really, the first we read of anything concerning him is during Jacob’s death bed Blessing where we read: Genesis 49:16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. [49:17] Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. —> Dan shall judge his people=This prophesy came to pass and was fulfilled in Judges 15:20; obviously, not by Dan himself as he was dead and Home with Father during the time of the Judges; therefore it was fulfilled by Samson who Judged Israel for 20 years. Dan shall be a serpent...=Again, this is not speaking directly of the patriarch Dan; but, to his descendants. Sadly, Dan's descendants were extremely prone to idolatry, as a matter of fact, it was the Danites who were the first Tribe to fall into idolatry, and we can read of it in Judges 18 where we read that they went looking to expand their boarders, and they came to Mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah who had several false gods and idolatrous instruments; namely, a graven image, an ephod, a teraphim, and a molten image. Well, they stole Micah’s idolatrous instruments and convinced a Levite who had been living with Micah, to go with them and be a priest to them. Because of their falling to idolatry, they are omitted from Revelation 7:4-8, and Ephraim is there merged with Joseph. During the Blessing of Moses in Deuteronomy 33:22 we read: Deuteronomy 33:22 And of Dan he said, “Dan is a lion's whelp: He shall leap from Bashan.” —> We saw in Genesis 49:9 that, Judah was called a “lion's whelp,” now here in Deuteronomy 33:22 Dan is called the same. We also know that it was Dan who first fell into idolatry; and, it was Samson, a descendant of Dan, who did indeed Judge Israel. During the numbering of Israel in the Book of Numbers, we read in Numbers 2:25 that, Dan’s descendants numbered at the first numbering, 62,700; but during the numbering at the second numbering in Numbers 26:43, they numbered 64,400, a small increase of 1,700, which made Dan’'s numbers as compared to the rest of the Tribes after the second numbering 2nd highest. Dan’s encampment as they came out of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, was as the Standard Bearer for the 3 Tribes on the North of the Tabernacle, consisting of Dan, Naphtali, and Asher. The Standard for the North was the Eagle, the colors on the Standard were the color of the top row of stones on the High Priest's Breastplate: a ligure, an agate and an amethyst, most likely, reddish-brown, blue and a shade of violet. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H1835, - דָּן, - dân, pronounced - dawn, and means: From H1777; judge; Dan, one of the sons of Jacob; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory; likewise a place in Palestine colonized by them: - Dan. Total KJV occurrences: 70., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The fifth son of Jacob, and the first of Bilhah, Rachel's maid Genesis 30:6. The origin of the name is given in the exclamation of Rachel. The records of Dan are unusually meagre. Only one son is attributed to him Genesis 46:23, but his tribe was, with the exception of Judah, the most numerous of all. In the division of the promised land Dan was the last of the tribes to receive his portion, which was the smallest of the twelve Joshua 19:48. But notwithstanding its smallness it had eminent natural advantages. On the north and east it was completely embraced by its two brother tribes Ephraim and Benjamin, while on the southeast and south it joined Judah, and was thus surrounded by the three most powerful states of the whole confederacy. It was a rich and fertile district; but the Amorites soon "forced them into the mountain" Judges 1:34, and they had another portion granted them Judges 18. In the "security" and "quiet" Judges 18:7, 10 of their rich northern possession the Danites enjoyed the leisure and repose which had been denied them in their original seat. In the time of David Dan still kept its place among the tribes I Chronicles 12:35. Asher is omitted, but the "prince of the tribe of Dan" is mentioned in the list of I Chronicles 27:22. But from this time forward the name as applied to the tribe vanishes; it is kept alive only by the northern city. In the genealogies of I Chronicles 2-12, Dan is omitted entirely. Lastly, Dan is omitted from the list of those who were sealed by the angel in the vision of St. John Revelation 7:5-7.”.
Joseph=Joseph was Jacob’s 11th son, first-born of Rachel. It was Rachel who Jacob first fell in love with when he arrived in the land of his mother's brother, thus his uncle: Laban. It was Laban's daughter Rachel that Jacob had asked his uncle if he could marry; therefore, it Joseph, the child of his first love, who Jacob loved most of all his sons, and it was also why Jacob had made him that coat of many colors which angered all the older brothers of Joseph. It was Father YHVH Who put the dream into Joseph’s mind which he dreamed, the dream whereby his father and older brothers would all bow to him, which also angered his older brothers when he told them of his dream. A dream which ultimately came true when his older brothers came to Egypt to buy corn and save themselves, their families, and their father alive during the time of the famine. Joseph was a type of Saviour in that Father used Joseph, who was sold by his brothers—because of his reporting on them, because of his coat of many colors, and because of the dream he dreamed, and most importantly, because it was Father’s Plan that he go to Egypt—to a traveling company of Ishmaelite and Midianite merchantmen who took him to Egypt, once there Father maneuvered and positioned him to where he would be the second in command in all Egypt, so that when the famine came upon all the land, he would be in a position to offer all his family safe passage and dwelling. Joseph and his family thought their dwelling in Egypt would last only long enough to get through the famine; however, it was Father’s Plan that they would be in Egypt for 400 years as He had told Abraham back in Genesis 15:13. Jacob’s death bed Blessing and prophesy of Joseph was as follows: Genesis 49:22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: [49:23] The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: [49:24] But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel:) [49:25] Even by the GOD of thy father, Who shall help thee; and by the ALMIGHTY, Who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: [49:26] The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren. —> Remember, Jacob is on his death-bed, that means that our forefathers are already down in Egypt, that means that some of this has already taken place, some of it is blessing, and some of it is prophesy. We'll start with that which has already taken place first: The archers spoken of here are actually not archers at all, it is a reference to Jacob’s older sons who hated their younger brother and tried to do away with him, first they thought about killing him, then they somewhat came to their senses; and, decided instead, to sell him to that traveling company of merchantmen. The Bow is Father,—which is why we read in Revelation 6:2 that satan wants to have and be that bow and crown: because he is the pretend-to-be-christ—Who was and is Joseph’s—and all of our’s, if we put our faith and trust in Him—strength, and made him the second in command in all Egypt. Now for the Blessing and prophesy: The blessings of “my progenitors,” are the promised blessings made by Father to father Abraham, and passed on through Isaac down to Jacob. Notice here though, that it is to Joseph, that these Blessings are now passed on to, and not Judah [the Jews], as most misled Christians of today are taught to believe by their kenite interpreters. Judah has his own set of Promises from Father; his Blessings include: that of the scepter, and as the law giver. Father also arranged that those offspring of Joseph would also be Blessed in this generation, and this is quite obvious as we look around us today for; today, England is Manasseh, the elder, while the United States is Ephraim, the younger. During Moses’ Blessing in Deuteronomy 33, we read: Deuteronomy 33:13 And of Joseph he said, “Blessed of the LORD be his land, For the precious things of heaven, For the dew, And for the deep that coucheth beneath, [33:14] And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, And for the precious things put forth by the moon, [33:15] And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, And for the precious things of the lasting hills, [33:16] And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, And for the good will of Him That dwelt in the bush: Let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, And upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren. [33:17] His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, And his horns are like the horns of unicorns: With them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: And they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, And they are the thousands of Manasseh.” —> Joseph was very special to our Father, and He passed all the Abrahamic Covenant Promises which were passed down from Abraham to Isaac; then, on to Jacob; and now, not to Joseph; but, to his two sons: Ephraim, the younger, and Manasseh, the elder. Joseph was to receive a double portion, and His two sons would both be the father of tribes with their peoples being great nations. Ephraim, Manasseh and their descendants would prosper and be successful in all the do; be it natural agriculture, i.e., the bringing forth of their fruit of the produce and crops in their season of every year. These blessings of your crops are something that you can count on all the time, and in season when you plant the seed and harvest the crops. Notice the: "put forth by the moon?" Many farmers today plant some of their crops by the season and plant by the moon, potatoes come to mind. You see, the moon controls the tides and underground waters, and as such, for some things it is best to plant when the water content in the soil is high. It was Father Who "dwelt in the fiery bush" when Moses first encountered Him. Father did indeed bring good will to these two tribes and the nations which they grown into. The "one that was separated from his brethren" obviously was Joseph when his older brothers sold him to the traveling company of merchantmen comprised of the Ishmaelites and Midianites. This is why these Promises of Father's Covenant still holds good to our generation. Father blessed Joseph in those ancient days, as he is also blessing the offspring of Joseph's two sons in the British people (Manasseh), as well as our nation in the United States (Ephraim). Wake up brethren, apply the blessings which Father Promised to us in these end times, and you’ll quickly discover that these tribes could only be Great English and the United States. Just as Joseph ruled over all of Egypt as far as the control is concerned, so also, the entire world today seeks stabilizing of their economies through the wealth and monetary systems of our two nations. Joseph was there when his family was on the verge of starvation, and the enemies were on their doorsteps, and the United States and Great Brittan are there also when the nations of the other tribes call out for our help. There is a reason that Father has blessed us as much as He has, and just as He blesses us, He expects our commitment to our brethren and to His Word. He always keeps His Word. The Promise of the Blessings of the first born was bestowed upon Ephraim and Manasseh alike. Though Ephraim will out-number Manasseh, Manasseh shall be the one to push his people to the ends of the earth, and there they will have the power of the “unicorns.” The “unicorn” that is stated here, is translated to some “mythical animal;” when, in the manuscripts it merely states: “a sure footed animal” such as either a rhinoceros, or a buffalo. The name “Ephraim” means “fruitful,” while the name “Manasseh” means “forgetful” in the Hebrew. Even to this day, neither the British people, nor those of us here in the United States, know their roots, or where we came from. We both have given favor to the immigrants who call themselves “Caucasians,”—though at present in 2016-17, we instead are accepting two other immigrant classes: illegal and muslim—and sadly most Christians have no idea where the name “caucasian” originated, or why. They think it is a race; however, it is in reverence to our forefathers of the ten tribes who migrated up over the Caucasus Mountains. What we enjoy in our land are all of the things that Father promised to Abraham that would come on His people in the time of the end. During the numbering of the Tribes as they were wandering the wilderness after Father led them up out of their bondage to the Egyptians, Since the Levites were not numbered with the rest of the Tribes, Joseph’s two son’s offspring: Manasseh and Ephraim were both numbered and included in order to make up the gapped tribe. We find in Numbers 1:32, that, Ephraim, Blessed first in Genesis 49:19,20, is here named first, and is increased more than Manasseh in the first numbering, Deuteronomy 33:17. But, in journeyings his numbers were diminished by 8,000 see 26:37 and compare with I Chronicles 7:2-22. Ephraim’s numbers of those 20 years old and upward, able to go to war were: 40,500; then, during the second numbering in Numbers 26:34-37, as previously stated, we find that Ephraim’s numbers decreased by 8,000, down to 32,500. The Sign on their Standard was the Ox (Taurus) Deuteronomy 33:17, Ezekiel 1:10, Revelation 4:7. In the Zodiac, Ephraim and Manasseh are the two horns in Taurus the Bull. Ephraim, the younger, bears the Standard according to the Blessing Genesis 48:14-20, and as such, Ephraim, was the Center Tribe on the West Side. The colors on their Standard, were the colors of the Stones on the Forth Row on the High Priest's Breastplate: Exodus 28:20, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, most likely, a greeninsh, black and a multicolored brown\yellow. Ephraim was the centerpiece, surrounded by the Tribes of Manasseh and Benjamin. Meanwhile, Manasseh’s descendants were the lowest in number. The Sign of the Tribe of Manasseh, was as his brother, the Ox, (taurus) see Numbers 2:18. Manasseh comes before Ephraim in Numbers 26:28 because, the Tribe had increased. In Numbers 2:18,20, Ephraim came first because, he was the Standard Bearer, and also because of the Blessing of Genesis 48:14,19. Manasseh increased in number during the journeyings see Numbers 26:34,37, as such, Manasseh's total numbers in Numbers 1:34 were, 32,200, then, during the second numbering found in, Numbers 26:29-34, their numbers were 52,700, like I said, a substantial increase, to the tune of 20,500. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Hebrew word number: H3130, - יוֹסֵף, - yôsêph, pronounced - yo-safe', and means: Future of H3254; let him add (or perhaps simply active participle adding); Joseph, the name of seven Israelites: - Joseph. Compare H3084. Total KJV occurrences: 213., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The elder of the two sons of Jacob by Rachel. He was born in Padan-aram (Mesopotamia), probably about B.C. 1746. He is first mentioned when a youth, seventeen years old. Joseph brought the evil report of his brethren to his father, and they hated him because his father loved him more than he did them, and had shown his preference by making a dress which appears to have been a long tunic with sleeves, worn by youths and maidens of the richer class Genesis 37:2. He dreamed a dream foreshadowing his future power, which increased the hatred of his brethren Genesis 37:5-7. He was sent by his father to visit his brothers, who were tending flocks in the fields of Dothan. They resolved to kill him, but he was saved by Reuben, who persuaded the brothers to cast Joseph into a dry pit, to the intent that he might restore him to Jacob. The appearance of the Ishmaelites suggested his sale for "twenty pieces (shekels) of silver." ver. 28. Sold into Egypt to Potiphar, Joseph prospered and was soon set over Potiphar's house, and "all he had he gave into his hand;" but incurring the anger of Potiphar's wife Genesis 39:7-13. He was falsely accused and thrown into prison, where he remained at least two years, interpreting during this time the dreams of the cupbearer and the baker. Finally Pharaoh himself dreamed two prophetic dreams. Joseph, being sent for, interpreted them in the name of God, foretelling the seven years of plenty and the seven years of famine. Pharaoh at once appointed Joseph not merely governor of Egypt, but second only to the sovereign, and also gave him to wife Asenath, daughter of Potipherah priest of On (Hieropolis), and gave him a name or title, Zaphnath-paaneah (preserver of life). Joseph's first act was to go throughout all the land of Egypt. During the seven plenteous years there was a very abundant produce, and he gathered the fifth part and laid it up. When the seven good years had passed, the famine began Genesis 41:54-57. After the famine had lasted for a time, apparently two years, Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they brought, and brought it into Pharaoh's house Genesis 47:13,14, and when the money was exhausted, all the cattle, and finally all the land except that of the priests, and apparently, as a consequence, the Egyptians themselves. He demanded, however, only a fifth part of the produce as Pharaoh's right. Now Jacob, who had suffered also from the effects of the famine, sent Joseph's brother to Egypt for corn. The whole story of Joseph's treatment of his brethren is so graphically told in Genesis 42-45 and is so familiar, that it is unnecessary here to repeat it. On the death of Jacob in Egypt Joseph carried him to Canaan, and laid him in the cave of Machpelah, the burying-place of his fathers. Joseph lived "a hundred and ten years," having been more than ninety in Egypt. Dying, he took an oath of his brethren that they should carry up his bones to the land of promise: thus showing in his latest action the faith Hebrews 11:22, which had guided his whole life. Like his father he was embalmed, "and he was put in a coffin in Egypt" Genesis 50:26. His trust Moses kept, and laid the bones of Joseph in his inheritance in Shechem, in the territory of Ephraim his offspring. His tomb is, according to tradition, about a stone's throw from Jacob's well.”.
Benjamin=Benjamin was the 12th and youngest son of Jacob, born of Jacob’s First Love: Rachel, who died immediately following giving birth to and naming her second son, the younger brother to Joseph. Knowing she was in fact dying, Rachel named this son: Benoni, meaning, son of my sorrow. Upon his wife’s passing, Jacob changed his name to Benjamin. There is nothing of significance written in Father’s Word concerning anything Benjamin might have done; so the first we read of him is when his older natural brother Joseph is in Egypt and his step-brothers come down to buy corn from the Egyptians during the famine. Joseph immediately recognizes his step-brothers and put them to test to first see if they recognize him, and then to see if they might do to their youngest brother like they had done to him. After several attempts by Joseph to see if they would fail Benjamin, when they stand together to defend and protect their youngest brother; Joseph, satisfied that they would not, finally reveals himself to them and tells them that he holds no grudge because what happened to him was of Father’s design. That is the last we read of the man Benjamin until we come to the Blessings of Jacob in Genesis 49, where we read: Genesis 49:27 Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.” —> Ravin as a wolf=The Benjamites did indeed become as ravening wolves as, both king Saul, and over a thousand years later Paul, whom Father renamed Saul were both from the Tribe of Benjamin, and we can see how Benjamin’s descendants responded when the need arose when we read I Samuel 11:6-11, what happened in I Samuel 11:6-11? An enemy named Nahash, a Ammonite king came against our forefathers, and, when they agreed to surrender to him, he told them that he would only accept their surrender if they voluntarily allowed him to cut out each man’s right eye. That thought got their attention as, nobody wanted that; so, they sent messengers to king Saul and we’ll allow Father’s Word to chronicle what happened: I Samuel 11:6 And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly. —> And the Spirit of God came upon Saul=Father wasn't going to take any chances with His People, He immediately placed His Spirit — rūach — upon Saul in order for him to have the intestinal fortitude to stand against this aggression of Nahash and the Ammonites. Came=Came mightily as It did back in I Samuel 10:6 and 10:10. His anger was kindled greatly=Righteous indignation! How many times have you heard Christian pastors and Christians say that we shouldn't become angry or get mad at things or people? That we should do “as Christ told us” and “love them” and “turn the other cheek?” We’ll that isn't how Father wants us to be; as, if something is against Him, His Plan, or His Will, or even against correct moral righteousness, we are allowed and expected to get angry, stand up for, and fight for, what is right. Love them yes; but, sometimes that love requires “tough love,” and you need to take the correcting rod to them in order to make them “do right.” I Samuel 11:7 And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, “Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen.” And the fear of the LORD fell on the People, and they came out with one consent. —> Saul did the correct thing by cutting and dividing—hewing—this oxen for two reasons: (1) he knew by his statement of his cutting theirs if they didn't show-up; that, he'd be getting into their wallets, and no man wants that; and (2) it also would assist in their no longer being able to provide for themselves. Fear of the LORD fell on the People=Again, Father's ruach touched the Israelites and, they came out as “one man” and consented to go to war and fight for what was right. I Samuel 11:8 And when he numbered them in Bezek (lightening), the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand. —> Children of Israel...men of Judah=Here, we have the start of the dividing of the two Houses of Israel: House of Israel — ten tribes to include Reuben, Simeon, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Ephraim and half of Manasseh, with a sprinkling of Levitical Priest hood, and House of Judah— two tribes to include Judah and, Benjamin, with half of Manasseh and a sprinkling of the Levites. If you are going to understand Father’s Word, you must fix in your mind, the division to each of these separate groups of people; for, Father deals with each of these houses separately. In Jeremiah 3:8, because of their idolatry, Father divorced Israel whom He had taken to wife in Ezekiel 16:8. It was through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, that Father now draws all his people of the house of Israel back to him. These two Houses will not be joined back together until the prophecy of Ezekiel 37 comes to pass, and that event will transpire at the entering into the Millennium Age when the kingdom of Jesus Christ is established right here on earth. Men of Judah thirty thousand=In Numbers 1:27, the number of those who were twenty years and older which were able to go to war, was, 74,600, then in Numbers 26:22 that number increased by one thousand nine hundred, up to, 76,500; however, now, approximately 450 years later, all they can muster is a mere, 30,000 warfighters. Why? Because Saul knew of the division that was started back in Genesis 48-50, and thus he treats Israel—all of the tribes except Judah—as separate from Judah. There were three hundred thousand warfighters of the house of Israel, and only thirty thousand of Judah. Remember, Benjamin was very limited because most of their tribe had been killed off right there in Gibeah, three hundred years prior to where we’re reading here in I Samuel 11. I Samuel 11:9 And they said unto the messengers that came, “Thus shall ye say unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, ‘To morrow, by that time the sun be hot, ye shall have help.’” And the messengers came and shewed it to the men of Jabesh; and they were glad. —> Help=
Deliverance, or salvation. And they were glad=Yeah, I bet they were happy that their man king was mustering the troops and going to come to their rescue. They wouldn't have to wait long either; for, as the messengers had told them — “by the time the sun gets hot tomorrow, the army will be there ready to fight.” I Samuel 11:10 Therefore the men of Jabesh said, “To morrow we will come out unto you, and ye shall do with us all that seemeth good unto you.” —> They're getting a little cocky, aren't they? But, I guess if you have an army of three hundred plus thousand coming to back your claims up, you have the luxury to be slightly cocky. They tell Nahash and the Ammonites, that tomorrow, “you won't even have to come to us as we'll come out, and you can pluck out the eyes of all you can” — just a little covertness on their part, that they don't mention the three hundred thousand man backing they'll have. I Samuel 11:11 And it was so on the morrow, that Saul put the People in three companies; and they came into the midst of the host in the morning watch, and slew the Ammonites until the heat of the day: and it came to pass, that they which remained were scattered, so that two of them were not left together. —> Saul put the people in three companies=See how you immediately become more intelligent when Father's Spirit comes upon you? Saul himself, would never have known how to plan this military strategy and operation. Saul divided the Army into three divisions and they arrived at the outskirts of Jabesh sometime between 3AM and 6AM, just prior to the sun coming up, and they went right into battle. They attacked and slew the Ammonites while they were least expecting it, for they thought they had already won the battle. They had let their guard down; and because of it, now the Ammonites were either dead, lying on the battlefield or scattered to the four corners of the earth. Samuel, the man of God, was with them and had brought Father YHVH’s blessings with Saul and the Israelite Army. Israel—just like we today—always has the victory when they have Father's blessings on their side. This is something our — the United States Military of today, 2017, better start considering. It seems our top brass have completely forsaken Father YHVH, and they are allowing the removal of Father YHVH’s name from all their logos and sayings, and also allowing itself to be run by these same children of belial in their acceptance of homosexuals, all in order to be politically correct. But, we see how strong they became when they became as ravening wolves as prophesied in Genesis 49:27. Now, let’s read of Moses’ Blessing and Prophesy of Deuteronomy 33:12: Deuteronomy 33:12 And of Benjamin he said, “The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; And the LORD shall cover him all the day long, And he shall dwell between his shoulders. —> As we know, the name “Benjamin” in the Hebrew means “son of my right hand.” Therefore, this is a great promise; as, it is a promise of protection for these people. Paul was a Benjamite, as recorded in Romans 11:1: Romans 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away His People? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. —> The thing that is between your shoulders, is your heart, the thing which sits atop your shoulders, is your head, and between your ears, is your mind which does your thinking and guides you in all that you do and think. Paul too was as a ravening wolf in his zeal to persecute Christians, at least he was until Father got a hold of him; then, his zeal changed and be became as a ravening wolf in trying to spread Father’s Word. Benjamin’s numbers during the first numbering, in Numbers 1:36-37 totaled 35,400; then, during the second numbering, in Numbers 26:38-41 their numbers were 45,600, an increase of 10,200. Benjamin’s numbers as compared to the rest of the Tribes after the second numbering was 9th; or, 4th from the bottom. Benjamin’s encampment as they came out of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, was on the West side of the Tabernacle, to the North of Ephraim, who was the Standard Bearer. All of the offspring of Rachel were on the West side of the Tabernacle. The sign on their Standard was gemini (twins). Now from the Strong’s Concordance we find that it is Hebrew word number: H1144, - בִּנְיָמִין, - binyâmı̂yn, pronounced - bin-yaw-mene', and means: From H1121 and H3225; son of (the) right hand; Binjamin, youngest son of Jacob; also the tribe descended from him, and its territories (map): - Benjamin. Total KJV occurrences: 166., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The youngest of the children of Jacob. His birth took place on the road between Bethel and Bethlehem, near the latter, B.C. 1729. His mother, Rachel, died in the act of giving him birth, naming him with her last breath Ben-oni (son of my sorrow ). This was by Jacob changed into Benjamin Genesis 35:16,18. Until the journeys of Jacob's sons and Jacob himself into Egypt we hear nothing of Benjamin. Nothing personal is known of him. Henceforward the history of Benjamin is the history of the tribe.”.
Naphtali=Naphtali was Jacob’s 5th son, born to Rachel’s handmaid Bilhah. There are 47 verses with 50 matches of both the name and the Strong’s number for Naphtali, and all but three, are outside the genealogical listings of Genesis 30:8; 35:25; and I Chronicles 2:2. As such, there is nothing significant written in Father’s Word about the man Naphtali; therefore, all the other writings are of his descendants. Concerning Jacob’s deathbed Blessing and Prophesy of Genesis 49:21, we read this: Genesis 49:21 Naphtali is a hind let lose: he giveth goodly words. —> A hind let loose=A hind let loose denotes freedom; but, also speaks of one who is quick on their feet, not only with their movements; but, also in thinking and speaking fast. Goodly words=Deborah spoke good words of Naphtali’s descendants in her song recorded in Judges 5:18, where she stated that they and the descendants of Zebulun were not afraid to put their lives on the line on the battlefield, while the others stayed home in fear and tended to their sheep and made their money, while the battle was being fought. There isn't much difference in our generation today; or in any generation, than it was in Deborah’s day. While Reuben, Dan, and Asher were hiding out, Father was giving the others the Blessings and the victory. Father took care of the chariots while the men took care of the enemy; after Father stripped the enemy of their power. During the Blessing of Moses in Deuteronomy 33:23, we read: Deuteronomy 33:23 And of Naphtali he said, “O Naphtali, satisfied with favor, And full of the blessing of the LORD: Possess thou the west and the south.” —> They did indeed possess the west and the south as can be read in Joshua 19:32-39: Joshua 19:32 The sixth lot came out to the children of Naphtali, even for the children of Naphtali according to their families. [19:33] And their coast was from Heleph, from Allon to Zaanannim, and Adami, Nekeb, and Jabneel, unto Lakum; and the outgoings thereof were at Jordan: [19:34] And then the coast turneth westward to Aznoth-tabor, and goeth out from thence to Hukkok, and reacheth to Zebulun on the south side, and reacheth to Asher on the west side, and to Judah upon Jordan toward the sunrising. [19:35] And the fenced cities are Ziddim, Zer, and Hammath (not to be confused with the Hamath of the Recabites), Rakkath, and Chinnereth, [19:36] And Adamah, and Ramah, and Hazor, [19:37] And Kedesh, and Edrei, and En-hazor, [19:38] And Iron, and Migdal-el, Horem, and Beth-anath, and Beth-shemesh; nineteen cities with their villages. [19:39] This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families, the cities and their villages. —> Now for Naphtali ‘s numbering and the Standard: during the first numbering, in Numbers 1:42-43 the total sum of the Tribe of Naphtali was 53,400; then, in Numbers 26:48-50 their numbers were 45,400, a decrease of 8,000. Naphtali ‘s numbers as compared to the rest of the Tribes after the second numbering was 10th; or, 3rd from the bottom. Naphtali ‘s encampment as they came out of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, was on the South side of the Tabernacle, to the East of Dan, who was the Standard Bearer. The sign on Naphtali ‘s Standard was capricorn (goat). Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H5321, - נַפְתָּלִי, - naphtâlı̂y, pronounced - naf-taw-lee’, and means: From H6617; my wrestling; Naphtali, a son of Jacob, with the tribe descended from him, and its territory: - Naphtali. Total KJV occurrences: 50., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The fifth son of Jacob; the second child name to him by Bilhah, Rachel's slave. His birth and the bestowal of his name are recorded in Genesis 30:8. When the census was taken at Mount Sinai the tribe of Naphtali numbered no less than 53,400 fighting men Numbers 1:43; 2:50, but when the borders of the promised land were reached, its numbers were reduced to, 45,400 Numbers 26:48-50. During the march through the wilderness Naphtali occupied a position on the north of the sacred tent with Dan and Asher Numbers 2:25-31. In the apportionment of the land, the lot of Naphtali was enclosed on three sides by those of other tribes. On the west lay Asher, on the south Zebulun, and on the east the transjordanic Manasseh. (In the division of the kingdom Naphtali belonged to the kingdom of Israel, and later was a part of Galilee, bordering on the northwestern pert of the Sea of Galilee, and including Capernaum and Bethsaida. --Ed.)”.
Gad=Gad was Jacob’s 7th son, the first born of Leah’s handmaiden Zilpah, he was the older brother to Asher. Like many of his brethren, though there are many verses—69 verses with 72 matches for the name and Strong’s number—in Father’s Word mentioning his name or Strong’s number H1410, most are about his descendants; and, not the son of Jacob. There is nothing of significance written in Father’s Word concerning the man named Gad, he wasn’t even instrumental during the selling of his brother Joseph; or, when they went to buy corn from him in Egypt. During Jacob’s deathbed Blessing and Prophesy of Genesis 49:19, we read this: Genesis 49:19 Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last. —> Overcome him=This should actually read: “shall troop (or press) upon him, but he shall press upon their heel.,” When our forefathers came out of the wilderness, and moved to take over the Promised Land, it was the men of the tribe of Gad which formed the shock troops who cleared the way. The people of Gad have always been warriors, and good in the military sense. Then during Moses’ Blessing and Prophesy of Deuteronomy 33:20-21, we read this: Deuteronomy 33:20 And of Gad he said, “Blessed be He That enlargeth Gad: He dwelleth as a lion, And teareth the arm with the crown of the head. [33:21] And he provided the first part for himself, Because there, in a portion of the lawgiver, was he seated; And he came with the heads of the people, He executed the justice of the LORD, and His judgments with Israel.” —> It was the men of Gad along with the men of the Tribe of Reuben, and the men of the half Tribe of Manasseh who were armed and leading Joshua and the House of Israel as they passed over Jordan, preparing to enter into the Promised Land. Father had enlarged the Tribe of Gad in order for them to be able to do this; though, as we’re about to read in the Book of Numbers, their numbers weren’t all that impressive. During the first numbering, in Numbers 1:24-25 the total sum of the Tribe of Gad was 45,650; then, in Numbers 26:15-18 their numbers were 40,500, a decrease of 5,150. Gad’s numbers as compared to the rest of the Tribes after the second numbering was 11th; or, 2nd from the bottom. Gad’s encampment as they came out of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, was on the South side of the Tabernacle, to the West side of Dan, who was the Standard Bearer. The sign on their Standard was aries (ram). We read of Gad’s territorial inheritance in Joshua 13:24-28, which reads: Joshua 13:24 And Moses gave inheritance unto the tribe of Gad, even unto the children of Gad according to their families. [13:25] And their coast was Jazer, and all the cities of Gilead, and half the land of the children of Ammon, unto Aroer that is before Rabbah; [13:26] And from Heshbon unto Ramath-mizpeh, and Betonim; and from Mahanaim unto the border of Debir; [13:27] And in the valley, Beth-aram, and Beth-nimrah, and Succoth, and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sihon king of Heshbon, Jordan and his border, even unto the edge of the sea of Chinnereth on the other side Jordan eastward. [13:28] This is the inheritance of the children of Gad after their families, the cities, and their villages.. The etymology of the name Gad comes from the verb גדד (gadad) , meaning to cut or invade: The name Gad indicates a fortune for which a troublesome, invasive effort is made. There are plenty of words to indicate treasure or felicity, but Leah who named the son of her maid, chose this painful word גד Gad. Perhaps the reason for this is that she gave Zilpah to Jacob only because she could not conceive anymore. In those days, that was pretty awful, even though she had already given her husband four sons. Subsequently, she harshly accused her sister Rachel of stealing her husband Genesis 30:15. Jacob loved Rachel, after all, and Leah probably didn’t conceive because Jacob wasn’t sleeping with her anymore. Leah and Rachel exchanged a harvest of mandrakes for the right to sleep with Jacob, and Leah conceived again. Her fifth son, Issachar, she names after the word for wage, because, she says, God gave me my wage for I gave my maid to my husband. After son five Jacob keeps coming around, and Leah gives birth to one more son and a daughter; Jacob’s only. The name Gad tells of a wife’s deep anguish, shame and loneliness. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H1410, - גָּד, - gâd, pronounced - gawd, and means: From H1464; Gad, a son of Jacob, including his tribe and its territory; also a prophet: - Gad. Total KJV occurrences: 71., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “Jacob’s seventh son, the first-born of Zilpah, Leah’s maid, and whole-brother to Asher Genesis 30:11-13; 46:16,18.”.
Asher=What do we know of Asher? Asher was another of Jacob’s sons who lived a quiet uneventful life as, again, there is nothing written of him in Father’s Word. We do know that he was Jacob’s 8th son, younger brother to Gad, and as such, his mother was Leah’s handmaiden Zilpah. He too like his older brother Gad, hadn’t even played a key role during the selling of their half-brother Joseph to the traveling company of Ishmaelites and Midianites who carried him down to Egypt; nor did he assist in defending his youngest half-brother Benjamin from Joseph when they all went down to Egypt to purchase cord during the famine. So then, the first we read of anything of importance is during Jacob’s deathbed Blessing and Prophesy of Genesis 49:20, which reads: Genesis 49:20 Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties. —> Out of=The Hebrew letter “m,” which should end verse v49:19, making it “upon their heels,” has been wrongly prefixed to the next word, “Asher,” in verse v49:20, thus making “Asher” begin, “out of,” unlike all the others. It should read: “He shall press upon their heels, Asher, his bread shall be....” The Revised Version correctly keeps the Hebrew letter “m,” at the end of verse v49:19, but, repeats it in verse v49:20, thus, translating it twice. With that mouthful being said and now out of the way; the Tribe of Asher would become more populous and prosperous. Let’s now read of the Blessing and Prophesy of Moses of Deuteronomy 33:24-25: Deuteronomy 33:24 And of Asher he said, “Let Asher be blessed with children; Let him be acceptable to his brethren, And let him dip his foot in oil. [33:25] Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; And as thy days, so shall thy strength be.” —> Asher, whose name as I pointed out while reading the verse: vI Chronicles 2:2, means, “Blessed” would become blessed with children. Asher’s strength was in their numbers; and as such, they were very hard workers; so, no matter how hard their work was, Father guaranteed them sufficient strength to fill their each and every need. Let’s look now at their numbers: during the first numbering, in Numbers 1:40-41 the total sum of those 20 years old and upward, able to go to war of the Tribe of Asher was 41,500; then, in Numbers 26:44-47 their numbers were 53,400, a significant increase of 11,900. Asher‘s numbers as compared to the rest of the Tribes after the second numbering was 6th; or, midway from the top. Asher‘s encampment as they came out of Egypt and wandered in the wilderness, was on the North side of the Tabernacle, to the East side of Dan, who was the Standard Bearer. The sign on their Standard was sagittarius (archer). We read of Asher’s territorial inheritance in Joshua 19:24-31, which reads: Joshua 19:24 And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families. [19:25] And their border was Helkath, and Hali, and Beten, and Achshaph, [19:26] And Alammelech, and Amad, and Misheal; and reacheth to Carmel westward, and to Shihor-libnath; [19:27] And turneth toward the sunrising to Beth-dagon, and reacheth to Zebulun, and to the valley of Jiphthah-el toward the north side of Beth-emek, and Neiel, and goeth out to Cabul on the left hand, [19:28] And Hebron, and Rehob, and Hammon, and Kanah, even unto great Zidon; [19:29] And then the coast turneth to Ramah, and to the strong city Tyre; and the coast turneth to Hosah; and the outgoings thereof are at the sea from the coast to Achzib: [19:30] Ummah also, and Aphek, and Rehob: twenty and two cities with their villages. [19:31] This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families, these cities with their villages.. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H836, - אָשֵׁר, - 'âshêr, pronounced - aw-share', and means: From H833; happy; Asher, a son of Jacob, and the tribe descended from him, with its territory; also a place in Palestine: - Asher. Total KJV occurrences: 43., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The eighth son of Jacob, by Zilpah, Leah's handmaid Genesis 30:13. The general position of his tribe was on the seashore from Carmel northward with Manasseh on the south, Zebulun and Issachar on the southeast, and Naphtali on the north-east Joshua 19:24-31; 17:10,11, and Judges 1:31,32. They possessed the maritime portion of the rich plain of Esdraelon;, probably for a distance of 8 or 10 miles from the shore. This territory contained some of the richest soil in all Palestine.”.
2:3-12 Judah to Jesse.
I Chronicles 2:3 The sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah: which three were born unto him of the daughter of Shua the Canaanitess. And Er, the firstborn of Judah, was evil in the sight of the LORD; and He slew him. —> As these three sons of Judah are not in Jesus’ bloodline, I’ll not go into a detailed description of them.
Remember, Judah is in the seed line to Jesus and what does he do? He corrupted his way by marrying a canaanitess, the daughter of a man named Shuah—she herself was unnamed in Father’s Word—and then had 3 sons with her. Because of their mother having either or both satan’s and or fallen angel blood in her, these 3 sons of Judah are of mixed lineage; therefore, they cannot be in Jesus’ Lineage.
As time wore on and the boys grew and came of age, Judah found a pure blood Israelite woman named Tamar for his oldest son Er. Father knew Tamar would be in Jesus’ bloodline and could not allow Er to corrupt her; so, when he went in unto her to have intercourse with her, Father struck Er dead. Custom at this time was that if a man married a woman and he died before he had children with her, his younger brother was to marry her and bear a son to his older brother; so, when Onan became of Age, he went in to Tamar to fulfill his obligation and again Father struck him dead. Judah, not wanting to lose his youngest son, refused to send him in to Tamar. This was actually Father’s Plan anyway, to have Judah produce good bloodline; so, He laid it on Tamar’s heart to deceive her father-in-law to lay with her to bare good seed. Tamar knew her father-in-law liked to lay with prostitutes when he went sheep-shearing; so, she dressed herself as a harlot and waited for him. Sure enough, Judah found her to his liking, and went in and lay with her and she became pregnant.
I Chronicles 2:4 And Tamar (palm tree) (taw-mawr’) his daughter in law bare him Pharez (breach) (peh’-rets) and Zerah (rising [of the sun]; or, a rising of light, offspring, or dawn) (zeh’-rakh). All the sons of Judah were five. —> All the sons of Judah were five=A true statement. Judah did have 5 sons, 3 with his canaanite wife, and then the 2 with Tamar, however, only 2 of his sons were in the seed line to Jesus, the 2 mentioned in this verse: Pharez and Zarah, or as his name is spelled in this verse: Zerah. Zarah, though mentioned in Matthew 1:3 did not have any descendants in the seed line to Jesus;—unless they were unmentioned\un-named females—Tamar—Thamar in Greek—like her older son, is also mentioned in Matthew 1:3;—she was 1 of 4 women who were named in the genealogy, the other three are: Rahab Matthew 1:5, Ruth Matthew 1:5, and Bathsheba Matthew 1:6—and Pharez, mentioned in both Matthew 1:3; and Luke 3:33, and who is actually in the genealogical listing to Jesus as, his son Hezron—Esrom in Greek in Luke 3:33—will continue the lineage.
Let’s read of the birth of these 2 boys, turn with me to Genesis 38: Genesis 38:27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb. —> To this point in time in Father’s Story of man in the flesh; or better put, in His Story, there have been 3 sets of twins: Cain and Abel: Cain—son of satan and Eve—murdered his younger brother: Abel who was the first son of Adam and Eve; Esau and Jacob: Esau—eldest son of Isaac and Rebekah,—who despised his birthright and sold it to his younger brother for a bowl of red pottage, and Jacob, who strove and struggled with his older brother while they were in their mother’s womb, Father had told Rebekah that her older son would serve his younger brother; and now Pharez and Zarah: who, as we’re about to read here, Zarah had put his hand out through his mother’s birth canal first; but, his younger brother beat him out through the birth canal. Zarah was still considered the older. Why is it, to this point in Father’s Word that, whenever twins are born,—and notice that, so far, every set has been 2 boys—there is strife between the two? [38:28] And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, “This came out first.” —> When Tamar went into labor, and was getting ready to birth her sons; Zarah reached his hand out through Tamar’s birth canal, and the woman who was assisting in the birth, saw his little hand and then tied a scarlet thread around his little wrist,—the red thread can be traced through the “house of Ulster” within the families of the royal families of England, and also all of the other royal families of the Christian nations, including the Tzars of Russia—indicating he was firstborn, and as such, would inherit all the rights of the Blessing, and duties which shall be passed on in the inheritance from their father; however, the midwife got a little anxious and jumped the gun; because, as we’ll read in the next verse, his brother will be the Firstborn. The midwife’s marking of the wrong child is called “the breach,” and this breach will have a far-reaching effects; even to our present generation. [38:29] And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, “How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee:” therefore his name was called Pharez. —> The midwife was quite surprised when when the child which came out first, did not have that scarlet thread which she had tied around his little wrist; therefore, when the midwife called him “breach,” she actually named his as; Pharez in the Hebrew language means “breach.” Pharez was the Firstborn, and as such, he received the “First-fruits” Blessing. [38:30] And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah. —> After Pharez was birthed, his younger brother Zarah then passed forth through Tamar’s birth canal, still wearing the scarlet thread the midwife had tied around his little wrist.
Tamar=Tamar was a shrewd woman and knew that Judah was the Seed Line, and she knew also that, she was going to be the carrier the Seed Line to Jesus; either that, or, Father had revealed to her that she was going to be the carrier of the Seed Line to Jesus; in either case, she knew; hence, she knew she needed to get the Seed inside her from Judah, or his last son. When she was denied his last son, she devised the Plan to get that Seed, and successful she was. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Hebrew word number: H8559, - תָּמָר, - tâmâr, pronounced - taw-mawr’, and means: The same as H8558; Tamar, the name of three women and a place: - Tamar. Total KJV occurrences: 24., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The wife successively of the two sons of Judah, Er and Onan Genesis 38:8-30. Her importance in the sacred narrative depends on the great anxiety to keep up the lineage of Judah. It seemed as if the family were on the point of extinction. Er and Onan had successively perished suddenly. Judah's wife, Bathshuah, died; and there only remained a child, Shelah, whom Judah was unwilling to trust to the dangerous union as it appeared, with Tamar, lest he should meet with the same fate as his brothers. Accordingly she resorted to the desperate expedient of entrapping the father himself into the union which he feared for his son. The fruits of this intercourse were twins, Pharez and Zarah, and through Pharez the sacred line was continued.”.
Pharez=Pharez like I said above, is in the Seed Line to Jesus; he will sire Hezron who continues the lineage. There are 13 verses with 15 matches of both the name and the Strong’s number for Pharez, and all but five, are outside the genealogical listings of Genesis 38:29; 46:12; I Chronicles 2:4,2:5 and I Chronicles 4:1. As such, there is nothing significant written in Father’s Word about the man Pharez; who lived a quiet uneventful life therefore, all the other writings are of his descendants, the Pharzites. We see a very clear lineage in Ruth 4:18-22: Ruth 4:18 Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, [4:19] And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, [4:20] And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, [4:21] And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, [4:22] And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Hebrew word number: H6557, - פֶּרֶץ, - perets, pronounced - peh’-rets, and means: The same as H6556; Perets, the name of two Israelites: - Perez, Pharez. Total KJV occurrences: 15., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary where we read: “Matthew 1:3; Luke 3:33; and I Esdras 5:6, twin son, with Zarah or Zerah, of Judah and Tamer his daughter-in-law. The circumstances of his birth are detailed in Genesis 38:15-30. Pharez occupied the rank of Judah's second son, and from two of his sons sprang two new chief houses, those of the Hezronites and Hamulites. From Hezron's second son Ram, or Aram, sprang David and the kings of Judah, and eventually Jesus Christ. In the reign of David the house of Pharez seems to have been eminently distinguished.”.
Zarah=Or as we read in I Chronicles 2:4, Zerah with an “e”. Zarah; or, Zerah, though mentioned in Matthew 1:3, does not sire any males, and Father’s Word doesn’t mention any women sired by Zarah who are in the Seed Line to His being born in the flesh. There are 21 verses with 21 matches of both the name and the Strong’s number for Zarah, and all but four, are outside the genealogical listings of Genesis 38:30; 46:12; I Chronicles 2:4, and I Chronicles 2:6. As such, there is nothing significant written in Father’ Word about the man Zarah; who lived a quiet uneventful life therefore, all the other writings are of either his descendants, or of a descendant of Esau’s. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H2226, - זֶרַח, - zerach, pronounced - zeh’-rakh, and means: The same as H2225; Zerach, the name of three Israelites, also of an Idumaean and an Ethiopian prince: - Zarah, Zerah. Total KJV occurrences: 21., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “Less properly, Zarah, twin son, with his elder brother Pharez, of Judah and Tamar Genesis 38:30; I Chronicles 2:4; and Matthew 1:3. His descendants were called Zarhites, Ezrahites and Izrahites Numbers 26:20; I Kings 4:31; and I Chronicles 27:8,11.”.
I Chronicles 2:5 The sons of Pharez; Hezron (courtyard; or surrounded by a wall) (khets-rone’), and Hamul. —> Pharez’s son Hezron will be the Blessed man who will continue the Seed Line to Jesus.
Father’s Word doesn’t say or list what year Judah’s sons Pharez and Zerah were born, nor does it say what year Pharez’s son Hezron was born; however, we are down far enough in the genealogical listing and time line that, some of these men—and even their wives who are in the genealogical listing to Jesus—were born while our forefathers were in bondage to the Egyptians, and were alive when they had been delivered out of that bondage. We know this because, we can read in Numbers 1:7 that, Pharez’s great-great-great grandson Nahshon was head of the Tribe of Judah when Moses and Aaron numbered them as they wandered the wilderness.
Hezron=Hezron and\or the strong’s number associated with it is mentioned in 17 verses with 18 matches, all but 6 are outside the genealogical listing of Genesis 46:12; Ruth 4:18,19; I Chronicles 2:6; and I Chronicles 2:9. There is nothing significance which happened in Hezron’s life; and as such, there is nothing recorded in Father’s Word concerning the man: Hezron; therefore, most of what we read when we encounter the name Hezron are of either his descendants, of other people with the same name. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Hebrew word number: H2696, - חֶצְרוֹן, - chetsrôn, pronounced - khets-rone’, and means: From H2691; courtyard; Chetsron, the name of a place in Palestine; also of two Israelites: - Hezron. Total KJV occurrences: 18., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “A son of Pharez Genesis 48:12; Ruth 4:18.”.
I Chronicles 2:6 And the sons of Zerah; Zimri, and Ethan, and Heman, and Calcol, and Dara: five of them in all. —> These are Zerah’s sons, none of which are in Jesus’ Lineage. Now, as I researched these names; though, I don’t do an expanded, detailed description of any of them because they are not in Jesus’ Lineage, I could not find which one of them fathered a man who we’ll encounter in our next verse: Carmi, who’ll sire the trouble maker Achan. We discover by reading Joshua 7:1 that, Achan was the son of Carmi who was the son of Zabdi, who was the son of Zerah; but, nowhere do I find who was Zabdi’s father; just that he was “the son of Zerah.”
I Chronicles 2:7 And the sons of Carmi; Achar (to trouble, troublesome; or, troubler) (aw-kawn’), the troubler of Israel, who transgressed in the thing accursed. —> Though nobody in this verse is in the genealogy to Jesus, I'm going to detail and chronicle something here because, a great sin was committed in Israel, which caused Father to trouble all Israel. The troubler of Israel=Achan is mentioned with this title because as we read in Joshua 7, after our forefathers defeated and annihilated the people and the town of Jericho; this man Achan discovered a idolatrous priest’s robe, and some money which he took and hid among his things. Father knew what he had done and brought trouble upon our forefathers until they discovered what he had done. The trouble He had brought upon them, and they really also brought upon themselves because they decided to fight against a city named Ai; however, they did not include Father in their plans; and therefore, they were totally thrashed. Upon being thrashed, Joshua and the elders sought Father, pleading with Him for an answer as to why He allowed them to be beaten so badly. Father told Joshua that they hadn’t included Him in their plans; but, also that they had committed a trespass by allowing one of their own to have an accursed thing; i.e., the idolatrous priest’s robe, which they needed to expel from their camp before He stops His troubling of them. The next morning Joshua arose and brought the head of each Tribe to present them before Father, when he finally brought those of the Tribe of Judah, Father showed Joshua it was one within Judah, one of Zerah’s offspring; so he brought Zabdi, and Father showed him that it was within Zabdi’s offspring; so, he next brought those of Carmi’s offspring; and he was showed that it was someone within this family, a man named Achan. I’ll allow Father's Word to continue: Joshua 7:19-26: Joshua 7:19 And Joshua said unto Achan, “My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me.” [7:20] And Achan answered Joshua, and said, “Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: [7:21] When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.” —> After Father showing Joshua that the culprit was Achan, Joshua asked him what it was that he had done? Achan finally fessed-up and admitted that while they had defeated the Amorites in Jericho, he had found an idolatrous Babylonian priest’s robe, and some gold and silver, and he coveted them, and took them, and hid them in his tent. [7:22] So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it. —> After hearing his confesssion, Joshua sent some of his men to Achan’s tent to gather the items and bring them to him. [7:23] And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD. —> Once they were brought to him, he had them lay them out so that everybody in Israel could see these abominations which angered Father to the point that He troubled them. [7:24] And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor. —> Brethren, don’t get your panties in a bunch over this as; as we know, Father’s Word tells us that the sins of the father does not fall onto the son; so, with that being said, Father troubles all Israel because, it was not only Achan who hid these idolatrous items; but, his family members as well, and when it time for voluntary confessions, nobody came forward and confessed; so, now it is judgment time and all those involved are going to be punished. Where does Father’s Word say that they brought all of Achan’s relatives and property? To Achor, a valley which they named at this time, specifically for this event, and they named it after the man who troubled all Israel. [7:25] And Joshua said, “Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day.” And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. —> Every one of Achan’s family members had assisted in burying and hiding these idolatrous items, hech, they thought they were rich, and had probably even participated in idolatrous religious worship of these things; so, every one of them received their just rewards. Remember, Father is always fair! Brethren, you just cannot wait until judgment day to repent, you must repent before you are brought before Father for judgment. [7:26] And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day. —> Once punishment was meted out, Father’s wrath was sated and he troubled Israel no more concerning this instance. Again brethren, we here in the United States need to pay attention and heed this warning as; we too today are just as guilty as Achan’s family members, when we allow this Nation to practice the sins of abortion and homosexual marriage and sex, and the turning away from Father and the worship of satan as some places are now allowing.
Achan=Hebrew word number H5912, or also as we read in I Chronicles 2:6, Achar H5917. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H5912, - עָכָן, - ‘âkân, pronounced - aw-kawn’, and means: From an unused root meaning to trouble; troublesome; Akan, an Israelite: - Achan. H5917Compare H5917. Total KJV occurrences: 6., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read “An Israelite of the tribe of Judah, who, when Jericho and all that it contained were accursed and devoted to destruction, secreted a portion of the spoil in his tent. For this sin he was stoned to death with his whole family by the people, in a valley situated between Ai and Jericho, and their remains, together with his property, were burnt Joshua 7:19-26. From this event the valley received the name of Achor (i.e. trouble). [ACHOR].”.
I Chronicles 2:8 And the sons of Ethan; Azariah.
I Chronicles 2:9 The sons also of Hezron, that were born unto him; Jerahmeel (YHVH will be compassionate; or, mercy of YHVH) (yer-akh-meh-ale’), and Ram (high; or, exalted) (rawm), and Chelubai. —> Jerahmeel is the Blessed son of Hezron who’ll continue the Lineage to Jesus; and, he does so through his son Ram. I searched extensively to understand this—i.e. that Ram was Jerahmeel’s son and not Hezron’s son—because by reading Ruth 4, Matthew 1, and Luke 3, every one of them omit Jerahmeel from the genealogy of Jesus, so I though that Ram was Hezron’s son; not, his grandson. Dr. Bullinger does an excellent job explaining it in his notes in his Ruth 4 in his notes concerning “*Note on ‘THE GENERATIONS OF PHAREZ’.” where he explains it this way “If Salmon married Rahab in the year of the entry into the land (B.C. 1451); and the birth of DAVID was in 990 B.C.; then, according to The Table of the Generations, (on page 365 of his Companion Bible) the period of 461 years is covered by only four lives; VIZ. Salmon, BOAZ, ODEB, and JESSE. The inference therefore seems clear that, as in a Royal line it is not necessary to include every link (as it is in the case of an ordinary man), certain names are omitted in this pedigree, in order that “The Generations of PHAREZ” may be reckoned as ten generations, to accord with the principle which we observe from ADAM to ZEDEKIAH (VIZ. ADAM to NOAH, ten; SHEM to ABRAHAM, ten; SOLOMON to ZEDEHIAH, twice ten). So here PHAREZ to DAVID is given in ten generations. We see the same principle at work in other Tables of our LORD’S Ancestry, names are omitted in order to make uniform reckonings. For example, in Matthew 1:1-17 we have three counts of “fourteen generations”; see notes there. In V1:1 we have the whole given in two links DAVID and ABRAHAM. Ruth herself is omitted in V17, above.”. Only through Dr. Bullinger’s explanation, did I come to a full and proper understanding of why Jerahmeel is not listed in the genealogical listings.
Jerahmeel=Jerahmeel was Hezron’s first born. There are 8 verses and matches in Father’s Word for the name and it’s associated Strong’s Hebrew word number: H3396; however, only four are of Hezron’s son Jerahmeel, the other four are for other men named Jerahmeel. Jerahmeel lived a quiet, unremarkable life with nothing of significance, or noteworthiness happening in his life to be recorded in Father’s Word. Heck, like I said above, he isn’t even listed; or, recorded as being in the genealogical listings of Jesus. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H3396, - יְרַחְמְאֵל, - yerachme'êl, pronounced - yer-akh-meh-ale’, and means: From H7355 and H410; God will be compassionate; Jerachmeel, the name of three Israelites: - Jerahmeel. Total KJV occurrences: 8., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “First-born son of Hezron, the son of Pharez, the son of Judah I Chronicles 2:9,25-27,33,42, and founder of the family of Jerahmeelites I Samuel 27:10 (B.C. before 1491).”.
Ram=Ram was Jerahmeel’s first born. There are 6 verses and 7 matches in Father’s Word for the Strong’s Hebrew Word number H7410 for the name Ram, 5 verses and 6 matches are for Jerahmeel’s son, and one is for another man named Ram. Of Jerahmeel’s son we know not a whole lot about; except, to say that he is in the genealogy to Jesus, and he’ll pass the genealogical seed to his son Amminadab. Other than that, as I said, there isn’t anything else written; so, we don’t know anything of the man. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find it is Hebrew word number: H7410, - רָם, - râm, pronounced - rawm, and means: Active participle of H7311; high; Ram, the name of an Arabian and of an Israelite: - Ram. See also H1027. Total KJV occurrences: 7., and now from the Easton’s Bible Dictionary where we read: “The son of Hezron, and one of the ancestors of the royal line Ruth 4:19. The margin of I Chronicles 2:9; also Matthew 1:3,4 and Luke 3:33, have "Aram."”.
I Chronicles 2:10 And Ram begat Amminadab (people of liberality; or, one of the prince’s people) (am-mee-naw-dawb’); and Amminadab begat Nahshon (enchanter; and, enchanter) (nakh-shone’), prince of the children of Judah; —> As I noted from Dr. Bullinger above if, Salmon married Rahab in the year that our forefathers entered into the Promised Land, i.e., B.C. 1451, that would mean that both Amminadab and his son Nahshon were born while in captivity to the Egyptians, and Salmon was probably born the year they came out of Egypt; as, we know that, all those who were over the age of 40 did not enter into the Promised Land due to their unbelief. .
Allow me to go off track for a moment, it all ties in; but, I’m going to change lineages slightly. Reading Dr. Bullinger’s notes in several different Books and Verses, I’ve come across the following, from: Genesis 46:11 “Merari. Jochebed is to be added, for she ‘came into’ Egypt in her mother Numbers 26:59.;” next, we read this in Exodus 6:16: (it’ll be my underlining and bolding to add emphasis to what is being said) “Levi died twenty-three years after Joseph, forty-one years before Moses.;” from Exodus 6:20: “Jochebed. See note on Numbers 26:59.;” finally, from Numbers 26:59: “Jochebed. Compare Exodus 2:1 and 6:20. bare to Levi in Egypt. This explains apparent discrepancy between her age and that of Amram. See Ap. 50. III..”. Understanding the 430 year bondage to the Egyptians becomes clearer upon reviewing and Studying Dr. Bullinger’s Ap. 50. III.. I, like almost every one else, thought that the 430 years of bondage began when Jacob was taken down into Egypt; however, that is not true as, the actual counting began when Abram and Sarai first entered into Egypt during the famine of their day. I can state this factually because of the time line and the number of years. The Exodus happened in the year B.C. 1491, and counting back 430 years from the year of the exodus brings us to the year 1921, which was the year Father appeared to Abram and told him of his offspring being as numerous as the stars of the sky and the sand of the sea. This being even before Isaac was born, or his being taken up onto Mount Moriah to be offered up as a sacrifice. The other thing(s) to note concerning this time is, that, Levi and his wife had already bear their three sons Gershon, Kohath, and Merari before going down into Egypt; and, Levi’s wife was pregnant with their daughter Jochebed when they went down into Egypt. Years later, she married her nephew, Kohath’s son Amram, and together they bear Aaron, Miriam and Moses.
Amminadab=Amminadab is Ram’s first born and will be the Blessed son through who the genealogical seed will continue through. There are 12 verses and 13 matches for the name Amminadab and it’s associated Strong’s Hebrew word number: H5992; of these 12 verses and 13 matches, 3 are of his being in the genealogical listing, another 6 are of his descendants, and the other mentions are of other men named Amminadab. Amminadab also lived such a quiet uneventful life with nothing of noteworthiness or significance taking place to be recorded in Father’s Word. One thing of note that we can read of Amminadab is that, he was the father of Aaron’s wife Elisheba as can be read in Exodus 6:23: Exodus 6:23 And Aaron took him Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, sister of Naashon, to wife; and she bare him Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H5992, - עַמִּינָדָב, - ‛ammı̂ynâdâb, pronounced - am-mee-naw-dawb’, and means: From H5971 and H5068; people of liberality; Amminadab, the name of four Israelites: - Amminadab. Total KJV occurrences: 13., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read “Son of Ram or Aram, and father of Nahshon, or NAASSON (as it is written) Matthew 1:4; Luke 3:32; Numbers 1:7; 2:3; Ruth 4:19,20; I Chronicles 2:10. One of the ancestors of Jesus Christ.”.
Nahshon=And once,—in Exodus 6:23—“Naashon.” Nahshon was Amminadab’s first born and was the Blessed son through who the genealogical seed continued. There are 9 verses and 10 matches for the name Nahshon and it’s associated Strong’s Hebrew word number: H5177; of these 9 verses and 10 matches, 3—Ruth 4:20, and twice here in I Chronicles 2—are of his being in the genealogical listing, another 5 are of him being the head of the Tribe of Judah, and 2 are of his descendants or relatives. We read this of Nahshon in Numbers 1: Numbers 1:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying, —> The children of Israel arrived at the base of Mount Sinai three months after leaving Egypt, so this is 22 months after their arrival; and, 25 months since leaving their captivity in Egypt. It is the first day of the second month which means, they celebrated Passover, the third for them, just two weeks prior to these events taking place. [1:2] “Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, and their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their poles; —> Father is telling Moses that they are to take a census of all twelve tribes, every male, and as we'll see, they’ll have to be a certain age. [1:3] From twenty years old and up ward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies. —> They must be twenty years old and upward, able to go to war, meaning: they had to be in good health. As we’ll see, Father YHVH is establishing His army and showing the Israelites the number thereof. [1:4] And with you there shall be a man from every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers. —> Moses and Aaron aren't going to number the men alone; Father is telling them to take the head of each tribe with them while they number each tribe. This is the second of three numberings that Father YHVH has commanded. There will in the future be a fourth, by David, not directed by Father, which will anger Father. [1:5] And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of the tribe of Reuben; Elizur the son of Shedeur. —> Father is not going to allow Moses and Aaron to pick the men, nor is He going to allow just anybody, He is going to name the head of each tribe. The order here: the 5 sons of Leah, the 3 of Rachel, 1 of 2 of Bilhah’s, the 2 of Zilpah’s and then the second of Bilhah’s. Let’s skip down to verse v1:7: [1:7] Of Judah; Nahshon the son of Amminadab. —> Nahshon is the seedline to bring forth Christ. As we'll see, he is the father of Salmon who’ll be the husband of Rahab of Jericho, again proving that she was not/is not a harlot. This also makes him an ancestor to Boaz of Bethlehem. What else can we read of Nahshon? Turn with me to Numbers 2: Numbers 2:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, [2:2] “Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of his father’s house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch. —> As we can see, it is Father Who is going to establish the order of the tribes; He isn't going to leave it up to man. Father is saying here that, the head of each family must camp within the boundaries of their tribe which is identified by their standard (ensign). Each tribe was said to have had as it’s sign, one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac, depicted upon their standard. The phrase “far off” in the Hebrew is “neged, pronounced neh’-ghed”, and means that they will be over against the outside of the tabernacle, in other words, they’ll be able to see it, just like in the future Moses will be able to see the Promised Land; but, he’ll not able to enter into it while in his flesh body. [2:3] And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies: and Nahshon the son of Amminadab shall be captain of the children of Judah.” —> The order as we’ll see, proceeds according to the course of the sun: east, south, west, north; clockwise starting with the east. Judah’s sign will be Leo (the lion). The East’s colors on their standards will be taken from the colors of the stones on the second row of the High Priest’s Breast Plate. [2:4] And his host, and those that were numbered with them, were threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred. —> This corresponds with the number given from Numbers 1:27; so, what we see is, that, this number is the number of fighting men, not the total number of people in the tribe of Judah. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H5177, - נַחְשׁוֹן, - nachshôn, pronounced - nakh-shone’, and means: From H5172; enchanter; Nachshon, an Israelite: - Naashon, Nahshon. Total KJV occurrences: 10., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “Son of Amminadab, and prince of the children of Judah (as he is styled in the genealogy of Judah,) I Chronicles 2:10, at the time of the first numbering in the wilderness. Exodus 6:23; Numbers 1:7 etc. His sister, Elisheba, was wife to Aaron, and his son, Salmon, was husband to Rahab after the taking of Jericho. He died in the wilderness, according to Numbers 26:64,65 (B.C. before 1451).”.
I Chronicles 2:11 And Nahshon begat Salma (investiture; or, garment) (sal-mone’), and Salma begat Boaz (fleetness)
(bo’-az), —> .
Salmon=There is 1 other spelling of his name and that is: Salma—H8008—in I Chronicles 2. There are 6 verses and 6 matches for both the name and the Strong’s hebrew word number: H8012 for Salmon in Father’s Word. All are within the genealogical listings of Ruth 4; Matthew 1:4,5; and Luke 3:32, while 1 is used as the name of a place, and is found in Psalms 68:14. There are 3 verses and matches for for both the name and the Strong’s hebrew word number: H8008 for Salma in Father’s Word, and they are all found in the genealogical listing of I Chronicles 2. As I said, there is nothing written in Father’s Word about the man Salmon who obviously lived a quiet, uneventful, unremarkable life. Though it is not recorded in the Old Testament of Father’s Word, we read in Matthew 1:5 that, “Salmon begat Booz of Rachab”—Booz being the Greek Name\spelling of Boaz—many Biblical scholars mention that after Rahab assisted the spies who went in to check out Jericho and they saved her, her father, her mother, her brethren and all who were in her house, Salmon then married her; but, again, nothing is written of this and nothing is said of their marriage; however, they did have a son and his name was Boaz. Boaz being Salmon’s son is recorded in Father’s Word. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H8012, - שַׂלְמוֹן, - śalmôn, pronounced - sal-mone’, and means: From H8008; investiture; Salmon, an Israelite: - Salmon. Compare H8009. Total KJV occurrences: 1., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “Ruth 4:20,21; I Chronicles 2:11,51,54; Matthew 1:4,5; Luke 3:32 son of Nahshon. The prince of the children of Judah, and father of Boaz, the husband of Ruth. Bethlehem-ephratah, which was Salmon's inheritance, was part of the territory of Caleb, the grandson of Ephratah; and this caused him to be reckoned among the sons of Caleb.”.
Boaz=As I mentioned above, Booz—G1003—is the Greek name\spelling of his name. There are 22 verses with 24 matches for the name and Strong’s Hebrew word number: H1162 in Father’s Word. Eighteen verses with twenty matches are found in the Book of Ruth, while 2 verses and 2 matches are found in the genealogical listings of I Chronicles 2, and 1 verses and 1 match is found in each: I Kings 7 and II Chronicles 3, where Solomon named of one of the Pillars he made for Father’s Temple. Boaz was the Blessed son of Salmon and Rahab who’ll continue on, the genealogical Seed to Jesus. As we read in the The Book of Ruth, we discover that Boaz was a righteous man, and he married Ruth—the central figure after whom the Book was named—the daughter-in-law of Naomi, whose son Mahlon—to whom Ruth had been married to before he—had died. Anyway, he was righteous and married the young Moabitess and together they bear a son whom they named Obed. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H1162, - בֹּעַז, - bô‛az, pronounced - bo’-az, and means: From an unused root of uncertain meaning; Boaz, the ancestor of David; also the name of a pillar in front of the temple: - Boaz. Total KJV occurrences: 24., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “A wealthy Bethlehemite kinsman to Elimelech the husband of Naomi. He married Ruth, and redeemed the estates of her deceased husband Mahlon Ruth 4:1. Boaz is mentioned in the genealogy of Christ Matthew 1:5.”.
I Chronicles 2:12 And Boaz begat Obed (serving; and, serving) (o-bade’), and Obed begat Jesse (extant; or, wealthy) (ee-shah’ee’), —> Obed=There are 11 verses with 13 matches for both the name and the Strong’s Hebrew word number—H5744—associated with it in Father’s Word; all of them are in the genealogical listings of Ruth 4:17,21,22, I Chronicles 2:11,12; Matthew 1:5; Luke 3:32, the rest of the mentions are of other men named Obed. Of the Obed who is in the genealogy to Jesus, we really have no knowledge as there is nothing of significance written of him; so, he must have lived an uneventful, unremarkable life. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H5744, - עוֹבֵד, - ‛ôbêd, pronounced - o-bade’, and means: Active participle of H5647; serving; Obed, the name of five Israelites: - Obed. Total KJV occurrences: 10., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “Son of Boaz and Ruth the Moabitess and father of Jesse Ruth 4:17. The circumstances of his birth which make up all that we know about him are given with much beauty in the book of Ruth. The name of Obed occurs only Ruth 4:17 and in the four genealogies Ruth 4:21,22; I Chronicles 2:12; Matthew 1:5; Luke 3:32.”.
Jesse=There are 39 verses with 42 matches for the name Jesse and the Strong’s Hebrew word number—3426—associated with it in Father’s Word. Of the man himself, we know nothing, except, that, he was in Jesus' genealogy, and he bear David who was also in Jesus' genealogy, David was also the second man king of the House of Israel. Jesse had sired 8 sons, one of which died before having any progeny, thus David is the seventh named and the youngest. The only thing we read of Jesse in Father’s Word is that he was fairly wealthy as he had flocks of both goats and sheep; then, of the account of his elder sons going to war against the Philistines and their prized mighty giant named Goliath, whom David will eventually slay. Other than this, Jesse lived a quiet, uneventful life, with nothing of significance happening to warrant being recorded in Father’s Word. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H3448, - יִשַׁי, or אִישַׁי , - yishay, or ’ı̂yshay, pronounced - yee-shah’ee, or ee-shah’ee, and means: From the same as 3426; extant; Jishai, David’s father: - Jesse. Total KJV occurrences: 42., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The father of David, was the son of Obed, who again was the fruit of the union of Boaz and the Moabitess Ruth. His great-grandmother was Rahab the canaanite, (the author of this Website emphatically disagrees with the statement of Dr Smith’s that Rahab was a Canaanite; as, IF Rahab had been a Canaanitess, she would not have been able to be in Jesus’ lineage\genealogy due to her tainted blood having been mixed with the fallen angels) of Jericho Matthew 1:5. Jesse's genealogy is twice given in full in the Old Testament, viz. Ruth 4:18-22; and I Chronicles 2:5-12, He is commonly designated as "Jesse the Bethlehemite" I Samuel 16:1,18; 17:58, but his full title is "the Ephrathite of Bethlehem Judah" I Samuel 17:12. He is an "old man" when we first meet with him I Samuel 17:12, with eight sons I Samuel 16:10; 17:12, residing at Bethlehem I Samuel 16:4,5. Jesse's wealth seems to have consisted of a flock of sheep and goats, which were under the care of David I Samuel 16:11; 17:34,35. After David's rupture with Saul he took his father and his mother into the country of Moab and deposited them with the king, and there they disappear from our view in the records of Scripture. Who the wife of Jesse was, we are not told.”.
2:13-55 Collateral. Jesse
2:13-17 Jesse’s posterity.
I Chronicles 2:13 And Jesse begat his firstborn Eliab, and Abinadab the second, and Shimma the third, —> I’ll not go into each of Jesse’s older sons as, they are not in the genealogy to Jesus, and there is nothing of significance to record of each of them, other than to say that they were like many in Saul’s army, cowards, and afraid to fight against Goliath, the champion of the Philistines, it took that young 16 year old boy named David to come and rescue them.
I Chronicles 2:14 Nethaneel the fourth, Raddai the fifth, —> .
I Chronicles 2:15 Ozem the sixth, David (loving; or, well-beloved) (Daw-veed’) the seventh: —> David=I could spend days discussing David and his life; literally, an entire Book—II Samuel—covered most of what David accomplished as king of Israel. David was a man after Father’s own heart, and though he made a few mistakes, David always tried to please Father in all that he did; therefore, Father loved David; so much so that, He chose David as the Line to bring forth the Branch, The Bright Morning Star, Immanuel\Emmanuel, God in the Flesh: Jesus. Even though Father choose David, it doesn’t mean that David never sinned as, David indeed did sin. He committed adultery with the wife of one of his soldiers; and, then had that soldier murdered by ordering his being put on the front lines of the hottest part of the battle. David was not perfect; however, he was obedient in the end, and, in the end, he left judgment in Father’s hand. All the other kings of Judah and some of the kings of Israel will be judged; or, compared to David, and, the one thing which can always be said of David, is that not one time had David ever fallen away into idolatry. But, what else can we take away from David? If you sin: repent to Father and then leave the correction and judgment in Father’s hands. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H1732, - דּוד, or דּויד, - dâvid, or dâvı̂yd, pronounced - daw-veed’, or daw-veed’ and means: From the same as H1730; loving; David, the youngest son of Jesse: - David. Total KJV occurrences: 1076., The description of David in the Smith’s Bible Dictionary is extensive and too long to post here; so, I’ll instead just post the link to it: David.
I Chronicles 2:16 Whose sisters were Zeruiah (wounded; or, balsam) (tser-oo-yaw’), and Abigail (father (that is source) of joy; or, father i.e. source, of joy) (ab-ee-gal’). And the sons of Zeruiah; Abishai (father of a gift (that is generous); or, father of a gift) (ab-shah’ee), and Joab (YHVH-fathered); or, whose father is YHVH) (yo-awb’), and Asahel (YAH has made); or, made by YAH) (as-aw-ale’), three. —> Though none of the people mentioned in this verse are in the genealogy to Jesus, I'm going to cover them because, they all played significant roles in Father’s word.
Zeruiah=There are 25 verses with 26 matches in Father’s Word for David’s sister Zeruiah and the strong’s Hebrew word number—H6870—associated with her name. Of these 25 verses with 26 matches, 1—I Chronicles 2:17—lists her as David’s sister, and in every other verse and match for her name, we read: “son(s) of Zeruiah”. Of the woman herself, we know nothing, not even her husband’s name. The only thing we do know for sure is, that, she was indeed David’s sister, and the mother of three of David’s heroes. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H6870, - צְרוּיָה, - tserûyâh, pronounced - tser-oo-yaw’, and means: Feminine participle passive from the same as H6875; wounded; Tserujah, an Israelitess: - Zeruiah. Total KJV occurrences: 26., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The mother of the three leading heroes of David's army—Abishai, Joab and Asahel—known as the "sons of Zeruiah." Of Zeruiah's husband there is no mention in the Father’s Word.”.
Abigail=There are 17 verses and matches for the name Abigail and the Strong’s Hebrew word number—H26—associated with it in Father’s Word. There are also 2 women named Abigail in Father’s Word; 1—as we can read in I Samuel 25—had been married to a man named Nabal who had been a very wealthy man,—he was also a fool, hence his name, which means: fool—his residence was in Maon, while his possessions—3,000 sheep and 1,000 goats—were in Carmel, where he had taken them to sell. Anyway, David and his men were on the run from Saul and when they came across Nabal, they requested assistance from him; but, he refused David. As the story wore on, we read that, Father smote Nabal for his refusal to assist His Servant David, later, David took Abigail as one of his wives because when her husband Nabal had refused to assist David, one of Nabal’s servants ran to Abigail and told her what he had done, Abigail realizing the severity of the situation, quickly gathered and made two hundred loaves of bread, took them two bottles of wine, she slaughtered and dressed five sheep, five measures of parched corn, an hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs to take to David and his men; the second woman named Abigail—the woman named in this verse—is David’s sister. What do we know from facts concerning David’s sister Abigail? David’s father was Jesse, and Jesse fathered Eliab, Abinadab, Shimma, Nethaneel, Raddai, Ozem, another son who is not named, and then David as his eighth son, he also fathered Zeruiah, David's sister. That, then means, that, either David’s mother lay with another man and bare David's half-sister — Abigail; or, Nahash was David’s mother’s father, and Abigail then is his granddaughter. Remember, Nahash was an Ammonite, making him an Israelite — of the Adamic lineage — so, if he is the father of David’s mother, the blood is still true to, and through David, to Christ Jesus. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H26, - אֲבִיגַיִל, or אֲבִיגַל , - 'ăbı̂ygayil, or 'ăbı̂ygal, pronounced - ab-ee-gah'yil, or ab-ee-gal’, and means: From H1 and H1524; father (that is source) of joy; Abigail or Abigal, the name of two Israelitesses: - Abigal. Total KJV occurrences: 17., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “A sister of David, married to Jether the Ishmaelite, and mother, by him, of Amasa I Chronicles 2:17. In II Samuel 17:25 for Israelite read Ishmaelite.”.
Abishai=Abishai was the eldest of three nephews of David’s by his sister Zeruiah, his two brothers were Joab and Asahel. As can be read in I Samuel 26, while David and his men were in the Wilderness of Ziph fleeing from Saul, Abishai was the only one who accompanied his uncle as he went to the camp of Saul and took the king’s spear and water bottle from Saul as he slept. He was a Captain under David, and as we read in II Samuel 18:2, he had the command of one of the three divisions of David’s army when they were engaging in the civil war against their brothers of the House of Israel of whom David’s own son Absalom was wanting to rule over. He was the commander of the second rank of the three “mighty men,” and on one occasion, he withstood 300 men and slew them with his own spear. We also read in II Samuel 21 that it was Abishai who slew the Philistine giant Ishbi-benob, who had threatened David's life. His younger brother, Asahel, who could run as fast as a gazelle, fought in battle against Abner, the General of Israel's army, who overpowered him and killed him by the back of his spear. Abishai, was so enraged at the death of Asahel that, he and his brother Joab later killed Abner to avenge their youngest brother’s death. Both mens deaths were needless and senseless as, Abner warned Asahel to not try and overtake him as he knew he was more powerful than the younger man; however, Asahel wouldn’t hear and charged toward the stronger Abner anyway, Abner he had no choice but to defend himself, thus killing Asahel in the process. Abishai and Joab later killed Abner wrongly, thinking he had purposefully killed their younger brother. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H52, - אֲבִישַׁי, or אַבְשַׁי , - 'ăbı̂yshay, or 'abshay, pronounced - ab-ee-shah’ee, or ab-shah’ee, and means: From H1 and H7862; father of a gift (that is, probably generous); Abishai, an Israelite: - Abishai. Total KJV occurrences: 25., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The eldest of the three sons of Zeruiah, David's sister, and brother to Joab and Asahel I Chronicles 2:16. Like his two brothers he was the devoted follower of David. He was his companion in the desperate night expedition to the camp of Saul I Samuel 26:6-9. On the outbreak of Absalom's rebellion he remained true to the king, and commanded a third part of the army in the decisive battle against Absalom. He rescued David from the hands of the gigantic Philistine, Ishbi-benob II Samuel 21:17. His personal prowess on this, as on another occasion, when he fought singlehanded against three hundred, won for him a place as captain of the second three of David's mighty men II Samuel 23:18; I Chronicles 11:20.”.
Joab=Of the 125 verses mentioning him, and the 146 matches for his name and the Strong’s Hebrew word number—H3097—associated with his name, Joab, is the most spoken about of David’s three nephews by his sister Zeruiah; three of those 125 verses and 146 matches—Ezra 2:6; 8:9; and Nehemiah 7:11—are of Joab’s descendants. Joab was Zeruiah’s middle son, with Abishai being the older, and Asahel being the younger. Some of Joab’s more notable facts are: Before David became king of the entire House of Israel; while Saul’s son Ish-bosheth was king of the divided House of Israel, appointed by Saul’s captain Abner, Joab and a contingency of men met to face off with Abner and his men at the Pool of Gibeon. The men had gathered to conduct mock-war in order to prevent all-out war between the two nations; however, sadly, their simulated war of sending out 12 men from each side to fend against each other in a “winner take all” mock war sport quickly escalated into something more sinister: war, as each man grabbed his foe by the beard and they all thrust each other through with their weapons of war, killing each other. That little war play intensified and worsened and the next thing they all knew, they were engaging in war, with Joab’s 600 battle-tested warriors overpowering Abner’s men who had just suffered a major defeat at the hands of the Philistines. It was at this little mock-war which quickly turned into true war that Joab’s younger brother Asahel chased down the more experienced Abner who warned him off three times to no avail, and when Asahel charged; Abner had no choice but to defend himself and he slew the younger, less experienced Asahel. Joab considered it murder and later, conspired and murdered Abner for it; Because of his courage and leading the assault on the fortress of Jebus, Joab was promoted to the rank of General as can be read in I Chronicles 11:4-6;and 27:34). Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H3097, - יוֹאָב, - yô'âb, pronounced - yo-awb’, and means: From H3068 and H1; Jehovah-fathered; Joab, the name of three Israelites: - Joab. Total KJV occurrences: 145., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The most remarkable of the three nephews of David, the children of Zeruiah, David's sister. Joab first appears after David's accession to the throne at Hebron. Abner slew in battle Asahel, the youngest brother of Joab; and when David afterward received Abner into favor, Joab treacherously murdered him. There was now no rival left in the way of Joab's advancement, and at the siege of Jebus he was appointed for his prowess commander-in-chief --"captain of the host." In the wide range of wars which David undertook, Joab was the acting general. He was called by the almost regal title of "lord," in II Samuel 11:11 and "the prince of the king's army" in I Chronicles 27:34. In the entangled relations which grew up in David's domestic life he bore an important part, successfully reinstating Absalom in David's favor after the murder of Amnon (II Samuel 14:1-20). When the relations between father and son were reversed by the revolt of Absalom, Joab remained true to the king, taking the rebel prince's dangerous life in spite of David's injunction to spare him, and when no one else had courage to act so decisive a part II Samuel 18:2 and 11-15. The king transferred the command to Amasa, which so enraged Joab that he adroitly assassinated Amasa when pretending to welcome him as a friend in II Samuel 20:10. Friendly relations between himself and David seem to have existed afterward (II Samuel 24:2), but at the close of his long life, his loyalty, so long unshaken, at last wavered. "Though he had not turned after Absalom, he turned after Adonijah" (I Kings 2:28). This probably filled up the measure of the king's long-cherished resentment. The revival of the pretensions of Adonijah after David's death was sufficient to awaken the suspicions of Solomon. Joab fled to the shelter of the altar at Gibeon, and was here slain by Benaiah.’.
Asahel=There are 17 verses and 18 matches for the name Asahel and the Strong’s hebrew word number—H6214—associated with it. Of those 17 verses and 18 matches, all but 3 are for David’s nephew by his sister Zeruiah, the other three are for three other men bearing the same name. Asahel was the youngest of David’s three nephews by his sister Zeruiah, his older brothers were Abishai, the eldest, and Joab, the Commanding General of David’s Army. Asahel was said to have been “Asahel was swift of foot, like a gazelle in the open field;” in fact, it was this swiftness, that, and his over-confidence, which got him killed when he tried to face-off against the more powerful and experienced Abner who had thrice warned him to turn aside and not pursue him with evil intents. Abner escaped with his life; however, Asahel was buried in his father's tomb at Bethlehem. In retaliation, his two older brothers conspired and murdered Abner, against the wishes of their uncle, David. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H6214, - עֲשָׂהאֵל, - ‛ăśâh'êl, pronounced - as-aw-ale’, and means: From H6213 and H410; God has made; Asahel, the name of four Israelites: - Asahel. Total KJV occurrences: 18., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “Nephew of David, being the youngest son of his sister Zeruiah. He was celebrated for his swiftness of foot. When fighting under his brother Joab at Gibeon, he pursued Abner, who was obliged to kill him in self-defense II Samuel 2:18 ff. [ABNER]”.
I Chronicles 2:17 And Abigail bare Amasa (a burden); or, a burden) (am-aw-saw’): and the father of Amasa was Jether (his excellence) (yeh’-ther) the Ishmeelite (yish-maw-ay-lee’). —> Amasa=There are 12 verses with 16 matches of both the name and the Strong’s Hebrew word number—H6021—for Amasa, and every verse and match save one, are for David’s nephew by his sister Abigail. The other one verse and match—II Chronicles 28:18—are for the son of a man named Hadlai. As I stated a moment ago, Amasa is David’s nephew by his sister Abigail, that makes him cousins with Daivd’s children, and David’s 3 nephews by his sister Zeriah. Sadly for him, Amasa joined onto David’s son Absalom, who had taken over for the failed son of Saul Ish-bosheth. Both Ish-bosheth and Absalom—neither of which had been anointed by Father to rule over His Children—had attempted to usurp the throne from Father’s Anointed. Absalom thought he was doing his cousin a favor by elevating him to the position of Captain of his host; however, for his acceptance of said position, and for his acceptance of David himself elevating him over Joab—who had been with David from the very beginning, supporting him through thick and thin, supporting him when others had tried to steal the throne from him—as Commanding General of his Army, Amasa was murdered by Joab. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H6021, - עֲמָשָׂא, - ‛ămâśâ', pronounced - am-aw-saw’, and means: From H6006; burden; Amasa, the name of two Israelites: - Amasa. Total KJV occurrences: 16., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “Son of Ithra, or Jether, by Abigail, David's sister II Samuel 17:27. He joined in Absalom's rebellion, was appointed commander-in-chief and suffered defeat by Joab II Samuel 18:6. David, incensed against Joab for killing Absalom, forgave Amasa and appointed him Joab's successor II Samuel 19:13. Joab afterwards, when they were both in pursuit of the rebel Sheba, pretending to salute Amasa stabbed him with his sword II Samuel 20:10.”.
Jether=Let’s take a much deeper inspection of Amasa’s father Jether; as, the kenites have been hard at work in Father’s Word. The name “Jether” as; that is what the man is called (named) here; however, as we can read in II Samuel 17:25, he is called “Ithra.” Likewise also, here, he is correctly called an “Ishmeelite;” however, in that same verse II Samuel 17:25 he is incorrectly identified as an “Israelite.” Why the difference? As I said, the kenites have been hard at work in trying to confuse you dear brethren, this is how they operate, just like their father — satan, he likes to quote scripture, only, when he does so, he twists it at the end to make it a lie — see Genesis 3:1-5, Matthew 4:3-10 and Luke 4:2-11. Had Amasa’s father “Ithra” truly been an Israelite, then, saying he was so, would be like saying that David is an Israelite — i.e., completely unnecessary; as, it's understood he is an Israelite. So, what do we glean from this? Amasa’s mother had lain with an Ishmeelite, a non-Israelite, in other words, she had gone against Father’s Commandment of not taking a foreigner to husband. There are only 7 verses and 8 matches for the name Jether and the Strong’s Hebrew word number—H3500—associated with it. Of these 7 verses and 8 matches, only 3 are of Amasa’s father. There is nothing written of this man in Father’s Word, except of his being Amasa’s father, it really doesn’t say that he and Abigail were married; so, we have no knowledge of anything of significance concerning him. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H3500, - יֶתֶר, - yether, pronounced - yeh’-ther, and means: The same as H3499 Jether, the name of five or six Israelites and of one Midianite: - Jether, Jethro. Compare H3503. Total KJV occurrences: 8., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The father of Amasa, captain-general of Absalom's army. Jether is another form of ITHRA II Samuel 17:25. He is described in I Chronicles 2:17 as an Ishmaelite, which again is more likely to be correct than the "Israelite" of the Hebrew in II Samuel 17:1.’.
The Ishmeelite=What is an Ishmeelite? If you’ll recall, Abram, before Father changed his name, and before he and Sari had had any children, sari had told Abram that she gave him permission to go in unto her Egyptian hand-maiden in order to have offspring. Abram did as she allowed and together, he and Hagar conceived a son whom The Angel of the LORD directed her to name Ishmael. Ishmeel’s descendants are called the “Ishmeelites.” Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H3459, - יִשְׁמָעֵאלִי, - yishmâ‛ê'lı̂y, pronounced - yish-maw-ay-lee’, and means: Patronymic from H3458; a Jishmaelite or descendant of Jishmael: - Ishmaelite. Total KJV occurrences: 7., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “I Chronicles 2:17 and Ish'me-elites (descendants of Ishmael) Genesis 37:25,27,28; 39:1, the form in which the descendants of Ishmael are given in a few places in the Authorized Version.”.
2:18-20 Caleb the son of Hezron.
I Chronicles 2:18 And Caleb the son of Hezron begat children of Azubah his wife, and of Jerioth: her sons are these; Jesher, and Shobab, and Ardon. —> .
I Chronicles 2:19 And when Azubah was dead, Caleb took unto him Ephrath, which bare him Hur. —> .
I Chronicles 2:20 And Hur begat Uri, and Uri begat Bezaleel (in (the) shadow (that is, protection) of YAH; and, in the shadow of YAH) (bets-al-ale’). —> Bezaleel=As we can read in Exodus 31, Father had brought forth this one Bezaleel at His Appointed Time, in order for Him to “fill him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship, To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship. And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee; The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle, And the table and his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense, And the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot, And the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest's office, And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do..” Did you catch all that brethren? It was Father Who gave Bezaleel his wisdom and knowledge and workmanship to craft, fashon and manufacture all His items which were to go into His Tabernacle, when He led our forefathers up out of their bondage to the Egyptians. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H1212, - בְּצַלְאֵל, - betsal'êl, pronounced - bets-al-ale’, and means: Probably from H6738 and H410 with prepositional prefix; in (the) shadow (that is, protection) of God; Betsalel; the name of two Israelites: - Bezaleel. Total KJV occurrences: 9., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah and one of the architects of the tabernacle Exodus 31:1-6. His charge was chiefly in all works of metal, wood and stone.”.
We’ll only do one more verse in this Chapter; then we’ll move on to our next Chapter. Skip down with me to verse v2:55.
2:21-24 Hezron by daughter Machir.
I Chronicles 2:21 And afterward Hezron went in to the daughter of Machir the father of Gilead, whom he married when he was threescore years old; and she bare him Segub.
I Chronicles 2:22 And Segub begat Jair, who had three and twenty cities in the land of Gilead.
I Chronicles 2:23 And he took Geshur, and Aram, with the towns of Jair, from them, with Kenath, and the towns thereof, even threescore cities. All these belonged to the sons of Machir the father of Gilead.
I Chronicles 2:24 And after that Hezron was dead in Caleb-ephratah, then Abiah Hezron's wife bare him Ashur the father of Tekoa.
2:25-33 Jerahmeel’s posterity.
I Chronicles 2:25 And the sons of Jerahmeel the firstborn of Hezron were, Ram the firstborn, and Bunah, and Oren, and Ozem, and Ahijah.
I Chronicles 2:26 Jerahmeel had also another wife, whose name was Atarah; she was the mother of Onam.
I Chronicles 2:27 And the sons of Ram the firstborn of Jerahmeel were, Maaz, and Jamin, and Eker.
I Chronicles 2:28 And the sons of Onam were, Shammai, and Jada. And the sons of Shammai; Nadab, and Abishur.
I Chronicles 2:29 And the name of the wife of Abishur was Abihail, and she bare him Ahban, and Molid.
I Chronicles 2:30 And the sons of Nadab; Seled, and Appaim: but Seled died without children.
I Chronicles 2:31 And the sons of Appaim; Ishi. And the sons of Ishi; Sheshan. And the children of Sheshan; Ahlai.
I Chronicles 2:32 And the sons of Jada the brother of Shammai; Jether, and Jonathan: and Jether died without children.
I Chronicles 2:33 And the sons of Jonathan; Peleth, and Zaza. These were the sons of Jerahmeel.
2:34-41 Sheshan’s posterity.
I Chronicles 2:34 Now Sheshan had no sons, but daughters. And Sheshan had a servant, an Egyptian, whose name was Jarha.
I Chronicles 2:35 And Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant to wife; and she bare him Attai.
I Chronicles 2:36 And Attai begat Nathan, and Nathan begat Zabad,
I Chronicles 2:37 And Zabad begat Ephlal, and Ephlal begat Obed,
I Chronicles 2:38 And Obed begat Jehu, and Jehu begat Azariah,
I Chronicles 2:39 And Azariah begat Helez, and Helez begat Eleasah,
I Chronicles 2:40 And Eleasah begat Sisamai, and Sisamai begat Shallum,
I Chronicles 2:41 And Shallum begat Jekamiah, and Jekamiah begat Elishama.
2:42-49 Caleb’s posterity.
I Chronicles 2:42 Now the sons of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel were, Mesha his firstborn, which was the father of Ziph; and the sons of Mareshah the father of Hebron.
I Chronicles 2:43 And the sons of Hebron; Korah, and Tappuah, and Rekem, and Shema.
I Chronicles 2:44 And Shema begat Raham, the father of Jorkoam: and Rekem begat Shammai.
I Chronicles 2:45 And the son of Shammai was Maon: and Maon was the father of Beth-zur.
I Chronicles 2:46 And Ephah, Caleb's concubine, bare Haran, and Moza, and Gazez: and Haran begat Gazez.
I Chronicles 2:47 And the sons of Jahdai; Regem, and Jotham, and Geshan, and Pelet, and Ephah, and Shaaph.
I Chronicles 2:48 Maachah, Caleb's concubine, bare Sheber, and Tirhanah.
I Chronicles 2:49 She bare also Shaaph the father of Madmannah, Sheva the father of Machbenah, and the father of Gibea: and the daughter of Caleb was Achsah.
2:50-55 Caleb, the son of Hur.
I Chronicles 2:50 These were the sons of Caleb the son of Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah; Shobal the father of Kirjath-jearim,
I Chronicles 2:51 Salma the father of Beth-lehem, Hareph the father of Beth-gader.
I Chronicles 2:52 And Shobal the father of Kirjath-jearim had sons; Haroeh, and half of the Manahethites.
I Chronicles 2:53 And the families of Kirjath-jearim; the Ithrites, and the Puhites, and the Shumathites, and the Mishraites; of them came the Zareathites, and the Eshtaulites.
I Chronicles 2:54 The sons of Salma; Beth-lehem, and the Netophathites, Ataroth, the house of Joab, and half of the Manahethites, the Zorites.
Sharpen up for me brethren as; this next verse is why we stayed here in this Chapter.
I Chronicles 2:55 And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath (hot springs; and, heat) (kham-math’), the father of the house of Rechab (rider; and, rider) (ray-kawb’). —> I’ll not go into the three tribes mentioned here as, they are only mentioned in this Chapter. A search in either the Strong’s Concordance or E-Sword of their Strong’s Hebrew word numbers, will bear out what I’m saying; but, there is much else to examine in this verse brethren. So, let’s take it slow, and break it down individually, beginning with the “Scribes.”
Scribes=Remember, many days and times as our Lord walked in the flesh as His Only Begotten Son Jesus, He encountered “the scribes.” To truly understand who these people, are I suggest you read my Topical Study “the Scribes.” It is a lengthy Study, which is why I’m not explaining it all out here; but, suffice it to say, they should have never been allowed anywhere near Father’s Word orally, “teaching” it, and definitely NOT writing” it. They were fulfilling their father’s—lower case “f”—plan of confusing you; and, Father—Upper Case “F”—allowed them to do so in order to test you to see how diligent you would be when Studying His Wordv would you catch that they had their hand in it? They just told you in this verse that they did.
Jabez=This town Jabez is named for a man we’ll be introduced to two Chapters from now, in I Chronicles 4:9-10. His name means “sorrow,” which is how Father told Eve she would bare children because of her laying with satan. So, again, we see how these scribes try and intermix and confuse us as we read Father’s Word.
Kenites=To truly understand who these people are I suggest you read my Topical Study “the Kenites.” It is a lengthy Study, which is why I’m not explaining it all out here; but, suffice it to say, that they fulfilled and are fulfilling their father’s—lower case “f”—plan of confusing you, and keeping you unaware of who they are and what they do. As can be read in Joshua 9, they had infiltrated our forefathers by lying to them about who they were and where they came from. Once they were found out, and once it was known that they lied to Joshua and the elders, it was too late to expel them; so, sadly, Joshua and the elders made them the drawers of water and hewers of wood for Father’s alter, and they became known as the nethinims. Through time, they also took control of all things in record keeping, financial, news dissemination, and governance; all otherwise known as the Four Horns of Power, or the Four Hidden Dynasties, which today are known as Economics, Education, Politics, and Religion. They work behind the scene pulling the strings to make things happen, hoping you’ll never discover who they are, or what they do. They’re hiding from us; or, are trying to; but, they cannot hide from Father. What does He say about them? He is very plain and direct in Numbers 24 where we read: Numbers 24:20 And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable and said, “Amalek was the first of the nations; But his latter end shall be that he perish for ever.” —> Amalek also was one of the son’s of Esau, and it was these offspring who would not allow Israel to pass through their lands when Father YHVH brought them up out of Egypt. They were the first to war against Israel as can be read in Exodus 17:8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. —> Again, when Jesus returns during His 1,000 year reign, these offspring, and those who continue of them to this day, will be destroyed because of it. [24:21] And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, “Strong is thy dwelling place, And thou puttest thy nest in a rock. ” —> This is directed directly at satan’s children through Eve, Cain and his offspring. Who is the “rock” (notice the lower case “r”) they put their trust in, none other than their father: satan, and not the True Rock: Christ. [24:22] Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive. ” —> Yes, Father will in the future destroy these Kenites, why? Because they carried out their father’s plan; which, unwittingly to them, was our Father’s plan, to crucify Him when He came as Christ. How will Father destroy these kenites? Check out the word “wasted” in you Strong’s Concordance brethren, and you’ll find that it is Hebrew word number 1197, - bâ‛ar, - pronounced baw-ar' and means: A primitive root; to kindle, that is, consume (by fire or by eating); also (as denominative from H1198) to be (become) brutish: - be brutish, bring (put, take) away, burn, (cause to) eat (up), feed, heat, kindle, set ([on fire]), waste.. In other words to consume by fire, and Who and What is our Father? Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.. Who was Asshur? They were/are the Assyrians who later carried Israel away captive. They too will be destroyed.
Hemath=A search in either the Strong’s Concordance or on E-Sword for the name Hemath and the Strong’s Hebrew word number H2575 associated with it, reveals that there are 2 verses and matches for the name, and 3 verses and matches for the Strong’s Hebrew word number. As for the man, Hemath,,we find no mention of the birth and\or siring of him in Father’s Word; so, we really have no origin for him. Going by his name, the first mention is in I Chronicles 2:55; going by the Strong’s Hebrew word number, the first mention is in Joshua 19:35. What we do know about Hemath is, that, he was the father of Rechab, and his descendants. Now from the Strong’s Concordance: H2575, - חַמַּת, - chammath, pronounced - kham-math’, and means: A variation for the first part of H2576; hot springs; Chammath, a place in Palestine: - Hammath. Total KJV occurrences: 2., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “A person or place named in the genealogical lists of Judah, as the origin of the Kenites, and the "father" of the house of Rechab I Chronicles 2:55.”.
Rechab=A search for the name Rechab and the Strong’s Hebrew word number H7394, associated with it in the Strong’s Concordance and\or E-Sword, produces 13 verses and matches. I give a very detailed description of Rechab and his son Jehonadab in my commentary of II Kings 10:15-17, and I suggest you turn there to read it. First from the Strong’s Concordance: H7394, - רֵכָב, - rêkâb, pronounced - ray-kawb’, and means: From H7392; rider; Rekab, the name of two Arabs and of two Israelites: - Rechab. Total KJV occurrences: 13., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The father or ancestor of Jehonadab II Kings 10:15,33; I Chronicles 2:55; Jeremiah 35:6-19.”.
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