|* I Chronicles 5
I Chronicles 4 continued the lineage of Judah and Simeon. It began with Judah’s son Pharez, Pharez’s son Hezron, Caleb’s sons Hur and Shobal.
The Chapter then continued on with direct and collateral—i.e., cousins, nephews, uncles, and such—descendants of Judah—with the strong possibility of the kenites and or nethinim having mixed in—through the remaining verses, to verse 4:23, where it then changed over to the lineage of Simeon.
We did see an inconsistency at verses 4:9-10, where we saw the kenites slip in a man named Jabez and his supposed grand prayer for prosperity. I say supposed because, as we read while reading my commentary on the verse, the Books of the Chronicles were written when our forefathers came out of captivity to the Babylonians and as such, they—the kenites—had already taken over the scribeship of Father’s Word as well as many of the historical and governmental documents and ledgers and this man “Jabez,” had no showing of any genealogical listing. He just appeared, offered up this supposed grand prayer, and then disappeared again. However, we also saw when we examined a little deeper, that he—or, more correctly, a land named after him—was linked to the kenites from I Chronicles 2:55.
This Chapter through Chapter I Chronicles 9:44, continues bringing us more of the collateral of the posterity of the 12 patriarchs. Again, some of the names we’ve already covered in the previous 4 chapters; and again, as I mentioned in our last Chapter, some of the names we’ll be reading have different spelling in the Hebrew. This is due to the fact that in the Hebrew language, there certain vowels which are written out in full—this is known as a “plene” (from wikionary). Where they are not written out in full, they are called “defective.” The fact of this difference in The Books of The Chronicles shows an independant origin. That origin became obvious from I Chronicles 2:55 where we read about the kenite scribes having already taken over the duties of the keeping the records in the temple, and of teaching the people by the time of the coming out of Babylonian captivity. Again, this became obvious from reading Ezra 8:15 where we read that the Levites were NOT part of the group of our forefathers who were returning to Jerusalem; but, were of those who decided to stay in Babylon instead. Ezra tried to change that by sending for more of the Levitical Priests; however, he erred when he sent a kenite nethinim back to Babylon to get the Priests. Oh don’t get me wrong, that kenite did what he was supposed to do, he got some of the Priests, 20 of them, but at the same time, he also brought another 200 kenite nethinims with him.
We truly can see the kenite scribes hand at work in the remainder of this Chapter and all the Chapters up to I Chronicles 9:44. I say this because, as I have researched these names in this Chapter, I noticed that there is no rhyme, reason or logic to the order of the names or families, thus they have caused confusion, Babylon. This confusion actually began back in I Chronicles 2, immediately after verse I Chronicles 2:17 where it lists David’s sister Abigail bearing Amasa. We saw further evidence of this confusion, as I previously said, throughout the rest of that Chapter. We next really saw it in I Chronicles 4:2, and then again in verses I Chronicles 4:9-10, where we read of a man who has no genealogical connection to Judah or Israel. The scribe of these Books of The Chronicles gets all muddled down in the genealogies of other blood lines, and then purposefully stays away from David’s lineage through Nathan as we read of in Matthew 1 and\or Luke 3:23-31—for those out there who don’t know, the genealogical listing in Matthew 1 is the genealogy to Joseph, Mary’s Husband who had no paternal siring of Jesus other than being his step-father, the lineage in Luke 3 is the lineage from Adam to Jesus through Mary whom Father’s Spirit overshadowed her and she became pregnant with Jesus. Each bloodline though does have it’s position in Father’s Word, and helps us understand other passages in His Word. However, by this time the Kenites have names common to Israel, just as we saw in the The Book of Genesis Cain name his offspring similar names to Seth’s offspring. This too was purposefully done to keep us confused, likewise also, we see this same thing happening in the Book of Jeremiah as there is another man named Jeremiah, one in particular is the head of the Kenites, whom Father tells His prophet to invite into His House and tells him to drink wine. Of course the kenite, the offspring of satan refuses, and that is what Father wants us to see.
With that thought in mind, and with having that knowledge, I’m not saying that these Books of The Chronicles should not be in Father’s Word as; He allowed these Books to be included to sharpen us up and to see who truly is studying His Word. So brethren, I urge you to learn to take the time to study and check out His Word and these names using the proper tools for Studying Father’s Word.
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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5:1-10 The sons of Reuben
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I Chronicles 5:1 Now the sons of Reuben (see ye a son; and, behold, a son) (reh-oo-bane’) the firstborn of Israel (he will rule as God; or, the prince that prevails with God) (yis-raw-ale’), (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph (let him add; (or perhaps simply active participle adding); or, increase, or whose help is Jehovah) (yo-safe’) the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. —> Reuben= Reuben was Jacob’s first born son to 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. The etymology of the name Reuben is a combination of two words: The first part comes from the verb ראה (ra’a), meaning see, look: The second part of the name Reuben is the word בן (ben), meaning son, offspring. 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. 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.”.
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’s 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 the 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 could pay him for the work he had been doing for him. Jacob told his uncle that he would 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. The etymology of the name Israel finds that the meaning of the name Israel is not clear, but yet it’s huge. The meaning of Israel is not singular and distinct, but consists of many nuances and facets and bulges with theological significance. Judging from Genesis 32:28, the form ישראל (Israel) appears to be a compilation of two elements. The first one is the noun אל (El) , the common abbreviation of Elohim, meaning God: However, even though Genesis 32:28 uses the enigmatic verb שרה — which is assumed to mean to struggle but which might something else entirely — it’s by no means certain that this verb is etymologically linked to our name Israel. When we say, “we named him Bob because that seemed like a good idea,” we certainly don’t mean to say that the name Bob means “good idea. ” The first part of the name Israel looks a lot like the verb שרה that explains this name, but this apparent link is possibly a mere case of word-play. In fact, the name Israel may have more to do with the verb ישר (yashar) , meaning to be upright. Note that the difference between the letter שׂ (sin) as found in the name ישׂראל (Israel) and the letter שׁ (shin) as found in the verb ישׁר (yashar) didn’t exist in Biblical times and as it was invented more than a thousand years after the Bible was written. 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..”.
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 was 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 language. 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. The etymology of the name Joseph comes from the verb יסף (yasap), meaning to add, increase, or repeat. 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). 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. v37:28. 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.”.
I Chronicles 5:2 For Judah (celebrated; or, praised, celebrated) (yeh-hoo-daw’) prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph’s:) —> Judah prevailed above his brethren only in the sense that it was his lineage who would become the king line in the future; more importantly thought, it was also through his lineage that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ would be birthed.
Again, Joseph was the first born son Jacob’s first love: Rachel, and as such, Jacob was well within his rights to bestow the birthright Blessing upon him. As we know, that Blesssing actually passed down to Joseph’s two sons Manasseh and Ephraim.
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 half-breed 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 bathe 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. The etymology of the name Judah appears to be associated to the verb ידה (yada), meaning to praise. When Leah gave birth to Judah she names him such by saying, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Perhaps she meant that she realized that her first three sons weren’t going to bring her closer to Jacob, and she should redirect her focus to Father. That Leah uses our verb יהד when she names Judah is no proof that the name Judah actually comes from that verb, and the name and the verb seem quite different. But through certain grammatical construction called Hophal the two may become quite similar. The related form Hiphel of this verb occurs in Nehemiah 11:17, spelled identical to the name Judah and pronounced slightly different. BDB Theological Dictionary deems to connection “dubious” and it’s quite possible that the name Judah originated in another language and was artificially grafted onto this Hebrew verb. But this is a technical matter, and any member of a practical Hebrew audience would readily tie the name Judah to the verb ידה (yada), meaning to praise. Formally, the name Judah does not contain the appellative יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHVH, or Yahveh, the sacred name of our Father, but no member of a Hebrew audience would fail to notice that the first two letters of the name Judah form יה (Yah). And if the letter ד (daleth) would be omitted from the name Judah, the very name יהוה (YHVH) would appear. 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.)”.
The sons of Reuben in our next verse are the sons listed in Genesis 46:9; Exodus 6:14; and Numbers 26:5, they are also listed in those chapters and verses as being his sons who went down into Egypt with their father and the rest of Jacob’s family to escape the famine which had encompassed all the land.
I Chronicles 5:3 The sons, I say, of Reuben the firstborn of Israel were, Hanoch (initiated; or, dedicated) (khan-oke’), and Pallu (distinguished; and, distinguished) (pal-loo’), Hezron (courtyard; or, surrounded by a wall) (khets-rone’), and Carmi (gardener; or, vine dresser) (kar-mee’). —> Hanoch=Reuben’s first born. He was the patriarch of the Hanochites mentioned in Numbers 26:5. Other than the 4 mentions in Genesis 46:9; Exodus 6:14; Numbers 26:5; and I Chronicles 5:3, we know nothing of him as, he is not mentioned anywhere else in Father’s Word. No descendants are mentioned except for the “Hanochites” in Numbers 26:5. The etymology of the name Hanoch comes from the root חנך (hnk): The name Hanoch is closely similar to Enoch, and Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names doesn’t even treat Hanoch as a separate name. Jones proposes Initiated for Enoch. NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads Dedicated for both Enoch and Hanoch. Now from the Strong’s Concordance where we find that it is Hebrew word number: H2585, - חֲנוֹךְ, - chănôk, pronounced - khan-oke’, and means: From H2596; initiated; Chanok, an antediluvian patriarch: - Enoch. Total KJV occurrences: 16., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “Eldest son of Reuben, Genesis 46:9; Exodus 6:14; Numbers 26:5; 1 Chronicles 5:3 and founder of the family of the Hanochites Numbers 26:5.”.
Pallu=Like his elder brother Hanoch, Pallu is only mentioned a grand total of 4 in verses in Father’s Word: Genesis 46:9; Exodus 6:14; Numbers 26:5; and I Chronicles 5:3. Also like his older brother, since he is only mentioned in the genealogical listings of those chapter and verses, we know nothing of Pallu. We do know he had descendants: the Palluites mentioned in Numbers 26:5, but that’s all we know. The etymology of the name Pallu relates to the verbs פלה (pala), meaning to be distinct, and פלא (pala,), meaning to be wonderful. Now from Strong’s Concordance, where we find that it is Hebrew word number: H6396, - פַּלּוּא, - pallû', pronounced - pal-loo’, and means: From H6395; distinguished; Pallu, an Israelite: - Pallu, Phallu. Total KJV occurrences: 5., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read “The second son of Reuben, father of Eliab Isaiah 6:14, Numbers 26:5; 8; I Chroniclses 5:3 and founder of the family of Palluites.”.
Hezron=The name Hezron and\or the strong’s number associated with it is mentioned in 17 verses with 18 matches, all but 4 are outside the genealogical listing of Genesis 46:9; Exodus 6:14; Numbers 26:6, and I Chronicles 5:3. There is nothing of 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, or are of other men with the same name. The etymology of the name Hezron possibly comes from the noun חצר (haser), meaning court or enclosure: The waw-nun couple upon which our name ends usually has the function of personalizing or localizing the idea of the root. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, where we find that 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 Reuben Genesis 46:9; Exodus 6:14.”.
Carmi=The name Carmi and\or the strong’s number associated with it is mentioned in 8 verses with 8 matches, 4 of those mentions are outside the genealogical listing of Genesis 46:9; Exodus 6:14; Numbers 26:6, and I Chronicles 5:3. There is nothing of significance which happened in Carmi’s life; and as such, there is nothing recorded in Father’s Word concerning the man: Carmi; therefore, most of what we read when we encounter the name Carmi are of either his descendants, or are of other men with the same name. The etymology of the name Carmi comes from the noun כרם (kerem), meaning vineyard. The letter י (yod) upon which our name ends, may either create an adjective (vineyard-like or belonging to a vineyard) , a possessive form (my vineyard) , or may be a remnant of יה (Yah) = יהו (Yahu) = יו (Yu), which in turn are abbreviated forms of the Tetragrammaton יהוה, YHVH, or Yahveh, the sacred name of our Father. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, where we find that it is Hebrew word number: H3756, - כַּרְמִי, - karmı̂y, pronounced - kar-mee’, and means: From H3754; gardener; Karmi, the name of three Israelites: - Carmi. Total KJV occurrences: 8., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The fourth son of Reuben, progenitor of the family of the Carmites Genesis 46:9; Exodus 6:14; I Chronicles 5:3.”.
The names of the men listed in the next few verses are either collateral descendants of Reuben, or are kenites who claim lineage to Reuben. I say this because as we’ll see, there is a man named Gog and a man named Baal, and the author of this Study finds it difficult to believe that our forefathers named their sons such names.
I Chronicles 5:4 The sons of Joel; Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son, —> I’ll only say this concerning the name “gog,” both the Strong’s Concordance, and Abrim-Publications state that the derivation of the name is of uncertain origin.
I Chronicles 5:5 Micah his son, Reaia his son, Baal his son,
I Chronicles 5:6 Beerah his son, whom Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria carried away captive: he was prince of the Reubenites. —> So, these sons are either of a lineage of Reuben which is not listed in Father’s Word, or they are during a period of time just prior to the fall of the house of Israel considering that this son: Beerah, was hauled away in captivity. There was a span of time from 1750-564B.C. from the life of Reuben to the life of Beerah, the son who was carried off into the captivity by the Assyrians. That was a period of time which covered over a thousand years, with nine generations listed here. The second time that the Assyrians fought and carried away much of the house of Israel was also by Tiglath-Pileser, during the reign of Pekah over the house of Israel from 649-629B.C.. The third and final start to the battle that ended the nation of the house of Israel was begun by Shalmaneser but ended by Sargon’s battle between 613 and 611B.C. when the entire remnant was carried away from off the land and relocated. This battle is covered in II Kings 17:3-23; and 18:9-12.
I Chronicles 5:7 And his brethren by their families, when the genealogy of their generations was reckoned, were the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah,
I Chronicles 5:8 And Bela the son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who dwelt in Aroer, even unto Nebo (neb-o’) and Baal-meon: —>
Nebo=Nebo was part of a range of mountains known as Abarim (map) which was in the vicinity of the Plains of Moab, which was by Jordan, and near Jericho. There is much history with Nebo and our forefathers. As we read in the opening verses of Numbers 32, as they were finally moving into the Promised Land after 40 years of wandering the desert because of their forefather’s unbelief, even before crossing over the Jordan River, the people of Reuben and Gad went to Moses and said that the lands of Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Shebam, Nebo, and Beon—which were all on the East of the Jordan River—were excellent lands for raising cattle as there was much pasture lands in these territories. Moses consulted with Father Who told him to tell the leaders of these two Tribes that they must assist and join in with their brethren in the fighting of the peoples, i.e., the giants of the territories on the West side of the Jordan River. If they refused or failed to join in, then their request would be denied. We read of Father’s reply through Moses in Numbers 32:33 which reads: Numbers 32:33 And Moses gave unto them, even to the children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben, and unto half the tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land, with the cities thereof in the coasts, even the cities of the country round about. —> The leaders and the people of Reuben and Gad consented and did indeed go and join in the wars against Shhon, Og, and the Cannanites, and were therefore granted the lands they requested. We next read of Nebo during another important juncture of our forefather’s history; that event was Moses’ return Home to Father. We read in Deuteronomy 32: Deuteronomy 32:48 And the LORD spake unto Moses that selfsame day, saying, [32:49] “Get thee up into this mountain Abarim, unto mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession: [32:50] And die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people; as Aaron thy brother died in mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people: —>
So, Father told Moses that he was to ascend up onto Mount Nebo where we’ll read in the next verse he was to return Home to Him. He was allowed to look over into the Promised Land; however, he would not be able to enter in to the Promised Land with the Israelites. Father had and has other plans for Moses. [32:51] Because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Meribah-Kadesh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel. [32:52] Yet thou shalt see the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land which I give the children of Israel. —>
Moses wasn’t allowed to enter in because he smote the Rock rather than speak to It as Father had commanded him when our forefathers were griping about not having water to drink. The etymology of the name Nebo possibly comes from a Semitic root which in Hebrew survives as the verb נבט (naba), meaning to prophesy. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, where we find that it is Hebrew word number: H5015, - נְבו, - nebô, pronounced - neb-o’, and means: Probably of foreign derivation; Nebo, the name of a Babylonian deity, also of a mountain in Moab, and of a place in Palestine: - Nebo. Total KJV occurrences: 13., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary where we read: “Mount, the mountain from which Moses took his first and last view of the promised land Duuteronomy32:41; 34:1. It is described as in the land of Moab, facing Jericho; the head or summit of a mountain called Pisgah, which again seems to have formed a portion of the general range of Abarim. (Notwithstanding the minuteness of this description, it is only recently that any one has succeeded in pointing out any spot which answers to Nebo. Tristram identifies it with a peak (Jebel Nebbah) of the Abarim or Moab mountains, about three miles southwest of Heshban (Heshbon) and about a mile and a half due west of Baal-meon. “It overlooks the mouth of the Jordan, over against Jericho” Deuteronomy 34:1, and the gentle slopes of its sides may well answer to the “field of Zophim” Numbers 23:14. Jebel Nebbah Isaiah 2683 feet high. It is not an isolated peak but one of a succession of bare turf-clad eminences, so linked together that the depressions between them were mere hollows rather than valleys. It commands a wide prospect. Prof. Paine, of the American Exploration Society, contends that Jebel Nebbah, the highest point of the range, is Mount Nebo, that Jebel Siaghah, the extreme headland of the hill, is Mount Pisgah, and that “the mountains of Abarim” are the cliffs west of these points, and descending toward the Dead Sea. Probably the whole mountain or range was called sometimes by the name of one peak and sometimes by that of another as is frequently the case with mountains now. --ED.).”.
I Chronicles 5:9 And eastward he inhabited unto the entering in of the wilderness from the river Euphrates: because their cattle were multiplied in the land of Gilead.
I Chronicles 5:10 And in the days of Saul they made war with the Hagarites (hag-ree’), who fell by their hand: and they dwelt in their tents throughout all the east land of Gilead (rocky region) (ghil-awd’). —> Many years after Moses’ returned Home to Father, during the era of the Judges, our forefathers who lived on the eastern side of the Jordan River were very Blessed by Father. So much so, that, their cattle had multiplied to the point where, for the sake of their live-stock, they had to continue expanding eastward all the way to the Euphrates River. This encroached on the lands of the ten nations which inhabited these lands, and the people of these ten nations all joined together as allies to come against our forefathers who were encroaching on them. At this time, though separated by the Jordan River, the Nation of Israel was still one United Nation, and we can read what was written concerning this in gathering of these nations against our forefathers in Psalms 83:6-9. They gathered themselves together and fought as one nation against our forefathers; however, the result they thought they’d see, wasn’t the actual result. What resulted was, a seven fold destruction of these allied nations, Father gave our forefathers the victory.
In a prophetic sense, it’s interesting that these are the Arabic nations and locations of today, along with the Edomites, the offspring of the people of Russia and her United Socialist States. Though it represents wars of the past, these same nations are going to bind together at the end of this Age, as we can read of in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Mixed in with these nations will be the the offspring of Cain, you know, the same scribes who had their hand in writing these scriptures we’re reading now, those same offspring “claim to be Jews, but do lie,” who murdered our Lord and Saviour by mailing Him to that tree. However, in the Spiritual sense, it was these same Kenites who caused their traditions to enter into and take control of each of the denominational church houses today. Sure there are definite denominational boundaries to these ten units of government that will control the world in these end times; but, if any one challenges their dogma and power, they move in force to put them down. Notice that in the middle of naming the ten units of government, Father calls for a “Selah,’ i.e. , a pause, for us to stop and meditate on what was just said. We should do that brethren, for it is also in reference to what is happening in the world today.
Father continues in the remaining verses of Psalms 83 by telling us that He will be The One to bring down that seven fold destruction upon their heads. There are seven types of victory which will come to Father’s children who hold true to His Word. Only, that victory will not be completed until His plan has been fulfilled.
Hagarites=The Hagarites were the descendants of Abram and his wife Sarai’s Egyptian maid Hagar whom Sarai told Abram he could go in unto because, “the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her.”. The Hagarites were also known as “Ishmaelites,” named after the son Hagar bare with Abram. It was Father Who told Hagar to name her son Ishmael, He also told her that Ishmael “will be a wild man, his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” The brethren referenced were the Midianites, Abraham’s son with the woman Abraham took to wife after Sarah returned Home to Father: Keturah. After Ishmael was born, Sarah no longer wanted Hagar and her son near she and Abraham; so, she had Abraham send her away. They fled and went to the land of Paran. The descendants of Ishmael: the Haragites\Ishmaelites later inhabited the lands East of the Jordan River along with the Midianites and Amorites, and some of the other peoples who had mated with the fallen angels. The name Hagar is of Egyptian origin, and as such, we don’t know the true etymology of the name. Now from the Strong’s Concordance where we find that it is Hebrew word number: H1905, - הַגְרִי, or הַגְרִיא, - hagrı̂y, or hagrı̂y', pronounced - hag-ree’, or hag-ree’, and means: Perhaps patronymic from H1904; a Hagrite or member of a certain Arabian clan: - Hagarene, Hagarite, Haggeri. Total KJV occurances: 6., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “A people dwelling to the east of Palestine, with whom the tribes of Reuben made war in the time of Saul I Chronicles 5:10,18-20. The same people, as confederate against Israel, are mentioned in Psalm 83:6. It is generally believed that they were named after Hagar, and that the important town and district of Hejer, on the borders of the Persian Gulf, represent them.”.
Gilead=There is much, much history with our forefathers and Gilead. There are 93 verses with 101 matches for the word\name Gilead and it’s associated Strong’s number: H1568. We are first introduced to Gilead in Father’s Word when Jacob is fleeing his father-in-law Laban—Jacob had served Laban for 20 years: first, seven years for his first wife who was supposed to be Rachel, but Laban tricked him and gave him his older daughter Leah instead; then, seven years for Rachel; and then, for another six years for some live-stock—along with his wives—Laban’s daughters—and his sons, and all his live-stock, and they are overtaken by Laban in Mount Gilead, where Jacob and his father-in-law have a pow-wow concerning Jacob’s leaving. We next read of Gilead when Jacob’s sons had taken their youngest brother Joseph, and cast him in a pit, meaning to tell their father that their younger brother had been killed by a wild beast. As they were scheming this plan, a company of Ishmaelites and Midianites who were coming from Gilead, pass by and they sell their younger brother to this company. We next read of Gilead as our forefathers were moving into the Promised Land in Numbers 32:29 where Moses tells the children of Gad and Reuben that if they cross over the Jordan River and join in the battle against those who were living in the Prommised Land; then, they will be given the land of Gilead. Numbers 32:23-40 see this come to fruition with Moses giving Gilead to Machir, the son of Manasseh, for a possession. Far too many other events happen to list here. We find that, with the etymology of the name Gilead, there are a few different ways to look at the name Gilead. The Brown Driver Briggs (BDB) Theological Dictionary mentions an Arabic equivalent that comes from a root meaning camel, and assumes that the mountain of Gilead was known as Camel Hump. New Open Bible Study Edition (NOBSE) Study Bible Name List and Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names assume that the first part of the name Gilead, like that of the names Galeed and Gilgal, comes from the verb גלל (galal), meaning to roll: NOBSE Study Bible Name List appears to ignore the second part of the name and renders Rocky or Strong, but the rendition of Strong seems a bit stretchy. Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names takes the first part of the name Gilead from the noun גלה (gulla), meaning spring or basin Joshua 15:19. For the second part Jones goes to the particle עד (’ad), meaning perpetuity Isaiah 26:4: Note that there are quite a few different words that are spelled עד. One of them is (’ed), which means witness. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, where we find that it is Hebrew word number: H1568, - גִּלְעָד, - gil‛âd, pronounced - ghil-awd’, and means: Probably from H1567; Gilad, a region East of the Jordan; also the name of three Israelites: - Gilead, Gileadite. Total KFV occurances: 114., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “A mountainous region bounded on the west by the Jordan, on the north by Bashan, on the east by the Arabian plateau, and on the south by Moab and Ammon Genesis 31:21; 3:12-17. It is sometimes called “Mount Gilead” Genesis 31:25, sometimes “the land of Gilead” Numbers 32:1, and sometimes simply “Gilead” Psalm 60:7; Genesis 37:25. The name Gilead, as is usual in Palestine, describes the physical aspect of the country: it signifies “a hard rocky region.” The mountains of Gilead, including Pisgah, Abarim and Peorv have a real elevation of from 2000 to 3000 feet; but their apparent elevation on the western side is much greater, owing to the depression of the Jordan valley, which averages about 3000 feet. Their outline is singularly uniform, resembling a massive wall running along the horizon. Gilead was specially noted for its balm collected from “balm of Gilead” trees, and worth twice its weight in silver.”.
5:11-17 The sons of Gad.
I Chronicles 5:11 And the children of Gad (a troop) (gawd) dwelt over against them, in the land of Bashan unto Salchah: —> 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.”.
The list of men in verses v5:12-15 are not the sons of Gad mentioned in Genesis 46:16 nor from Numbers 26:15-17. Of course, the sons of Gad listed in those Chapters, were his sons who went down to Egypt with him to escape the famine which encompassed the land. That makes these men either collateral descendants or those who are not related to Gad.
I Chronicles 5:12 Joel the chief, and Shapham the next, and Jaanai, and Shaphat in Bashan.
I Chronicles 5:13 And their brethren of the house of their fathers were, Michael, and Meshullam, and Sheba, and Jorai, and Jachan, and Zia, and Heber, seven.
I Chronicles 5:14 These are the children of Abihail the son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz;
I Chronicles 5:15 Ahi the son of Abdiel, the son of Guni, chief of the house of their fathers.
I Chronicles 5:16 And they dwelt in Gilead in Bashan, and in her towns, and in all the suburbs of Sharon, upon their borders.
I Chronicles 5:17 All these were reckoned by genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel. —> We know by reading Joshua 9 that the kenites deceived and tricked Joshua and the elders into allowing them to live amongst our forefathers, we further know by reading I Chronicles 2:55 that they had taken over scribeship of Father’s Word and Governmental and historical Records, and we even know that these Books of the Chronicles were written by the kenite scribes when they had returned to Jerusalem after the captivity to the Babylonians. With that being said, bear in mind that the Kenite scribes started their genealogical listings while Israel was still a nation, and by the end of these listings, the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh were long gone off their lands, and replaced by people who were placed there by the Assyrians. When they had been removed from off their lands, our forefathers of the House of Israel migrated through the Caucasus mountains, and later became known by many other names; i.e., Cimmerons, Saxons, Celts, and so on; but, in all cases, they were all known as Caucasians.
5:18-26 Reuben, Gad, and
I Chronicles 5:18 The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh (causing to forget; or, forgetting) (men-ash-sheh’), of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, were four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the war. —> All the families of these two and a half Tribes lived on the East side of the Jordan River. The heads of the Tribes chose their portion when Father was bringing our forefathers into the Promised Land. Their choice of living in these lands because of their being ample pasture fields and plenty of water for their live-stock, also meant that they were closer to enemy territory which ended up being a detriment as, because of the House of Israel’s idolatry, they were the first to be carried away by the Assyrians. Again, they “chose” their lot, and we can read in Genesis 13:14-15 where Father “chose” where Abram was to live and raise his family. The moral of this is that it is better for us to have our lot “chosen” for us by Father YHVH.
Manasseh=Manasseh was Joseph’s elder son. Of the man himself we know virtually nothing as, there is nothing of any accomplishment he did recorded in Father’s Word. The only thing we know of the man himself, are the names of his sons: Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, Gaddi the son of Susi, and Machir. During the numberings of the Children of Israel recorded in the Book of Numbers, we find that Manasseh’s descendants were the lowest in number. 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. The Sign on the Standard of the Tribe of Manasseh, was as his brother Ephraim, the Ox, (taurus) see Numbers 2:18. The etymology of the name Manasseh is generally seen as being derived from the verb נשה (nasha), basically meaning forget. The name Manasseh is probably due to a grammatical form in Hebrew that is comparable to the English present continuous. It fixes the letter מ (mem) to the root. That would give the name Manasseh the meaning of Forgetting. Another reason why a mem may occur in front of a root is when it comes from a particle that means “from. ” Hence the name Manasseh may also mean From A Debt. This is significant because Manasseh’s brother is named Ephraim, a name with a distinctly bitter secondary meaning. Perhaps Joseph named his son From A Debt, because he figured that besides his gratitude for being rescued, he felt that either God or his family owed him a debt for tearing him away from his father. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H4519, - מנשּׁה, - menashsheh, pronounced - men-ash-sheh’, and means: From H5382; causing to forget; Menashsheh, Thirteenth king of the House of Judah: - Manasseh.; and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “The eldest son of Joseph Genesis 41:51; 46:20. Both he and Ephraim were born before the commencement of the famine. He was placed after his younger brother, Ephraim, by his grandfather Jacob, when he adopted them into his own family, and made them heads of tribes. Whether the elder of the two sons was inferior in form or promise to the younger, or whether there was any external reason to justify the preference of Jacob, we are not told. In the division of the promised land half of the tribe of Manasseh settled east of the Jordan in the district embracing the hills of Gilead with their inaccessible heights and impassable ravines, and the almost impregnable tract of Argob Joshua 13:29-33. Here they throve exceedingly, pushing their way northward over the rich plains of Jaulan and Jedur to the foot of Mount Hermon I Chronicles 5:23. But they gradually assimilated themselves with the old inhabitants of the country, and on them descended the punishment which was ordained to the inevitable consequence of such misdoing. They, first of all Israel, were carried away by Pul and Tiglath-pileser, and settled in the Assyrian territories I Chronicles 5:25,26. The other half tribe settled to the west of the Jordan, north of Ephraim Joshua 17:1. ... For further particulars see EPHRAIM.”.
I Chronicles 5:19 And they made war with the Hagarites, with Jetur (encircled [that is, inclosed]; or, an enclosure) (yet-oor’), and Nephish (refreshed; and, refreshed) (naw-feesh’), and Nodab. —> This war with the Hagarites has been going on for many, many years, we saw in verse v5:10 above that, even during the reign of Saul, our forefathers had been engaging with them.
As we saw in the previous verse, these two and a half tribes were able to muster 44,760 men who were capable to wage war. The time of reference here, is not when our forefathers entered into the Promise Land under Joshua; but, many years later, after the three hundred year rule of the Judges, the kingdoms of Kings Saul, David, and Solomon, and also the dividing of the kingdom of Israel into two separate Houses or Nations: the House of Israel and the House of Judah which survived the longer of the two Houses. Many kings came and died in both of these two separate Nations until their wickedness caused Father to allow them to be scattered by the Assyrians in 654B.C.. These two and a half Tribes were the closest to Assyrians, and thus, they were forced to defend themselves from the Assyrians. It would be twenty three years later when all the rest of the tribes of the House of Israel were removed from their land, and also taken into captivity.
Jetur=This territory named Jetur, is named after one of the sons of Hagar’s son Ishmael. There are only 3 verses and matches for the name Jetur and it’s associated Strong’s number: H3195, 2 of the verses and matches are in the genealogical listings of Ishmael and the third is found in I Chronicles 5:19. The etymology of the name Jetur appears to be an active form of the unused verb טור (twr), the Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names says the name means: Defence (after the noun טור tur). Brown Driver Briggs Theological Dictionary doesn't offer a translation of this name but does list it under the verb טור (twr). The New Open Bible Study Edition Study Bible Name List plays it safe and lists no interpretation of our name. Now from the Strong’s Concordance where we find that it is Hebrew word number: H3195, - יְטוּר, - yeṭûr, pronounced - yet-oor’, and means: Probably from the same as H2905; encircled (that is, inclosed); Jetur, a son of Ishmael: - Jetur. Total KJV occurrances: 3., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “Genesis 25:15; I Chronicles 1:31; and I Chronicles 5:19. See [Ituraea].”.
Naphish=The spelling here is different from the man who the land is named after: Naphish, a son of Abram and his wife Sarai’s handmaid Hagar’s son Ishmael. The only listing for Nephish is in I Chronicles 5:19; whereas, there are 2 listings for Naphish, both in the genealogical listings under Ishmael: Genesis 25:15 and I Chronicles 1:31. We find while searching for the etymology of the name Naphish that scholars don’t agree on which language the name Naphish comes from, but it’s clear that it derives from a root that exists all over the Semitic spectrum: In Hebrew, the name Naphish would mean something like Refresh or Desire(d), but it’s possible that it was derived from the Arabic usage of this root, which apparently also may mean to enlarge (and possibly also in Hebrew, as reflected in Isaiah’s statement “Sheol has enlarged its throat and opened its mouth without measure;” Isaiah 5:14). Now from the Strong,s Concordance, where we find that it is Hebrew word number: H5305, - נָפִישׁ, - nâphı̂ysh, pronounced - naw-feesh’, and means: From H5314; refreshed; Naphish, a son of Ishmael, and his posterity: - Naphish. Total KJV occurrances: 1., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary, where we read: “An inaccurate variation (found in I Chronicles 5:19 only) of the name Nephish.”.
I Chronicles 5:20 And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and He was intreated of them; because they put their trust in Him. —> Our forefathers of the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half the Tribe of Manasseh put a serious whooping on the Hagarites! How and why? Because as we’re reading here, they put their trust in Father!!!
In reality, it was Father Who put the whooping on the Hagarites and those who were fighting against Him and His Chosen People, Israel.
I Chronicles 5:21 And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men an hundred thousand. —> Whopping numbers of live-stock these two and a half Tribes were able to take into their folds.
But, on the other hand, let’s look at this from another angle, it is the kenite scribes who are keeping the records, and they always have to know how many, or how much of something they have. It is they who are the bankers and such today brethren, and they keep very finite records.
I Chronicles 5:22 For there fell down many slain, because the war was of God. And they dwelt in their steads until the captivity. —> This verse sounds great, until the last sentence that is. Many of Israel’s enemies were slain, afterwards our forefathers dwelt in their lands, and they’d be there unto this day if they would have continued to Honor, Serve, and Worship Father only.
I Chronicles 5:23 And the children of the half tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the land: they increased from Bashan (fruitful) (baw-shawn’) unto Baal-hermon and Senir, and unto mount Hermon. —> Bashan=Our forefathers first encounter with Bashan was when Father was leading Joshua in his leading of our forefathers. We first read of this territory in a very important Chapter in Father’s Word: Joshua 9. The next 12 mentions of Bashan in Father’s Word are also recorded in the Book of Joshua; that brethren, makes over half of the mentions of Bashan in Father’s recorded in the Book of Joshua. The other mentions for the most part are recorded in the Books of the Kings. Now from the Strong’s Concordance, we find that it is Hebrew word number: H1316, - בּשׁן, - bâshân, pronounced - baw-shawn’, and means: Of uncertain derivation; Bashan (often with the article) , a region East of the Jordan: - Bashan., and now from the Smith’s Bible Dictionary: “A district on the east of Jordan. It is sometimes spoken of as the “land of Bashan” I Chronicles 5:11 and we can compare with Numbers 21:33; 32:33. And sometimes as “all Bashan” Deuteronomy 3:10,13; Joshua 12:5; 13:12,30. It was taken by the children of Israel after their conquest of the land of Sihon from Arnon to Jabbok. The limits of Bashan are very strictly defined. It extended from the “border of Gilead” on the south to Mount Hermon on the north Deuteronomy 3:3,10,14; Joshua 12:5; I Chronicles 5:23, and from the Arabah or Jordan valley on the west to Salchah (Sulkhad) and the border of the Geshurites and the Maachathites on the east Joshua 12:3-5; 3:10. This important district was bestowed on the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua 13:29-31, together with “half Gilead. ” This country is now full of interesting ruins, which have lately been explored and from which much light has been thrown upon Bible times.”.
I Chronicles 5:24 And these were the heads of the house of their fathers, even Epher, and Ishi, and Eliel, and Azriel, and Jeremiah, and Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty men of valour, famous men, and heads of the house of their fathers. —> For the men mentioned in this verse and the statement of their being famous men of valour, it’s funny in a non-humorous sort of way as, there is very little written in Father’s Word concerning any of these men, and nothing of any of the battles which supposedly made them famous.
I Chronicles 5:25 And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them. —> Here was the crux of the problem of Israel since the days of King Solomon. Father had appeared to him in that dream and told him that he could ask of anything of Father and He would give it to him. Solomon, still being roughly 19 years old, asked Father for the Wisdom to lead His Prople Israel, and for not asking for wealth, long life, or defeating his enemies, Father did indeed Bless him with Wisdom; but, He also added onto Solomon, those things which he did not ask for. Sadly, later in life, Solomon fell for hi own beauty and accumulated many, many wifes, to the tune of 700 wives and 300 concubines. Many of these women were foreigners who worshiped other, false gods, and Solomon allowed them to bring their false gods into Father’s Kingdom. Soloomon then worshiped them and caused the People to also serve and worship them, this angered Father, and He told Solomon that for his doing so, He was going to tear the kingdom into 2 separate Nations. Jeroboam was the first king to rule over the divided House of Israel, and he feared the People going to Jerusalem to Honor, Serve, and worship Father, fearing that they might not return; so, he set up those 2 golden calves for the People to worship, and it stayed this way until the day they went into captivity to the Assyrians.
I Chronicles 5:26 And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day. —> Our forefatres just could not ever break their habit of whoring after false gods and idols. Father sent Prophet after Prophet warning them what He would do if they failed to hear and listen to Him. Finally, after 269 years since He had divided the Nation, He had had enough, and He stirred up the king of Assyria to come and take them into captivity and the Nation of the House of Israel was no more. Yes they were together somewhat in Assyria, however, that too only lasted for so long until our forefathers made a run for the Caucasus Mountains, and they are scattered throughout the world unto this day.
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