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Blessings and Curses on
Jacobs Sons (Genesis 49)
Reuben: First Born, but denied his right
because he slept with his fatherís wife.
Simeon & Levi: Because they killed men in their
anger, they were cursed to be dispersed in Jacob
Judah: The Lineage of Jesus Christ, praised by his
brothers. His hands shall be on the neck of his enemies. Jacobís sons will
worship him (Jesus).
Zebulun: He shall dwell at the sea and be a heaven
Issachar: Lazy, he will be put to forced labor,
Dan: Will be
judges over Israel
Gad: Raiders shall raid him, but he shall raid at
Asher: His food shall be rich and he shall yield
Naphtali: A doe let loose, he gives beautiful words.
Joseph: A fruitful branch flowing over the walls,
blessed by heaven and blessed in the womb.
Benjamin: A ravenous wolf, devours the prey and in
the evening divides the spoil. Later destroyed as a tribe.
The Importance of the
of the Book of Genesis
Why do I include a Chapter on the Genealogy of the Book of
Genesis? Often times people will say to me on the field that Genesis is just a
story book that the Jews wrote for their children as a way of explaining where
man came from and their heritage. If Genesis were just a story book, why then
does it have a complete detailed genealogy of the human race up to Moses?
Genesis is not just a story book. It is a detailed historical
account not only of creation and the creation of man; but manís fall and the
result of that fall up to Moses. It is also an explanation of the fossil records
through out the earth. Evolution claims that the fossil records give evidence of
Evolution. They in fact do not. They give evidence of world wide catastrophe of
which all ancient civilizations of the world give record of (see
Chapter 5). The fossil
records do not show a gradual evolution, they show a jumbled world wide instant
Somebody else might say that anyone can make up a Genealogy.
For years I would read in books from different Christian authors that it had
been either 40,000 or 6,000 years since manís creation. Unfortunately they never
provided any documentation, therefore I never knew how they came up with these
figures. It was not until several years ago when I decided out of curiosity to
write in detail the Genealogy of Genesis. A side benefit to this was the fact
that along with the genealogy of man, Moses also listed exactly how many years
it had been from one generation to the next. As you add this up and take other
known facts of history since, one can easily come to the reality that according
to the book of Genesis man has only been on this earth for 6,000 years.
Therefore the book of Genesis is more than just a listing of a genealogy, but
also the exact number of years that have passed since that time. Along with the
genealogy of Genesis is also given significant historical events: the fall of
man and the consequences of that fall, the first murder, the flood, the breaking
up of the continents (plate tectonics, see
Chapter 1), when blacksmithing first came into
practice, the invention of musical instruments, the creation of nations and
finally the creation of the nation of Israel.
Genesis is also a book of Prophecy on Godís provision for the
Salvation of man as a result of the fall through Jesus Christ the Messiah. This
starts in Genesis 3:16 where Yehovah Elohim tells Eve that through her seed
will come manís salvation. The only problem with this statement is that the seed
always comes from man which fertilizes the female human egg. Here God is giving
us the first indication that the Messiah will come into being through Holy
Spirit conception of the Virgin Mary, not as a result of sexual relations with a
man. Adam and Eve also understood that this Messiah would be Yehovah Elohim
himself becoming flesh to redeem man from his sins. We do not know fully
all that was communicated to Adam and Eve about the coming Messiah, but they
understood that this seed would be Yehovah Himself becoming man to redeem
man from their sins for Moses records in Genesis 4:1, "And the man knew Eve his
wife. And she conceived and bore Cain, and said, I have gotten a man: Yehovah."
We see here the clear indication that the Messiah would be fully man and fully
God. Unfortunately, not long after we read how Cain being anything but God
became manís first murderer of man. The fulfillment of this prophecy would be
fulfilled many years later in the person of Jesus Christ.
Throw away the book of Genesis and we have no answer for
manís fallen corrupt condition. If man presently is what he has always been,
then he has no need of redemption. The book of Genesis however tells us a
different story. Genesis tells us that man was created in Godís image and
according to His likeness. This referred to the moral righteousness of God
ruling over man through manís spirit. It also meant God created man with a free
will. This meant that if man so chose he could reject Godís rule over him. This
is the story of Adam and Even. To start with they had pure unhindered
relationship with God. Later, however, something happened: Adam and Eve chose to
disobey God and when they did their spirit died, their relationship with God
died, and man came into bondage to his soul: his intellect and feelings, and to
his flesh: his appetites and desires. Man is not what he always was. He did not
always have a good and evil side to his constitution. What he presently is, is
not normal. The only way we came to have this understanding was through the
record of the Book of Genesis written and handed down to us by Moses through the
inspiration and revelation of God.
Because man is not what he always was, God the Son
becoming flesh to die for our sins has complete meaning: Jesusí death and
shed blood for our sins was God bringing man back into relationship with
Himself. It was also God doing the work of bringing man back to his normal self.
What is manís normal self? Man being ruled by God through his spirit rather than
through his soul and flesh.
How important is Genealogy in the Bible? The title of the
first book in the Bible is Genesis. the word means "generation".220/50
If you were a Levitical Priest and you could not trace your ancestry to Levi,
you were removed from your office (Neh 7:64). Each Israeliteís genealogical
record constituted his title to his farm or home.220/48 These
national records were carefully kept until the destruction of Jerusalem, the
Temple, and the Jewish nation in A.D. 70. Therefore, during the life of Jesus,
no one could dispute that He was of the house and lineage of David as He claimed
to be, because there were the public records to prove it. As a result of the
destruction of Israelís Genealogical records, except those in the Bible, after
A.D. 70 no pretending Messiah could prove he was the prophesied son of David.
*Genealogy of Genesis
The reason for the genealogy of Genesis was because from the
beginning God gave us prophecies about through what genealogical line the
Messiah would come. First, He would come through the line of Shem. In Genesis
9:26-27 Noah states, "Blessed be Yehovah the Elohim of Shem." It is through the
line of Shem, Noahís first born, that both the Hebrew nation was born and the
Messiah was born.
The term Shem means name, a term given to him
to indicate that he should be noted. The prophecy that Yehovah would be
specifically the God of Shem was fulfilled in Godís choice of Abraham and of
Israel, Shemís descendants. The Greek word for Shem is Sem from
which we get the word Semite. Anti-Semitism means "Hatred of the Jews."220/53
Herbert Lockyer writes concerning Shem:
"The generations of Shem (Gen 11:10-26) stretch from Shem to
Abraham, covering ten generations ó 437 years. Shem himself may have recorded
this entire genealogy, for his life spanned the period covered by it. Shem lived
from 98 years before the flood until 502 after the Flood, which means that he
lived until 75 years after Abraham entered Canaan."220/53
Shem is also called "the father of all the children of Eber."
The term Hebrew is derived from the name Eber (Gen 10:21, Num
24:24) and means "to pass over."217 The Messiah coming through the
line of Shem was fulfilled in Luke 3:36 where Luke tells us that Jesus came
through the line of Shem.
*Jesus Christ, A Descent of Abraham
Another descendant of Shem was Abraham. Abraham means
father of a great multitude.218 Through Abraham came Isaac,
then Jacob through whom the twelve tribes of Israel were born. Matthew records
in the Gospel of Matthew 1:1 "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the
son of David, the son of Abraham." God told Abraham in Genesis 12:3, "In you
shall all families of the earth be blessed." The Apostle Paul explains to us in
Galatians 3:16 that this promise was fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ:
"Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, ĎAnd
to seeds,í as referring to many, but rather to one, ĎAnd to your seed,í that is,
Abraham was the head of the Hebrew race. He came from Ur of
the Chaldees. He was originally a Gentile, but he became the first man to be
called a Hebrew (Gen 14:13).
Not only was Abraham the father of the nation of Israel, but
he was also the father of the Arab nations through his son Ishmael. When Abraham
was fifty years old, Noah died. At seventy-five years of age God called Abraham
to leave his home to begin the nation of Israel.
Godís plan for Salvation was not just for the Israelites, for
the Jews, but for the Gentiles as well; for this reason God prophecies to
Abraham that not only will his descendants be blessed, but through his Seed
all the nations will be blessed. For this reason, God speaking to Isaac,
Abrahamís son, prophecies, "By your seed shall all the nations of the earth be
blessedí" (Gen 26:4). Regarding this prophecy, the Apostle Paul records in
"And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the
Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ĎAll the
nations shall be blessed in you.í"
*Jesus Christ, A Descendent of Judah
Asaph, in Psalm 78:67-68, tells us that God chose the tribe
of Judah, descendants of Shem, through which the Messiah was to be born.
Therefore, the other eleven tribes of Israel are eliminated from the Messianic
line. Jacob, the father of Israel, on his death bed prophesied, "The scepter
shall not depart from Judah. . . until Shiloh comes" (Gen 49:10).
The writer of Hebrews tells us about Jesus: "For it is evident that our Lord
sprang out of Judah" (Heb 7:14); and the Apostle John calls Jesus in Revelation
5:5, "The Lion of the tribe of Judah." Concerning the term Shiloh,
Herbert Lockyer writes,
"Shiloh has ever been taken to be a name of the
Messiah. It means Ďpeaceí or Ďone sent.í As the Messiah, or Sent One, Jesus came
before Judah lost its tribal identity. Since He came, our Shiloh has had the
obedience of countless myriads as the prophetic Word said He would (Gen 49:10)."220/54
Though in Israelís history they had lost their personal
national identity and had for a time been dominated by Babylon, not until they
came under Roman domination did they lose their right to rule their own
people with the death penalty which the scepter symbolized (Ezra
1:5, 8). According to this prophecy the Messiah would not come until this
scepter was removed. The removing of this scepter began to take place when Herod
the Great, who had no Jewish blood, succeeded the Maccabean princes, who
belonged to the tribe of Levi and who were the last Jewish kings to have their
reign in Jerusalem.301 It was solidified, though, under his son
Archelaus in 11 A.D.239/Book 47/Ch. 13, 1-5 The procurators, who
administered in the Augustus name, took the supreme power of the Sanhedrin away
so they could exercise the jus gladii themselves; that is, the sovereign
right over life and death sentences. All the nations under Roman dominance had
this right removed. As Tacitus said, "... The Romans reserved to themselves the
right of the sword, and neglected all else." Later it was written in the
Talmud: "a little more than forty years before the destruction of
the Temple, the power of pronouncing capital sentences was taken away from the
Jews."302 Rabbi Rachmon wrote,
"When the members of the Sanhedrin found themselves deprived
of their right over life and death, a general consternation took possession of
them; they covered their heads with ashes, and their bodies with sackcloth,
exclaiming: ĎWoe unto us, for the scepter has departed from Judah, and the
Messiah has not come!í"303/28-30
But the Messiah had come and was alive walking in their midst.
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