Welcome to Toldot -Generations, this week’s Parasha .
19 And these were the generations of Isaac, the son of Abraham: Abraham fathered Isaac.
20 And Isaac was a son of forty years when he took Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Padan-Aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to him for a wife.
21 And Isaac prayed to YAHUVEH on behalf of his wife for she was barren. And YAHUVEH was entreated for him, and his wife Rebekah conceived.
22 And the sons struggled together within her. And she said, If this is right, why am I this way? And she went to inquire of YAHUVEH.
23 And YAHUVEH said to her, Two nations are in your womb; even two peoples shall break from your body. And one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
24 And her days were fulfilled to bear. And behold! Twins were in her womb.
25 And the first came out, all of him red like a hairy robe; and they called his name Esau.
26 And afterward his brother came out, and his hand was holding to the heel of Esau; and his name was called Jacob. And Isaac was a son of sixty years when she bore them.
27 And the boys grew up. And Esau became a man knowing hunting, a man of the field. And Jacob was a simple man, living in tents.
28 And Isaac loved Esau, for game was in his mouth. And Rebekah loved Jacob.
29 And Jacob boiled soup. And Esau came from the field, and he was faint.
30 And Esau said to Jacob, Please let me eat of the red, this red soup, for I am faint. On account of this his name is called Edom.
31 And Jacob said, Sell me your birthright today.
32 And Esau said, Behold, I am going to die, and what good is this, a birthright to me?
33 And Jacob said, Swear to me today. And he swore to him and sold his birthright to Jacob.
34 And Jacob gave bread and soup of lentils to Esau. And he ate and drank, and rose up and left. And Esau despised the birthright.
*~Genesis Chapter 26 ~*
1 And a famine was in the land besides the famine in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, to Gerar.
2 And YAHUVEH appeared to him and said, Do not go down into Egypt; but dwell in the land which I shall say to you.
3 Stay in this land, and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and to your seed I will give all these lands. And I will cause to rise My oath which I swore to your father Abraham.
4 And I will increase your seed like the stars of the heavens, and I will give to your seed all these lands. And all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves in your Seed,
5 because Abraham listened to My voice and heeded My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My Torah.
6 And Isaac lived in Gerar.
7 And the men of the place asked about his wife. And he said, She is my sister, for he was afraid to say, My wife, lest the men of the place kill me on account of Rebekah, for she was beautiful of form.
8 And it happened when his days were many to him there, Abimelech king of the Philistines looked through the window and saw; and, behold, Isaac was sporting with his wife Rebekah.
9 And Abimelech called Isaac and said, See, surely she is your wife, and how have you said, She is my sister? And Isaac said to him, Because I said, lest I die on account of her.
10 And Abimelech said, What is this you have done to us? One of the people had in a little lain with your wife, and you would have brought on us guilt.
11 And Abimelech commanded all the people, saying, Anyone touching this man and his wife surely shall die.
12 And Isaac sowed in that land. And a hundredfold was found in that year, and YAHUVEH blessed him.
13 And the man grew great, and he went on, going on to be great, until he became exceedingly great.
14 And possessions of flocks and possessions of herds, and many slaves were his. And the Philistines envied him.
15 And all the wells which the slaves of his father dug in the days of his father Abraham, the Philistines had stopped them and filled them with dirt.
16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, Go from us, for you are stronger than we.
17 And Isaac went from there and camped in Gerar Valley, and lived there.
18 And Isaac returned and dug the wells of water which they dug in the days of his father Abraham; and the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham. And he called names to them like the names which his father had called them.
19 And Isaac’s slaves dug in the torrent bed, and they found there a well of flowing water.
20 And the shepherds of Gerar fought with the shepherds of Isaac, saying, The water is ours; and he called the name of the well, Contention, for they had contended with him.
21 And they dug another well, and they also fought over it; and he called its name, Opposition.
22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not fight over it; and he called its name, Broad Places. And he said, For now YAHUVEH has broadened for us and we shall be fruitful in the land.
23 And he went from there to Beer-Sheba.
24 And YAHUVEH appeared to him in the same night, and said, I am the ELOHIM of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you; and I will bless you and increase your seed, because of My servant Abraham.
25 And he built an altar there and called on the name of YAHUVEH. And he pitched his tent there. And the slaves of Isaac dug a well there.
26 And Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and his aide Ahuzzath, and Phicol the general of his army.
27 And Isaac said to them, Why have you come to me, since you hate me and sent me away from you?
28 And they said, Since we plainly have seen that YAHUVEH has been with you, and we have said, let there be an oath now between us, between us and you, and let us cut a covenant with you,
29 whether you will do with us evil, as we did not touch you, and as we did only good with you, and we sent you away in peace you now being blessed of YAHUVEH.
30 And he made a feast for them, and they ate and drank.
31 And they started up early at dawn, and each swore to his brother. And Isaac sent them away, and they left him in peace.
32 And it happened on that day Isaac’s slaves came and told him about the well which they had dug, and said to him, We found water.
33 And he called it Sheba; so the name of the city is The Well of Sheba until this day.
34 And Esau was a son of forty years. And he took a wife, Judith, the daughter of Beeri the Hittite; also Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite.
35 And they were a grief of spirit to Isaac and to Rebecca.
*~Genesis Chapter 27 ~*
1 And it happened when Isaac was old and his eyes were dim for seeing, he called his elder son Esau and said to him, My son! And he said to him, I am here.
2 And he said, Behold! Now, I am old; I do not know the day of my death.
3 And now please lift up your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go to the field and hunt game for me.
4 And make for me savory meat, such as I love, and bring to me, and I will eat; so that my soul may bless you before I die.
5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. And Esau went to the field to hunt game, to bring it in.
6 And Rebekah spoke to her son Jacob, saying, Behold, I heard your father speaking to your brother Esau saying,
7 Bring game to me and make delicious meat that I may eat, that I may bless you before YAHUVEH before my death.
8 And now my son hear my voice, that which I command you.
9 Go now to the flock and bring me from there two good kids of the goats. And I will make them into delicious things for your father which he loves;
10 and you shall bring it to your father and let him eat, so that he may bless you before his death.
11 And Jacob said to his mother Rebekah, Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I a smooth man.
12 Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall be like a deceiver in his eyes, and I shall bring a curse on me, and not blessing.
13 And his mother said to him, Your curse be on me, my son; only listen to my voice and go, take for me.
14 And he went and took and came to his mother. And his mother made savory meat, such as his father loved.
15 And Rebekah took the clothing of her elder son Esau, the costly ones which were with her in the house. And she dressed her younger son Jacob;
16 and she put the skins of the kids of the goats on his hands, and on the smoothness of his neck.
17 And she put the savory meat and the bread which she had made in the hand of her son Jacob.
18 And he went in to his father and said, My father. And he said, I am here. Who are you, my son?
19 And Jacob said to his father, I am your first-born, Esau. I have done as you said to me. Rise up now, sit and eat of my game, so that your soul may bless me.
20 And Isaac said to his son, How then have you so quickly found it, my son? And he said, Because YAHUVEH your ELOHIM made it come to me.
21 And Isaac said to Jacob, Come near now and let me feel you, whether then you are my son Esau, or not.
22 And Jacob came near to his father Isaac. And he felt him, and he said, The voice is the voice of Jacob and the hands are Esau’s hands.
23 And he did not know him, because his hands were like the hairy hands of his brother Esau. And he blessed him.
24 And he said, Are you then my son Esau? And he said, I am.
25 And he said, Bring to me and let me eat of my son’s game, so that my soul may bless you. And he came near to him; and he took and he ate. And he came to him, and he drank wine.
26 And his father Isaac said to him, Now come and kiss me, my son.
27 And he came near and kissed him. And he smelled the smell of his clothes. And he blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son is as the smell of a field which YAHUVEH has blessed.
28 And may ELOHIM give you of the dew of the heavens, and of the fatness of the earth, and much grain and wine.
29 May the nations serve you and peoples bow to you; be a ruler to your brothers, and may your mother’s sons bow to you, and cursed be those who curse you, and blessed be those who bless you.
30 And it happened that when Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, then it came about that Jacob had hardly left his father Isaac, and his brother Esau came in from his hunting.
31 And he also made savory meat and came to his father. And he said to his father, Let my father rise and eat from the game of his son, so that your soul may bless me.
32 And his father Isaac said to him, Who are you? And he said, I am your son, your first-born, Esau.
33 And Isaac was terrified with a very great anxiety. And he said, Who then was the one who hunted game and came to me; and I ate from it all before you came; and I blessed him? Yea, he shall be blessed.
34 When Esau heard the words of his father he cried out a great and very bitter cry. And he said to his father, Bless me, me also, my father.
35 And he said, Your brother came with deceit and took your blessing.
36 And he said, It is because his name is called Jacob, and this twice he took me by the heel and defrauded me; he took my birthright and, behold, now he has taken my blessing. And he said, Have you not reserved a blessing for me?
37 And Isaac answered and said to Esau, Behold, I have set him over you as a ruler, and I have given him all his brothers for servants; I have girded him with grain and wine. And what then can I do for you, my son?
38 And Esau said to his father, Is one blessing left to you, my father? Bless me also, my father. And Esau lifted up his voice and wept.
39 And his father Isaac answered and said to him, Behold, your dwelling shall be from the fat of the earth and from the dew of the heavens above;
40 and you shall live by your sword, and you shall serve your brother; and when it shall be that you have the dominion, you shall break his yoke from your neck.
41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him. And Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.
42 And the words of her older son Esau were told to Rebekah. And she sent and called her younger son Jacob. And she said to him, Behold! Your brother Esau is going to ease himself on you, to kill you.
43 And now, my son, listen to my voice, and rise, flee for yourself to my brother Laban, to Haran.
44 And stay with him some days until your brother’s fury turns away,
45 until your brother’s anger turns back from you, and he forgets what you have done to him. And I will send and take you from there. Why should I also be bereaved of two of you in one day?
46 And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life from the daughters of Heth. If Jacob takes a wife from the daughters of Heth, like these from the daughters of the land, what is my life to me?
*~Genesis Chapter 28 ~*
1 And Isaac called Jacob. And he blessed him and commanded him, and said to him, You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan.
2 Go up, go to Padan-Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father. And take a wife for yourself from there, from the daughters of Laban the brother of your mother.
3 And may El Shaddai bless you and make you fruitful, and multiple you; and may you become an assembly of people.
4 And may He give to you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your seed with you, for you to possess the land of your travels, which ELOHIM gave to Abraham.
5 And Isaac sent away Jacob. And he went to Padan-Aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, brother of Rebekah, the mother of Jacob and Esau.
6 And Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob, and had sent him away to Padan-Aram to take a wife for himself from there. In his blessing he had commanded him, saying, You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan;
7 and that Jacob listened to his father and his mother, and went to Padan-Aram.
8 And when Esau saw that the daughters of Canaan were evil in the eyes of his father Isaac,
9 then Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael, the son of Abraham, Nebajoth’s sister. To his wives he added her for his wife.
*~Malachi Chapter 1 ~*
1 The burden of the Word of YAHUVEH to Israel by the hand of Malachi:
2 I have loved you, says YAHUVEH. But you say, In what way have You loved us? Was not Esau the brother to Jacob? Yet YAHUVEH declares, I loved Jacob,
3 and I have hated Esau and have made his mountains a desolation, and his inheritance to be for the jackals of the wilderness.
4 If Edom says, We are beaten down, but we will return and build the ruined places; so says YAHUVEH of Hosts: They shall build, but I will tear down. And they shall call them the region of wickedness, and the people whom YAHUVEH is enraged with until forever.
5 And your eyes shall see, and you shall say, YAHUVEH will be magnified beyond the border of Israel.
6 A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is My fear? says YAHUVEH of Hosts to you, O priests who despise My name. But you say, In what have we despised Your name?
7 You are offering defiled food on My altar, and you say, In what have we defiled You? It is in your saying, The table of YAHUVEH, it is to be despised.
8 And if you offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And if you offer the lame and the sick, is it not evil? Bring it now to your governor. Will he accept you or lift up your face? says YAHUVEH of Hosts.
9 And now entreat the face of ELOHIM, that He favor us. This has been by your hands; will He lift up your faces? says YAHUVEH of Hosts.
10 Who is even among you that will shut the doors, and you not kindle fire on My altar in vain? There is no delight to Me in you, says YAHUVEH of Hosts. I will not accept a food offering from your hand.
11 For from the rising of the sun to its going down, My name shall be great among the nations, and everywhere incense shall be offered to My name; and a pure food offering; for My name shall be great among the nations, says YAHUVEH of Hosts.
12 But you are profaning it when you say, The table of YAHUVEH, it is polluted; and its fruit, His food is to be despicable.
13 And you have said, Behold, what weariness! And you have sniffed at it, says YAHUVEH of Hosts. And you bring the stolen, and the lame, and the sick; and you bring the grain offering. Should I accept it from your hand? says YAHUVEH.
14 But cursed be a deceiver and there is a male in his flock, and he vows it, but he sacrifices a blemished one to YAHUVEH. For I am a great King, says YAHUVEH of Hosts, and My name is feared among the nations.
*~Malachi Chapter 2 ~*
1 And now, O priests, this command is to you.
2 If you will not hear, and if you will not set it on your heart to give glory to My name, says YAHUVEH of Hosts, then I will send the curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. And indeed, I have cursed it, because you are not setting it on your heart.
3 Behold, I am rebuking your seed, and I will spread dung on your faces, the dung of your solemn feasts; and one will lift you up to it.
4 And you shall know that I have sent this command to you, to be My covenant with Levi, says YAHUVEH of Hosts.
5 My covenant with him was life and peace, and I gave them to him for fear; and he feared Me, and he is put in awe before My name.
6 The Law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips. In peace and in uprightness he walked with Me, and he turned many from iniquity.
7 For the lips of the priest should guard knowledge, and they should seek the Torah from his mouth; for he is the messenger of YAHUVEH of Hosts.
6 Not, however, that the word of ELOHIM hath actually failed; for all those who belong to Israel are not Israelites.
7 nor because they are Abraham’s seed are all children, but “In Isaac shall your Seed be called.”
8 That is: Not the children of flesh are children of ELOHIM, but the children of the promise are counted for as descendants.
9 For the Word of promise is this, “I will come at this season, and Sarah will have a son.”
10 And not only so, but also Rebecca conceiving of one, our father Isaac,
11 for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of ELOHIM according to election might stand, not of works, but of the One calling,
12 it was said to her, “The Elder shall be servant of the younger;”
13 even as it has been written, “Jacob I loved, and Esau I have set aside.”
14 What then shall we say? Is there not unrighteousness with ELOHIM? Let it not be!
15 For He said to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will pity whomever I will pity.”
16 So then, it is not within reach of the one willing, nor within reach of him who strives, but it is within reach of the merciful ELOHIM.
17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, so that I might display My power in you, and so that My name might be publicized in all the earth.”
18 So then, He has mercy on whom He pleases. And He hardens whom He pleases.
19 Perhaps You will say, Why does He yet find fault? For who can resist His will?
20 Rather, O man, who are you to question against ELOHIM? Shall the thing formed say to the One forming it, Why did You make me like this?
21 Or does not the potter have authority over the clay, out of the one lump to make one vessel to honor, and one to dishonor?
22 But if ELOHIM, desiring to demonstrate His wrath, and to make His power known, endured in much long-suffering vessels of wrath having been fitted out for destruction,
23 but He poured out His mercy on the vessels of favor, which He before prepared for the glory of ELOHIM,
24 whom He also called, not only us, of Jews, but also out of nations.
25 As also He says in Hosea, “I will call those Not My people, My people! And those not beloved, Beloved!”
26 “And it shall be, in the place where it was said to them, You are not My people, there they will be called, Sons of the Living ELOHIM.”
27 But Isaiah cries on behalf of Israel, “If the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant will be saved.”
28 For He is bringing the matter to an end, and having been cut short “in righteousness, because YAHUVEH will do a thing cut short on the earth.”
29 And as Isaiah has said before, “If YAHUVEH of hosts had not shown favor to us with a remnant, we would have become as Sodom, and we would have become as Gomorrah.”
This is from Prophecy 105, YAHUVEH said to put this up on all Prophecies from now on: I warned you a long time ago Elisabeth (Elisheva) not to name this Ministry after a man or a woman even before there was a Ministry. I put it in your spirit for none of this has been done by your hand, none of this has come forth from your mouth. It is from the Mouth of YAHUVEH that has given birth. It is from the Mouth of YAHUSHUA your MASHIACH that has given birth. It is from the Mouth of the RUACH ha KODESH your IMMAYAH that has given birth. If it had only been by your hand it would have failed long ago. It is by the SHKHINYAH GLORY’S Wind that blows across this earth, the Holy Wind of Revival, it is not by your breath or it would have failed. (Isaiah 42:8)
November 9, 2018
Torah Portion: Prayer Brings Blessings
Prophecy 52 I, YAHUVEH, Will Deliver You Once Again!
Dearest Beloved Children of MINE, how many of you cry out to ME with wails and tears and try and hide your fears from the world and your friends, yet confide in your Daddy YAHUVEH and MESSIAH YAHUSHUA. You come to us with tear stained faces in the Name of MY Son YAHUSHUA saying, “What do we do now? Where do we go?” Darlings of MINE, oh I am not angry with you at this time, it is the evil ones that I am livid with anger. I see the evil one’s plots and schemes, and it is just like in the time of old with the serpent in the Garden of Eden, seeking to beguile you, and make you think that you cannot win without worldly knowledge. Your Father I, YAHUVEH, is all knowledge and when you seek I, YAHUVEH, and YAHUSHUA and the RUACH ha KODESH you are seeking truth, and knowledge. Be assured, as long as you are seeking, you will find the answers when the time comes. If you do not know what to do, then be assured, it is not yet the time for you to know where to go, nor what to do. You need not fear what the evil ones will do, for I, YAHUVEH, am using the simple things, like your prayers, to confound the so-called, wise of this world.
To the degree that the evil ones, the pretenders, seek to harm MY Children, that is the degree that the harm will come back upon themselves. Start praying for this now. There is great power in prayers said to I, YAHUVEH, in the Name of your MESSIAH, MY only begotten son YAHUSHUA. Pray that I, YAHUVEH, will give you greater spiritual weapons to use against the carnal ones who raise up against MY beloved ones, who seek MY face and will daily.
Pray that as Elisha saw the mantle fall from Elijah of old, so you shall behold it again, and you shall be endued with even more of the RUACH ha KODESH’s anointing power. Show ME in your Scriptures where I did not deliver MY People that followed MY commands and loved and put I, YAHUVEH, first in their lives? I, YAHUVEH, will deliver MY Children from the snare of the fowler. All you have to do is pray and have faith and believe that I am greater than all these fearful things that try to come upon MY Children! I, YAHUVEH, will answer your prayers when you call to ME in the sacred Name of YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH. Come boldly before MY throne, and give ME your petitions.
Prophecy 80 Bride of YAHUSHUA, Pray That I, YAHUVEH, Send Your Enemies to the Winepress of MY Wrath!
Bride of YAHUSHUA, this year of 2006 you are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem in a way you have not done before. Realize as you pray for the peace of Jerusalem, you are praying for the Prince of Peace who is MY Son YAHUSHUA to hasten HIS return and rule this earth as King of Kings, removing all that is unholy from this earth for a set and appointed time. Bride of YAHUSHUA, realize as I, YAHUVEH, command you to do this, realize that YAHUSHUA cannot return and rule and reign until Yisrael suffers greatly.
Bride of YAHUSHUA, you must pray that Yisrael again desires Holy rulers that love and obey I, YAHUVEH. When prayed to ME in MY Son YAHUSHUA’s Name come boldly before ME and ask that Yisrael’s enemies be thrown into the wine press of MY Wrath. The time is coming oh so shortly, so I warn the Bride of YAHUSHUA and the Guests to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb now through this Ringmaiden of YAHUSHUA.
As the Bride of YAHUSHUA, who is MY Esther, prays for the peace of Jerusalem, realize as you do this it is hastening everything that has been preordained. The coming of the son of satan, who is called the son of perdition, you are also hastening the Great Tribulation, as you hasten the coming of YAHUSHUA to rule and reign from Yisrael and sit in the Holy Temple. When you say, “Come YAHUSHUA, come quickly,” realize the new anointing as you speak these words forth in anointed prayer.
Members of the Bride of YAHUSHUA, you have been given a unique anointing. I pass this anointing unto you by having YAHUSHUA’s Ringmaiden Elisabeth Elijah [Elisheva Eliyahu] speak it forth by anointed prayer and written words. Members of the Bride of YAHUSHUA, if you are willing to boldly believe and receive this new authority I, YAHUVEH, give you I will boldly deliver you from your and MY enemies in a way you have not thought of before. Bride of YAHUSHUA, ask ME and see if I will not send the demons tormenting you into YAHUVEH’s meat grinder which is the winepress of MY Wrath where I will uncreate them.
Bride of YAHUSHUA, I give you this new authority and new anointing this day when you ask ME in YAHUSHUA’s Name not only for your sake do I give this anointing, but for Yisrael’s sake. How many will choose to accept this standard against the evil in this world? It is your choice. It is only reserved for the Bride of YAHUSHUA. All others who pray for this will be denied.
Torah Portion: Descendants of Curses Bring More Curses
Prophecy 20 Beware of The Horror of New Boiling Black Blood Plague To Come!
I will give the sinful world the choice to choose but it comes with a price. Now one more curse shall come upon this miracle sex drug, the new god of this sinful world. For there shall come a lack of this drug so they shall say and it will be harder to get eventually, then you will see murders over this sex drug. But the last and greatest curse of all is, as it gets into the homosexuals and bisexuals hands and they go into the bisexual encounters. I prophesy to you now a plague I spoke of earlier that will be far worse in symptoms than AIDS, far more deadly and painful and NO ONE that is taking this drug after MY warning will be spared.
For there shall be a curse upon the blood and raging fever, starvation and unable to eat. Blood pouring out of the mouth and it will be as if the blood has turned black will hemorrhage forth from open parts of the body.
Euthanasia will be normal and cemeteries will not want to bury the bodies. Instead cremation will be ordered. The curse of this damnation is carried in their blood. For as they refused holiness and turned to unholiness, passing laws where same sex is legal, promoting that which was in the minority and now a spirit of homosexuality is running rampant.
This disease will be no respecter of heathen whether they are rich or poor, even the White House will be touched with this plague. When you see these symptoms remember on this day it was prophesied 5-4-98 (May 4, 1998) and woe unto any of MY Children that think they can take this sex drug and I will understand. NO, you will reap what you have sowed for this is not a blessing sent to this world but a curse. Now speak forth what I have said.
But I speak now to you in marriages to heathens; fret not yourself for I shall protect you. This is the only exception to the curses laid above for did I not say I protect that which is MINE and you have no control over what your heathen husband or wife does. Or, if you’re raped by someone under this curse, I will protect you; this plague will not come nigh you. For read MY Word, stand on it and also know how much I love you, this curse is not meant for MY Children…
But MY Words that spoke this world into existence and the same Almighty God YAHUVEH that speaks to those that hear MY voice, has spoken forth this day. In fury I do call forth these curses. There are blessings to those that obey and curses on those that disobey. Warn them prophets of MINE. Speak loudly so they can’t say I didn’t warn them!
“And these are the generations /toldot of Yitzchak [Isaac], Avraham’s [Abraham] son: Avraham begat Yitzchak.”
In our last Parasha (Torah portion), Yitzchak (Isaac), the son of Sarah and Abraham, carried on the legacy of his parents’ faith and obedience to ELOHIM. After his mother died, Abraham sent his servant to bring home a wife for Yitzchak from among Abraham’s kinsmen.
At the well where the women of the town would soon appear, the servant prayed for ELOHIM’s help in locating the perfect wife for Yitzchak. Just then, Rivkah (Rebecca) arrived and provided water for him and his camels. Yitzchak was 40 when he married her.
Prayer Brings Blessings
“Isaac prayed to YAHUVEH on behalf of his wife, because she was childless.YAHUVEH answered his prayer [atar], and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.” (Genesis 25:21)
In this week’s Parasha, we discover that Rivkah is barren; in fact, according to Jewish tradition, She is one of seven women in the Torah who have difficulty conceiving but finally come to bear children by the grace of YAHUVEH; in this case, in answer to her husband’s prayer.
It is traditionally believed that he prayed for 19 years. Moreover, it is also believed that he prayed in unity with Rivkah.
What a lesson for us today! Just because we pray once and do not receive an answer does not mean we should stop praying! YAHUVEH wants us to bring our requests to HIM in the unity of faith.
The Hebrew expression used in Genesis 25:21 for prayer /atar עָתַר, which can also mean to dig, is related to the Hebrew word for pitchfork /eter.
“As a pitchfork turns the sheaves of grain from one position to another, so does the prayer of the righteous turn the dispensations of the Holy One, blessed YAHUVEH, from the attribute of anger to the attribute of mercy.”
Yitzchak’s prayer penetrated the foundation of heaven, and just as grain is turned over with a pitchfork, so too was YAHUVEH’s judgment of barrenness upon Rivkah “turned over” and reversed by YAHUVEH’s mercy because of prayer.
Of course, the Bible makes it clear that we are to be fruitful and multiply. However, though seed is sown, it is YAHUVEH who opens the womb.
“Behold, children are a heritage from YAHUVEH, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.” (Psalm 127:3–5)
Sarah, Abraham’s wife, came up with her own solution for her barrenness—she suggested a surrogate mother—Hagar. In her own efforts, she received Ishmael.
Hannah, another barren woman, went to the Temple and cried out to ELOHIM for a child and she received the prophet Samuel.
Rivkah did neither. Instead, she turned to her husband who was her spiritual covering to entreat ELOHIM on her behalf, and YAHUVEH answered Isaac’s prayers for the miraculous gift of new life. Rivkah found herself pregnant with not just one child—but twins—a double portion!
Birthright Brings Blessings
“And the boys grew; and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a quiet man, dwelling in tents.”
The twin boys grew up with distinctive character traits, which are reflected in their names.
Yaacov /Jacob’s Hebrew name is related to the word eikev and means the heel of the foot. He was so named because he grabbed his brother’s heel at birth.
This shows Jacob’s tenacity to win the birthright and carry forward the spiritual blessings that YAHUVEH promised to his father Abraham.
Esau, however, was named Esav, from the Semitic root, seir, meaning thick-haired. He was also nicknamed Adom, the Hebrew word for red, since he was born “red and hairy.”
Adom is also related to adamah (land) and dam (blood), which conveys Esau’s love of living off the land, hunting, and thirst for blood.
While Jacob had a quiet and seemingly spiritual-minded nature, Esau had a carnal one, as shown in the way he so easily trades something of eternal spiritual value /his birthright for something that satisfies his physical hunger a bowl of lentils. To him, they were equal.
“’Look, I am about to die [of hunger],’ Esau said. ‘What good is the birthright to me?’” (Genesis 25:32)
Birthrights come with responsibilities as well as blessings.
Even though Jacob was not the firstborn, he receives great blessings bestowed upon him by his father Isaac, coupled with the responsibility to lead nations. Isaac blesses him this way:
“May YAHUVEH give you heaven’s dew and earth’s richness—an abundance of grain and new wine. May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you.” (Genesis 27:28–29)
Esau, however, who is the firstborn son receives curses:
“Your dwelling will be away from the earth’s richness, away from the dew of heaven above. You will live by the sword and you will serve your brother.” (Genesis 27:39–40)
Jacob received his father’s firstborn blessing because it was pre-ordained according to the will of ELOHIM who said, “Jacob have I loved; but Esau I hated.” (Romans 9:13)
Descendants of Curses Bring More Curses
Just as Cain’s jealousy turned into a murderous plot to kill his brother Abel, so too did Esau plot to kill Jacob, but without success.
This struggle between the brothers did not suddenly appear. Even in Rivkah’s womb, the boys jostled with each other. Rivkah sought wisdom from ELOHIM, who revealed to her a truth that continues to this day:
“Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:23)
Over the centuries, it has been compared the jealous, hate-filled character of Esau to the perpetual struggle between the descendants of both brothers.
Jacob’s descendants were birthed out of obedience to his father Isaac, who told him not to marry a Canaanite woman, and he did not.
Esau, on the other hand, married two Canaanite women. One of Esau’s Canaanite offspring was Amalek, who became an archenemy of pre-state Israel by attacking Moses and the Israelites while in the wilderness (Exodus 17). They also invaded Israel during the time of the Judges:
“Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country.” (Judges 6:3)
Many try to link the genealogy of Esau and the Amalekites to the modern enemies of Israel. While this might be accurate to some degree, the truth is that the spirit of Esau and the Amalekites to destroy the heirs of blessing has remained alive among many nations.
We saw this hatred in modern pre-state Israel during the expulsion of Jews from England, the tortures of the Spanish Inquisition, and the genocide of six million Jews in the Holocaust.
We saw its vibrancy continue as surrounding nations invaded the newly-formed modern Israel in 1948, again in 1967, and most recently with terrorist groups that vow to claim the land “from the river to the sea” for their own birthright.
While half of the Jewish population has been wiped out in recent decades and specific plans to remove us from the land circulate today, ultimately YAHUVEH will uphold His vows to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants:
“I am YAHUVEH, the GOD of your father Abraham and the GOD of Isaac. I will give you [Jacob] and your descendants the land on which you are lying. Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and … all peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.” (Genesis 28:13–14)
Those who attack YAHUVEH’s everlasting plans through Jacob are, in fact, placing curses over their own land.
Isaac prayed over Jacob, “May those who curse you be cursed” (Genesis 27:29), and ELOHIM assures us through the Prophet Ezekiel that this curse continues to hold true.
“Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end, therefore, as I live,’ says YAHUVEH GOD, ‘I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you.’” (Ezekiel 35:5–6)
The focus of this Parasha is not really curses, but blessings.
The Hebrew word for blessed (baruch) is significant in this Parasha: out of 106 verses, baruch appears 34 times!
This word, baruch, comes from brachah (blessing). But with a small change in vowel, it becomes breicha — a wellspring of water or even a pool.
Today, we see that YAHUVEH has kept HIS promise to turn the barren places of this land into wellsprings and pools of water:
“I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.” (Isaiah 41:18)
Inheriting the Blessing
During the saga of Jacob and Esau, a famine came over the Land. Although Abraham went down to Egypt for food at times of famine, ELOHIM instructed Isaac to stay.
“ELOHIM appeared to Isaac and said, ‘Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live.’” (Genesis 26:2)
Like Abraham, Isaac obeyed ELOHIM and, indeed, was blessed by GOD for it.
“Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore unto Abraham thy father.” (Genesis 26:3)
This shows us the wisdom of seeking YAHUVEH for solutions to our problems and not necessarily repeating what our father before us did, or what seems the logical answer. YAHUVEH may ask us to stay in a situation when everything and everyone is telling us to get out — fast!
If YAHUVEH is instructing us to stay, then we can be a blessing even in dire situations by providing HIS Living Water.
As we watch jealousy and hate in the spirit of Esau rise up in Gaza through rocket attacks and border riots, there is a temptation for some in Israel to think we should escape and “go down to Egypt” or perhaps to the US or Canada.
But if the Spirit of YAHUVEH tells us to stay, then we can know that HE will protect us and establish the oath HE swore unto our forefathers to give us this Land.
“For MY thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways MY ways,” declares YAHUVEH” (Isaiah 55:8)
YAHUSHUA Brings the Ultimate Blessing to the Promised Land
“Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them.” (Genesis 26:18)
As ELOHIM tested Abraham’s faith, Isaac likely suffered some post traumatic stress from being tied up by his father and almost sacrificed. But in this Parasha, we see that Isaac is a man of Godly character with Godly vision who continues to carry on his father’s business by re-digging the wells Abraham had dug on his way to Beer Sheva.
Why are these wells significant? They were vital sources of water in a harsh, dry desert land. But here we see that these life-giving water holes had been intentionally filled with dirt. This can only be interpreted as a barbaric act, done to discourage and even endanger life in order to prevent Isaac from accessing his father’s wells.
We see similar discouragement from lack of water when the children of Israel camped in the wilderness after their exodus from Egypt. When they finally came to a well, they sang praises to ELOHIM:
“From there they went to Beer, which is the well where YAHUVEH said to Moses, ‘Gather the people together, and I will give them water.’ Then Israel sang this song: ‘Spring up, O well!’”
Abraham had purposefully named these wells after GOD to remind people that HE is the source of all life. It is with joy today that we draw from deep wells of living water YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH.
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”
When YAHUSHUA ministered to the Samaritan woman at a well, HE made the bold claim of being the Jewish Messiah. There, HE proclaimed HIMSELF to be the source of living water that leads to eternal life.
“But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)
The ultimate heirs of blessing are the heirs of the promised Messiah, YAHSUHUA Ha Mashiach, who became the final sacrifice for all who trust and believe that HE is that promise.
This salvation is a free gift that 99% of Jewish People do not yet know about because no one has explained to them how the Hebrew Scriptures reveal YAHUSHUA as their promised Messiah.
Nevertheless, the Bible promises that in these last days, as the Times of the Gentiles come to a close, all of Israel will be saved.
“I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all of Israel will be saved.” (Romans 11:25–26)
“You will again have compassion on us; You will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19)
Shabbat Shalom from AMIGHTYWIND!