A man in a field.
Gen 37:2-33 These [are] the generations of Jacob. Joseph, [being] seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad [was] with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he [was] the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of [many] colours.
And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told [it] his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
For, behold, we [were] binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
And he told [it] to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What [is] this dream that thou hast dreamed?
Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
And his brethren went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem.
And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed [the flock] in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here [am I].
And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
And a certain man found him, and, behold, [he was] wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?
And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed [their flocks].
And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.
And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
And Reuben heard [it], and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.
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.
And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, [his] coat of [many] colours that [was] on him;
And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit [was] empty, [there was] no water in it.
And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry [it] down to Egypt.
And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit [is it] if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
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. And his brethren were content.
Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty [pieces] of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph [was] not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child [is] not; and I, whither shall I go?
And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
And they sent the coat of [many] colours, and they brought [it] to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it [be] thy son’s coat or no.
And he knew it, and said, [It is] my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
Gen 44:14-34 ¶ And Judah and his brethren came to Joseph’s house; for he [was] yet there: and they fell before him on the ground.
And Joseph said unto them, What deed [is] this that ye have done? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?
And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or how shall we clear ourselves?
God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we [are] my lord’s servants, both we, and [he] also with whom the cup is found.
And he said, God forbid that I should do so: [but] the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.
Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord’s ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou [art] even as Pharaoh.
My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a brother?
And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.
And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.
And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for [if] he should leave his father, [his father] would die.
And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more.
And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of my lord.
And our father said, Go again, [and] buy us a little food.
And we said, We cannot go down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down: for we may not see the man’s face, except our youngest brother [be] with us.
And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two [sons]:
And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since:
And if ye take this also from me, and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad [be] not with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the lad’s life;
It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad [is] not [with us], that he will die: and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave.
For thy servant became surety for the lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.
Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren.
For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad [be] not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my father.
45:1-11 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.
And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.
And Joseph said unto his brethren, I [am] Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence.
And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I [am] Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.
Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.
For these two years [hath] the famine [been] in the land: and yet [there are] five years, in the which [there shall] neither [be] earing nor harvest.
And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
So now [it was] not you [that] sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Haste ye, and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not:
And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children’s children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast:
And there will I nourish thee; for yet [there are] five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.
Gen 45:24-28 So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.
And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father,
And told him, saying, Joseph [is] yet alive, and he [is] governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed them not.
And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived:
And Israel said, [It is] enough; Joseph my son [is] yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.
Gen 46:1-5, 28-30 ¶ And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here [am] I.
And he said, I [am] God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:
I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up [again]: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.
And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.
And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.
And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou [art] yet alive.
All this time, Israel left in the dark, because of what happened to Joseph. Were the brethren punishing Joseph or escaping duty to and punishing Jacob out of envy?
Israel was the only male family member who listened to and heeded Joseph. The remainder not even willing to consider it.
Judah had big plans for Israel, while Jacob remained humble and devoted to G-d. Envy and discontent tore apart the House. Patience and understanding were completely absent. It was the brethren’s way or no way and definitely not G-d’s Way.
And if it were, as we shall see, G-d’s intent to shew favour unto an undeserving multitude, why would it depend upon Pharoah’s charity and Joseph’s fastidious business sense rather than G-d’s Providing, as when led by Moses out of Egypt in the Wilderness?
And now when the brethren have finally caught up, and brought what remains of Jacob, basically a corpse to bury, though he lived on for 17 more years…Jacob is finally shown some respect perhaps because they knew they had offended G-d by neglecting him?
Pharoah uses Joseph to rip off the Egyptians and taxes them heavily for bread…when even money has failed to possess any value…buys all there land, takes all their livestock, and basically gives them what they ought to have had all along…leaving them as slaves indebted to his favour who asks for less of a tithe than G-d is deserving of…
I proclaim this the first America.
What manipulation it takes to unite men who have no hearts!
Was it not a means of getting glory and taking the same away from Israel and G-d by any means necessary, even an entire nation willingly suffering rather than turn to G-d and Israel?
What hatred! So profane!
And even now Jacob must humble himself before the mighty Pharoah…
Gen 47:7 ¶ And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old [art] thou?
And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage [are] an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.
And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
And Joseph, exultant!
The brethren…off the hook!
And why? The House was out of order and the last act of Jacob was as his first, endeavoring to put some G-dly wisdom and order back into Creation…
Gen 48:13-20 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought [them] near unto him.
And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid [it] upon Ephraim’s head, who [was] the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh [was] the firstborn.
And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head.
And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this [is] the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.
And his father refused, and said, I know [it], my son, I know [it]: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
Gen 25:23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations [are] in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and [the one] people shall be stronger than [the other] people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
I wonder though, if he had really intended the brethren to be let off and not be punished for what they had done to him.
What also is impressive, is that Egypt mourns so greatly the death of Jacob.
By contrast, if you have ever experienced the burial of a Father figure in Israel, you’d be surprised at how little respect one who lived long and suffered much is shown by his own offspring. There is more in the air of a sense of relief and a burden done away with. It is sad.
Although Joseph seems upset too. Judah seems more releaved that he should be safe from any punishment for what they had done. But he should have known all along, Jacob would have been merciful as G-d is.
And I wonder if Jacob really commanded the following:
Gen 50:15-20 ¶ And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we [be] thy servants.
And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for [am] I in the place of God?
But as for you, ye thought evil against me; [but] God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as [it is] this day, to save much people alive.
Amen, and thank you, Jacob.
He’s basically a befuddled old man at that point, still being humbled by the beasts around him, rather than honored as G-d’s Chosen.
Mic 7:6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies [are] the men of his own house.
Mat 10:36 And a man’s foes [shall be] they of his own household.
The elder must serve the younger…even if the younger must take him by the heel and deceive to humble him and get the elder to care about him and G-d and the House.
Even after being tricked into understanding, Esau is obstinately proud and violently opposed to G-d and the Way Holy.
And Joseph too caught up in being in the limelight and the power he imagined he had, with Pharoah as his god, rather than G-d as his G-d.
For Joseph’s gift was dream interpretation, but not G-dly discernment.
Joseph suffered for not observing an unwritten law amongst the brethren, and running contrary to their (not G-d’s) established order of the House.
But the House was already out of order, and Jacob and G-d already forsaken in the land and of the brethren…
Their homage to their Father, Israel was as inconsequential as their lip service to G-d. they were as good as the heathen and wished to be in Egypt from the very start. Anything to escape life with Jacob and G-d. The pace was too slow for them, they wished to excel in strength to row and build, and in worldly influence. But the further they strayed away from Jacob and G-d the less they would enjoy and more beggarly their circumstances would become.
Their solution? Cunning and brute strength.
G-d remained with Joseph because G-d is faithful even when we are not.
I wonder if it were too late for Joseph at that point too, and whether or not they all depended upon the Light of the youngest, Benjamin. And of Joseph’s own sons.
Joseph’s misbehaviour, or at least that which offended the brethren’s sense of right, afforded them with an opportunity to betray Israel.
Joseph seemed to do what Jacob had seemed to do, impose his will upon the brethren, by revealing New things to ones set in their ways, as unbending as they may have been unmoved, by anything more than pangs of hunger in their bellies. Although, it were also envy that so deluded the brethren, and perhaps their sense of the L-RD, and their portion in Torah was threatened.
Just as Jesus would offend, so the manner of Joseph’s revelation through dream interpretation offended those who could niether see, believe nor receive what Joseph sought to share with them. Perhaps even his ability to sleep, rest and dream was a impetus to envy in many of them.
Maybe Joseph added to what the L-RD revealed to him in his dreams out of his own zeal and excitement?
Thus, his name, "he will add," "he adds" or "productivity."
The L-RD definitely wished to see His people more productive and considerately occupied, working out their own salvation with proper intention.
That He might fulfill His Promise of a Future Hope and an Established End.
Jer 29:11-14 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
The Brethren, affected by the Beast, tend to force things, having no patience within to wait on the L-RD.
And dream interpretation? It is a rare individual who may consider and harken unto such an unexpected revelation and receive it with eager anticipation and willing action thereafter.
Most would need opportunity and time to get used to it, adjust and make ready their own personal space, to receive with any degree of dignity that which is new and unexpected though obviously right and worthy.
Thus the rearrangement and discomfort of all involved in the upheaval that was Israel and Egypt at the time these revelations came to pass.
When the L-RD makes us uncomfortable, or uneasy, the end result is always a better circumstance for all than the one we may have been in at the time such were revealed to us. And though constrained and confounded in our own ways; returning, we avoid a worse end than any might endure or survive.
Those who made us comfortable in our delusions and thus unsafe, ought to be reviled, accused, and condemned rather than they who are caught off guard and in fault of ignorance or what may be deemed an psychosis of mind in affairs unworthy and unredeeming, for whom still others lay in wait to further afflict with assitance and solutions nonesuch at all.
Unto redemption is admonition and correction, or punishment exacting. Not coddling, soothsaying, the adminstration of unwise and uncalled for agents of mercy which do corrupt and further afflict rather than aide and assist unto healing and righting of one’s way.
Thus the penalty of the brethren brought upon themselves for failing to understand and acknowledge the importance of the order established and revealed by Jacob; Father Israel’s choices and admonitions, nor Joseph’s talent new or dream fantastic.
Suffering and being chastised by their own disobedience and intolerance. Only wishing to perpetuate thier own office or standing among men fallen, to boast of their own strength or talent whether of the L-RD or not, in need of anything but a pat on the back and an "well done."
If they had not wished to do him wrong, Joseph never would have had the dream nor revealed it to them. For I am convinced it was G-d who wished to speak with the brethren and teach them new things and even to reveal their own gifts in a more perfect and timely manner than they were ever capable of receiving for their love of the world and the beastly pride of the initiated and harden soul in the same.
They at once and as one disregarded both the wisdom of the aged and the hope of the new.
In other words, Joseph saw no more than the affects of the brethren’s hate for G-d, and G-d’s only Way of remaining true to them even though they had forsaken Him, for His own Name’s sake did He do so. And not for their sake, nor Pharoah’s nor all the inhabitants of Egypt and the world, but for Joseph and Jacob alone. Who enjoyed what was perhaps the first father and son relationship worthy of G-d’s taking pleasure in.
The accuser was quick to move into any space available and fill it with the contrary- doubt, distrust, hate, condemnation, etc. of the evil one.
Which leads me to wonder what the women’s role in all this were…Jacob’s wives, and daughter Dinah. If the brethren deceived Jacob and Joseph, I have no doubt, to an extent, the women were the reason for doing so. Their desire to have new things, to rid themselves of old chores and tasks unwanted, and get them some new lovers…To be disobedient, fanciful and blissfully forgetful of their past.
"Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams."
Through Joseph, the brethren and Pharoah worked it out so they might have all the sacrifices, and the people all the burden and obedience with none understanding, while they reigned as kings unworthy and Jacob suffered as a King unheeded.
Unto the boastful and the arrogant, the fat is always more needful than the Word of Wisdom.
Rom 14:21-24 [It is] good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor [any thing] whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
Hast thou faith? have [it] to thyself before God. Happy [is] he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because [he eateth] not of faith: for whatsoever [is] not of faith is sin
Word is bond.
Another example, though very different yet revealing the origin of the same curse, is when Saul’s daughter hated David for dancing before the L-RD which were unseeming behaviour for a man in her estimation of manliness.
Likewise Joseph irked Judah and the brethren but not half as much as Jacob offended their sense of masculine duty. Theirs being more bestial than angelic in nature.
Yet Jacob was chosen, and the daughters of Jerusalem loved David for being abased before the them and the L-RD, instinctively rejecting carnal pride which they knew by hard experience and subjection to more bestial minded men were not reason, nor wisdom, nor love, but base, fearful and necessary only in defending one’s self against the same.
For knowledge gained when one has already fallen from Grace and is separated from G-d may seem more appropriate, needful and worthy of attention than anything revealed by the Holy Spirit in a chosen vessel or servant.
Making the two meet and work together is the hoped for Glory of Creation and Heaven Above, and the reason for Torah and Temple.
Judah and the brethren were already hassled with taking care of and protecting Jacob and the flocks of Father Israel. Joseph’s antics must have seemed all the more annoying and cumbersome, if not entirely alien and unwanted.
The worst offense which ensued must have been breaking up, or cutting off Israel from Joseph, when either were in and sources of Holy Inspiration.
Mark 3:29-30 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:
Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.
The affect and consequences last and are hindrances even unto this present day and generations of the tribes of Israel.
If apart, Israel and Joseph worked wonders unto the benefit of all, imagine what may have been had they never been separated in such a costly manner.
John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd.
The difference between Israel and Joseph became like the difference between Hebrew and Greek, sheep and goat, cat and dog, fork and spoon, anime and looney toon…
The hidden and forgiven matter is that it were Judah and the brethren in agreement who were what Paul would later emphasize or term an state of "debt" to Israel, Joseph and G-d.
Rom 8:12-14 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
But at that time were somewhat ignorant of the fact, having no testimony to witness, and therefore more likely and freer to be unfaithful and disobedient to the Spirit. Instead overly aware of what they had received thus far, Torah and their use and perhaps abuse of their portions of the Same unto power both personal and as a State yet unformed but always looking unto that future Glory, Gathering, Formation and Unity of Flesh in service to the Spirit, in a more perfect and abiding manner. The price of which were as bloody as the Commandments reveal and as seemingly unfair as the difference between a Sun ruling by day or Moon by night.
Rom 7:9-17 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
And the commandment, which [was ordained] to life, I found [to be] unto death.
For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew [me].
Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that [it is] good.
Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Judah’s mistake or decision and collusion empowered Pharoah, and disenfranchised Father Israel. Cutting off, and dividing up what should have been unified even then, that men might win and take glory unto themselves in what they mistakenly believed was service to G-d, but were more likely unto the Grave, or Ba’al.
Forever perhaps Judah would envy Israel, his father, until at last or at many points, and with his Father’s blessing supplant or sit in his stead until Shiloh. Which Saul and Ahijah would make way for rather than David or Elijah, or vice versa rather.
Jacob, Abraham, Isaac and Moses were willing to lose all to follow G-d, while this fiasco was contrary from the start, men willing to do anything but follow G-d. It were power to the people or else. The very first uprising and rebellion in Israel. In the end they brought about no more than G-d would have had them do from the start, but instead of tribute being rendered to G-d at a tenth, Pharoah opened a basement bargain store at a fifth in tributes.
Saul wished to reign without inquiring of Torah. Even as Paul tries to work around it in a more acceptable but nonetheless contradictory fashion.
At least in the Gospel according to gentiles.
1Ch 13:3 And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.
Hbr 8:13 In that he saith, A new [covenant], he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old [is] ready to vanish away.
But what doth he say?
Mat 5:17-20 ¶ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
And, once again, Paul admits to being what he is..
1Ti 1:15 This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
Why? Because the Messiah Renewed the Covenant and it may not have been renewed if it had not been fullfilled, and if he had meant to abolish or cancel out the first covenant he would never had made it an everlasting covenant,and in order to maintain a renewed covenant one must be kept in the Way eternal, and without the Torah to remind us and keep us in the Way, it would not be possible to serve Him in a New Way or New Creation as New Creations.
Israel came close to establishing the Kingdom during Solomon’s Age, but relentless envy and Solomon’s mannerisms and disobedience, tore it apart, just as Joseph’s Coat of Many colors were, or the garment the prophet Abijah would rend in as many pieces.
I don’t think many understand, even to this day, that Solomon never intended to make anyone envious nor was he that great of a leader. I always thought he were more a suffering prisoner of circumstance than anything else.
It were many hands that made the Kingdom as great as it seemed, and constructed a Temple. Solomon was just there as an Authority of G-d and not always a very willing one…Endeavoring, as Father Israel to show his people new things and revelations of the Spirit rather than build all that was built by the inhabitants of the Kingdom.
If he worked men hard, I may only hypothesize that they were capable of being treated in no other fashion and mostly deserving of it. Mayhap it were what the brethren should have suffered at the time of Jacob’s death finally caught up with them.
Alma 42: 25 What, do ye suppose that mercy can rob justice? I say unto you, Nay; not one whit. If so, God would cease to be God.
It took a long time to come to Solomon’s success and lo and behold the same power that rent Joseph’s garments in pieces, dividing Israel, rent yet another garment and Kingdom from Solomon, dividing yet again twelve tribes who had longed for unity and connected purpose.
And the man in the field?
Let’s look elsewhere for someone who would tear the Kingdom away from its rightful Head…
While Jacob had the House and Kingdom torn away for what were not sure of, other than being aged and having had his share of wives and years…Solomon surely had many wives, but the adultery that condemned him were idolatry.
But, as I’ve revealed in the past, I believe Solomon was trapped, and fearful of the enemies of Israel, and made deals with other gods, in order to protect his own people, who may not have been as devoted to Solomon as he was to them.
Nevertheless, Solomon should have overcome, and had complete Faith in the G-d of Israel to establish him and protect Israel from its enemies.
Not even being surrounded by agents of the enemy, instigating doubt and fear at every turn would excuse him.
It is apparent, the enemies of Israel were combined and working behind the scenes to defeat G-d’s purpose in His Chosen and get glory for men by any means necessary.
And G-d used them for Justice, against His own son who had strayed, fulfilling His Word.
1Ch 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
It is again a man in a field who starts the ball rolling…This time, he has a name and is known as a prophet.
1Ki 11:29-36, 39 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two [were] alone in the field:
And Ahijah caught the new garment that [was] on him, and rent it [in] twelve pieces:
And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:
(But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel: )
Because that they have forsaken me, and have not walked in my ways, to do [that which is] right in mine eyes, and [to keep] my statutes and my judgments, as [did] David his father.
Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant’s sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes:
But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand, and will give it unto thee, [even] ten tribes.
And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.
And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever.
I can’t help thinking it is history repeating itself or a revolution of the Kingdom G-d in Creation in the Old testament times…
I wonder what the Edomites role in this early betrayal were and whether there were an "Hadad" and an "Rezon" involved…And what of Jeroboam?
Again, Pharoah is part of the mix, and again more of an opportunist than adversary, finding his way in by marrying off a daughter to Solomon, which thing displeased G-d and definitely did none good in quelling citizen’s envy of Solomon, though as I’ve said previously, I doubt whether there was really anything to envy…
It is the blood guilty, finagling power away from the clean hands of one who had every right to reign, simply because they have to fight and struggle due to disobedience.
Hard not to imagine oneself justified in doing so.
It is what Paul and Jesus endeavored to reveal that is hard for many to accept, a purer form of Torah than that which is found in the Law and the Testimony. One which transcends and rises above all, and is completely Spiritual. Anyone personifing this sort of Liberation from the world, as Jesus did, makes it hard to even find a startiing point to action and being in the Law and Testimony. One really must give up all and follow Jesus to attain to this kind of Perfection. And so, for many, why even try?
All deserve thier portion of Torah, if they are obedient and lawfully perform that which is expected of them. None have reason to boast in anything other than this and belonging to the L-RD.
On the other hand, it is natural to desire and enjoy any measure of power, success and glory, one may struggle to attain to. But only in the L-RD is such worthy of honour and admiration.
Thus the L-RD thwarts all mankind in choosing the weak, needy and foolish. The humble rather than the mighty, knowledgable and proud. Even if they must be afflicted and brought very low in order for Him to raise them up and place them upon thrones, or at least at liberty from that which ensnares and destroys.
In the end, perhaps Solomon was incorrect in ascribing no harvest unto he who regardeth the clouds, rather than the constant labourer. But then, he remarks that there is a season and time for every activity.
So, it is when we act and why that matters more than willingness or action itself or the lack thereof and in what manner and for what reason one acts or rests and for and in Whom rather than by whom, that really matters.
Psa 95:10-11 Forty years long was I grieved with [this] generation, and said, It [is] a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
Hbr 3:10-12 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in [their] heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
To be continued….