Key Precept: A plot of land for Heaven’s embassy on earth was granted to the nation appointed to be the ambassador to all the other nations.
As this study reaches the point at which the nation of Israel comes into existence, don’t abandon the foundational theme, plots and definitions already established. If we maintain the same consistency with the Bible as with any other work of literature, we will avoid the all-too-common practice of lifting passages out of context to make the text say the exact opposite of what the entire message actually is.
Why would anyone do that? To benefit one person or group at the expense of others. This is a common strategy among:
- family, friends and co-workers to damage others’ reputations in order to gather supporters during conflicts of interest,
- politicians to smear their opponents during an election campaign,
- military tacticians using propaganda to minimize opposition,
- historians and educators re-writing history to strengthen grassroots support of a changing paradigm,
- and of course, religious leaders setting themselves up as the source of truth in order to gather a following.
Patching together desired pieces of the biblical message while repudiating the undesired parts, or even denying the validity of the whole book, is how there are so many denominations, just counting within Christianity, as well as Judaism, Islam, and cults following various prophets and prophetesses. If we will treat the Bible as one coherent piece of literature, we will be able to recognize the falsehoods on which the many Bible-based religions have staked their claim.
Anyone who makes him/herself the authority to determine the authorship and meaning of parts of this thousands-years-old book is frankly a deceiver because he/she doesn’t have enough data about the circumstances in the time and place of the writing to corroborate their claims. “New revelation” by Mohammed or Joseph Smith or any other self-proclaimed prophet bolstering their legitimacy by using the Bible as their launch pad is invalidated by pre-existing contradictory biblical statements. Every true prophet of the God of the Bible stays true to the pre-existing record. Even the Son of God backed up every claim he made with “it is written.”
“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:16-21)
The consistency of the written record throughout thousands of years and multiple human authors provides reliability unparalleled by any other document in history. The forensic evidence provided in geology, genetics, sociology, psychology, and all the sciences provides unparalled validity. The vast number of spinoffs from the Bible indicates there is some fundamental truth in this book for so many religions to use it to validate themselves, and for science to put so much effort into attempting to discredit and replace it.
That truth is the sinful / self-centered heart of every person which explains the inevitable conflicts between individuals and nations and the need to transform into gentle, generous people through some means to reconcile relationships and to prevent chaos from spreading into utter destruction. Whether directed by a Creator, Father God, mother goddess, psychotherapists, physical sciences, other-worldly beings, or self, the goal of every transformative process is overcoming self-imposed limitations and destruction caused by one’s own sin / trauma caused by others / need for universal evolution in consciousness, or whatever the same underlying characteristic in every human being is called.
And one of the oldest false Bible-based religions is Judaism. I know. I sound racist and I’m very sorry about that. Please don’t take me out of context. There is a common misconception among Christians as well as Jews, frankly racist by both parties, that under the Mosaic covenant only Israelites / Jews could be saved from eternal damnation, and that this was accomplished by following the law of Moses, and that under the New Covenant Gentiles get saved by grace alone and laws no longer apply to them.
Dispensationalism is a prime example.
(Don’t try to comprehend everything in these examples, simply take note of the distinctions made in the means of salvation by law and by grace.)
Covenant Theology is another.
However, if we treat the Bible as a whole book, maintaining consistency from the beginning to the end, we understand that the formation of the Nation of Israel is not a means of salvation for a select group of people who follow a collection of laws.
“For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh [follows a religious code of conduct] is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also?…And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law [of Moses], but through the righteousness of faith…(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. (Romans 4:1-25)
“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying…Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying…they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house…and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it / incorporate it into themselves, become one with the lamb…it is the LORD‘s passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever…And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they…And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said…And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children. And a mixed multitude went up also with them…And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12)
“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares…denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” (Letter by Messianic Jewish believer Jude, verses 3-5)
The Constitution of the Nation of Israel is a rigorous code of righteous conduct for those who are already in a faith-based relationship with the LORD God, saved by believing in the efficacy of the blood of the lamb of God.The Constitution of the biblical nation of Israel does not serve the purpose of qualifying individuals to become citizens of that nation. Like any other national constitution, it serves the purpose of detailing the functions of government of that nation.
“In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai…and there Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” (Exodus 19:1-6)
As a “kingdom of priests”, the nation of Israel was set apart, consecrated, sanctified, to bridge the spiritual gap between sinful mankind and the God of the whole earth.
“And it shall come to pass in the last days [when the goal established in the beginning of history is achieved], that the mountain of the LORD‘s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of [Abraham, Isaac and] Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:2-5)
The Constitution of the United States provides a comparison to the constitution / charter / formation / organization / written law establishing the nation of Israel.
The Constitution of the United States contains a preamble and seven articles that describe the way the government is structured and how it operates. The first three articles establish the three branches of government and their powers: Legislative (Congress), Executive (office of the President,) and Judicial (Federal court system). A system of checks and balances prevents any one of these separate powers from becoming dominant. Articles four through seven describe the relationship of the states to the Federal Government, establish the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, and define the amendment and ratification processes.
The nation of Israel established the same
Leadership in the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth
Is it possible for us to wrap our heads around the concept that “doing right’, AKA “being right-eous”, inevitably produces good results while doing wrong, AKA “being un-right-eous” invitably results in chaos and destruction? This concept is essential for a proper understanding of the place and purpose of the nation of Abraham’s grandson Jacob/Israel in the biblical scheme of things.
The highest authority in any form of government, ancient and modern, is the person or group that passes judgment, not just on guilt or innocence, but on what course of action out of available options is to be taken by the people within that sphere of influence. Why do you think the place where a king exercises his power is called his court? Why do you think a judge’s decision is called ruling? Even in the American system designed to distribute power as evenly as possible over three branches of government, it is the “Supreme Court’s power of judicial review, by which it determines the constitutionality of executive and legislative acts,” that maintains the greatest power with the judge.
The exercise of power in the kingdom of heaven and earth is no different. God is the Supreme Judge of the whole earth, but he doesn’t act alone. The entire court system is in place, his divine council of spirit beings in heaven as well as humans on earth.
“God standeth in the congregation/assembly of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked…I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.” (Psalm 82)
The post on The King Is Dead reveals how the first (hu)man Adam took it upon himself to defend his wife when she was caught red-handed breaking the law. By sharing her guilt he reduced her death sentence – isolation from all living beings – to a life sentence with companionship and a family. By this demonstration of his love even to death he proved his likeness to his merciful father God and was honored with the assignment / anointing as Melchizedek: prophet-priest-king of the kingdom of heaven and earth. (Rad post on Melchizedek if this isn’t making sense.) This hereditary ruler is an mediator advocating for truth and justice balanced with mercy, between humans and the ultimate Supreme Court Judge. We see individuals in this role before and after Judaism was in full swing.
“Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God. Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.…I said, I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion…My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly…If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up. Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay…Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying, I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me. Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy...Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters. For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword. He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain: So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat. His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out. Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers. If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his [God’s way of] up-rightness: Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom. His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: he shall return to the days of his youth: He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render [give] unto man his [God’s] righteousness. He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not; He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light. Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living. Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak. If thou hast anything to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee. If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom…“For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment…[In answer] far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity. For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways. Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment….Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee!” (Job 32:2-19, 33:2-33, 34:5-12, 38:1-3)
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation [appeasement] for our sins: and not for ours [Jewish nation] only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (I John 2:1-2)
In the following passage notice how Abraham acts as an advocate before a judge. Abraham truly put his own life on the line when he opposed God’s predetermined plan. To put this in perspective, compare to God’s thunderous response when Job questioned him. He is the prototype for his spin-off Zeus.
“And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know…but Abraham stood yet before the LORD. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?…Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the LORD, which am but dust and ashes:Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous…Peradventure there shall be forty…Peradventure there shall thirty be found there…Peradventure there shall be twenty found there…Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake. And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: andAbraham returned unto his place.” (Gen 18:20-33)
Moses was the consummate Jewish lawyer, advocating for the people of Israel time and again.
“And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people. Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation. And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, Lord, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand. Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever. And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.” (Exodus 32:9-14)
Is it possible to approach this next section of the Bible with an open mind, not prejudiced one way or another from previous assertions you heard but didn’t take the time to prove from the supposed source text? In the end, you choose what you want to believe, but at least give yourself options.
Let’s start with a recap of the last post to ensure continuity using this chart for referencing time frames as you read the narrative. (Please cut me some slack with the dates which I know are +/- some years but in the ball park, and serve the purpose of placing key persons in relation to each other.)
AM BC Births Deaths
1556 2448 Shem lived 602 yrs – can be extrapolated to brother Ham
1656 2348 The Flood
1658 2346 Arphaxad lived 438 yrs – can extrapolate to cousin Canaan
1693 2311 Salah lived 433 yrs – can extrapolate to cousins Sidon et al
1723 2281 Eber lived 464 yrs – last of the long-lived ancestors
1786 2218 Nimrod same generation as Salah, lived 500 yrs
1819 2185 Serug lived 230 yrs
1849 2155 Nahor lived 228 yrs
1878 2126 Terah lived 205 yrs
2008 1996 Abram lived 175 yrs
2100 —————————————————————————— Canaan
2108 1896 Isaac lived 180 yrs
2158 1846 Shem
2168 1836 Jacob/Israel & Esau lived 147 yrs
2183 1821 Abraham
2187 1817 Eber
~2200 ~1800 Sons of Jacob live from 110-137 yrs
~2286 ~1718 Nimrod by Esau per Jasher
2288 1716 Isaac
2315 1689 Jacob
~2350 ~1650 Jacob’s sons
2433 1571 Moses lived 120 yrs
Recall that Melchizedek Shem’s great-grandson Eber is the father of the Hebrews, the one righteous nation formed at the splitting of humanity into nations at the Tower of Babel. Eber was born before the final countdown deterioration in lifespans, outliving 6 (I think I calculated that right) generations through Jacob, the father of the family that became the nation of Israel. Although not recorded as such in the Bible, it is standard practice that “the land of the Hebrews” is so-called because it was the territory in which the head, and founder in his time, lived. It is also fairly deduced that he provided personal leadership to Jacob, as Shem did with Abraham, as well as living memory reminiscence leadership through Jacob for generations after. This deduction is supported by naming at least a part of the territory “the land of the Hebrews” which
We do know that Jacob’s family were identified as belonging to the Hebrew nation, not an Israelite nation, which didn’t come into existence until hundreds of years later, during the time of Moses. At least part of the Hebrew identification included righteous behavior as followers of Yahweh.
“And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar…an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, [who were not identified as Hebrews so we can deduce these descendants of Abraham chose not to live by Yahweh’s code of righteousness. And their behavior supports that deduction.] which had brought him down thither…And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. [Obviously the LORD is known as the God of the Hebrews to this Egyptian.] And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand…And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife…how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?…she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; ” (Gen 39:1-14)
“And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children. Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee?…and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water. And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.” (Exodus 2:5-11)
We need to keep Jacob/Israel’s Hebrew national background in view as the story line narrows its focus from the whole world at the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11 to Abraham’s offspring from Genesis 12 onward, without altering its theme and main plot which is to restore spiritual life and dominion over the earth to ALL mankind.
“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country [Chaldea], and from thy kindred [extended clan providing protection and sustenance], and from thy father’s house [this would be the oldest living clan leader, in context Arphaxad / Sargon], unto a land that I will shew thee: So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him…and into the land of Canaan they came. (Gen 12:1-5)
We can extrapolate Canaan’s lifespan by matching him up with his cousin Arphaxad, and discover that at this stage of history Canaan is still alive and the land “of Canaan” is literally where he has staked a claim, like William Penn’s “Penn-sylvania”. This is the western leg of the fertile crescent, highly prized territory. No wonder he snatched it up right away, quite likely as an early empire-expanding strategy under his nephew Nimrod when the whole world was under his control. It is known, as you shall discover shortly, that Nimrod, by his name Amraphel, did indeed take, or re-take, control of this territory when its inhabitants tried to shake him off.
Look at the map. Like the land of Chaldea / Arphaxad, the land of Canaan is also filled with city-states. As we learned previously, that means bases for perpetual warfare, preparation for defensive siege or offensive sally forth. Abram just moved from one hot spot to another. What was the point in that? The answer is found in the record of events happening when he got there (Genesis 12:1-5).
Abram was sent into battle.
I will make of thee a great nation
This is the post-Babel epoch when nations were coalescing around national fathers. There is no nation in history that came into being and survived long enough to make it into the history books that didn’t fight to define and maintain its own ethnic identity and geographical boundaries. Archeological sources confirm the biblical record that Canaan and his direct descendants were by no means the only tribes claiming and fighting for pieces of this valuable property. And Abram and his small household were by no means unique rivals. For that reason alone we have no business criticizing him for doing so. Be fair.
Not only that, but possession by this nation under God only occurred as Abraham’s heirs acted in faith on God’s promise, not only to give them the land, but to supernaturally empower them to partner with God to fulfill his purpose to be his earthly representatives. Let’s look at the documented examples.
- Abraham was called out of Mesopotamia to take possession of the land of Canaan only after he publicly proclaimed his faith in Yahweh even to the point of death.
…Abram was clothed with the spirit of God. And he called out and said, Wo unto my father and this wicked generation, whose hearts are all inclined to vanity, who serve these idols of wood and stone which can neither eat, smell, hear nor speak, who have mouths without speech, eyes without sight, ears without hearing, hands without feeling, and legs which cannot move; like them are those that made them and that trust in them.
And when Abram saw all these things his anger was kindled against his father, and he hastened and took a hatchet in his hand, and came unto the chamber of the gods, and he broke all his father’s gods…And Terah entered the room and found all the idols fallen down and broken…And when Terah saw this his anger was greatly kindled, and he hastened and went from the room to Abram. And he found Abram his son still sitting in the house; and he said to him, What is this work thou hast done to my gods?
…And Terah, seeing all that Abram had done, hastened to go from his house, and he went to the king and he came before Nimrod and stood before him, and he bowed down to the king; and the king said, What dost thou want? And he said, I beseech thee my lord, to hear me–Now fifty years back a child was born to me, and thus has he done to my gods and thus has he spoken; and now therefore, my lord and king, send for him that he may come before thee, and judge him according to the law, that we may be delivered from his evil…
And the king said to Abram, What is this that thou hast done to thy father and to his gods?...And Abram answered the king, saying…Dost thou imagine that they can deliver thee or do anything small or great, that thou shouldst serve them? And why wilt thou not sense the God of the whole universe, who created thee and in whose power it is to kill and keep alive? 0 foolish, simple, and ignorant king, woe unto thee forever. I thought thou wouldst teach thy servants the upright way, but thou hast not done this, but hast filled the whole earth with thy sins and the sins of thy people who have followed thy ways. Dost thou not know, or hast thou not heard, that this evil which thou doest, our ancestors sinned therein in days of old, and the eternal God brought the waters of the flood upon them and destroyed them all, and also destroyed the whole earth on their account? And wilt thou and thy people rise up now and do like unto this work, in order to bring down the anger of the Lord God of the universe, and to bring evil upon thee and the whole earth?
Now therefore put away this evil deed which thou doest, and serve the God of the universe, as thy soul is in his hands, and then it will be well with thee. And if thy wicked heart will not hearken to my words to cause thee to forsake thy evil ways, and to serve the eternal God, then wilt thou die in shame in the latter days, thou, thy people and all who are connected with thee, hearing thy words or walking in thy evil ways. And when Abram had ceased speaking before the king and princes, Abram lifted up his eyes to the heavens, and he said, The Lord seeth all the wicked, and he will judge them.
And the king said to the princes and sages, Have you heard what Abram, the son of Terah, has done to his father? …therefore decide what judgment is due to this man who reviled the king; who spake and did all the things that you heard. And they all answered the king saying… having despised our gods, he must therefore be burned to death, for this is the law in this matter...and the king ordered them to take Abram from prison and bring him out to be burned.
…And the Lord loved [in the sense of love as an action verb, as in “two becoming one’ or joined together] Abram and he had compassion over him, and the Lord came down and delivered Abram from the fire and he was not burned. But all the cords with which they bound him were burned, while Abram remained and walked about in the fire…three days and three nights, and all the servants of the king saw him walking in the fire, and they came and told the king, saying, Behold we have seen Abram walking about in the midst of the fire, and even the lower garments which are upon him are not burned, but the cord with which he was bound is burned.
And the king ordered Abram to be taken out from the fire; and his servants approached to take him out and they could not, for the fire was round about and the flame ascending toward them from the furnace. And…the king called to Abram, O servant of the God who is in heaven, go forth from amidst the fire and come hither before me; and Abram hearkened to the voice of the king, and he went forth from the fire and came and stood before the king.
And the king said to Abram, How is it that thou wast not burned in the fire? And Abram said to the king, The God of heaven and earth in whom I trust and who has all in his power, he delivered me from the fire into which thou didst cast me…And the king, princes, and inhabitants of the land, seeing that Abram was delivered from the fire, they came and bowed down to Abram.
And Abram said to them, Do not bow down to me, but bow down to the God of the world who made you, and serve him, and go in his ways for it is he who delivered me from out of this fire, and it is he who created the souls and spirits of all men, and formed man in his mother’s womb, and brought him forth into the world, and it is he who will deliver those who trust in him from all pain.
…And Abram went forth from the king in peace, and many of the king’s servants followed him, and about three hundred men joined him. And Abram returned on that day and went to his father’s house, he and the men that followed him, and Abram served the Lord his God all the days of his life, and he walked in his ways and followed his law. And from that day forward Abram inclined the hearts of the sons of men to serve the Lord.
- Isaac was chosen over Ishmael, who became instead the father of the Arabs and Islam. We can deduce from what we have learned about an heir, the “the only begotten son”, that this is because Isaac, not Ishmael, reflected both Abraham’s and Yahweh’s Savior’s character of obedience unto death.
“Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son. And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called…And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.” (Genesis (Genesis 21:8-13; 22:6-10)
- Jacob was chosen over Esau because he valued the inheritance and acted accordingly.
“And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife…the sister to Laban the Syrian…and Rebekah his wife conceived…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. And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them. And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved [felt unity with] Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: [at the least demonstrating he has no faith in God to preserve his life despite family legacy of such] and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright…And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.” (Genesis 25:20-34, 27:41)
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat / food sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. (Hebrews 12:14-17)
- Joseph was chosen over his twelve brothers because he was “one with”, the image and likeness of, the righteousness and responsibility that his father had matured into in his old age.
It is possible that Joseph’s famous coat of many colors was the means by which Jacob/Israel publicly proclaimed his heir to the Melchizedekian priest-kingship. For certain Joseph did assume the role.
“Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren…and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. Now Israel loved [identified with] Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his [maturity, wisdom] old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved / felt one with him more than all his brethren [i.e. as Isaac had when he made Esau his heir] they hated/repudiated unity with 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.And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 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. [Because he cherished them and feared they would perish in the vendetta created at Shechem]. 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…And Joseph went after his brethren, and…when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. God did send me before you to preserve…you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance…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 [exactly as “Jesus wept” because they don’t understand him even now after all he’s proven to them of his character and power WITHIN HIMSELF THROUGH HIS IDENTITY WITH HIS FATHER WHO SENT HIM TO RESCUE THEM FROM THEIR SIN] when they spake unto him. And Joseph said unto them, Fear not…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.” (Genesis 37:2-18; 45:7; 50:16-20)
“And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him…I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham…But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham…I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth…Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying…Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. (John 8:29-53) Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation [brotherhood]. And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us [the brotherhood of priestly rulers], that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation / brotherhood of rulers perish not / be disbanded and replaced. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 11:47-52; 3:16-17)
I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing
Abraham’s nation, like America, was a haven for the peoples seeking freedom from oppression and want. While Abraham and his small household lived out this promise on a small scale, it exploded on the world scene about 500 years later during the Exodus of the Hebrew people from the oppressive Egyptian Empire. “The Exodus has reverberated through world history”, and is such a significant biblical event, perhaps second only to creation, that it is as vehemently denied by Bible critics as creation itself. What do they substitute for the written record of the Exodus and the establishment of the constitution of the nation of Israel? Their imagination and groundless faith in a world without the God of the Bible.
Many theories have been advanced to explain the composition of the first five books of the Bible, but two have been especially influential. The first of these, Persian Imperial authorisation, advanced by Peter Frei in 1985, holds that the Persian authorities required the Jews of Jerusalem to present a single body of law as the price of local autonomy. Frei’s theory was demolished at an interdisciplinary symposium held in 2000, but the relationship between the Persian authorities and Jerusalem remains a crucial question. The second theory, associated with Joel P. Weinberg and called the “Citizen-Temple Community”, proposes that the Exodus story was composed to serve the needs of a post-exilic Jewish community organised around the Temple, which acted in effect as a bank for those who belonged to it. The books containing the Exodus story served as an “identity card” defining who belonged to this community (i.e., to Israel), thus reinforcing Israel’s unity through its new institutions.
Wow. And what reinforced Israel’s unity in the thousand years or so before this “myth” was invented? If you can accept this explanation by 1) a person living about 3,500 years after the events he pretends to know more about than people who lived during the time in question, and 2) whose purpose in proposing it is to discredit a faith in existence for at least 1,000 years prior to the supposed creation of a justification for their faith, and 3) whose means of discrediting this faith is to call their religious leaders gross liars, I suggest you are as biased as Joel Weinberg. It seems to me that Joel Weinberg should see a therapist for his own personal identity crisis.
There is no question that belief in the Exodus requires faith in the “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds…upholding all things by the word of his power.” (Letter to the Hebrews 1:1-3) I put to you that it requires more faith in god-less speculations than the written record providing scientific verification of the claims made.
For the persons who are at the least willing to consider the biblical narrative, the point I would like to drive home in this post is that it occurred to Hebrews, NOT Jews or Israelites. Let’s all of us keep history in correct chronological order.
“Now Moses [the Hebrew] kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush…And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people [the Hebrews] which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt… (Exodus 3:1-10)
“Aha!” you shout. “The text clearly states bring forth ‘my people the children of Israel’ out of Egypt. So there you have it. It did occur to the Israelites.” Well yes, but the point is, it occurred to the children of Israel because they were Hebrews. On the basis of your limited rationale one could claim that the elders of Israel were the only persons the LORD God visited.
“Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them…I have surely visited you…” (Exodus 3:16)
Obviously the “elders” of Israel” represented the larger body of Israelites. Keep reading, and we will discover that likewise “the children of Israel” represent the large body of Hebrews. Three times the LORD identifies himself as the “God of the Hebrews”.
“Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.” (Exodus 9:1, also verse 13, and 10:3)
The LORD God reiterates himself as the God of prior generations long before the children of Israel came into existence.
“And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses…the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. (Exodus 4:5, also verse 6, verse 15, verse16)
Recall from the prior post that people can be adopted into a different nation than the one they were born into. This happened during the exodus from the Tower of Babel, and also during the exodus from Egypt. In both cases many people from many nationalities within an oppressive empire renounced their allegiance to their source of daily bread and joined the Hebrew nation. Why did they have the faith to do so at the risk of death? Because 250 years after Abraham died, the marvelous exploits his God worked on behalf of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph were still remembered and recounted. And now, during the Egyptian exodus, God proved through the plagues that he would protect the people who obeyed his word – including a mix of nationalities from the Egyptian empire.
“Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die. He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field…(Exodus 9:19-23)
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether...the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people. And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die…Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house [hold under a common oldest ancestor]…and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening [so there is a death, one way or another, in every house by God the judge, either a direct execution or an acceptable substitute.] And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in that night [incorporate the substitute into themselves, become “one with”], roast with fire, and unleavened bread… Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land…And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you…And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead. And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said…And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses…And a mixed multitude went up also with them;” (Exodus 11:1-12:38)
I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee.
The blessing part of this statement is usually highlighted, but this does not grant Abram some random, capricious, undeserved favor. The cursing is usually what is felt. This declaration is not a gift, but is a tremendous burden and responsibility, indicating that Abram will be the representative of Almighty God himself. People are reacting to God when they react to Abram
“And the LORD said unto Samuel [the priest-king], Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.” (I Samuel 8:7)
And anyone acting for God can expect to be cursed, like David by Goliath, or Elijah by Jezebel, or Elisha by the young people who were old enough to intentionally mock God through his representative priest and weren’t insulting his looks, they were glorying in anticipated defeat, or certain Jews who conspired to kill the apostle Paul for his teaching that faith in the Promised Savior, not legalistic Judaism, was the way to salvation for all nations.
The Melchizedekian priesthood does not have to be stated to be understood that is was is delegated here, the functions are self-explanatory. At this time Abram was probably given a special garment, like the Israelite High Priest when he served in the Levitical royal priesthood. Giving a royal garment was certainly standard practice in publicly designating the heir to the throne. King Saul’s son and heir-apparent Jonathan did so when he deferred to David. Solomon inadverdently transferred the kingdom from his son to Jeroboam, a subordinate he had only intended to promote, when he gave him a royal garment.
In any case clothing is just one way we identify ourselves. Abram’s God was most manifested when Abram publicly acted out the will of the Most High God in contrast to the greedy, self-centered exploitive power-hungry leaders identifying themselves with their gods.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in the Promised Savior, Who…made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and… humbled himself, and became obedient… Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him...For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life;” (Philippians 2:5-16)
In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed
This is typically taught as meaning that the Promised Savior would be a descendant of Abraham, which is true, but there is an immediate aspect to this pronouncement that shouldn’t be overlooked. In context, “all the families of the earth” are just coming into existence and scattering across the earth. This is good in that people are escaping oppression. Consider how many Jews were willing to give up everything just to get out of Nazi Germany. But there was a downside as well, primarily in loss of access to knowledge of the one true God.
Abram is not a passive recipient of an arbitrary honor, he is being assigned the most important job on earth. Like the President of the United States, he has been chosen to preserve, protect, and defend liberty and justice for all. Abram’s is the only nation capable of doing so because its constitution, the word of God, covers the whole world, and its boundless resources can provide for a steady stream of refugees.
More than 70 years ago, Arendt wrote about the refugee crisis during World War II in a brief essay entitled, “We Refugees.” …In 1993…the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben reflected on Arendt’s essay within the context of his time…Arendt’s argument that statelessness is a consequence of the modern nation-state forms the backbone of much of Agamben’s powerful critique of sovereignty. The political and legal structure of the nation-state based on the rights of man and citizen excludes those who are not citizens. The exclusion of the stateless, as we witness today, results in the administration of the excluded by national agencies, smugglers, strangers, charities, international organizations and, most tellingly, the police. Agamben is, of course, right. “We Refugees” needs to be read in the context of Arendt’s…The Origins of Totalitarianism.
King of the Mountain
No doubt there was a kind of Oklahoma land rush as the Babel emigres needed to find a place to settle onto as soon as possible for sheer survival.
The people groups who packed up and left Mesopotamia were enslaved workers fleeing Nimrod’s tyranny for freedom at any cost, trading one hard urban life for another hard life on the frontier, risking death in the wilderness. Their life was a struggle for existence as they, like Robinson Crusoe on a deserted island or our own American pioneers heading west, had to build all the food-production infrastructure of flocks, fields, vineyards, orchards, irrigation ditches, wells from the ground up.
And all the while protecting their livelihood and lives from predators in a situation akin to Crusoe’s Caribbean cannibals or the Johnson County War of American history.
“And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee…there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.” (Job 1:14-17)
Abram’s rescue of the cities of the plain provides one example of Abram living up to his responsibility to preserve, protect and defend, and leads us into the concept of the need for a geographical base of operations to do so. This is the concept central to 20th century AD and BC Zionism.
“And the king of Sodom went out to meet him [Abram], after his slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king’s dale [flat space able to accomodate large groups of men, such as armies]. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest-king of the most high God. (Gen 14:17-18)
The mention of Melchizedek bringing out bread and wine may seem superfluous, but certainly one major deduction that can be drawn is that in acting as the host, Melchizedek is identified as the lord of the manor.
The first mention of Urusalim can be traced to Egyptian Execration Texts [formal magical curses placed on their enemies]. The Early Execration Texts…date to the late 20th and 19th centuries B.C… with the Later Execration Texts dating to the late 19th century B.C. In the earlier texts only a few cities are mentioned in this region of Canaan. Jerusalem, Ashkelon and Rehobin are the chief ones in Palestine. In the later texts, the two principal cities of the region are Shechem and Jerusalem…Indeed this is proof that the cities in the patriarchal narrative were in fact occupied and in existence during the Middle Bronze Age (ca 2000-1550 BC)
(This photo of an existing village in Yemen gives a good idea of how the “castle of Zion” / Jerusalem would have looked in the Bronze Age with a small population crowded together on the highest spot for protection.)
Ironically, the Egyptian curses benefit their enemies. These texts support the biblical account that the city was called Jerusalem, the religious center of the Hebrews, in the time frame in which Abram entered the land of Canaan.
In a previous post we studied how the noun identifying a person, place, or thing is the grammatical conversion of the verb describing the actions associated with that entity. An analysis of the name ‘Jerusalem’ (where the English J is a Y in Hebrew), enlightens our understanding of the function of this city.
The forms ירה (yrh) and ירא (yr’) …reflect an exchange of energy from a higher, dispensing level to a lower, receiving level. It appears that the form ירה (yrh) mostly describes the sending of the energy; either the exchange viewed from the perspective of the dispensing side, or else the shock-free absorption of the energy on the receiving side. The form ירא (yr’) appears to deal mostly with the receiving of the energy; the exchange viewed from the perspective of the receiving side, and that usually with the anticipation of intense alteration.
The general meaning of the graceful verb שלם (shalem) is that of wholeness, completeness or “unbrokenness” (and see for the opposite the verb רעע, ra’a)…
In the Hebrew language it’s quite simple to indicate not only a condition (like shalem), but also the means to get there (to “shalemize”). The usage of this shalemize form in Scriptures is quite revealing. Wholeness is achieved or restored most often by some kind of restitutory payment or covenant…shalem is used when vows are to be paid to the Most High, or when days of mourning are to be completed (Isaiah 60:20), and ties in directly to the Messiah and his salvific work (Joel 2:25).
The derivatives of this verb are:
- The famous masculine noun שלום (shalom), meaning peace (Isaiah 32:17). Peace in the Bible doesn’t just indicate a warless state, but rather a state of completeness and harmony or rather un-dividedness. It also covers completeness (Jeremiah 13:19), prosperity (Genesis 43:27), health and safety (Psalm 38:4).
- The masculine noun שלם (shelem) peace offering or a sacrifice for alliance or friendship (Amos 5:22, Exodus 24:5).
- The denominative verb שלם (shalam), meaning to be in a covenant of peace (Job 22:21, Isaiah 42:19).
Peace and how to make it..
Peace — defined as the absence of conflict or discord — may be achieved in…such a level of understanding of irreconcilable elements that these can be…joined, in…a unified theory or system of definition. This process requires no censoring and demonstrates all elements to be most intimately related to the identity of the whole. The key-word of this process is relationship. That’s what this root means.
In Hebrew, peace-making means whole-making, and not warm-fuzzy-deny-your-concerns-and-stop-being-difficult-making. Hebrew peace-making requires the effortful acquisition of intimate knowledge of one’s opponent, and since in Hebrew love-making is pretty much the same as knowing someone (the verb ידע, yada’, means both to know and to have sex…the command to “love your enemy” (Matthew 5:44) has not a lick to do with placidly suffering abuse and trying to conjure up lofty feelings for the brute who’s mistreating you, and everything with studying your enemy until you know enough about him to either appreciate his motives (and behave in such a compatible way that he stops assaulting you) or else blow him out of the water by being superior.
When Jesus says, “blessed are the peace-makers” (Matthew 5:9), he does not refer to those people who insist we should all assume a state of blissful indifference, but rather those people who grab the bull by the horns and stare deep into his eyes and pick his brain with an axe. Making peace starts with making a relationship with your enemy, and it results in getting to know your enemy (which in turn makes the chance excellent that at some point your enemy will stop being your enemy).
There has been continual enmity over who will control this stretch of land from the very beginning. Take a guess how the perpetual conflict ends.
“And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.” (Gen 9:24-26)
It appears that Abram was successful in executing his directive to take possession of the “land of Canaan” as, some four generations later, Abraham’s great-grandson renames this territory “the land of the Hebrews.”
“And Joseph said unto him…I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews.” (Gen 40:12,15)
This is consistent with God’s covenant to give this land to Abraham’s descendants.
“And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years [counting from 1/2 Egyptian Ishmael’s mistreatment of Isaac]; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation [Jacob – Levi – Kohath – Amram – Moses] they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.… the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” (Gen 15:7-21)
Please don’t jump to the false conclusion that this biblical passage must be justifying the current Israeli nation’s treatment of the Palestinians therefore the Bible is nothing but propaganda for a racist imperial people and therefore can and should be rejected. Remember the primary rule for this posting – don’t take statements out of context.
The Hebrews and the Canaanites of the 2nd millenium B.C. are not the Israelis and the Palestinians of the 2nd millenium A.D. The biblical purpose for giving the land to Abraham was so that he and his heirs to God’s promise in Genesis 3:15 could be the four-dimensional humans through whom the hyper-dimensional Spirit God could interact in order to bless the rest of the world, not lord it over them. Can we keep an open mind as we gather data about peoples and circumstances we don’t yet know enough about to pass judgment?
For starters, the nations to be driven out or destroyed by Abraham’s heirs were not the only current inhabitants of the land when the Israelites marched in, so the order to wipe out certain people groups was not simply to clear the playing field for the Israelites. Because most people don’t even read the book against which they form deeply hostile opinions, they don’t realize that the nation of Israel was not the only nation to whom God granted land IN THIS SAME TERRITORY.
“These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Red sea…according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them…Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them…Command thou the people, saying…
- pass through the coast of your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of you...Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession. Ye shall buy meat of them for money, that ye may eat; and ye shall also buy water of them for money, that ye may drink.
- Distress not the Moabites…for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession
- And when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession. (Deuteronomy 1:1-8, 2:1-19)
- Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not, nor unto any place of the river Jabbok, nor unto the cities in the mountains, nor unto whatsoever the Lord our God forbad us. (Deuteronomy 2:37)
The Israelites were not the only conscriptees in the wars against the giants. And just like the Israelites, these other nations won their lands by first clearing out the giants. According to the LORD’s instructions to the incoming Israelites, these giant-killing wars occurred while the children of Israel were developing into a nation during their sojourn in the land of Egypt. Remember, Lot was Abram’s nephew.
- I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession. The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims.
- I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession. (That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims; A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead:
- The Horims also dwelt in Seir beforetime; but the children of Esau succeeded them, when they had destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the Lord gave unto them.
- And the Avims which dwelt in Hazerim, even unto Azzah, the Caphtorims, which came forth out of Caphtor, destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.)
Secondly, like their father, Abraham’s descendants were “chosen / drafted” to go to war against wickedness in high places. The purpose for eliminating the specifically named nations was to protect ALL the inhabitants of this territory – the Israelite newcomers AND the existing residents – from the gross evil perpetrated by these particular people groups whose iniquity had “come to the full” after hundreds of years of opportunity to repent and change their ways.
Abram’s era was during the early stage of recovery from the flood apocalypse. This is evident from the sizes of the “kingdoms” during the Genesis 14 war, which are mere city-states ruled by petty lords. Like Greece in its early days following the flood, or England during the Dark Ages following the apocalyptic disintegration of the Roman Empire, these city-states are significant for providing a castle-fort with a high tower where the lord’s subjects can flee for safety during raids by the neighbors.
Any advantage held by one group of combatants over another, such as hilltop fortification or giant warriors, made the difference between life and death for the typical nation.
- Amraphel king of Shinar. As established earlier, this is giant Nimrod, politically cut down to size after his failed bid for total power at Babel. The post on Nimrod explains how his union with his mother Semiramis produced sexually fertile offspring capable of unlimited reproduction of more hybrid giants. We should expect that giants were in his entourage.
- Arioch king of Ellasar [Larsa], a Semite nation whose post-flood city was built on a known pre-flood site. We should therefore expect that they were pursuing the antediluvian way of life, including fallen angel empowerment by any means.
- Chedorlaomer king of Elam, a Semitic nation, suggesting that Sargon or his heirs saw the chance to seize power back at Nimrod’s downfall.
- Tidal king of nations. Sounds impressive but more likely a motley crew of small clans too insignificant to know or even care about their names, notice they don’t have named cities. This corresponds to American Indian wars, where only the name of the leader who rallied together the small Indian nations, powerless individually, is important enough to memorialize.
This confederation of nation-states smote the following nations, of which those marked with * are defined in scripture as giants.
- Rephaims* in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the
- Zuzims* in Ham, and the
- Emins* in Shaveh Kiriathaim, And the
- Horites* in their mount Seir…and…the
- Amalekites*, and also the
- Amorites,* that dwelt in Hazezontamar, “whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks;” (Amos 2:9)
- Bera king of Sodom, and
- Birsha king of Gomorrah, and
- Shinab king of Admah, and
- Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and
- the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;)
It is reasonable to deduce that the five city-states, confederate as they were with the mountain giants, also had inbred hybrid non-human traits. How else would the city-states at the Dead Sea calculate that they had a chance to win a battle after the named giants, even having the high ground advantage, had been defeated? This deduction supported by the record that the Dead Sea Pentapolis was initially the only target of the Mesopotamian alliance against the giant stronghold, and that standard war strategy was implemented during the second phase wherein armies must eliminate the enemy’s peripheral defenses before concentrating its full forces on the enemy stronghold.
The Sodomites’ compulsion to consort with the angelic visitors infers knowledge of the antediluvian power-imputing sexual practices, worth giving up their eyesight.
“And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night. [To see what happens.] And he pressed upon them greatly he knows what is going to happen]; and they turned in unto him…But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door. (Gen 20:1-11)
The drastic judgment levied against the Dead Sea Pentapolis is certainly consistent with the judgment imposed on the devil and his angels / messengers, including hybrids, in contrast to God’s longsuffering towards humanity described as “not willing that any should perish.”
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (Matthew 25:31-41)
“There were giants in the earth in those days [before the flood]; and also after that…the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great…and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually…and God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt [no longer pure genetically]; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them…” (Gen 6:5-13)
“And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know…Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. (Gen 19:18-26)
As a side note, becoming a pillar or pile of salt describes the moist body being instantly desiccated into nothing but the minerals in the body like sodium, potassium, calcium, etc. There is no reason to assume that Lot’s wife was singled out for the vaporization which occurred at the time of the fiery blast, just that she was the only one of Lot’s family who removed herself from the extra-dimensional shield provided by the angel escorts in order to “look back”. This leads one to speculate on, at least some of, the origins of the heavy concentration of salts in and around the “Dead” Sea. Hmmm.
About 400 years after the Genesis 14 War the land was still filled with giants.
“And they returned from searching of the land after forty days…the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there...the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan…all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” (Numbers 13:17-33)
After Esau had won his territory by conquering the giant Horites, his son Eliphaz named a son “Amalek”. Since names define significant attributes, we should conclude that this information is documented to alert us that Esau’s grandson manifested characteristics passed down from an Amalekite mother’s giant genes. Given the notoriety of the Amalekites at that time in history as vicious giant warriors, it is unthinkable that a child would be named Amalek for any other reason. Can you imagine anyone but a Neo-Nazi naming their child “Adolph Hitler”?
The Amalekites first appear in biblical history in the Genesis 14 War. After the Rephaims, the Zuzims, the Emims, the Horites and the Amorites were eliminated, they managed to hold on to territory within the Promised Land and were implacable enemies of God’s people. Their prominence in the prophecy given by God through Balaam (who, by the way, was not an Israelite but an Hebrew) alerts us to their close association to Satan. Christians may skim over the name of an unfamiliar and assumedly insignicant since ancient nation, but at the time Balaam’s blessing and cursing was spoken into existence it was well understood to be a resounding challenge by the Creator’s Promised Seed to the claims of pagan sons of god / kings starting with Nimrod.
“And when Balaam saw that it pleased the LORD to bless Israel…he set his face toward the wilderness. And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him.
And he took up his parable, and said: How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river’s side, as the trees of lign aloes which the LORD hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters.
- HE [the Son of God / King of Israel] shall pour the water out of his buckets, and
- HIS seed shall be in many waters, and
- HIS king shall be higher than Agag [king of the Amalekites], and HIS kingdom shall be exalted. God brought him forth out of Egypt;
- HE hath as it were the strength of an unicorn:
- HE shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.
- HE couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee. [Notice he knows this Abrahamic prophecy]…I will advertise thee what this people shall do to thy people in the latter days…there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall:
- smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth. [They were given a chance to ally with Israel for protection but chose not to.]
- And Edom shall be a possession [of Israel, instead of the possessor of Israel],
- Seir / Hor also shall be a possession for his enemies; and Israel shall do valiantly…
- And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek was the first of the nations [like the “first lady”, influencial and respected]; but his latter end shall be that he perish for ever.
- And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, Strong is thy dwellingplace, and thou puttest thy nest in a rock. Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.
- “And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim/Cyprus, and shall afflict Asshur/Assyria, and shall afflict Eber/Hebrews, and he [Chittim] also shall perish for ever.”
Don’t we always cheer on the hero who takes on the bad guys?
Superman Returns, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man; it seems the list of superhero movies since the dawn of the 21st century goes on and on. The revival of genre has surpassed all expectations…Since the 2002 beginning of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, American and much of the world have been enmeshed in the local and global repercussions of armed conflict. Superheroes are quite similar to military personnel in some ways; they are charged with bringing peace, fighting violently if necessary, and trying to maintain a normal life…Most superheroes serve as a hope-inspiring figure, an image of someone who can save us all from dark and difficult times…Some experts consider this message a necessary reassurance in difficult times.
We can consider the French and Indian War in America as an equivalent situation to that in the Levant, when the newcomer European settlers allied with friendly Indian nations to war against their common enemy Indian tribes. This was memorialized by James Fenimore Cooper, who is not accused of being a villain because he supported the settlers’ right to take over land that was under constant dispute by warring Indian nations.
James Fenimore Cooper is considered by many to be America’s first great novelist. His most popular work, The Last of the Mohicans, has remained one of the most widely read novels throughout the world, greatly influencing the way many cultures have viewed both the American Indians and the frontier period of U.S. history.
Cooper is most famous for his Leather-Stocking Tales (i.e. the Adventures of Natty Bumppo)…Natty Bumppo, the principle character in all five novels, is a wild, white frontiersman, brought up primarily by the Delaware Indians of present day up-state New York…Natty often acted as an interpreter or a go-between for the whites and the reds. [We can view him as an allegory for Israel acting as a go-between God and mankind.]
Cooper had the gall to create Indian characters with redeeming, human qualities, something that hadn’t been done by white authors. At the time, the majority of white Americans were not willing to recognize Indians as “civilized” or “human”, yet Cooper was truly an innovator in this respect. Unfairly, Cooper was criticized for creating the “noble red man.” But not all of Cooper’s Indian characters were “civilized”. In The Last of the Mohicans, a group of savage Indians kidnap two white sisters. These Indians become the antagonists of the story; we are led to hate not only their motive but their tribe as well. [We can view this as another allegory of certain vicious, but not all, Canaanite nations.]…
Throughout the Leather-Stocking Tales, Natty is constantly at struggle with the Iroquois Indians and rescues women like clockwork. [Yep, another allegory of what God’s nation was assigned to do – rescue the perishing.]
The Cambridge History of American Literature calls Natty Bumppo, “the most memorable character American fiction has given to the world.” – a great honor, indeed. To Cooper, Natty could have been an alter ego; a character that possessed qualities that he himself strived for — qualities such as courage, loyalty, or individualism.
The Canaanite nations are not the only nations being served notice of judgment. On the contrary, Israel is the first to suffer judgment and punishment, because this nation had more opportunity than the others to know and be supported in doing the right thing.
“And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly…he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.” (Deut 7:3-4,10)
“the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things…Who will render to every man according to his deeds…unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness – indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile…For there is no respect of persons with God.” (Romans 2:2-11)
“Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word, And say, Hear the word of the Lord, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates: Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place. For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people. But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation. For thus saith the LORD unto the king’s house of Judah; Thou art Gilead unto me, and the head of Lebanon: yet surely I will make thee a wilderness, and cities which are not inhabited. And I will prepare destroyers against thee, every one with his weapons: and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast them into the fire. And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this great city? Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them. Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work…did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him? He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know / identify with me? saith the LORD. But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it...I will give thee into the hand of them that seek thy life, and into the hand of them whose face thou fearest, even into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans. And I will cast thee out…O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD. (Jeremiah 22:1-29)
Enough information is documented about the judgment against Israel to allow us to deduce the evil for which the Canaanite nations were condemned.
“Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father: For
- he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel – ruled with an arbitrary and absolute authority, and not as a theocratic sovereign subject to the authority of the Mosaic constitution
- and made also molten images [physical objects in which evil spirits are invited to reside as a focal point for worship, blessings and cursings] for Baal-im [plural of Baal / lord / one who a vassal pledges to serve in exchange for benefits.
An idol or an image is a living embodiment…not a lifeless form. Life is poured into [therefore out of someone else according to the physics law of Conservation of Energy] when it is reverentially worshipped with devotion. Devotion has such power…By overcoming the duality of the subject and the object…you can experience oneness with the divinity…In idol worship the true worshipper becomes God!… Idol worship is a transformative practice…before a devotee worships an idol…he has to ritually install it and breathe life (prana) into it…It is called establishing life breathe into the idol (prana pratishta)…It is your life energy which…at the end of the ritual…returns to you, purified and elevated. Inside your body, it purifies you further…when a devotee worships an idol, he also worships the deity who is present in him as his hidden Self “…and attains immortal life through knowledge.”
Does this help understand why God repeatedly prohibits idol worship in the strongest terms?
“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” (Exodus 20:5)
…The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination [as studied earlier, an abomination is a means by which an evil spirit expresses itself thru a physical manifestation, which Hinduism acknowledges to be demonic possession] to the LORD thy God. Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing. (Deuteronomy 7:25-26)
- Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom,
The Purpose of Incense In meditation… consciousness turns its control over to the subconscious and provides an opportunity for Divine Spirit connection and communication. For this reason, incense can be a valuable tool for any spiritual practitoner. Incense is used to heighten an individual’s awareness, focus their thoughts, and bring about calm or healing energies during spiritual work. They are used for giving thanks and honoring spirits.
- and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.
Warning: Subject matter may disturb
Historical revisionist theories regularly receive more traction among Bible critics than the facts would warrant. For example, consider the subject of polytheism verses monotheism. Most religious history books teach that cultures that were polytheistic (believers in many gods) naturally progressed towards becoming monotheistic (believers in one God). This is seen, even by agnostics as being a necessary step toward becoming a more mature society. Increasingly however, Bible critics challenge that idea. They see the move from polytheism to monotheism as a negative development. According to their version of history, gentle nature worshipping polytheistic societies such as Canaan were supplanted by aggressive monotheistic cultures like the Hebrews which were less tolerant, sexually repressed and war-like.
The answer to this charge is obvious to Bible students. For the Bible paints a picture of Canaanite society dominated by a religious system that was both licentious and cruel. Canaanite gods demanded human sacrifice and more specifically, the sacrifice of children. In the Bible book of Jeremiah, God states, “They built the high places of Baal in order to burn their sons in the fire as whole burnt offerings to Baal, something that I had not commanded or spoken of and that had never even come into my heart.” (Jeremiah 19:5) The Bible is clear that child sacrifice was a regular feature of the religion of the Canaanites and the surrounding nations. “…they do for their gods every detestable thing that Jehovah hates, even burning their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods.” (Deuteronomy 12:31) Did the Canaanites really ritually burn their children? The revisionists say no. Any mention of Canaanite child sacrifice in the Bible is just propaganda to justify the subjection of Canaan. Recent scientific studies may have resolved the question.
According to the Bible, centers of worship for Canaanite gods such as Molech and the Baals were set up in Judah and Israel by apostate kings. Child sacrifice was even practiced in the Valley of Hinnom just outside of Jerusalem. Yet religious reformers such as King Josiah pulled down these places and rendered them unfit for use, “He also made unfit for worship Topheth, which is in the Valley of the Sons of Hinnom, so that no one could make his son or his daughter pass through the fire to Molech.” (2 Kings 23:10) So it is no surprise that these sites which Josiah sought to erase have not been positively identified. Other Canaanite places of worship in Israel that have been identified have not yet yielded evidence of child sacrifice.*(see footnote) Yet absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. There is good reason to believe the Bible did not exaggerate Canaanite barbarism.
Although Canaanite civilization was largely driven out of the land of Israel, it emigrated elsewhere, founding colonies along the Mediterranean coast of North Africa, where it thrived for centuries. Most notable among these was the colony of Carthage in modern-day Tunisia. That city-state became so powerful it at one time rivaled the Roman republic. Carthaginians spoke the Canaanite language and importantly, practiced Canaanite religion. They also seemed to have brought with them their cruel predilection for child sacrifice.
Ancient Authorities Reported Child Sacrifice In Carthage
Writing in the 4th century B.C.E, the Greek historian Cleitarchus said of the Carthaginian practice, “There stands in their midst a bronze statue of Kronos, its hands extended over a bronze brazier, the flames of which engulf the child. When the flames fall upon the body, the limbs contract and the open mouth seems almost to be laughing until the contracted body slips quietly into the brazier. Thus it is that the ‘grin’ is known as ‘sardonic laughter,’ since they die laughing.” (trans. Paul G. Mosca) “Kronos” was a regional name for Baal Hammon, the chief of Carthage’s gods.
Another Greek historian named Diodorus Siculus writing less than a hundred years after the fall Carthage affirms his countryman’s account. “There was in their city a bronze image of Cronus extending its hands, palms up and sloping toward the ground, so that each of the children when placed thereon rolled down and fell into a sort of gaping pit filled with fire.”
Around the same time the famous Greek historian Plutarch charged, “with full knowledge and understanding they themselves offered up their own children, and those who had no children would buy little ones from poor people and cut their throats as if they were so many lambs or young birds; meanwhile the mother stood by without a tear or moan; but should she utter a single moan or let fall a single tear, she had to forfeit the money, and her child was sacrificed nevertheless; and the whole area before the statue was filled with a loud noise of flutes and drums took the cries of wailing should not reach the ears of the people.”
Archeological Evidence Of Infant Sacrifice
In 1921, French archeologists excavated some of the ancient Carthage. One site appeared to be an ancient graveyard. The site had hundreds of grave markers. Underneath each one was a clay urn containing the cremated remains of human infants and animals (sometimes as many as seven urns were found one on top of another under a single marker). The soil was rich with olive wood charcoal indicating fires had been kept burning here for long periods of time.
The archeologists dubbed this place a “Tophet” which is the Hebrew word for the place of child sacrifice near Jerusalem at Jeremiah 7:31. In time, many more Tophet cemeteries were discovered. The largest contained the remains of approximately 20,000 infants in urns as well as some animals.
The fact that animals were buried here along with human infants seemed to suggest that this was not a normal cemetery for children. One urn containing the remains of an animal had an inscription indicating that animal was a “substitute”. This supports the archeologists conclusion that the “Tophet” contained the remains of sacrificial victims who had been burned to death as the Bible as well as the Greek and Roman historians had all claimed. Yet some skeptics remained. Perhaps the children had been burned after they had died of natural causes?
The inscriptions on the urns are helpful in this regard. Some of them record that vows to Tanit and Baal Hammon had been met (Tanit was the consort of Baal Hammon. She is known as Ashtoreth in the Bible – 1 Kings 11:23). Many other inscriptions record dedications from the children’s parents to Baal Hammon or Tanit, ending with the explanation that the god concerned had “heard my voice and blessed me”.
Dr Josephine Quinn of the University of Oxford conducted extensive research on the burial urns. Regarding the dedication inscriptions, she concluded, “People have tried to argue that these archaeological sites are cemeteries for children who were stillborn or died young, but quite apart from the fact that a weak, sick or dead child would be a pretty poor offering to a god, and that animal remains are found in the same sites treated in exactly the same way, it’s hard to imagine how the death of a child could count as the answer to a prayer.”
The final line of evidence came from analysis of bones and teeth found in the urns. In the last few years, experts from a number of Academic institutions examined the contents of over 340 burial urns. Determining the exact age of the infants from the burnt bones is difficult because the heat of the fire degrades, shrinks and warps them. However in most cases, the teeth of the infants survived in better condition. As teeth grow in length, the enamel and dentine grow in thickness at a universal rate. Thus it is possible to determine the age of a baby from the thickness of the enamel and dentine.
What the researchers found is that 67% of the infants were between 1 and 2 months old and that the percentage of infant remains from babies who lived longer is very low. This does not come close to the expected pattern of mortality rates in ancient times. Rather it is strongly suggestive that a particular age group was deliberately selected and that these did not die of natural causes.
Put together the Biblical evidence, the evidence of multiple highly regarded ancient historians, the archeological evidence and the conclusion becomes overwhelming and inescapable. The Canaanites really did practice child sacrifice. Human sacrifice was widespread amongst many cultures in ancient times but infant sacrifice was relatively unknown outside of Canaanite civilization. The deliberate murder of infant children was a pronounced feature of Canaanite religion. The Bible does not exaggerate the crimes of the Canaanites.
What kind of heartless people kill their own infants? Oh. Our own “enlightened” society. And for the exact same reason. The profit motive.
- And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, [Nimrod’s enduring world-wide effort to “reach unto heaven” to replace the God of creation and judgment with the false go Orion.
- and under every green tree.” (II Kings 16:2-4) [still practiced today, well illustrated by Norse mythology’s usurpation of the Promised Seed’s role in sacrificing himself.]
“Manasseh…did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them. And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said, In Jerusalem will I put my name. And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used en-chant-ments [reciting magic spells], and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. And he set a graven image of the grove that he had made in the house, of which the LORD said to David, and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put my name for ever:” (II Kings 21:1-7)
Let’s make the effort to gather collateral information about the Canaanite patterns of behavior so vile as to need wiping off the face of the earth. According to non-biblical scholars, the Bible is a major source of information about the Canaanites, whose existence, for at least a thousand years before the Exodus, is acknowledged to be a reality even if the Exodus isn’t. In science this is called “bias.” Anyway…
Much of what scholars know about the Canaanites comes from records left by the people they came into contact with. Some of the most detailed surviving records come from the site of Amarna, in Egypt, and from the Hebrew Bible…”Canaan was not made up of a single ‘ethnic’ group but consisted of a population whose diversity may be hinted at by the great variety of burial customs and cultic structures” wrote Ann Killebrew, an archaeology professor at Penn State University.
“And the sons of Ham…Canaan. And Canaan begat Sidon his first born, and Heth, And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite, And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad. And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.”
The biblical account of Canaan’s claim stretching from coastal western Syria to the boarder of Egypt is well documented by archeologists.
Sidon, Canaan’s first born and crown jewel, is not named as such among the seven nations but as Canaan’s scion is not only included in the broad category of “Canaanite”, but is the ultimate representative of a Canaanite. Sidon is considered the seat of the Phoenician, i.e. Canaanite, civilization in that most of the trading ships which spread Phoenician cedarwood, goods, culture, and colonies were launched from this city’s port. The Phoenician port colony of Carthage on the northern coast of Africa is reminiscent of the description of Atlantis, and an artist’s rendition from historic descriptions and archeological finds gives us a sense of what Sidon’s heyday was probably like.
Artifacts manufactured at Sidon have been found throughout Mesopotamia, Egypt, Rome and even Britain. Through its trade, Sidon was the most powerful city-state of ancient Phoenicia. One of its primary trade goods came from mollusks in that part of the Mediterranean from which were manufactured the purple dye which was so rare and expensive that the color purple became synonymous with royalty. In addition, glass manurfacture was conducted on such a vast scale that the very invention of glass has often been attributed to Sidon.
An alternate view of history would be that Sidon “re-introduced” the production of glass from records carried through the flood by Ham. There is evidence that Sidon was inhabited as long ago as 4000 B.C., i.e. the dawn of biblical human history, with evidence of historical continuity from about the time of the flood. This suggests that Sidon was guided by his antediluvian grandfather Ham to settle at a pre-flood site to exploit a known source of self-empowerment. This emerges as a pattern with the rest of Canaan’s sons as well.
The city flourished as part of a loose confederacy of city-states spread along the coast of the land of Canaan…with each city operating as a sovereign state ruled over by a king…This brought Sidon into competition with…the city of Tyre. In the 10th century BCE, the balance of power shifted to Tyre primarily due to the leadership of…Hiram. Tyre forged trade agreements with the newly minted kingdom of Israel-Judah and her king David. This agreement made Tyre wealthy and Sidon, trying to compete, entered into their own pacts with the kingdom of Israel [which split from David’s clan Judah after Solomon] including the marriage of the Sidonian princess Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, to King Ahab (a story famous from the Bible). Jezebel’s insistence on maintaining her own religion was an affront [ahh, more like civil war, promoting serial murder as her religion did, see I Kings 18 and I Kings 21]..and Ahab’s rule was ended by a coup…and with it, Sidonian trade agreements with Israel. [To say the least…]
The biblical account of the fall of the house of Sidon makes an episode of Game of Thrones pale in comparison. I dare you to be bored with this chapter in the Bible.
“And Elisha the prophet called one of the children [trainees] of the prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramothgilead: and when thou comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber; Then take the box of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and flee, and tarry not [not sure what the reaction will be]. So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to Ramothgilead.
And when he came, behold, the captains of the host were sitting; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. And Jehu said, Unto which of all us? And he said, To thee, O captain. And he arose, and went into the house; and he poured the oil on his head, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I have anointed thee king over the people of the LORD, even over Israel. And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord, at the hand of Jezebel. For the whole house of Ahab shall perish…And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door, and fled.
Then Jehu came forth to the servants of his lord: and one said unto him, Is all well? wherefore came this mad fellow to thee? And he said unto them, Ye know the man, and his communication. And they said, It is false; tell us now. And he said, Thus and thus spake he to me, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I have anointed thee king over Israel.
Then they hasted, and took every man his [protective battle] garment, and put it under him [like a bullet proof vest] on the top of the stairs, and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is king. So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat the son of Nimshi conspired against Joram [heir to Ahab and Jezebel]…
And Jehu said, If it be your minds, then let none go forth nor escape out of the city to go to tell it in Jezreel. So Jehu rode in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; for Joram lay there. And Ahaziah king of Judah was come down to see Joram.
And there stood a watchman on the tower in Jezreel, and he spied the company of Jehu as he came, and said, I see a company. And Joram said, Take an horseman, and send to meet them, and let him say, Is it peace? [Expecting a coup d’etate.] So there went one on horseback to meet him, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu said, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind [to follow/join] me. And the watchman told, saying, The messenger came to them, but he cometh not again.
Then he sent out a second on horseback, which came to them, and said, Thus saith the king, Is it peace? And Jehu answered, What hast thou to do with peace? turn thee behind me. And the watchman told, saying, He came even unto them, and cometh not again: and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi; for he driveth furiously.
And Joram said, Make ready. And his chariot was made ready. And Joram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met him in the portion of Naboth the Jezreelite [foreshadowing here!]. And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?
And Joram turned his hands, and fled, and said to Ahaziah, There is treachery, O Ahaziah. And Jehu drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down in his chariot. [Some fantastic shooting from a bouncing chariot or else the first “guided missile” in the Middle East.]
Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take up, and cast him in the portion of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite: for remember how that, when I and thou rode together after Ahab his father, the LORD laid this burden upon him; Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of his sons, saith the Lord; and I will requite thee in this plat, saith the LORD. Now therefore take and cast him into the plat of ground, according to the word of the LORD.
But when Ahaziah the king of Judah saw this, he fled by the way of the garden house. And Jehu followed after him, and said, Smite him also in the chariot. And they did so at the going up to Gur, which is by Ibleam. And he fled to Megiddo, and died there…
And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window. And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?
And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs. And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot. And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king’s daughter. And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. [How do I know she was tattoed? Because it was a pagan practice at that time.]
Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel. (2 Kings 9)
The Sidonian Jezebel is a portrait of why God said to destroy the Canaanites and their culture from among his people.
“And [Israel’s king] Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him. And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him…there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself [ahh! that profit motive from trade with Sidon!!] to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.” (I Kings 16:30-33, 21:24-26)
This woman was so notorious in Jewish culture, carried through the Bible into Christian culture, that “Jezebel” became a permanent synonym for a wicked, powerful-through-cunning woman.
“I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols [which incorporates the evil spirit into the eater]. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:” (Rev 2:20-26)
We can see the same name spelled “Isabella” in Spanish. She is the virtual reincarnation of the Sidonian Jezebel, who could very well have been her ancestor. Their bloody roads to power certainly match.
Isabella is famous, with her husband Ferdinand, for funding Christopher Columbus’ exploratory voyage to the new world in 1492. This single action motivated by trade and empowerment through religion, so characteristic of the Sidonian’s practices, shot Spain to stratospheric heights of wealth and power.
“Spain enjoyed a cultural golden age in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries when silver and gold from American mines increasingly financed a long series of European and North African wars.” Who paid for this siphoning of wealth? “The population of the Native American population in Mexico declined by an estimated 90% (reduced to 1–2.5 million people) by the early 17th century. In Peru, the indigenous Amerindian pre-contact population of around 6.5 million declined to 1 million by the early 17th century. The overwhelming cause of the decline in both Mexico and Peru was infectious diseases, such as smallpox and measles, although the brutality of the Encomienda [forced labor] also played a significant part in the population decline. And then there was the religious persecution.
Beginning in 1514 Spanish conquerors adopted “the Requirement,” an ultimatum in which Indians were forced to accept “the Church as the Ruler and Superior of the whole world” or face persecution. If Indians did not immediately comply, the Requirement warned them:
“We shall take you and your wives and your children, and shall make slaves of them, and as such shall sell and dispose of them as their Highnesses may command; and we shall take away your goods, and shall do all the harm and damage that we can.”
Since 1971 Columbus Day has been celebrated in the U.S. as federal holiday, and on October 9, 2002, President George W. Bush issued a presidential proclamation celebrating “Columbus’ bold expedition [and] pioneering achievements,” directing that “the flag of the United States be displayed on all public buildings on the appointed day in honor of Christopher Columbus.” 
Missing from this proclamation was any mention of violence, slavery, religious persecution, or the pursuit of gold. Yet Columbus himself was more forthcoming about how he should be remembered. In a letter penned a few years before his death, Columbus wrote: “I ought to be judged as a captain who for such a long time up to this day has borne arms without laying them aside for an hour.” 
Isabella is also famous for being “Europe’s first great queen“. The similarities between the two Jezebels are striking
- Established the first strong European / Israelite nation-state through the creation of “the Holy Brotherhood”, used to keep Castilian nobles in check. This establishment of royal authority is known as the Pacification of Castile, and can be seen as one of the crucial steps toward the creation of one of Europe’s first strong nation-states.
“Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD …the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred…eat at Jezebel’s table.” (I Kings 18:13,19)
- With her husband expelled all Jews who would not convert to Christianity from their lands on pain of death in the most cataclysmic event for Jews prior to the holocaust under the goals of the infamous Inquisition under Torquemada to ferret out by torture and execute by cruel means any heretic non-Catholic – Moslems and Christian dissidents as well. While inquisitions swept all of “Christian” Europe, the Spanish Inquisition was the most infamous of all religious persecutions. “Put your feet to the fire” and “a slow death” were not figures of speech.
“And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away…Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel [a pitifully small remnant of about 1.5% out of an estimated total population of 450,000], all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” (I Kings 19:14-18)
Those familiar with the fictional Cercei Lannister on Game of Thrones. should recognize the same power-grabbing actions in her reign. Watching this program triggers a gut horror reaction that is more educational than simply reading words for which we have no visual context from our own limited experience.
Cercei was ranked No. 1 of “30 Best Game of Thrones Villains” by Rolling Stone and described as the “most dangerous human being in Westeros“. This is quite a tribute if you consider that Ramsey Bolton is only ranked No. 4, despite his characterization as “‘pure evil ‘…basically Ted Bundy with a rich politician for a dad and an army at his beck and call. Mutilating Theon, raping Sansa, murdering Osha, literally feeding his stepmom and her newborn to the dogs: He’s the sort of irredeemable monster you usually read about in books on serial killers. His brand of glibly unrepentant awfulness isn’t for everyone, but it stands out even amid GoT’s usual level of brutality — and that counts for a lot.”
If you still feel that a God who would order certain groups to be destroyed is a monster, watch Game of Thrones, or at least read about the characters on this top rated, historically based show, and consider whose side you want to be on – the defender or the destroyer of the living. Surely we’ve learned about enough monster politicians in our own recent history to realize there are real threats to humanity by rulers with their devoted followers.
This is why the American men and women who fought World War II, “not for fame or recognition, but because it was the ‘right thing to do'” are labeled “The Greatest Generation” of Americans by journalist Tom Brokaw.
Sidon still exists today in Lebanon, but that doesn’t mean that the ancient Sidonians didn’t experience judgment.
Like other Phoenician [i..e. Canaanite] capitals, Sidon suffered the depredations of a succession of conquerors. At the end of the Persian era, unable to resist the superior forces of the emperor Artaxerxes lll, the desperate Sidonians locked their gates and immolated themselves in their homes rather than submit to the invader. More than 40,000 died the flames. Shortly after, in 333 B.C., the decimated city was too weak to oppose the triumphal march down the coast of Alexander the Great, and sued for peace. The city had the status of re public in the early days of Roman domination (64 B.C. – 330 A.D.) before passing into the hands of the Byzantines and, in 667, of the Arabs. In 1111, Sidon was besieged and stormed by the Crusader Baldwin, soon to become King of Jerusalem…In 1187, the city surrendered to Saladin, but was re-occupied by the Crusaders in 1287, later passing into the hands of the Saracens. The Templars recaptured it briefly before abandoning it for good in 1291 after the fall of Acre to the Mameluk forces. In the 15th Century, Sidon was one of the ports of Damascus. It flourished once more during the 17th Century when it was rebuilt by Fakhreddine lI, then ruler of Lebanon, although he was obliged to fill in Sidon’s harbor out of fear of the Turkish fleet. By the beginning of the 19th Century, Sidon had sunk into obscurity.
Heth For many years critics of the Bible treated the lack of archeological evidence of the Hittites as proof that the Bible was just another ancient book of myths. Archeological discoveries beginning in 1876 have since proved the existence of this group as a powerful people based in Turkey. If you look at the map you’ll see that this nation had plenty of space to retreat back to.
Like his brother Sidon, Heth also re-occupied a notable pre-flood site. Hattusha was a vast fortress-city with soaring citadels and elaborate temples, originally founded by the Hatti just before the flood ~ 2500 BCE.
The similiarities between Hattushan, Babylonian and Egyptian sphinxes unmistakably point to a recent and commonly shared ante-diluvian culture providing the basis for the earliest post-diluvian cultures.
Even more important is the timing of Hattusha’s construction, its primarily defensive form and function and its remote location high in the almost inaccessible mountains of Turkey.
When we recall that the flood was used to wipe out unparalleled evil such as genocidal hybrid angel-humans-animals capable of wiping out the entire human race, we should lock on to the explanation for the Hittite’s designation as a wicked people to be destroyed. The Hittites were going for Alien Resurrection.
Gobeklitepe, the most ancient and mysterious temple site so far discovered, is also in this region. Restoration of this massive complex may have been on Heth’s to-do list in order to seize international religious control for the purpose of returning the world to the pre-flood state of affairs. Now that is scary.
The powerful Hittite Empire expanded south and challenged Egypt for world dominance. Excavations at Hattusha have unearthed international treaties with neighboring city-states, among which are some indicating that the Hittites were likely involved in Homer’s Trojan War.
The Jebusites are unknown outside the Bible, probably because they occupied such a small city-state on an unassuming hilltop. Nonetheless, we should expect that they followed the same guiding principle as their brothers in high-tailing it to a prized pre-flood location. Their claim was, in fact, nothing less than Creator God’s dwelling place on earth, known by the name he gave it. “Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.” (I Kings 11:36) They were unquestionably enemies of God and his people. Don’t we protect ourselves from our enemies?
This ancient city has been fought over more than any other place. It has been conquered, destroyed and rebuilt many times. At some point the Jebusites did seize the site, and renamed the city in honor of their hero/ancestor. When King David captured Jebus from the Jebusites he changed its name back to Jeru-salem, Place of Reconciliation.
“…came all the elders of Israel to the king to Hebron; and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the Lord; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the Lord by Samuel. And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David. And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief.” (I Chronicles 11:3-6)
Now, before you jump on the bandwagon fer or ag’in’ this military event, can we finish this section and learn what we can about the Jebusites and the other Canaanite city-states that God ordered the new nation of Israel to completely destroy? After all, we live in a country that did exactly the same to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Let’s consider all sides of the conflict before jumping to a conclusion, OK? For starters, this list is obviously a broad overview covering many years. If Islam can fiercely defend its right to this plot of land on religious grounds, why can’t Israel? And can we not recognize an underlying spiritual component to this unending territorial challenge? Moving on…
The Amorites are mentioned early in Mesopotamian records, around 2400 B.C., just before Sargon the Great/Arphaxad turned Akkad from a city-state into an empire. This corresponds to the earliest post-flood peoples comprising all the unnamed descendants of Noah’s three sons.
The Amorites are identified as Semitic from linguistics, but this could simply reflect their early pre-Babel appearance in history when everyone was still speaking the original antediluvian language, and that this was the language maintained by Shem. After the breakout of language families, they were known as the Martu in Sumerian, as Amar in Egyptian, and as the Amurru in Akkadian, all of which mean ‘westerners’. This is consistent with other indications that the Amorite nation consolidated in the area around Mount Hermon.
This is a major clue, as the book of Enoch relates that Mount Hermon / Armon is the fallen angels’ earthly headquarters. Supporting this consideration is the fact that the Amorites are best known for establishing the kingdom of Babylonia under the Amorite king Hammurabi, who we know from the previous post is Nimrod, the first named megalomaniacal post-flood giant. Like him, the Amorites were giants. The Israelites were terrified of the Amorites, for good reason. The Amorite leaders proudly carried on the tradition of arcane pre-flood knowledge brought to mankind by the fallen angels.
Several Amorite royal houses, including those of the old Babylonian [founded by Nimrod] kingdom, the old Assyrian kingdom, and the kings of Ugarit,traced their ancestry from Dedan, whose descendants were called the Didanu, Tidanum, and variations thereof… that’s the name from which the Greeks derived the word titanes—the Titans. Did Amorite royalty really believe they descended from the Titans, the old gods who planned their rebellion against God at Mount Hermon in the dim, distant past?”
The evidence strongly supports the conclusion that the Amorites possessed fallen angel DNA which was carefully bred in their descendants, like dogs, to bring out the most desired traits. Maybe Dedan’s characterization in a video game has some actual basis in fact?
“And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan…And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. And they came unto the brook [that they named] of Eshcol and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.”
Let’s pause here for a moment to reflect on the single cluster of grapes worth recording for all posterity. Yes, it was so huge that it required two warriors to carry it on a pole between them, like a deer. This corresponds to 100-300 pounds of grapes – in a single cluster. We should recognize that naming the place where the grapes were found is not a random remark, it is loaded with meaning. The spies did not go to the brook “of Eschol”. Seriously, you were thinking they had a map with place names and everything? The spies left behind the name because of the cluster of grapes they discovered there.
Moses is using the literary device “flashback” to previous history to make an important point. For people who know the history, that is. What was it about Eschol that made the nation of Israel associate him with the huge bunch of grapes? Eschol was the Amorite made famous by his and his two brothers’ confederation with Abraham about 400 years previously. Putting all the clues together, we understand that the grapes’ huge size reminded them of Abraham’s huge Amorite friend. (Sidebar – another example of the inclusion of all nations into God’s kingdom.) This deduction is supported as the text continues.
“And they returned from searching of the land after forty days…and shewed them the fruit of the land…and said…this is the fruit of it. Nevertheless…we saw the children of Anak there..Amorites...all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” (Numbers 13:17-33)
We can’t call Odysseus a hero for rescuing his people from the Cyclops and contrarily accuse Moses of genocide against the same monsters. The Israelites were by no means the only nation to battle giants and they did the neighboring tribes a huge favor (yes that’s a pun) when they destroyed them.
- The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall…Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims.
- (That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims; A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead:
- As he did to the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, when he destroyed the Horims from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day:
- And the Avims which dwelt in Hazerim, even unto Azzah, the Caphtorims, which came forth out of Caphtor, destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.) [Sidebar – Caphtor apparently merged to some degree with his brother Cashlu to produce what became known in that land as the Philistines, from which was derived the modern designation Palestinian. Note that they were not among the tribes to be driven out of the land, and certainly benefitted the Israelites at this stage of history. They also had their own giant, but his solitary show on the field of battle indicates he was a rarity.]
- Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz. And the LORD our God delivered him before us; and we smote him…and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain… (Deuteronomy 1:27-18, 2:10-37)
- Og the king of Bashan [Golan Heights, you can see from the photo above this is a major strategic location, so much so that it is currently occupied by UN forces to (attempt to) keep the peace] came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. And the LORD said unto me, Fear him not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon...And we took at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites the land that was on this side Jordan, from the river of Arnon unto mount Hermon…For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.” (Deuteronomy 1:27-30, 3:1-11)
The Girgasite. “The name of this people has been discovered in the Ugaritic inscriptions as grgs and bn-grgs, that is, Girgash and the sons or children of Girgash. They are also known to us in the Hittite documents as the karkm; and in Egyptian records as the Kirkash. [The same multitude of transliterations of the uniquely guttural pronunciation is found with Gaddafi / Kadafi / Qaddafi]. The Girgasites settled to the east of the river Jordan between Galilee and the Dead Sea…a tribe known as the Karkisa were mentioned in the Hittite Annals, as existing in Asia Minor. Another rendering of that tribe is Qarqisha. Perhaps they migrated to the steppes near the Caspian Sea which was known as the “Sea of the Girgashites” anciently and thence on to south-east Europe.” This proposition is substantiated by recent genetic findings of an Albanian people group called the Ghegs who are 72% MENA neolithic farmer and 28% I-E/WHG, where MENA is “Middle east/North Africa” in the genetic analysis of haplogroups.
It appears that the Girgasites were indeed run out of town, but why? The culture of the 20th century European Ghegs provides a window to their ancient culture in the Middle East.
The Ghegs of Northern Albania are one of only two tribal societies which survived in Europe until the middle of the 20th century. The other consists of the Serb highlanders in Montenegro and southern Serbia whose idealized tribal dentity of “a mountain renegade” and self-complimentary stereotype as one who, in a conflict with authority “reaches for the sword”, provoked “the bloodiest war in Europe since World War II, This does not bode well for the Ghegs.
Like the Serbs, the Ghegs pride themselves on rejecting any authority other than themselves. One way this harms the society in which they live is the traditional livelihood of imposing protection rackets. “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:” ( 2 Peter 2:3) The Gheg clan known as “Tigers of Dibra” had a reputation for intimidating landowners and peasants.
The Ghegs are the most faithful supporters of their own set of traditional laws (Kanun). These are based on ancient oral laws which anthropologists including Edith Durham have dated back to the Bronze Age, i.e. immediate post-flood era, linking the Ghegs with the Gergasites as we come full circle.
The most infamous clan laws are those regulating blood feuds.
In Albania blood feuding is a tradition, and has returned in rural areas after more than 40 years of suppression by Albanian communists. More than 3000 Albanian families are currently engaged in a blood feud, more than 1,600 families live under an ever-present death sentence because of them, and since 1992 at least 10,000 Albanians have been killed in them.
The Hivite. “Known to the ancient Greeks as the Ηευαιος, Heuaios, this people moved to the foothills of Lebanon during the Israelite conquest of Canaan.” This is evident in King David’s census tour of Lebanon.
“And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel…and they came to Danjaan, and about to Zidon/Sidon, And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the south of Judah, even to Beersheba. So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.” (II Samuel 24:4-8)
The Hivites were driven out of the Middle East by the Philistines according to Peter Tompkins. Many readers would be familiar with Peter Tompkins’ stimulating work Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids. In it, Tompkins uses Ordoez, Naez, and native Mexican sources. Part of the Hivite tribe fled Tyre from whence they set sail for America. (Hmmm, interesting, and not incredible.)
Solomon, who inherited control of these lands, was later to lay a tribute of labor on these subject peoples to build
“…all the cities of store that Solomon had, and cities for his chariots, and cities for his horsemen, and that which Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion. And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which were not of the children of Israel, Their children that were left after them in the land, whom the children of Israel also were not able utterly to destroy, upon those did Solomon levy a tribute of bondservice unto this day.” (I Kings 9:19-21)
But before you get all holier-than-thou against ancient Israel realize that all the other nations did the same, and, on the other hand, there were also treaties of friendship with Tyre and Egypt, all three governments valuing relations with each other enough to pay for it.
“(Now Hiram the king of Tyre had furnished Solomon with cedar trees and fir trees, and with gold, according to all his desire,) that then king Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee…And Hiram sent to the king sixscore talents of gold. And this is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised; for to build the house of the LORD, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer. For Pharaoh king of Egypt had gone up, and taken Gezer, and burnt it with fire, and slain the Canaanites that dwelt in the city, and given it for a present unto his daughter, Solomon’s wife.” (II Samuel 24:11-16).
The Arkites begin the listing of lesser known, undoubtedly smaller Canaanite nations. They named their settlement of Arka / Arqa / Irqata a short distance due north of Damascus. The earliest level of the archeological site dates to the Neolithic, AKA pre-flood, period, another suggestion that Ham’s descendants were all rebuilding known pre-flood prosperous cities. It was powerful enough to be involved in international affairs, mentioned during the 14th Century B.C. in the Egyptian Annals, and specially in the Egyptian Tell al-Amarna Letters. Hushai the Arkite was King David’s ally during Absolom’s rebellion, (2 Samuel 15:32). This relationship gives another indication of the multinational character of God’s kingdom in the golden age of King David and early days of King Solomon. Hushai is characterized as a counsellor, he may well have specialized in commerce.
The Sinite, Most authorities consider that they settled at this early stage of history in the northern part of Lebanon where there are various localities with similar names, such as Sinna, Sinum or Sini, and Syn. They may also have migrated east following what became The Silk Road to settle in Sino-, AKA China. This is certainly in keeping with the Canaanites’ commercial interests.
The Arvadite, AKA Arwad, a fishing and commercial city in the north of what is now Lebanon (see map of Lebanon above).
The Zemarites inhabited the town of Sumra, at the western base of the Lebanon range. In the Amarna tablets (B.C. 1400) Zemar, or Zumur, was one of the most important of the Phoenician cities, but it afterwards almost disappears from history.
“…and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.”
The Hamathites settled on the Orontes River in northern Lebanon. “Sargon II of Assyria tells us how he conquered the city, and it was at Hamath that Nebuchadnezzar defeated the Egyptian armies. The Hamathites migrated to northern Greece and Macedonia, becoming known as the Emathians. The territory they settled became known as Emathia.
The Perizzites: The name means “villagers” and denotes rural dwellers in contrast to cityfolk. Think Texas ranchers. Abram and Lot herded cattle on Perizzite land.
The Kenizzites – never again named, even during the conquest of Canaan, so either moved out elsewhere or died out.
The Kadmonites – suggestions that they emigrated
The Kenites and the Midianites are associated with each other to such an extent one must wonder if the Kenites in existence in Abram’s day merged with the Midianites, who as descendants of one of Abraham’s son’s by Keturah, came to be a people group later in time.
And with the Kenites we see the pre-eminence of free will over predestination. Despite the preponderance of evidence for judgment against the Canaanite nations, individuals within these nations demonstrate the international scope of God’s ideal kingdom, and the opportunity for anyone who sincerely repents of their sinful human nature to experience spiritual rebirth and eternal life.
When Moses fled for refuge from Egyptian law he must have chosen people with whom expected to find safe harbor. This expectation is supported by discovering that his protector Jethro was “the priest of Midian”. He is also called a Kenite, and, surprisingly, given the condemnation of this nation, was certainly a righteous priest in the Hebrew nation as he was also called Reu-el, which means “friend of God,” This is an honorary title only bestowed previously on Abraham, then later on believers in the Son of God.
“Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings?…I the LORD, the first, and with the last…Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isa 41:2-10)
“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit.” (John 15:14-16)
Jethro’s close relationship with God can be deduced by his authority over Moses despite Moses being “instead of God“, his hosting of a sacrifice attended by Moses, his superior wisdom accepted by Moses, and his elevation of Moses to high social standing in Midian just like Joseph in Egypt, through marriage to a priest’s daughter. Once we recognize that Reuel Jethro is an Hebrew, we should better understand his role in transforming Moses from an impetuous Egyptian prince into the world’s greatest religious leader apart from the Promised Seed himself. We also shouldn’t overlook his influence as the head of his entire household, like Abraham, in forming his grandsons’ character, his eternal legacy through the Levitical priesthood, and his influence over the many Kenites who chose to join Israel, and consequently experienced God’s blessing instead of cursing.
Jethro’s involvement in the formation of the Israelite government at Mount Sinai is a direct outgrowth of the calling and purpose of the Hebrew nation, which is to preserve and propagate the knowledge of the one true God to all the earth.
The Hebrew people are the source of a unique but vital contribution to our Western heritage…it is the treasure of sacred literature which constitutes the Hebrew legacy. The tradition of a monotheistic religion upon which Christianity would build and out of which the modern world would emerge, has arguably served as the wellspring of Western civilization.
Monotheism (the belief that God is one) set the Hebrews apart from the other ancient Near Eastern civilizations. Their monotheism contributed to their understanding of nature as a creation of the transcendent, sovereign, and just God, who made ethical demands of human beings based on His own moral rectitude…The Hebrew belief that each individual was equal before the law became a fundamental notion in Western culture, establishing for the first time the greater worth of the human person over physical property.
So what was the point in setting apart – sanctifying – a subset of the Hebrew nation as the nation of Israel? Scattered amongst the Canaanites as the Hebrews were, it was easy to become amalgamated into the pagan cultures. Abrahams’ own son Ishmael rejected his father’s way of life, as did Isaac’s son Esau, and most of Jacob’s sons at first. Even heroes with strong faith in an all-powerful God found it extremely difficult to maintain a godly way of life under pressure, or simply isolation.
- Abram abandoned his wife to Pharoah’s harem for fear of his life.
- “Righteous Lot“, vexed though he was with the wickedness, succumbed to the riches in Sodom and lost his family, ability to influence anyone towards righteousness, and ultimately all his descendents
- Abimelech I King of Philistines at Gerar, was nonetheless a righteous man we should consider a Hebrew, but his successor Abimelech II doesn’t measure up to his standards.
These are just a few examples. It should be self-evident that it is necessary for individuals to assemble together under a legal constitution that enforces law and order in order to build up and especially defend any institution from destruction by external and internal forces – from marriage between two persons to a family to a business to a nation.
“Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made…Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Yahweh’s Promised Savior / Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal 3)
The concept that salvation from sin and death comes only by faith in God’s promised deliverer promised to the Adams in Genesis 3:15 is hammered home by the Jewish apostle Paul, who references the Old Covenant writings constantly to prove his points. The Israelites were not “saved” by following a religious system of laws.
“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith (Habakkuk 2:4). And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. (Deut 30:16) and Ro 10:5) Christ / the Promised Seed hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ / Yahweh’s Promised Savior that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, (Gen 12:7) And to thy seed, which is The Promised Seed / Christ. And this I say, that the covenant [of Abraham], that was confirmed before of God in The Promised Seed / Christ, the law [of Moses], which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise [to Abraham] of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
“What advantage then hath the Jew? …chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God…(Ro 3:1-2)
Recall that Moses authored the Pentatuch, the first five books of what would become the Bible, recording the first two and a half millenia of history from God’s perspective. Now that is indeed a “treasury of literature.”
“And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.” (Deu 34:10)
And there were many, many more prophets, all Jewish including Jesus’ New Covenant apostles, to whom were committed the oracles of God, resulting in the entire Bible.
The instructions given to the new covenant believers are just as applicable to the ancient Hebrew sons of Abraham.
“…be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life;” (Philip 2:15-16)
“…walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace…And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of the Promised Seed/Savior: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of the Promised Savior: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. have been taught by him, as the truth is in Yahweh’s Savior: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;…Neither give place to the devil.” (Eph 4)
“And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests / mediaries, and an holy nation.” (Ex 19:2-6)
The requirement for God’s priests to obey his voice and keep his covenant is the only way humans can represent God to mankind – by reflecting him accurately in their actions and words. There has always been a desperate need for missionaries for Yaheweh.
An unbiased humanities review of the Canaanite lifestyle choices and religious practices brings us to a logical conclusion that they were the embassadors / evangelists / missionaries for the one-world pagan rival religion founded by Nimrod in Babylon to all humanity who were in process of scattering throughout the world from Babel.
According to the pantheon…the creator was known as Elion, who was the father of the [lesser] divinities…in the Greek sources he was married to Beruth (Beirut = the city). This marriage of the divinity with the city would seem to have Biblical parallels too with the stories of the link between Melqart and Tyre; Chemosh and Moab; Tanit and Baal Hammon in Carthage, Yah and Jerusalem [which was held early in the game by Shem, taken and renamed Jebus by Canaanites, and later retaken from the Canaanites by King David].
Canaanite religion was influenced by its peripheral position, intermediary between Egypt and Mesopotamia, whose religions had a growing impact upon Canaanite religion. For example, during the Hyksos period, Baal became associated with the Egyptian god Set, and was considered identical…Baal was shown wearing the crown of Lower Egypt [the lower Nile region, like the Mississippi, is where it flows into the sea] and shown in the Egyptian-like stance, one foot set before the other. Similarly Athirat (known by her later Hebrew name Asherah), Athtart (known by her later Greek name Astarte), and Anat henceforth were portrayed wearing Hathor–like Egyptian wigs.
From the other direction, Jean Bottéro has suggested that Yah of Ebla…was equated with the Mesopotamian god Ea during the Akkadian Empire…Canaanite divinities seem to have been almost identical in form and function to the neighboring Arameans to the east, and Baal Hadad and El can be distinguished amongst earlier Amorites…
Carried west by Phoenician sailors, Canaanite religious influences can be seen in Greek mythology, particularly in the tripartite division between the Olympians Zeus, Poseidon and Hades, mirroring the division between Baal, Yam and Mot, and in the story of the Labours of Hercules, mirroring the stories of the Tyrian Melqart.
If, like me, you have experienced betrayal, abandonment, faithlessness, look around at the living, breathing, Jewish people who share the actual DNA of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Yeshua; and their converts Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba, descendents of Jews who survived massacre after massacre over millennia, believers in Yeshua, the rightful King of Israel who will one day claim His throne. If nothing else, the Jewish nation provides flesh and blood proof of God’s faithfulness to keep His promises, and should rekindle your conviction, restore your courage, renew your commitment, and replenish your compassion. It is through the Jewish son of David that you will find life in all its manifestations. I am grateful for this nation that made that option possible.