46) The Cursed Melchizedeks

    Melchizedek Joseph’s dying declaration was a reminder to his people that they would be leaving Egypt shortly in order to fulfill God’s purpose for them.

    “Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them…But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again.” (Genesis 15:13-16)

    The fourth generation of immigrants are not easy to uproot. I married an immigrant, and I can assure you that our children – 2nd generation – have a 100% American mentality with just a light dusting of foreign identity for fun, even though they grew up in a mixed culture through relatives, friends, foods, languages, visits to their father’s country of origin, and were even registered as nationals by their father in his country. Even the one who also married an immigrant from the same country of origin whose children are now also only 2nd generation, and who have also maintained even more international contact through internet access. Two generations from now the adults of the 4th generation will be living in the 24th century. Leave what has become home for generations to return to what has become a foreign land? Hardly.

    In any case, why would any leave a comfortable situation in a 1st world country for a bad one in a war zone?

    Only the people of Israel. Like the ones who streamed out of Europe into Palestine after being slaughtered by Hitler.

    “Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not [rejected association with] Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold,

    • the people of – not only the genetic descendants but those who joined 
    • the children religiously under the authority of a Priest-King Father figure
    • of Israel -“Fighter God” – identifying the leader with the name/attribute of his God, like “God of Thunder”, who joined forces, i.e. attributes ergo name with Jacob when he proved he was worthy of it. Just like the Pharaoh was the personification of Egypt’s main god.
    • are more and mightier than we. – In other words, what we would call converts to the Fighter God were leaving Egypt’s state religion in which the Pharaoh was the god. Get it?

    Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply. and…when there falleth out any war, they join also [not just to the anti-Egyptian religion of Israel but] unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land…

    And the Egyptians made the children / followers of the High Priest of Fighter God Israel to serve with rigour..

    And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives…When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live…And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.” (Exodus 1)

    That should do it! Life with Pharaoh or death to the rebel followers of Fighter God.

    What Pharoah didn’t know was just how much fight some of these Hebrews had in them.

    Plot twist coming up. Keep in mind that that the Levites are cursed to experience a permanently unsettled lifestyle. (Foreshadowing dark music…with a thrill in the background.)

        “And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.

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        And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river [Moses’ mom probably put him in the river during the optimal time to catch the eye of a powerful maternal ally – during a religious ritual such as those in India]…she saw the ark among the flags…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…And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Go….and he became her son. And she called his name Moses…Because I drew him out of the water.
        • when Moses was grown…he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. And…he slew the Egyptian…
        • And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? 
        • Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. (Exodus 2:1-15)

        So first Moses is an outcast within his Hebrew people, then an outcast in his adoptive Egyptian people. If Moses had kept his adoptive Egyptian identity Pharoah wouldn’t have bothered about a member of the royalty killing a commoner.

        But Moses is a true Levite. A Fighter.

        “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God…Esteeming the reproach of The Promised Redeemer / Messiah / Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.” That is, resurrection to eternal life. (Hebrews 11:24-26)

        When Moses flees the country he sensibly heads to a safe haven within one of Abraham many Hebrew nations.

        “Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of MidianNow the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them [one against many], and watered their flock…And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.” (Exodus 2:16-21)

        De ja vu of Jacob watering Laban’s flock! Bear in mind that what is also repeated is that when Moses joined Reuel’s household, Reuel had complete authority over him, just as Laban had over Jacob.

        Unlike the pagan Laban who had a self-serving agenda of enlarging his household and increasing his wealth through enslaving Jacob, this priest of Midian is reported to be a righteous priest in line with his  ancestor Abraham. His name Reu-el means “friend of God,” This is an honorary title only bestowed previously on Abraham, then later on close associates of 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…I have chosen thee…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…for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you…I have chsen you.” (John 15:14-16)

        Significantly, Jethro is also identified as “the Kenite.”

        The significance of his confusion of names and identities is that the Kenites were a cursed nation aligned with monstrously wicked nations.

        “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: [taking it from] 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.” (Genesis 15:18-21)

        “Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion, and shall destroy him that remaineth of the city…the Kenite shall be wasted, until Asshur shall carry thee away captive.(Numbers 24:19-22)

        How interesting that Moses, a Levite cursed to wander, found a haven with another cursed Hebrew. 

        Now [at age 80Moses 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 Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight…God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses. Moses!

        Why twice? Any parent can explain that. You raise your voice and shout the second time because your child is too intent on what they are doing to pay attention to your first call.

        And [Moses] said, Here am I. And [God] said, [this was not casually thrown out over his shoulder but thundered out as orders!]

        1. Draw not nigh hither!
        2. Put off thy shoes from off thy feet!

        for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground!”

        nubians-bringing-tributeCan’t you just hear Jethro having to bark out at Moses “Don’t come in the house! (laced with a tone of “you moron!”) Take your filthy sandals off, you’ve been mucking about in sheep ___ all day!! Get washed up outside, this place is clean and I intend to keep it that way!!”

        I know I do with my preschool granddaughter.

        Can we not figure out for ourselves that when Moses first came to Jethro’s house he had deeply ingrained pompous mannerisms and attitudes and expectations of being treated with the utmost deference and respect and habits of being waited on?

        Didn’t happen.

        No question about it. Moses must have experienced a great deal of depression from his losses, his unmet expectations, and his complete fall from grace.

        As you read the following, read them as Moses heard them spoken in the original language.

        This is not your usual introduction.

        Without a good introduction, the audience will not have a strong enough reason to be open to the speaker’s ideas because they might not know the credibility of the speaker.

        Actually, God was presenting his credentials.

        Moses could totally believe that God would choose him

        • despite being a member of the tribe Cursed To Never Be United With The Other Tribes
          • to become the Father of the promised Nationhood and Land.

        Because (drum roll),

        • childless Abram
          • had become Abraham with many children against all odds,
        • and the idea of two geriatrics having a baby
          • had become a reality against all odds,
        • and the Narcissist Manipulating Everything To His Advantage
          • had become an Upright One in his old age against all odds.

        And the LORD said

        • I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt…
        • I am come down to deliver them…
        • I will send THEE unto Pharaoh,
        • that THOU mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt…
        • THOU shalt be to him instead of God. (Exodus 3:5-10, 4:16)

        No problem with Pharaoh, who would of course accept any national leader as the incarnation of that nation’s lead god, but Moses quite rightly didn’t expect the nation itself to accept him. Not a murdering, cursed Levite!!

        “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 / attributes / powers? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses,

            • Past truth, evidence on which to base belief: I Am That I Am…Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,
              • I Am / Ani Eternal All Powerful i.e. Creator hath sent me unto you…the LORD God of your fathers… this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations
              • AND I appeared unto / in order to interact with and bless Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob…
              • And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.
            • Present truth, reason / need for belief: And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.
            • Future promise to be believed: Wherefore say unto the children of Israel,
              • I am the LORD,
              • and I will…redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments
              • ye shall know / personally experience that I am the LORD your God...
              • I am the LORD / YHVH / Creator / Singularity / Infinite Source of Energy and Mass.” (Exodus 3:6-15, 6:2-8))

        Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh… that THOU mayest bring forth MY PEOPLE the children of Israel out of Egypt.

        Moses is repeatedly called “the man of God”, where “man” is translated from the Hebrew wordish.

        The online concordance referenced above translates this Hebrew word אִישׁ as simply “man, male.” However, note that this translation is not consistent across Bible versions. The King James Version, translated 4 centuries before modern versions, by translators steeped in the ancient languages and cultures, exclusively uses the word “ish” to express “the identical nature of one to another.”

        • The first wife to the first husband because she was taken out of / cloned from him, becoming the prototype for all successive relationships in which “two become one” (Genesis 2:23, 24, 3:16)
        • The first seed of the woman, which Eve considered, in a rush to judgment, as being the replacement for the original ha-Adam with the power to destroy the serpent: “a man from the LORD”. (Genesis 4:1)
        • “every one” who speaks the same language. This can be understood abstractly as well to mean “those who understand the same deeper meaning” contrasted with those to whom the message remains a mystery. (Genesis 10:15)

        When Moses is defined as אִישׁ, it must be that he also is identified as identical to…YHVH.

        And the LORD spake unto Moses [his] face to [Moses’] face, as a man / one of an identical pair speaketh unto his friend / another like himself. (Exodus 33:11)

        This exact situation is a replication of Jacob’s experience face to face with YHVH.

        “Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed….And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (Genesis 32:27-30)

        What did they have in common? Most certainly not innate righteousness.

        It was being cursed.

        “And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart…then will I slay my brother (Genesis 27:41)

        This is replicated by another one [get it?] of YHVH’s Chosen Saviors / Yeshua haMessiachs about 1,500 years later.

        Pilate knew that for envy they had delivered Jesus. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should…all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it…and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.” (Matthew 27:18-26)

        “Christ 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:” (Galatians 3:13)

        And is replicated yet again by YHVH’s Chosen Savior / Yeshua haMessiach.

        “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:

        Moses is never explicitly called Melchizedek, but he doesn’t need to be. His function as Sacred King / Priest King leader of the Hebrew nation representing God to the whole world defines his position in this order.

        The LORD God reiterates himself as the God of the Hebrews even as he is putting into action specific plans for the nation of Israel.

        There are just too many verses using different words to express various aspects of Melchizedek of the Most High God’s salvation through identification with his Righteousness and Reconciliation that they can’t all be quoted here. Or to convince anyone who is not ready to accept a new idea. It’s like the classic story of three blind men only being able to lay hold of one part of an immense elephant and arguing amongst themselves that the others got the elephant’s features wrong. You’ve got to spend time exploring the entirety of the identity.

        Moses is explicitly called the LORD’s priest.

        “The LORD reigneth…let the earth be moved…Moses…among his priests…” (Psalm 99:1-6)

        In other words, Moses was the current heir to the royal priesthood of Melchizedek, culminating in YHVH’s Savior Seed of the Woman. The passages in the New Testament letter to the Hebrews apply as much to Moses as it does to Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Moses functioned as Priest-King before the Levitical priesthood was set up for the nation of Israel.

        “consider how great this man was…blessed him that had the promises. And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better...it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec Shem there ariseth another priest, Who is made, not after the law.” (Hebrews 7:4-15)

        the LORD…said…thou shalt be to [Aaron] instead / Representative / of God.(Exodus 4:14-16)

        And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water. And he put upon him / Aaron the coat, and girded him with the girdle, and clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod upon him, and he girded him with the curious girdle of the ephod, and bound it unto him therewith. And he put the breastplate upon him: also he put in the breastplate the Urim and the Thummim. And he put the mitre upon his head; also upon the mitre, even upon his forefront, did he put the golden plate, the holy crown; as the LORD commanded Moses. And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them. And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all his vessels, both the laver and his foot, to sanctify them. And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.” (Leviticus 8:6-12)

        Moses is also explicitly stated to be the king, which is, after all, a given, in an era and culture when all lawgivers, AKA rule-rs, were autocratic kings.

        Moses commanded us a law, even the inheritance of the congregation of Jacob. And he was king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people and the tribes of Israel were gathered together…

        Jeshurun is “the era of the Upright Ones of the eternal God.” This is not a place, but a golden time when things were at their best.

        There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky. The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. (Deuteronomy 33:4-5, 26-27)

        Note how the LORD identifies himself as one with Moses through shared responsibility for his people, as, in an oxymoronic way, they toss responsibility back and forth like parents of misbehaving children – “your” children.

        “And the Lord said unto Moses…thy people, which thou brightest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves…Now therefore, let me alone that that my wrath may wax hot against themand that I may consume them.

        And Moses said…why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people which thou has brought forth out of the and of Egypt?

        And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people. (Exodus 32)

        This includes the evil that had been called down upon the Levites by Jacob’s curse. God turns the curse itself into a blessing.

        “The priests, the Levite, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance…the LORD is their inheritance.” (Deuteronomy 18:1-2

        With that in mind, let’s return to Jethro of the cursed Kenites.

        Obviously, Jethro, like the Amorite brothers Mamre, Eshcol, and Aner who were confederate with Abram, repudiated his nation / religion of origin to join the Hebrews under the rule of their Most High God and consequently shared their blessings.

        The persistent reference to the Kenites throughout scripture is a reminder of the option for any individual from any nation to join God’s kingdom.

        And Moses said unto [his brother-in-law] Hobab the son of Raguel/ Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father in lawcome thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the LORD hath spoken good concerning Israel…the children of the Kenite, Moses’ father in law, went up…with the children of Judah…and they went and dwelt among the people.” (Numbers 10:29-32)

        “the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab.” (I Chronicles 2:55)

        “Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, sayingBecause ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you…Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.” (Jeremiah 35)

        What should really pique our interest in Moses’ father-in-law is how much authority he continued to have over Moses after Moses left his household and began leading 9 million people camped out at Mount Sinai. 

        Jethro’s close relationship with God can be deduced by his

        When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt;

        • Then Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her back, And  her two sons
        • Gershom…And Eliezer…And came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God:
        • And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and kissed him;
        • And Jethro said, Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians.
          • This is a classic Melchizedekian blessing
          • And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.“ (Hebrews 7:7)
        • And Jethro, Moses’ father in law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God: and Aaron came, and all the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses’ father in law before God.
        • And when Moses’ father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even? And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God…The thing that thou doest is not good…I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee…provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers. So Moses hearkened to…his father in law, and did all that he had said.” (Exodus 18)

        Clearly, Moses’ mentoring under Reuel the Friend of God and Priest of Midian transformed him into the leader of his clan of Israelites and the whole world.

        Wait! Does this mean that Reuel was Melchizedek? His actions and Moses’ reactions described above provide compelling evidence that, as a descendant of Abraham, he is not only the priest of Midian but the high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

        Jethro’s involvement is believable as 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 through many subsidiary nations.

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        Once we accept that that Reuel was an Hebrew priest in the order of Melchizedek, we can understand his role in transforming Moses from a cursed outsider, then an impetuous Egyptian prince into the world’s greatest religious leader who “was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3) This was a key characteristic by which Jesus Christ could demonstrate that he was That Prophet promised to succeed Moses.

        “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

        And once we accept that Moses was an Hebrew priest in the order of Melchizedek, like Jesus Christ, we can understand his role in leading all the peoples of the world, not just Israel, into escaping enslavement through God’s way in miraculous ways.

        Once we understand that, we can believe that God will do the same powerful rescues for us in this era under Jesus Christ as he did for his people in Egypt under Moses. We get all depressed and victimized and dysfunctional from our circumstances, but God proves his power through our traumas, failures and inadequacies. Moreover, his leadership consists of broken people like Moses. He works through peer counseling. Our testimony is what we have to offer to people who are just like us.

        As a health provider working with desperate people suffering the consequences of their actions, the transformation of a curse into a blessing gives me tremendous comfort and faith. Every individual can experience, not just the ultimate eternal salvation from sin and death, but customized salvation from the consequences of one’s personal sin and inherited family sin in this life.

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