“Before she was in labor, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her sons. (Isa 66:7-8)
For me, learning to understand the Creator’s words and ways given through Moses and His other prophets has been plain old hard work; investing time and energy when I, sometimes, would rather be doing something else. But I keep pressing on to learn more because I am occasionally rewarded with nuggets of great value. And the best part of finding those nuggets of silver and fine gold is that they lead to many others that I could not have found had I not found the previous ones. Each one I discover helps lead me closer to the “mother-lode.” I believe this principle of one “find” leading to the next, is described here by Isaiah.
“Whom will He teach knowledge? And whom will He make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts? For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.” (Isa 28:9-10)
True understanding is not found in a single verse; however this is what most people want. They want it to be easy, but learning the message is not easy and many times it is going to violate what we “think” we already know. In fact, what we think we know is the very thing that will prevent us from developing deeper and more righteous understandings.
“Whom will He teach knowledge? And whom will He make to understand the message?” Knowledge leads to understandings and those understandings lead to still more. We must renew our minds if we are ever going to understand Yehovah’s message which He gave through, and to, His men.
Male Child, Who Are They?
Today I would like to share a gem that Yehovah has given me and then describe one of the more recent ones that I received a couple of years ago concerning who the “male child,” described in Moses and the prophets, actually are. Ha – I know, it sounds like I have my verbs messed up; but we will see that the “he” (the male child) is actually a “they.” I like to refer to this concept as the “plural he” that is found throughout the Torah, the prophets and even in the Revelation of John.
My journey with Yehovah was kicked into overdrive when I discovered that בני ישׂראל (beni Israel) was not “the children of Israel,” it was not even “the sons of Israel” (although that is closer). The definite article “the,” however, is not even there. The two Hebrew word בני ישׂראל (beni Israel) are rightly understood as they were originally translated the very first time they were used by Yehovah. Here is Yehovah speaking with Moses just before he and Aaron went back into Egypt.
Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says Yehovah: “Israel [ישׂראל] is My son [בני], My firstborn [בכרי, bek-ore]. So I say to you, let My son [בני] go that he may serve Me. But if you refuse to let him go, indeed I will kill your son [בנך], your firstborn [בכרך, bek-ore].” (Exo 4:22-23)
[Note: here is a quick lesson on Hebrew suffixes which will help the reader understand why בני is “my“ son and not “the” son. I have written much to help folks understand who “Israel’s seed,” “Yehovah’s son” actually are.]
This word bek-ore, which is usually translated as firstborn in English, is an interesting word; it describes a firstborn male of man or beast. A woman is never a bek-ore.
beḵōr: A masculine noun indicating the firstborn. The word refers to the firstborn of animals (Gen_4:4), as well as of persons (Gen_25:13). (WordStudy)
But not all these bek-ore are first-born son’s to their earthly father. No, to understand who these men are we must understand the spiritual birth of a man. In the case above “My son” [בני] is the plural “he;” the “male child,” Israel.
Yehovah’s son/seed (beni Israel) serves and has a covenant with only Him; that covenant happens at Passover! They each have left the kingdom of their birth and now nave made themselves wholly His.
Here is another great example of the “plural he” being used to describe Yehovah’s spiritually born men, Israel.
And he [Balaam] took up his oracle and said: “Balak the king of Moab has brought me from Aram, from the mountains of the east saying. ‘Come, curse Jacob for me, and come, denounce Israel!‘ How shall I curse whom Elohim has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom Yehovah has not denounced? For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him; There! A people dwelling alone, not reckoning itself among the nations. (Num 23:7-9)
Yehovah’s people are the plural “he,” the “male child” who are a people dwelling alone, not reckoning itself among the nations.
As I have said many times, “there are no Gentiles numbered among Yehovah’s set-apart men.” Yes, I did say men! When a Gentile repents, leaves the kingdom of his birth and his old elohim (lawmakers and judges), and joins himself (and his family) to the Elohim and His people (men), he is no longer a Gentile; he has now become a Ger. This, leaving and then joining, represents a circumcision of the heart. My writings concerning who this Ger is, can be found here “A New Beginning In Yehovah’s Kingdom.” You will see that baptism is not about getting wet, it is about crossing over; leaving one kingdom and joining another. There are many who believe that they are Yehovah’s people already but if you check their wallets you will see that they have never left the elohim and kingdom of their birth. Abraham did not get a sword permit from the Canaanites. He dwelt as a foreigner in a strange land; among a people who were not his people.
But becoming a Ger is just the beginning! There are two kinds of men in Yehovah’s kingdom. The first is the Ger and the other is the “Ezrach”, the “native-born” or the “one born in the land.” This man is Yehovah’s ְבכר (bek-ore) His firstborn son, His spiritually born son, Israel. Concerning these two men Yehovah says,
You shall have one law for him who sins unintentionally, for him who is native-born [Ezrach] among My son, Israel and for the stranger [Ger] who dwells among them. ‘But the person who does anything presumptuously, whether he is native-born [Ezrach] or a stranger [Ger], that one brings reproach on Yehovah, and he shall be cut off from among his people. (Num_15:29-30)
The stranger [Ger] who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you [Ezrach], and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers [Ger] in the land of Egypt: I am Yehovah, your Elohim. (Lev 19:34)
And when a stranger [Ger] dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to Yehovah, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native of the land [Ezrach]. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it. ONE LAW shall be for the native-born [Ezrach] and for the stranger Ger] who dwells among you.” (Exo 12:48-49)
The Ger who, at Passover, circumcises his flesh, and the flesh of all the males in his household, may now draw near and keep the Exodus 12 Passover and become as one born in the land, an Ezrach.
The Ezrach, the male child, the man who has become as one born in the land or “born again” is the topic of my “Becoming As One Born Land” series
I find it interesting to note that while there is a plural of Ger (which is Gerim), there is no plural form of Ezrach. Why? Because the Ezrach is the “male child,” the plural he.
Well, I have still much to say about who the male child are; but that will have to wait until part 2. We will eventually see that the “child that is born and the son that is given” in Isaiah 9, is not Yeshua (a.k.a. Jesus), he is Israel, the spiritually born men and the “dead bones” which Yehovah is bringing back to life, at the “Time of Life,” in these last days.
So much to learn, so little time; and only those who diligently search, will ever find anything. Everyone else is SOL because they loved their ways more than Yehovah’s eternal and unchanging ways.
Seek Yehovah while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man [eesh] his thoughts; let him return to Yehovah, and He will have mercy on him; and to our Elohim, for He will abundantly pardon. (Isa 55:6-7)
Most people stop reading here, but this is just an introduction. PLEASE don’t cheat yourself from learning because it offends your preconceived ideas. This is just the first of 5 parts designed to set you free from the doctrines and traditions of men and prepare you for the 2nd exodus and the millennial kingdom, if you are fortunate enough to make it through to the other side of the great day of Yehovah.
Go to part 2 – Male child 2 – Virgin (Betulah) Vs Young Woman (Almah)