The “Who are benai Israel?” blog continues here.
The words בנים (benim – sons) the plural of בן (ben – son) and בני (multi-generational seed) NEVER include women. This is a very difficult concept to comprehend without understanding the differences between men and women in the scriptures and understanding who Yehovah’s commandments were actually given to.
Beginning with Adam and Chavvah (Eve) the birth of a woman is rarely even recorded unless she is going to give birth to a significant male. A woman can be joined to a בן through marriage and the two do become one flesh, but she is still the woman and the husband becomes a בני. The בני is the head of his household and can have בנים (sons) and daughters. Again, daughters are always listed separately if they are listed at all. The word בני is always used with a proper noun and can be singular or plural, is not exclusive to the male seed of Israel, but is in fact used for all nations; there are Heth’s בני (seed), Ammon’s בני (seed) and Edom’s בני (seed) to give just a few examples.
“And the Heth’s בני seed answered Abraham, saying to him,” (Gen 23:5)
All male children born to a בני (beni) are בן (ben – son in the singular) or בנים (benim – sons in the plural),
“After he begot Seth, the days of Adam were eight hundred years; and he had בנים (sons) and daughters.” (Gen 5:4)
“If his master has given him [his male servant] a woman, and she has borne him בנים (sons) or daughters, the wife and her children [the word here is ילד (yelad) as offspring, this word can include both men and women] shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself.” (Exo 21:4)
“And Yehovah passed before him and proclaimed, ‘Yehovah, Yehovah Elohim (lawmaker, judge) (God), merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon their בנים (sons) and their בני (seed’s) בנים (sons) to the third and the fourth generation’.” (Exo 34:6-7)
“She conceived again and bore a בן (son), and said, ‘Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three בנים (sons)’ Therefore his name was called Levi.” (Gen 29:34)
Benai Israel Is Spiritual Seed
But this word בני has an additional aspect that makes it very special. The above examples talks about the בני of the flesh. But בני can also have a spiritual component; for benai Israel can also give birth to benai Israel. These בני are the spiritual and literal sons of Yehovah and when these men take a women their women become the daughters of Yehovah. This is where my “Born Again” series will help us understand the difference between the Ger (the one who has joined himself to Yehovah’s Ezrach (born in the land), benai Israel (spiritual seed).
All those בנים (sons) born of Jacob became benai Israel as a result of keeping the Passover all their lives. Interestingly enough, what we call the Passover was originally called the “time of life” in Genesis 18; this is the very day that Isaac, the spiritual son of Abraham was born. Go figure! Yehovah is amazing!
“Is anything too hard for Yehovah? At the appointed time (the moed) I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son [on that very day].” (Gen 18:14)
“But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this מועד (moed – set time) next year.” (Gen 17:21)
Incidentally, the time of life was also the very day that Isaac was to be killed by his father Abraham, but Yehovah provided a ram in his place on Mount Moriah.
“Then He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you’.” (Gen 22:2)
“And Abraham said, ‘My son, Elohim will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.’ So the two of them went together.” (Gen 22:8)
“And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of Yehovah it shall be provided.” (Gen 22:14)
Are you excited as I am yet? Now look at this!
The following two verses speak to me personally as I no longer have a woman and especially after my own בנים (sons) and daughter were stolen from me by the elohim of this world.
OK, this is what I told you about. Are you ready? Here it is!
The benai Israel (spiritual seed) can birth benai Israel (Israel’s seed) without a woman even being involved! My fleshly wife left me because she did not like the way my life was going in respect to my walk with Yehovah; and she did that after I had a vasectomy to please her desire to not have any more בנים (sons) and daughters. Without Yehovah’s intervention and a Torah compliant woman (I won’t make that horrid mistake again), I have no way to have any more בנים (sons) and daughters, it would seem. But, by Yehovah’s spirit I have already had dozens, and with each Passover I add more spiritual בני (sons) and daughters to my life!
“The בני [spiritual seed] you will have, after you [this is the man already born in the land] have lost the others, will say again in your ears, ‘The place is too small for me; give me a place where I may dwell.’ Then you will say in your heart, ‘Who has begotten these for me, since I have lost the others and am desolate, a captive, and wandering to and fro? And who has brought these up? There I was, left alone; but these, where were they?’ Thus says my Master, Yehovah; ‘Behold, I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations, and set up My standard for the peoples; they shall bring your בנים in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders’.” Isa 49:20-22
“Sing, O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not labored with child! For more are the בני of the desolate than the בני of the married,” says Yehovah.” (Isa 54:1)
Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him for new בני and daughters! We serve a great Elohim!
We enter into grave error when we begin to use what seems right to us in trying understand what Yehovah is saying. We can not be arbitrary in how we translate His words. To make “sons”, “children” is the beginning of a never-ending spiral of error and self-deception. The Creator has chosen His words carefully and we had better pay attention. Here is a great example of what I am talking about.
And Aaron’s sons (בני, seed, the priests, shall blow the trumpets; and these shall be to you as an ordinance forever throughout your generations. (Num 10:8)
And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of (בני) Israel [Israel’s seed].” (Exo 19:6)
in these two verses both words are בני, but one is translated as sons and the other as children. How capricious is that? If this is acceptable, why not let women become priests also by changing both words to children? Many already live that way anyway. How many denominations have women serving as pastors, evangelists and the like already?
When Yehovah talks about bringing out benai Israel from all the places that He has scattered them, He is talking about the SPIRITUAL MEN, men who have eaten the Passover and become as ones “Born in the land“; but these men will have women and children, widows, orphans and strangers (ger) that are included with them and under their authority. But it is ALWAYS spiritual men that Yehovah is talking to when He addresses Benai Israel, not women!
Yehovah’s seed, benai Israel, is even more clearly seen in Yehovah, “your Elohim.”