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Dry Bones of Ephraim Filled The Valley

Ephraim's dry bonesThis story found in Yasher about Ephraim’s dry bones is the same story which is referred to in 1 Chronicles.

Moses left Egypt when he was 18, served Kikianus (the king of Cush) for 9 years and then at the king’s death he, at 27, became the king of Cush. I talked about this last time in Moses’ timeline and Life from 3 – 27.

In this portion of the book of Yasher Moses is now 67 and we find that from the time Moses leaves Egypt until the time he arrives at Reuel’s, or Jethro’s, house and helps Zipporah and her sisters at the well that 49 years have gone by.

Yasher 76:12 So Moses went forth from the land of Cush, and headed home [Egypt] and ceased to reign over Cush, and Moses was sixty-six years old when he went out of the land of Cush, for the thing was from Yehovah, for the period had arrived which he had appointed in the days of old, to bring forth Israel from the affliction of the Ham’s seed.
13 So Moses went to Midian, for he was afraid to return to Egypt on account of Pharaoh, and he went and sat at a well of water in Midian.
14 And the seven daughters of Reuel the Midianite went out to feed their father’s flock.

Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. And they came and drew water, and they filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. Then the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock. (Exo 2:16-17)

But Moses still did not marry Zipporah for another 10 years.

Yasher 76:22 And when Reuel had heard the words of Moses, Reuel said within himself, I will put this man into the prison house, whereby I shall conciliate Cush’s seed, for he has fled from them.
23 And they took and put him into the prison house, and Moses was in prison ten years, and whilst Moses was in the prison house, Zipporah the daughter of Reuel took pity over him, and supported him with bread and water all the time.

There is so much that I would like to relate to you from this section, but space is limited here.

Ephraim’s Dry Bones Filled The Valley

But in the 180th year of Israel going down to Egypt we find a very interesting story.

Yasher 75:1 At that time, in the 180th year of the Israelites going down into Egypt, there went forth from Egypt valiant men, thirty thousand on foot, from Israel’s seed, who were all of the tribe of Joseph, of Ephraim’s seed, the son of Joseph.
2 For they said the period was completed which Yehovah had appointed to Israel’s seed in the times of old, which he had spoken to Abraham.

Here is what Yehovah told Abram when he was 75 years old.

Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. And also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with great possessions. (Gen 15:13-14)

Well, this 400 years and how long we were actually in Egypt are intimately related. If you ask just about any person who “thinks” they know the scriptures, they will tell you that Israel was in Egypt for 430 years.

Now the sojourn of Israel’s seed who lived in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same day—it came to pass that all the armies of Yehovah went out from the land of Egypt. (Exo 12:40-41)

They would be wrong! We were in Egypt for only 210 years. True understanding and wisdom does not come from knowing a single verse; it comes precept upon precept and line upon line, here a little and there a little.

“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)

The timeline below took me years to figure out; and it was not until I discovered Yasher that I was able to complete it.

    0   Abram receives the prophecy.  “And it was in the fifteenth year of Abram’s dwelling in the land of Canaan, which is the seventieth year of the life of Abram, and Yehovah appeared to Abram in that year and he said to him, I am Yehovah who brought thee out from Ur Casdim to give thee this land for an inheritance. Now therefore walk before me and be perfect and keep my commands, for to thee and to thy seed I will give this land for an inheritance, from the river Mitzraim unto the great river Euphrates.  (Jasher 13:17-18)

+   5  Abram departs from Haran a second time when he is 75 years old – “So Abram departed as Yehovah had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.” (Gen_12:4)

+ 25  “Now Abraham was one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.” (Gen_21:5 )

+ 60  Afterward his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; so his name was called Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them. (Gen_25:26)

+130 Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How old are you?” And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.” (Gen 47:8-9)

+210 And at the end of two hundred and ten years, Yehovah brought forth Israel’s seed from Egypt with a strong hand. And Israel’s seed traveled from Egypt and from Goshen and from Rameses, and encamped in Succoth on the fifteenth day of the first month. (Jasher 81:4-5)
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  430 Years Total

This means that Abram received this prophecy on the 15th day of the first month; Passover day!

And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years—on that very same day—it came to pass that all the armies of Yehovah went out from the land of Egypt. (Exo 12:40-41)

This means that when Ephraim left Egypt saying that “the time was fulfilled,” that it really was! They were acting on the words of the prophecy, but doing it in their on flesh. I think that this is exactly what Judah did in going to Israel in their flesh, as it were, before it was time. Israel the STATE is going down before Yehovah raises up His called-out men; just like the Ephraimites were destroyed in this portion.

Yasher 75:6 And they directed their course toward the land of Gath, and they went down and found the shepherds of Gath feeding the cattle of Gath’s seed.
7 And they said to the shepherds, Give us some of the sheep for pay, that we may eat, for we are hungry, for we have eaten no bread this day.
8 And the shepherds said, Are they our sheep or cattle that we should give them to you even for pay? So Ephraim’s seed approached to take them by force.

Yasher 75:10 And when Gath’s seed saw the evil doings of Ephraim’s seed, they returned and assembled the men of Gath, and they put on each man his armor, and came forth to Ephraim’s seed for battle.

Yasher 75:16 And they smote all Ephraim’s seed, all who had gone forth from Egypt, none were remaining but ten men who had run away from the engagement.
17 For this evil was from Yehovah against Ephraim’s seed, for they transgressed the word of Yehovah in going forth from Egypt, before the period had arrived which Yehovah in the days of old had appointed to Israel.

Yasher 75:19 And the slain of Ephraim’s seed remained forsaken in the valley of Gath for many days and years, and were not brought to burial, and their dry bones filled the valley.

Many will think that this is just a story and that it really did not happen, but listen to how it concludes.

Yasher 75:21 And their father Ephraim [now 185 years old] mourned over them for many days, and his brethren came to console him.
22 And he came unto his wife and she bare a son, and he called his name Beriah, for she was unfortunate in his house.

Now look at this.

The men of Gath who were born in that land killed them because they came down to take away their cattle. Then Ephraim, their father, mourned many days, and his brethren came to comfort him. And when he went in to his wife, she conceived and bore a son; and he called his name Beriah, because tragedy had come upon his house. (1Ch 7:21-23)

AMAZING! So much to learn, so little time. Below is an audio to the whole of these 3 stories and much more.

My old dry bones were very dry, and I too was forsaken in the valley of death. But Yehovah brought me out from the kingdom of my birth, placed me in His kingdom and then 8 years ago breathed life into me at the Time of Life, Passover! And He is right now preparing me and and many thousands of other men to lead His people through the coming last days.

Moses Timeline 0-27 – 2E04 Exodus 2.16-20 and Yasher 71-75
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Moses Timeline

Moses timelineTimelines help me see more clearly how one event relates with another. Here are timelines for Abraham, Jacob and Esau, Joseph and now, Moses timeline.

Moses Timeline

0 – Moses born 2 months premature (Exo_2:2 & Yasher 68)

3 – Puts Pharaoh’s crown on his head. (Yasher 70)

18 – Killed the Egyptian and hid him. (Exo_2:12 & Yasher 71 )

18 – Flees Egypt, goes to the king of Cush and fights for him for 9 years (Yasher 72)

27 – Become king of Cush (Yasher 72) He reigned 40 years (Yasher 73)Moses timeline

27 – is 157th year of Israel’s seed in Egypt (Yasher 73)

66 – Left Cush (Yasher 76)

66 – Meets Reuel and his daughters (Yasher 76:16 & Exo_2:15)

66 – Reuel puts Moses in prison.

76Taken from prison, plucks the rod, marries Zipporah, and has Gershom and Eliezer (Yasher 77)

78 – Speaks with Yehovah on the mountain (Exo_4:1- & Yasher 79)

80 – Brings Israel’s seed out of Egypt (Exo_14:1- & Yasher 81)

120 –  Moses dies (Deu_34:5-7 & Yasher 87:9-10)

Continue reading Moses Timeline

There Arose A new King Over Egypt

Exodus 1, Yasher 63, Yasher 64, Yasher 65, Yasher 66, new king over EgyptNow there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Look, the people, Israel’s son/seed are more and mightier than we.” (Exo 1:8-9)

Today we will spend most of our time in Yasher and go through only chapter 1 of Exodus. I love Yasher because it fills in many gaps that are missing in Torah. For instance,  the new king over Egypt said, “Look, the people, Israel’s seed are more and mightier than we.” Why did he say that? And what caused this fear to rise up in them?

If you will recall, Joseph died in our 71st year in Egypt after ruling in Egypt for 80 years.

Yasher 59:25 And it came to pass after this that Joseph died in that year, the 71st year of the Israelites going down to Egypt.

And after Joseph’s death, the Pharaoh, who he was a father to, ruled over Egypt for 1 additional year. But there was yet another king that rose up, our third king, who did know Joseph and his brethren who ruled for 30 more years.

A New King Over Egypt Arose

Now, in our 102 year, a new king over Egypt who truly did not know Joseph or his brethren and the good thing they had done takes the throne. He was born 11 years before Levi (the last of Jacob’s sons) died and took the helm of Egypt at 20, 9 years later. Continue reading There Arose A new King Over Egypt

Joseph Ruled Egypt For 80 Years

Joseph ruled egyptJoseph ruled Egypt from the time he interpreted Pharaoh’s dream (30) until his death (110).

Joseph was 56 when his father Jacob and his wicked uncle Esau died at 147. The Pharaoh that raised Joseph up, above everyone in his land, loved him so much that he gave him charge over his son Magron after his death and asked Joseph (71) to be a father to him and to guide him. So Joseph ruled Egypt for an additional 39 years. Here is a link to my Joseph timeline.

I love the book of Yasher; it has helped me make sense of many things in Torah, and in the book Joshua, that just were not clear until I heard the rest of the story from it. Much of the next 4 lessons come from Yasher and you will see that they provide great light for those who search Yehovah’s word as a man searches for silver and fine gold. Of course neither of those precious commodities are just lying around waiting to be picked up. But I have searched them out and found some very precious pieces, and I am doing my best to help you find them as well.

Joseph Ruled Egypt And The Surrounding Countries

Concerning the death of Pharaoh, Yasher says,

Yasher 58:1 And it came to pass in the thirty-second year of the Israelites going down to Egypt, that is in the seventy-first year of the life of Joseph, in that year died Pharaoh king of Egypt, and Magron his son reigned in his stead.
2 And Pharaoh commanded Joseph before his death to be a father to his son, Magron [41], and that Magron should be under the care of Joseph and under his counsel.

Yasher 58:6 And Joseph became king over Egypt, for he superintended over all Egypt, and all Egypt was under his care and under his counsel, for all Egypt inclined to Joseph after the death of Pharaoh, and they loved him exceedingly to reign over them.

Yasher 58:9 And Pharaoh king of Egypt sat upon his throne in his father’s stead, but he was under the control and counsel of Joseph, as he was at first under the control of his father.
10 Neither did he reign but in the land of Egypt only, under the counsel of Joseph, but Joseph reigned over the whole country at that time, from Egypt unto the great river Perath.
11 And Joseph was successful in all his ways, and Yehovah was with him, and Yehovah gave Joseph additional wisdom, and honor, and glory, and love toward him in the hearts of the Egyptians and throughout the land, and Joseph ruled Egypt forty years.

Concerning the sons of Jacob, Yasher says, Continue reading Joseph Ruled Egypt For 80 Years

Esau Died Preventing Jacob’s Burial

Few have ever heard about how Jacob’s twin brother Esau died. I think of Jacob as the man of the spirit and Esau as a total man of the flesh; and find it interesting that Esau died shortly after Jacob. Here is why.

The actual death and burial of Jacob (147) is recorded in the last chapter of Genesis (Genesis 50); but it is hardly anything more that an outline for what happened at that time in the history of Yehovah’s people.

Here is yet another case where the book of Yasher gives “the rest of the story.”

Jacob was buried with great honor like a king and his sons carried his bier for all to see. I love how Jacob told his sons to carry him, it was exactly the same way that Israel was told by Yehovah to camp in the wilderness (with 3 sons on each side).

Israelite camp, Esau died when Jacob was buriedYasher describes Jacob’s funeral procession this way.

Yasher 56:33 And Pharaoh commanded that it should be proclaimed throughout Egypt, saying, Whoever goes not up with Joseph and his brethren to the land of Canaan to bury Jacob, shall die.

34 And all Egypt heard of Pharaoh’s proclamation, and they all rose up together, and all the servants of Pharaoh, and the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt went up with Joseph, and all the officers and nobles of Pharaoh went up as the servants of Joseph, and they went to bury Jacob in the land of Canaan.

35 And Jacob’s sons carried the bier upon which he lay; according to all that their father commanded them, so did his sons unto him.

36 And the bier was of pure gold, and it was inlaid round about with onyx stones and bdellium; and the covering of the bier was gold woven work, joined with threads, and over them were hooks of onyx stones and bdellium.

37 And Joseph placed upon the head of his father Jacob a large golden crown, and he put a golden scepter in his hand, and they surrounded the bier as was the custom of kings during their lives.

38 And all the troops of Egypt went before him in this array, at first, all the mighty men of Pharaoh and the mighty men of Joseph, and after them the rest of the inhabitants of Egypt, and they were all girded with swords and equipped with coats of mail, and the trappings of war were upon them.

39 And all the weepers and mourners went at a distance opposite to the bier, going and weeping and lamenting, and the rest of the people went after the bier.

40 And Joseph and his household went together near the bier barefooted and weeping, and the rest of Joseph’s servants went around him; each man had his ornaments upon him, and they were all armed with their weapons of war.

But when Esau heard that Jacob’s sons were coming to bury him in the cave of Machpelah, which their Fathers were buried in, Esau and his sons stood against them. The battle that follows helps us understand great enmity between Jacob’s sons (the men of the spirit) and Esau’s sons (the men of the flesh). Here is how the battle begins.

Yasher 56:49 And Joseph and his brethren brought their father Jacob from that place, and they went to Hebron to bury Jacob in the cave by his fathers.

50 And they came unto Kireath-arba, to the cave, and as they came Esau stood with his sons against Joseph and his brethren as a hindrance in the cave, saying, “Jacob shall not be buried therein, for it belongs to us and to our father.”

We saw that Jacob and his sons received all the land of Canaan, and the cave in particular, at the death of Isaac as their inheritance; the transaction was witnessed and recorded at the time and the document were now in Egypt. We then sent our fastest runner (Naphtali) to fetch them and that is when the fighting began.

Yasher 56:60 And when Esau saw that Naphtali had gone to fetch the records, he and his sons increased their resistance against the cave, and Esau and all his people rose up against Joseph and his brethren to battle.

61 And all Jacob’s sons and the people of Egypt fought with Esau and his men, and Esau’s sons and his people were smitten before Jacob’s sons, and Jacob’s sons slew of Esau’s people forty men.

Esau died in the first battle

It was at this time that Dan’s son, a man who could not speak or hear, walked up to Esau and severed his head from his body.

Yasher 56:63 And Chushim was dumb and deaf, still he understood the voice of consternation amongst men.

64 And he asked, saying, Why do you not bury the dead, and what is this great consternation? And they answered him the words of Esau and his sons; and he ran to Esau in the midst of the battle, and he slew Esau with a sword, and he cut off his head, and it sprang to a distance, and Esau fell amongst the people of the battle.

65 And when Chushim did this thing Jacob’s sons prevailed over Esau’s sons, and Jacob’s sons buried their father Jacob by force in the cave, and Esau’s sons beheld it.

After Esau died his sons ran away with his body but left his head. There is so much that happened in these two chapters of Yasher; alliances are formed, battles are fought, men are captured, and an entire race of men is wiped out and their land taken forever by Esau’s sons.

Here is the rest of the story.

Esau Died Preventing Jacob’s Burial

2G51 Genesis 50 & Yasher 56
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Jacob’s Last Words

Jacob's last wordsJacob is now 147 and has lived 17 years in Egypt after being reunited with Joseph, but now his eyes have failed and he is weak and dying.  Torah and Yasher covers Jacob’s last words to his sons and grand-sons (his seed). Some of Jacob’s last words are blessings, some are rebukes, and some are instructions to his sons for after he is gone.

In Jacob’s last words to his grand-sons (who appear to be twins), and against the wishes of their father Joseph, he sets the younger over the elder. I believe that this is a shadow picture of the second born, spiritual man ruling over the first-born, man of the flesh which we find so often in the scriptures. Here are a few examples.

  • Able replaces Cain
  • Isaac replaces Ishmael as firstborn
  • Jacob replaces Esau as firstborn
  • Joseph replaces Reuben; Joseph received the “double blessing” which usually goes to the 1st born.
  • Ephraim replaces Manasseh as firstborn
  • Kohath replaces Gershon (Gen 46:11)

Ephraim and Manasseh learned the ways of Yehovah in the house of Jacob, and in Genesis 48 Jacob even seems to claim them as his own sons.

Yasher 55:35 Ephraim and Manasseh, remained constantly in the house of Jacob, together with the sons of the sons of Jacob their brethren, to learn the ways of Yehovah and his law.

And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine. (Gen 48:5)

Why else would the twins be listed with Jacob’s sons and become the fathers of two of the twelve tribes who inherit land in Canaan? Continue reading Jacob’s Last Words