Category Archives: Widows and Orphans

Abram’s Birth – A Sign In The Heavens

Oh – sometime I feel so cheated in the coverage, really lack of coverage, which Torah gives to some subjects. Today is a perfect example of what I am talking about. Torah does not introduce Abram until the end of Genesis chapter 11 when he (at 52 years of age) takes Sarai as his woman in Ur, and then again in Genesis 12 when he leaves his family in Haran and goes to Canaan (for the 2nd time) in his 75th year.

Abram’s Birth

But the book of Yasher records the very night of Abram’s birth in Nimrod’s kingdom.

Abraham's birthYasher 8:1 And it was in the night of Abram’s birth, that all the servants of Terah, and all the wise men of Nimrod, and his conjurors came and ate and drank in the house of Terah, and they rejoiced with him on that night.
2 And when all the wise men and conjurors went out from the house of Terah, they lifted up their eyes toward heaven that night to look at the stars, and they saw, and behold one very large star came from the east and ran in the heavens, and he swallowed up the four stars from the four sides of the heavens.
3 And all the wise men of the king and his conjurors were astonished at the sight, and the sages understood this matter, and they knew its import.
4 And they said to each other, “This only betokens the child that has been born to Terah this night, who will grow up and be fruitful, and multiply, and possess all the earth, he and his children for ever, and he and his seed will slay great kings, and inherit their lands.”

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Levirate Marriage

Levirate MarriageThe instructions given to Yehovah’s Ezrach men concerning the “levirate marriage” is all about preserving  the name of thy brother, another man of Israel, by producing a seed/son for him. We take our brother’s woman to our self in order to produce a son to inherit our dead brother’s land, position and preserve his name in the earth.

“If brothers [אחים, ach(im) dwell together, and one of them dies and has no son, the widow of the dead man shall not come to a man [אישׁ, eesh] outside [זר, zoor]; her husband’s brother [יבמ, yaw·vawm’] shall go to her and take [לקח, law·kach’] her to himself, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her [יבמ, yaw·vawm’]. And it shall be that the firstborn son [בכור, bek·ore’] which she bears will succeed to the name of his dead brother, that his name may not be blotted out of Israel. (Deu 25:5-6)

Because of Yehovah’s instructions concerning the levirate marriage a husband’s brother [יבמ yaw·vawm’], through the same woman can produce a first-born son for his dead brother and one for himself as well. Wow!

In this context I discussed the story of Tamar and in the story of Naomi and Ruth, and we get to see Torah being lived out right before our eyes; as we see the near of kin, redeeming of the land which was previously sold, and the levirate marriage instructions in action. I also talked about the Hallmark movie called “Loving Leah.” There was much of it I did not like, but I am always such a sucker for a “chick flick.” 🙂

Other topics I discussed in this lesson were Divorce and Remarriage and A Man Shall Die For His Own Sin.

Levirate Marriage

2D13 Deuteronomy 24-25 – Levirate Marriage
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Vow To Yehovah

vowI was taught in my Christian doctrines and traditions of men, not to swear at all; but Numbers 31 makes it very clear that when we swear we use Yehovah’s name for the surety of the words we have sworn to; and, like Him, we must do what we say.

Vow to YehovahI will put My spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, Yehovah, have spoken it and performed it,” says Yehovah.’ ” (Eze 37:14)

He will swallow up death forever, And my Master, Yehovah, will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for Yehovah has spoken. (Isa 25:8)

“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Num_23:19)

For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. (Psa 33:9)

I, Yehovah, have spoken this. I will surely do so to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die.’ ” (Num 14:35)

And all his men, when they make a vow to Yehovah, are sure to fulfill all that they have spoken or they will have taken His name in vain. And we know that we can not take His name in vain.

“You shall not take the name of Yehovah your Elohim (lawmaker and judge) in vain, for Yehovah will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. (Exo 20:7)

Even Yehovah swears in His own name! Continue reading Vow To Yehovah

Daughters Of Zelophehad

Daughters of ZelophehadMany people use the story of the daughters of Zelophehad to say that women can own land in Yehovah’s kingdom. I think this whole idea comes from our erroneous “wishful thinking” that has aligned itself with the doctrines and traditions of men that we have all learned and accepted as true. But it is not true! We have learned lies, worthless and unprofitable things.  Most folks read what is said about the daughters of Zelophehad in Numbers 27 and simply see what they want or expect to see, but chapter 36 add greater light to this story.

The whole subject of this story is about a MAN (an eesh) who dies and has no son as an heir. It has nothing to do with a woman (an ishshah) who dies. Here is what it says.

And you shall speak to Israel’s seed, saying: ‘If a man [eesh, there are no female eesh] dies and has no son, then you shall cause his inheritance to pass to his daughter. If he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers. If he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father’s brothers. And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the relative closest to him in his family, and he shall possess it.’ ” And it shall be to Israel’s seed a statute of judgment, just as Yehovah commanded Moses. (Num 27:8-11)

Because we, in our ignorance, build a doctrine based on a single paragraph (and ignore the whole of Yehovah’s eternal and unchanging word) and then try to make the paragraph fit with the perverted doctrines and traditions of men which we have accepted as truth all our lives,  we miss the truth that is right in front of us. “If a man dies…”

We have failed to understand that the woman is a possession of her man. Please, don’t get mad at me, instead learn what Yehovah says. We can see this truth easily in the 10th commandment which Yehovah gave to Israel’s seed, His Ezrach men.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house [a possession of the man]; you shall not covet your neighbor’s woman [a possession of the man], nor his male servant [a possession of the man], nor his female servant [a possession of the man], nor his ox [a possession of the man], nor his donkey [a possession of the man], nor anything that is your neighbor’s [hopefully you have my point by now].” (Exo 20:17)

Again, the woman is a possession of her man, and what she possesses, he possesses.

So let’s look at the daughters of Zelophehad in light of the bigger picture. We read, Continue reading Daughters Of Zelophehad