LESSON 33 JASHER CH 30
JACOB IS BLESSED AND ANOINTED
1. And Jacob went forth continuing his road to Haran, and he came as far as mount Moriah, and he tarried there all night near the city of Luz; and the Lord appeared there unto Jacob on that night, and he said unto him, I am the Lord God of Abraham and the God of Isaac thy father; the land upon which thou liest I will give unto thee and thy seed.
2. And behold I am with thee and will keep thee wherever thou goest, and I will multiply thy seed as the stars of Heaven, and I will cause all thine enemies to fall before thee; and when they shall make war with thee they shall not prevail over thee, and I will bring thee again unto this land with joy, with children, and with great riches.
3. And Jacob awoke from his sleep and he rejoiced greatly at the vision which he had seen; and he called the name of that place Bethel.
4. And Jacob rose up from that place quite rejoiced, and when he walked his feet felt light to him for joy, and he went from there to the land of the children of the East, and he returned to Haran and he sat by the shepherd's well.
5. And he there found some men going from Haran to feed their flocks, and Jacob made inquiries of them, and they said, We are from Haran.
6. And he said unto them, Do you know Laban, the son of Nahor? and they said, We know him, and behold his daughter Rachel is coming along to feed her father's flock.
7. Whilst he was yet speaking with them, Rachel the daughter of Laban came to feed her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess.
8. And when Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of Laban, his mother's brother, he ran and kissed her, and lifted up his voice and wept.
9. And Jacob told Rachel that he was the son of Rebecca, her father's sister, and Rachel ran and told her father, and Jacob continued to cry because he had nothing with him to bring to the house of Laban.
10. And when Laban heard that his sister's son Jacob had come, he ran and kissed him and embraced him, and brought him into the house and gave him bread, and he ate.
11. And Jacob related to Laban what his brother Esau had done to him, and what his son Eliphaz had done to him in the road.
12. And Jacob resided in Laban's house for one month, and Jacob ate and drank in the house of Laban, and afterward Laban said unto Jacob, Tell me what shall be thy wages, for how canst thou serve me for nought?
13. And Laban had no sons but only daughters, and his other wives and handmaids were still barren in those days; and these are the names of Laban's daughters which his wife Adinah had borne unto him; the name of the elder was Leah and the name of the younger was Rachel; and Leah was tender-eyed, but Rachel was beautiful and well favored, and Jacob loved her.
14. And Jacob said unto Laban, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter; and Laban consented to this and Jacob served Laban seven years for his daughter Rachel.
15. And in the second year of Jacob's dwelling in Haran, that is in the seventy-ninth year of the life of Jacob, in that year died Eber the son of Shem, he was four hundred and sixty-four years old at his death.
16. And when Jacob heard that Eber was dead he grieved exceedingly, and he lamented and mourned over him many days.
17. And in the third year of Jacob's dwelling in Haran, Bosmath, the daughter of Ishmael, the wife of Esau, bare unto him a son, and Esau called his name Reuel.
18. And in the fourth year of Jacob's residence in the house of Laban, the Lord visited Laban and remembered him on account of Jacob, and sons were born unto him, and his first born was Beor, his second was Alib, and the third was Chorash.
19. And the Lord gave Laban riches and honor, sons and daughters, and the man increased greatly on account of Jacob.
20. And Jacob in those days served Laban in all manner of work, in the house and in the field, and the blessing of the Lord was in all that belonged to Laban in the house and in the field.
21. And in the fifth year died Jehudith, the daughter of Beeri, the wife of Esau, in the land of Canaan and she had no sons but daughters only.
22. And these are the names of her daughters which she bare to Esau, the name of the elder was Marzith, and the name of the younger was Puith.
23. And when Jehudith died, Esau rose up and went to Seir to hunt in the field, as usual, and Esau dwelt in the land of Seir for a long time.
24. And in the sixth year Esau took for a wife, in addition to his other wives, Ahlibamah, the daughter of Zebeon the Hivite, and Esau brought her to the land of Canaan.
25. And Ahlibamah conceived and bare unto Esau three sons, Yeush, Yaalan, and Korah.
26. And in those days, in the land of Canaan, there was a quarrel between the herdsmen of Esau and the herdsmen of the inhabitants of the land of Canaan, for Esau's cattle and goods were too abundant for him to remain in the land of Canaan, in his father's house, and the land of Canaan could not bear him on account of his cattle.
27. And when Esau saw that his quarreling increased with the inhabitants of the land of Canaan, he rose up and took his wives and his sons and his daughters, and all belonging to him, and the cattle which he possessed, and all his property that he had acquired in the land of Canaan,and he went away from the inhabitants of the land to the land of Seir, and Esau and all belonging to him dwelt in the land of Seir.
28. But from time to time Esau would go and see his father and mother in the land of Canaan, and Esau intermarried with the Horites, and he gave his daughters to the sons of Seir, the Horite.
29. And he gave his elder daughter Marzith to Anah, the son of Zebeon, his wife's brother, and Puith he have to Azar, the son of Bilhan the Horite; and Esau dwelt in the mountain, he and his children, and they were fruitful and multiplied.
THE REAL ‘BETHEL’ IS ON ONE OF THE MOUNTAIN PEAKS OF MORIAH
"as far as Mount Moriah... near the city of Luz... he called the name of that place Bethel."
"Luz" means "almond tree". It was not Luz that was called "Bethel", but Luz was near to that place. Note that it was on Mt. Moriah, which involved several mountain peaks, including Zion, Golgotha, and Olivet.
The name "Bethel" means "the house of Almighty God."
The real site of this occurrence is on one of the mountain peaks of Moriah, south of the city of Luz, which later took the name of "Bethel", but is not the actual site for Luz was not the site, but near the site.
Joshua 16:1-2 (KJV)
1 And the lot of the children of Joseph fell from Jordan by Jericho, unto the water of Jericho on the east, to the wilderness that goeth up from Jericho throughout mount Bethel,
2 And goeth out from Bethel to Luz, and passeth along unto the borders of Archi to Ataroth,
The town Luz adopted quickly the name "Bethel", though it is not the site of the actual place Jacob called "Bethel" Ten miles south of Bethel, is the actual site of this event. Jacob had started out from Beer-sheba, and headed north with his ultimate destination being Haran. South of the city of Luz, he prepared to sleep using stones to make a pillow for himself. As he dreamed that night, he saw a ladder, set up on the earth, and angels ascending and descending on it.
Genesis 28:10-12 (KJV)
10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Jacob said of this place:
"And he was afraid and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven."
This place was on the road to Shechem, and south of Luz, and on Mt. Moriah. This limits it to near the old city of Salem, now called Jerusalem. Jerusalem now is larger and encompasses more of the mountain. (Why did not the writer name Jerusalem here as being next to it? Certainly, it was closer than was Luz. The reason, was probably, that the Jebusites lived in that city at the time of the writing of Jasher, and the city was not under the control of the Israelites. Therefore, they wished to keep the site somewhat obscure from those who lived beside it.) The angels ascended and descended here, and someday, Jesus would ascend from one of its peaks, and soon He will return to that same peak.
Zechariah 14:4 (KJV)
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
This place originally called "the house of God" is a place wherein God has chosen to reveal Himself, and His plan for mankind.
Jacob slept here, and was sensitive spiritually to its vital importance in God's plans.
Abraham was given the "ram" as a substitute here, Jacob sees angels there, and hears directly from God there, and the Temple would someday be built there, Jesus would be crucified on one of its peaks, leave the earth from one of its peaks, and soon return to earth upon one of its peaks.
At the division of Israel into two kingdoms of Rehoboam and Jeroboam, Jeroboam set up a golden calf on the site of the city now called Bethel (I Kings 13). Josiah later destroyed it, but it was used as a site to worship by the Samaritans to replace for them the need to go to Jerusalem. It is a counterfeit, and the real site of "Bethel" is on one of the peaks of Mt. Moriah, in Jerusalem.
THE BLESSINGS OF JACOB
"in that year died Eber, the son of Shem, he was four hundred and sixty-four years old at his death."
Eber was 34 when Peleg was born,
Peleg was 30 when Reu was born,
Reu was 32 when Serug was born,
Serug was 30 when Nahor was born,
Nahor was 29 when Terah was born,
Terah was 70 when Abraham was born,
Abraham was 100 when Isaac was born,
Isaac was 60 when Jacob was born.
Jacob was 79 when Eber died.
Eber was 464 years old at death.
This concurs with the Bible record:
Genesis 11:16-17 (KJV)
16 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:
17 And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.
"...the Lord visited Laban, and remembered him on account of Jacob... the man increased greatly on account of Jacob... the blessing of the Lord was in all that belonged to Laban."
"HE THAT RECEIVETH A PROPHET IN THE NAME OF A PROPHET SHALL RECEIVE A PROPHET'S REWARD; AND HE THAT RECEIVES A RIGHTEOUS MAN IN THE NAME OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL RECEIVE A RIGHTEOUS MAN'S REWARD."
The saints of God are to be a blessing, the salt of the earth, the lights to the world, and the messengers of His gospel message. When we shake hands with someone, and say: 'God bless you!', do you ever consider, that God is going to bless them, because of your blessing being pronounced upon them. We are God's representatives, the body of Christ, and our blessing upon others is powerful and real.
We are therefore warned in the Scriptures to beware of whom we bestow blessings.
In II John 10-11 we read:
"If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."
If we bless those who are false teachers, false prophets, apostates, etc. we are aiding the enemies of God. Be careful to whom you bestow the blessings of God!
The Edomites are a descendants of Esau. The word "Edom" means "red" in the original language. It was called "the land of Seir" here in Jasher. "Seir" means "rugged". This land is located on the east side of western Arabah, from Elath on the south, to Moab on the north (at the brook Zered). It was about 100 miles long, by 20 miles wide. Now the whole country is desert, mountainous, extremely dry. Some of the higher terraces are still fertile. The ancient capital was Bozrah. At times Sela (Petra) was its main stronghold. The Edomites were almost always idolaters.
The city of Petra, is of extreme importance in these latter days. Petra was originally the home of a people called the Horites. These people were driven out by the Edomites.
Deuteronomy 2:12 (KJV)
12 The Horims also dwelt in Seir beforetime; but the children of Esau succeeded them, when they had destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the LORD gave unto them.
The Edomites ruled this city and area until their extinction by the judgments of God. Later, about 312 B.C., an Arab tribe called the Nabataeans came to this deserted city and began to dwell there. The city of Petra flourished till about the seventh century A.D. when the Christians dwelling there were chased out by the Islamic invasion. In the 12th century, Christian crusaders took the city and built a castle there called "Sel". This is an oft predicted hiding place for Israel in the last days.
"Come, My people, enter thou into they chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be over past. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity."
"Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela (Petra) to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion. For it shall be, that as a wandering bird cast out of the nest... hide the outcasts... let Mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler (Antichrist); for the extortioner (Antichrist) is at an end."
"And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered... And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with your face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of a covenant. And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against Me."