The Wilderness Files (Syndrome)
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you will hear His voice, 8Do not harden your hearts, as [happened] in the rebellion [of Israel] and their provocation and embitterment [of Me] in the day of testing in the wilderness, 9 Where your fathers tried [My patience] and tested [My forbearance] and found I stood their test, and they saw My works for forty years. (Heb3:7-9 AMPC).1
10 And so I was provoked (displeased and sorely grieved) with that generation, and said, They always err and are led astray in their hearts, and they have not perceived or recognized My ways and become progressively better and more experimentally and intimately acquainted with them.11 Accordingly, I swore in My wrath and indignation, They shall not enter into My rest.12[Therefore be-ware] brethren, take care, lest there be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to cleave to, trust in, and rely on Him], leading you to turn away and desert or stand aloof from the living God.13 But instead warn (admonish, urge, and encourage) one another every day, as long as it is called Today, that none of you may be hardened [into settled rebellion] by the deceitfulness of sin [by the fraudulence, the stratagem, the trickery which the delu-sive glamour of his sin may play on him].14For we [c]have become fellows with Christ (the Messiah) and share in all He has for us, if only we hold our first new-born confidence and original assured expectation [in virtue of which we are believers] firm and unshaken to the end.
15 Then while it is [still] called To-day, if you would hear His voice and when you hear it, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion [in the desert, when the people provoked and irritated and embittered God against them].16For who were they who heard and yet were rebellious and provoked [Him]? Was it not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? 17And with whom was He irritated and provoked and grieved for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose dismembered bodies were strewn and left in the desert? 18And to whom did He swear that they should not enter His rest, but to those who disobeyed [who had not listened to His word and who refused to be compliant or be persuaded]? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter [into His rest]; because of their unwillingness to adhere to and trust in and rely on God [unbelief had shut them out. (See Heb 3:7-19 AMPC)
Through our entire life, we need to seek the Kingdom of God first and His Righteousness; then all these things shall be added unto us. Whoever calls upon His Name shall not be ashamed. Therefore, Yaakov arose and sought the Lord His God for an answer; His Leading for the Lord’s next step to take place in his life. The Lord our God is constantly ordering our steps. Our lives been continually directed by and through His Word. He daily directs our steps!
While in the land of their captivity Israel called all his children to draw near to him. He was to declare over them God’s Blessings, that which would take place in the near future, and their latter years, nearing the end of the age. He revealed to them both God’s Blessing and His promise for them and their descendants. He would prophetically reveal to them God’s response, toward them including their promised deliverance.
Before going down to Egypt (Mitsrayim), the Lord appeared to him at Beersheba giving him the sure Word of Promise. The Lord told him, he would see his beloved son. Further God confirmed His Earlier Promise, which He made with Abraham. Once more, God reminds Yisrael includ-ing all who believe on His Name that He is the Rewarder of them whom diligently seek Him (see Heb 11:1-5).
He called for Yoseph to appear before him. He was about to speak God’s blessing over him and both his sons (Manasseh & Ephraim). The Lord gave Yisrael an encouraging word, saying he would see Yoseph before his passing. He would also see his grandsons.
On seeing Ephraim and Manasseh, he asked Yoseph about them. An-swering his father, he said they are the children with, whom the Lord had blessed him. While blessing them he adopted them giving them both an inherited portion with the rest of his sons. Further placing upon them the names of his fathers Abraham, Isaac and his own names (Yisrael & Yaakov).
Now before Jacob’s (Israel’s) passing, he called his children to him. It would be crucial for all of them to be present. The Lord was about to re-veal to Israel, what would take place in due course. He would reveal to them that which would take place in the latter days as well. The times and seasons are all in His Hand.
Israel (Yaakov) was preparing his descendants for the future, which their Lord was planning for them. The Lord knows the plans, the thoughts that He has concerning us. His Plans, thoughts are of success and a future, not of failure. He holds the keys of death and Hades. He has also given us the keys of Heaven.
Remember whatever we bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven. In addition, whatever we loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven (Mat 16:19; Mat 18:18).
Blessing of the Tribes
And Ya‛aqoḇ called his sons and said, “Gather together, so that I declare to you what is to befall you in the last days: “Gather together and hear, you sons of Ya‛aqoḇ, and listen to Yisra’ěl your father. “Re’uḇěn, you are my first-born, my power and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of exaltation and the excellency of power. “Boiling like water, you do not excel, because you went up to your father’s bed, then you defiled it – he went up to my couch. “Shim‛on and Lěwi are brothers, their weapons are implements of violence. “Let my being not enter their council, let my esteem not be united to their assembly; because they killed a man in their displeasure, and they lamed an ox in pleasure. “Cursed be their displeasure for it is fierce, and their wrath for it is cruel! I divide them in Ya‛aqoḇ and scatter them in Yisra’ěl. “You, Yehuḏah, your brothers praise you; your hand is on the neck of your enemies; your father’s children bow down before you. “Yehuḏah is a lion’s cub; from the prey you have gone up, my son! He bowed down, he crouched like a lion. And like a lion, who does rouse him? “The sceptre shall not turn aside from Yehuḏah, nor an Inscriber from between his feet, until Shiloh comes, and to Him is the obedience of peoples. “Binding his donkey to the vine, and his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, he washed his garments in wine, and his robes in the blood of grapes. “His eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth whiter than milk. “Zeḇulun dwells at the seashore, he is for a haven for ships, and his border is unto Tsiḏon. “Yissasḵar is a strong donkey lying down between two burdens, and he saw that a resting place was good, and that the land was pleasant, and he inclined his shoulder to bear a burden, and became a subject to slave labour. “Dan rightly rules his people as one of the tribes of Yisra’ěl. “Dan is a serpent by the way, an adder by the path that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider falls backward. “I have waited for your deliverance, O יהוה! “Gad, a raiding band raids him, but he raids its heel. “Bread from Ashěr is rich, and he gives delicacies of a sovereign. “Naphtali is a deer let loose, he gives words of elegance. “Yosěph is an offshoot of a fruit-bearing tree, an offshoot of a fruit-bearing tree by a fountain, his branches run over a wall. “And the archers have bitterly grieved him, shot at him and hated him. “But his bow remained in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty One of Ya‛aqoḇ – from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Yisra’ěl – from the Ěl of your father who helps you, and by the Almighty who blesses you with blessings of the heavens from above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb. “The blessings of your father have excelled the blessings of my ancestors, up to the limit of the everlasting hills. They are on the head of Yosěph, and on the crown of the head of him who was separated from his brothers. “Binyamin is a wolf that tears, in the morn-ing he eats prey, and at night he divides the spoil.”(Gen 49:1-27 TS2009)2
Israel becoming a nation
Here we see Israel (Yaakov/Jacob) passing on the blessings to all his sons. Jacob been the last of the patriarchs passes on the blessing to the new generation. They are to be the forerunners of the establishment of Israel as a nation. Yet they and their descendants still had to increase both in numbers and in strength.
They were about to enter into God’s next phase for raising a strong na-tion. The Lord was about to fulfil the rest of His promise, as given to their father Abraham many years before. God is no man that He should lie nor the son of man that He would repent. Has He not said so and shall He not fulfil His Word (See Num 23:19-21 NKJ)
While in their land of bondage, Israel became a nation according to the Word of God given to Abraham, our father of faith. These promises fully given to Israel’s descendants included all future matters, times and sea-sons. The Lord would later lead them to completely, take possession of their Promised Land. Through Isaac and Joseph’s life and testimony, they would be able to remain at peace in their land of bondage until the sea-son was ready for the Lord to lead them out.
God is not a man that He should lie, or a son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and shall He not do it? And has He spoken, and shall He not make it good? Behold, I have received word to bless; yes, He has blessed; I cannot reverse it. (Num 23:19-20 LITV)4
Meanwhile, Joseph had risen to power becoming Pharaoh’s Prime Minis-ter. The Lord would watch over them and they would multiply, growing from strength to strength. All during the life of Joseph (Yoseph) after Israel’s (Yisrael’s) passing, they were under YHVH’s protection. The Lord watched over them and they grew! Multiplying from strength to strength.
The Lord also gave them favour with Egypt until after Joseph’s passing. Meanwhile their numbers increased daily. They grew from strength to strength! The nation of Israel became established!
And Joseph said unto his brethren: ‘I die; but God will surely remember you, and bring you up out of this land unto the land which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.’ And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying: ‘God will surely remember you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.’ So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old. And they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt. (Gen 50:24-26 JPS)
The Passing of Joseph (Yoseph)
And these are the names of the children of Yisra’ěl who came to Mitsrayim with Ya‛aqoḇ, each one with his household: Re’uḇěn, Shim‛on, Lěwi, and Yehuḏah; Yissasḵar, Zeḇulun, and Binyamin; Dan and Naphtali, Gaḏ and Ashěr. And all those who were descendants of Ya‛aqoḇ were seventy beings, as Yosěph was already in Mitsrayim. And Yosěph died, and all his brothers, and all that generation. And the children of Yisra’ěl were fruitful and increased very much, multiplied and became very strong, and the land was filled with them. Then a new sovereign arose over Mitsrayim, who did not know Yosěph, and he said to his people, “See, the people of the children of Yisra’ěl are more and stronger than we, come, let us act wisely towards them, lest they increase, and it shall be when fighting befalls us, that they shall join our enemies and fight against us, and shall go up out of the land.” the more they increased and grew, and they were in dread of the children of Yisra’ěl. (Exo 1:1-12 TS2009)
Joseph (Yoseph) Who_ _ _?
This new Pharaoh had neither known nor even heard about Joseph. He had forgotten the famine from which the Lord spared both Mitsrayim, Yisrael and the rest of the known world. He saw how the children of Yisrael increased in numbers, strength and stature . Be-ing fearful, he tabled a law to enslave Israel (Yisrael) , and to abort the birth of their entire male babes after or during their birth .
Therefore, they set slave-masters over them to afflict them with their burdens, and they built for Pharaoh Supply cities, Pithom and Ra‛amses. However, the more they afflicted them; In due course Joseph breathed his last. He asked his brethren, when the Lord their God would lead them out; they take his bones with them. Therefore, they embalmed his body, after he passed on. I due course all of Yoseph’s brothers and their generation passed on. Yisrael still prospered until Mitsrayim (Egypt) came under rule of a different royal house.
Unless they were ready to take possession of their rightful inheritance. They would still need to traverse the Wilderness for fourty years. Although they could have entered their, promise in a short space of time. The Lord had to deal with their flesh.
Despite their opposition, which Israel experienced, the Lord came through for them. When the times, the season being ready Israel cried out for their deliverance! On hearing their cry, the Lord remembered His Promised Covenant, which He made.
And a man went from the house of Levi and took a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived and bore a son; and she saw him, that he was beautiful. And she concealed him three months. And she was not able to hide him any longer, and she took a basket for him made of papyrus, and she daubed it with bitumen and with pitch. And she put the child in it, and placed it in the reeds by the lip of the Nile. And his sister took her stand from a distance, to know what would be done to him. And the daughter of Pharaoh went down to bathe at the Nile. And her slave women were walking on the side of the Nile. And she saw the basket in the midst of the reeds, and sent her slave-girl and took it. And she opened it and saw the child, and, behold, a boy crying! And she had pity on him and said, This one is of the children of the Hebrews. And his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call a woman for you, a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you? And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the girl went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give your wages. And the woman took the child and nursed him. And the child grew, and she brought him to the daughter of Pharaoh. And he became a son to her, and she called his name Moses, and said, Because I drew him out of the water. (Exo 2:1-10 LITV)6
For Him to execute His plan. He raised Moses in Pharaoh’s courts. Whom He would eventually use to lead Israel out from captive bondage. He trained Moses in all matters concerning governing, leading and rul-ing a nation. The Lord would lead him into the wilderness fourty years as a herdsman. He was preparing him to lead a nation out from captiv-ity.
His mother suckled him when Moses was still a babe. This done under covering of the watchful eye of Pharaoh’s Daughter. In due course, she showed him to her father. She declared that she has adopted Moses as her own son and an heir after her, for she was barren.
Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him; raising him as her own son. She also trained him in Egypt’s Royal Lifestyle. According to Josephus and the Book of Jasher. During this time, the Lord raised Moses up as one of their finest generals. His father taught him to read and write in Pharaoh’s courts.
It happened that Mosheh saw an Egyptian (Mitsrian) strike a fellow He-brew. On seeing this, his ire rose within him. Through defending his fel-low Hebrew from the Mitsrian. He killed the Egyptian .
The following day he came across two fellow Hebrews fighting. Once more, he intervened. He was hoping to prove that he would be their future liberator. They remarked on his previous action asking _ _ _.
“By whom are you placed charge o’er us? Will you do us in as you did your fellow citizen?” This became knowledge to Pharaoh, who wanted Mosheh’s head . They were aware of his able, capable leadership potential
Immediately Moses (Mosheh) fled leaving Mitsrayim behind! For fear of his life! On his way, to Midian! Mosheh (Moses) came across a Midianite well. Where seven daughters of Midian’s priest made ready to water their flocks. During which time some uncouth shepherds arrived, rough-ly pushing them aside . Straightway he acted and watered their flocks, keeping the uncouth aside to wait their turn.
Through the courtesy, which he showed these sisters, they arrived at their home earlier than usual. Their father enquired about their early re-turn. On hearing of Moses benevolence, Reuel (his title being Yithro meaning Excellency) the priest of Midian desired to reward Moses ac-cordingly.
For the courtesy, he showed his daughters Reuel (the Midian priest), enquired about Moses. He desired to return this courtesy being the head of the house. He wanted to prepare a table in his honour.