Do you remember reading that Kepha’s shadow healed the sick? I remember after finding out the truth, this fact blew me away. Did you know that Yahoshua’s feet healed the sick?!! Read Matthew 15:30. They laid at His feet and were healed. Do you remember Ruth laid at the feet of Boaz? Redemption. Yahoshua and Boaz were redeemers.
Please read the footnote on the bottom of Genesis chapter 38.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with My eye. HalleluYah. Psalm 32:8.
In various parts of the bible Manna is described. It’s described as being like the coriander seed (coriander seed is the same as cilantro which is used around the world to remove toxins from the body). Manna according to the bible tasted like wafers made with honey. It was also said to be white like hoarfrost and like bdellium in texture. In contrast, the devil has introduced white bread to the world. Once again trying to be like Yah. Yah’s bread vs. the devils bread.
I read that most bread eaten in Europe (especially France) is/was brown, kind of hard like a wafer with a nutty taste. I have heard some foreigners refuse to eat American bread. I know that Asians eat white rice (and not much bread) but I don’t think they eat all day long and large portions like us here in America. Manna fell once a day in the dew of the morning and the Hebrews gathered it before the sun rose and melted it away. Each Hebrew family could only gather one omer daily. So there was a food restriction. There was no all-you-can-eat in the wilderness like here in America (Egypt). I mean there was no all day eating, I remember in the bible that it said that some only ate a little manna while others ate more but the family only had a certain amount. On Fridays, they gathered Shabbat’s portion too and it did not spoil. Shabbat Manna (or bread) represented Yahoshua, the uncorruptible bread.
I had an Ethiopian friend, who fed me this kind of flat brown bread used for dipping the other food. I can’t remember the name of the bread right now…Taita is the name of the bread. I read in the book of Isaiah that while in the land, the Hebrews use to put black cumin seeds in their bread. Bread use to be a highly nutritious food.
When Yahoshua fed the children of Ysrayl bread and fish. It was barley bread that He fed them.
This post is about observations. If white bread is the only thing your family has to eat, do it. I already know Yahoshua said to pray over your food. I may come back and make a correction(s)or add info.
When I first read about Dinah in Genesis then Tamar, David’s daughter in 2 Shemuyah, I thought back then that these girls had no chaperone. I wondered, with all the servants that the Israylites had, why they had no chaperone? I remember making this comment after I read about the rape of Tamar.
There was a party in Shechem and all the women and girls were invited to this party. All of Yahqob’s wives and concubines and his daughter went to this party. Dinah was not there alone. Dinah was among the young girls at one point. At other times she was with her mommy, Leyah. Did y’all know that Dinah was kidnapped, abducted? He plotted and planned it like how serial rapist/killers do today. That same spirit. He waited until she was alone. Then took her to a second location. The book of Yasher 33:5-11.
Another interesting thing about Dinah was that her brother Shimeon married her and she had 5 sons by him. Yasher 45:2. Dinah’s brothers went to war because of her, the nations were probably afraid to give a son to marry Dinah (of those that were still living). Shimeon also had a concubine named Bunah who became the handmaid of Dinah (v. 3). Dinah was the great wife. By Leviticus 18:9, Yah outlaws brother-sister marriage. The Israylite nation is large enough now that, there is no need to do this anymore. Tamar’s brother committed a sin. This law was already in effect by 2 Shemuyah.
I almost named this post, sibling rivalry. I read recently that children feel their relationship with the authority figure are unequal in amounts of attention, discipline and responsiveness. Favoritism. I talked about favorites in the family before, in “The So Fine” post. We first see jealousy between siblings in the bible between Cain and Abiyl. Yah loved them the same but Cain did something that displeased Yah. Cain brought Yah an offering (or gift) of fruit from the dirty ground instead of giving Yah his first fruit, his best. (Read Leviticus 19:23 and Deuteronomy 26:1-12 the law Yah made about our first fruits). While Abiyl pleased Yah and found favor because he gave Yah his first. He gave Yah the firstborn of his flock. Later, Yah gives this as a commandment to the Israylites. (Read Exodus 13:2, 12-13, Exodus 34:19, Leviticus 27:26, Numbers 3:12-13, Numbers 8: 16-17, Deuteronomy 15:19, Nehemiyah 10:36 and Luke 2:23). Cain became jealous and envious of Abiyl because Yah (the authority figure, Father) favored Abiyl. Abiyl was favored because of his heart. Cain was selfish and greedy towards Yah, keeping the good fruit for himself and giving Yah the dirty old fruit from the ground. Cain murders Abiyl. Always give Yah your best. The fallen angels, especially the devil are jealous of man because Yah loves us and he murdered us.
There were other cases of sibling rivalry in the bible (I’m not going to talk about every single one of them in this post) like Yoseph and his ten older brothers. Yahqob favored Rachyl and her children and the other sons knew this. The coat that Yahqob gave to only Yoseph did not help matters but added fuel to the fire. Yahqob himself grew up in a house full of favoritism. Yitshaq his father favored Esau the hunter of the family because he loved that game meat. While Rebkeyah favored Yahqob. Yahqob was a mama’s boy…mama baby…hanging out with mom in the tent. A homebody. Yah had already told Rebkeyah about Yahqob and she favored him. Anyway, I want to focus on the sibling rivalry between Leyah and Rachyl. I read that Rachyl’s name means ewe or female lamb (belonging to) the Power. That name fits her to the “tee” because she was a shepherdess. The meaning of Leyah’s name is a little fuzzy. I have read that her name means hidden beauty (of Yah) which is interesting because we are going to read that Leyah had a heart for Yah because of what she does. I also read that Leyah’s name means tender or delicate one (of Yah). This may be a characteristic about her eye condition or her crying to Yah in a weary state because of her treatment by the family.
First let’s read about Yahqob’s life and how he acquired Leyah and Rachyl. We have read from scripture the prophesy that Yah told Rebkeyah in Genesis 25:21-28. Yah told her that the older son (Esau) would serve the younger son (Yahqob). In 2 Esdras 6:8-9 Yah tells Ezra that Esau was the end of one world and Yahqob the beginning of the next. He was referring to rulership, the covenant would belong to Yahqob and eventually Yahoshua. The word supplanter means one who takes someones place, usually by deceit. I am not clear on what Yahqob means in Hebrew exactly. It could mean that Yah replaced. Yah told Rebkeyah the prophesy but He did not tell her how this would happen. In Genesis 25:29-34 and the book of Yasher chapter 27, we find out that Esau comes home hungry from the woods after killing Nimrod (and this was prophesy that the seed of Abraham would kill Nimrod, v. 16). Esau knows Nimrod’s men will find and kill him. Esau sells his birthright (which he hated anyway) to Yahqob for a bowl of red (lentil) stew. At this point, Esau’s (hairy) name changes to Edom (red). Esau also sold the cave of the field of Machpelah that Abraham bought and Yahqob bought the birthright (or covenant) from Esau. Yahqob wrote it in a book with witnesses (probably two or three) and sealed the book. That sounds like something Yah would do, doesn’t it?
By Genesis chapter 27, Rebekeyah already knowing Yah’s prophesy from Genesis 25 comes up with a plan for Yahqob, her favorite son to be blessed by Yitshaq, who is blind upon his death bed. Esau and Yahqob were twins but they had some differences. Esau was hairy while Yahqob was smooth skinned. Rebekeyah put a hairy (camel) garment on Yahqob and tells him to go in and get the blessing while Esau is in the field getting Yitzshaq game-meat. (I wondered right here what was Esau hunting? Maybe deer or antelope or something like that). So Yahqob goes to his father and fools him and gets the blessing.
Do you remember what Yahoshua said about the way you treat other people? He said, So in everything do to others what you would have them do to you for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Mattithyah 7:12. It seems like the way Yahqob went about tricking dad came back to him with the way Laban (a dad) tricked him into marrying Leyah first. Yahqob could not go to Yitshaq telling him that he bought the birthright, there would have been bedlam in the family. When Yahqob got the blessing, the deal was final.
Genesis 29, when Yahqob met Rachyl, it was love at first sight (v.11). He greeted Rachyl with the set-apart kiss and began to cry. Yahqob knew this was his wife. Verse 17 says that Rachyl was beautiful in form and appearance. Rachyl was “the so fine.” She had a beautiful face and a beautiful shape. Yoseph looked just like Rachyl, his mommy. Yahqob labored seven years for Rachyl. Laban tricked Yahqob by switching his daughter Rachyl for his other daughter Leyah (v. 23-25). At this point in the story, Yahqob had been around Rachyl and Leyah seven years so this makes me think that there was no difference in their height and body form or else he would have been able to tell them apart in the dark. Leyah was not fat. Leyah and Rachyl were identical in body form. The only difference between them was the eye condition of Leyah. Back to the story. Leban told Yahqob to fulfill another week (or 7 years) to obtain Rachyl because he wanted his older daughter Leyah to be married first. We read here that Zilpah was given to Leyah and Bilhah was given to Rachyl as handmaids.
Now this is the part of the story that has been on my mind since I came into the truth. Verse 30 says that Yahqob loved Rachyl more than Leyah. Favoritism. Favortism may be part of the reason why so many Israylite women fight against multiple marriages, today. Hey, I’m only the messenger. Please don’t shoot me. I named this post entry “to be loved by Yah” because in verse 31 Yah saw that Leyah was unloved. Yah loved Leyah. Yah loved them all but Yah especially loved Leyah and you are going to see why as you continue to read this post. Yah even talks in Deuteronomy 21:15-17 about the unloved wife and the firstborn. This is why the firstborn gets the bulk of the inheritance. Yah knows that you prefer to give more to your loved wife and son. Yah protects the unloved woman and the firstborn. I’m not saying that all multiple marriages had favoritism but most of them did. The way Yahqob was tricked into marriage with Leyah also may have been the reason why he would not love her. His pride.
Did y’all know that Rachyl and Leyah were in a war? Yah loved Leyah and blessed her womb and Yahqob showered Rachyl with love and attention. Rachyl even admitted that she was at war with her sister in Genesis 30:8. To wrestle in this verse means to fight, battle…WAR. These girls were having a baby war!! They did not throw blows like the men. Girls tend to do battle verbally or they shun (exclude) the girl(s) that they do not like. This is how girls tend to bully each other whereas boys have a physical altercation and its usually over. Women tend to have a long drawn out verbal battle. You can see this war in action with the way Leyah and Rachyl were naming their children.
Leyah named her firstborn son Reuben. Reuben means “see, a son”. Leyah knew that Yah had seen her affliction, that Yahqob did not love her. Then she thinks after having Reuben that Yahqob will love her. When I was a late teen (young adult), I heard of girls/women having babies from a guy thinking that the guy would love her because of the baby and stay. They usually did not stay. Anyway, Leyah has a second boy and she names him Shimeon which means “heard”. She named him this because Yah heard that she was unloved. You just know that Yahqob and Rachyl were tag teaming against Leyah at this point. Leyah conceives a third son and calls him Levi which means “attached”. Leyah thought Yahqob would surely become attached to her because of the three boys. Leyah conceived a fourth son and calls him Yahudah which means “Now I will praise Yah”. Did you notice something? Leyah stopped talking about Yahqob by her fourth son. Her heart is on Yah by this time. She is going to Yah for counsel at this time and not focusing all her attention of Yahqob. Leyah stops bearing children. She has four sons now. From Genesis 29:31-35.
Genesis 30, Uh-Oh! Here we go, verse 1 says that Rachyl envied her sister. The fiercest part of the war is beginning now. These sisters envied each other. One sister had the man’s heart and the other had the man’s children. Rachyl goes to Yahqob in anger, demanding him to give her children. Yahqob responds back to her in anger saying that he is not Yah and that it is not his will to withhold children from her. You would think that the next verse would say that she went to Yah in prayer. But we don’t read that. Rachyl did not go to Yah about what was on her heart but Leyah did by her fourth son. Leyah’s heart is on Yah at this time. I remember when I read about Hannah wanting a baby. She did not go up against her husband’s other wife. Hannah did not even go to her husband first because he did not know what was wrong with Hannah. Hannah a righteous woman, went to Yah for counsel first!
Genesis 30:3-8, Rachyl comes up with a serrogate-mother plan to have children through her maidservant Bilhah. She may have also been trying to make Leyah jealous. The first child of Bilhah and Yahqob was named Dan. Rachyl named him Dan meaning “judge” saying Yah has judged her case. Bilhah gives birth to a second son and Rachyl names him Naphtali which means “my wrestling” or “my war”. Rachyl went to war against her sister and was prevailing…so she thought.
Genesis 30:9-13, Leyah retailiates by having her handmaid Zilpah bear children by Yahqob. Leyah was unable to conceive at this time. Zilpah has a son that Leyah names Gad meaning “troop” or “fortune”. By this time Leyah has an army of boys. Zilpah has a second son by Yahqob which Leyah names Asher. Asher means “happy”. Leyah was happy and was blessed by so many boys.
By verse 14, this story plateaus. There were no more babies being born at this time. Reuben goes to field and finds mandrakes. I did not know what mandrakes were, so I looked it up. Mandrakes are a rare plum-tasting fruit found in the Mediterranean but they look like a root vegetable, like the potato or carrot. Mandrakes are also called love apples. It is believed to be an “aphrodisiac” that promotes fertility. The Mandrake can sometimes look like a human with genitals in form.
The Mandrakes sends out their fragrance and the finest fruits are at our door, new delights as well as old, which I have saved for you, my lover. Song of Solomon 7:13.
Leyah was about to make a love potion to fire up her marriage bed with Yahqob. When Rachyl found out what was going on…Rachyl wanted children…she bartered to get the mandrakes from her sister. Similarly, how Yahqob bartered for the birthright from Esau. Leyah also wanted more children, hence the reason Reuben was out there looking for the rare mandrakes. At this time neither Leyah nor Rachyl go to Yah for counsel. They are both consumed in this war against each other. I read someone say that both Rachyl and Leyah put their hope in a plant without asking Yah to bless the “potential medicine”. Verse 15, Leyah and Rachyl get into it! Leyah accuses Rachyl of stealing her husband. How did Rachyl steal Yahqob in Leyah’s mind? Yahqob slept with Leyah, sometimes but Rachyl had him sexually and emotionally. Shaul talks about this in 1 Corinthians 7:1-9. Verse 16, Rachyl bartered Yahqob for the night in place of the mandrakes. Verse 17, OH WOW, Leyah realizes that she did not need the mandrakes…Yah heard her praying for more children! Leyah has a fifth son who she names Issachar which means “wages” because Yah gave her wages or payment after she prayed to Him. Leyah also had to make payment to her sister for Yahqob to spend the night with her. Leyah conceives again, a sixth son and names him Zebulon meaning “dwelling”. Leyah knows that Yah has endowed or enlarged her with many children and she hopes also that Yahqob will dwell with her. Leyah has a baby girl named Dinah! Dinah means “avenged, judged or vindicated”. Leyah knows that, this little girl is a blessing from Yah. The only little girl of the family. We know Dinah means a lot to the family because later her brothers go to war over her treatment. They avenge for her.
The book of Yasher 31:19-20, F-I-N-A-L-L-Y!! Finally Rachyl prays to Yah! And Yah remembers her. See Genesis 30:22 and Yasher 31:21. Rachyl bore a son a named him Yoseph meaning “He will add to me”. Rachyl was already wanting another son. The most important thing to learn about this whole story is making Yah our first love like Yahoshua said in Revelation 2:4.
Did you know that Rachyl’s cry for children was prophetic? I read it somewhere but I do not remember where. Read Yeremiyah 31:15 and Mattithyah 2:16-18. Yahqob with his household leave the household of Laban and on the way to Ephrath (or Bethlehem) Rachyl dies shortly after birth. She named the son Ben-Oni which means “son of my sorrow or my cry”. Rachyl’s “Ben-Oni” cry has been re-echoed throughout the entire history of Ysrayl. Yahqob renames him Benyamin meaning “son of the right hand”. Rachyl died at the age of 45. See Yasher 36:11 and Genesis 35:16-19.
Something interesting happened after Rachyl died, Yahqob still would not much deal with Leyah and Reuben was furious over her treatment. Reuben slept with his father’s concubine Bilhah (Rachyl’s handmaid) for revenge. Yah punishes Reuben (the firstborn of an unloved wife that we talked about before) and Yah takes the kingship and priestly offices away from Reuben. Yah gives Yahudah the rulership line and Levi the priestly line. See Yasher 36:14-15. In the testament of Reuben, Reuben said that Yah struck his loin with a wound for seven months and Yah did not take the wound away until Yahqob forgave and prayed for Reuben. Yah don’t play!
Did y’all know that Yahqob repented about the way he treated Leyah?! That was a shock to me. After Leyah died the book of Jubilees says in chapter 36:21-24 that Yahqob was sad about her passing away. He still did not love her as much as Rachyl but he was sorry and he said he loved her. The Gentiles have a saying, “You don’t miss the water til the well runs dry”. He called Leyah righteous and perfect. Yahqob even buried her next to his mom, Rebkeyah and the rest of the family according to Genesis 49:29-31. Yahqob is taken to this same burial plot when the children of Ysrayl bring his body out of Egypt. Leyah died at the age of 51. Read Jasher 41:2-3.
In the wilderness, Yah outlaws blood sisters marrying the same man (at the same time). In Leviticus 18:18, Yah even says “rival” wife. There’s going to be problems , He is telling you. Most likely the two sisters have been sibling rivals all their lives. I know this because I have a sister. We are the only two children of my parents and yes there has been rivalry. Sisters tend to go to war for the attention (of mostly mom). *I also wondered, when Rachyl was out in the field all day with the sheep, where was Leyah? Was Leyah under mom all day because of her eye condition? The bible does not mention what were Leyah’s chores to do daily. This may be the original source or the reason for their rivalry. Also we read that Laban had great concern for Leyah’s future (in finding a husband). I know that sick children get cuddled by mom and dad more because my own sister stayed sick (about two years) as a little girl. I have two male cousins, brothers, and one said he was glad his older brother was going to college, “Now I get to have dad all to myself”. Sibling Rivalry. We fight for the love and attention of an authority figure.This is why these two sisters interested me so much. Reading about Leyah and Rachyl has helped me to understand Yah and myself better. Both Leyah and Rachyl are to be esteemed, as the elders said in Ruth 4:11. Yah loved them both. Yah showed no partiality between them, as scripture says that Yah shows no partiality. If you show Yah that you love Him by doing His laws, Yah will love you right back. To be loved by Yah. Leyah and Rachyl are a testimony to this fact. They both went to Yah for counsel.
* I am not saying that all siblings are rivals. Some siblings have a close, loving relationship. If there are any corrections needed in this post, I will return and correct them. The pictures in the post are random. I know the Hebrews are a mostly black-skinned people.
Did y’all hear what Donald Trump said recently? He said there is going to be a massive recession soon. We know its coming, the financial collapse.
I also saw this other story this morning. They were talking about putting in place an AI workforce of machines. Each citizen would be given a universal income and machines would be doing most jobs. So I guess your payment would be……through your phone. We have already been told the mark of the beast may be through our phones. I have been noticing so many businesses downsizing/or closing lately including Walmart, Kohls, Target, Kmart, this fabric store called Hancocks. Just an observation.
I bought an olive tree yesterday. It is a Spanish variety. I plan on putting it in a very large pot (that I have stored on the side of the house). I might put in the ground next spring. But for now, I’m going to baby it. I’m still thinking about getting a pear tree. If I do, it will be in the late summer or fall. I have been looking at this French technique called Espalier. If I Espalier the pear tree, this may help keep the squirrels away. I know from my grandmother’s pear tree that squirrels love pears. If I keep the pear in Espalier form, then I would be able to cover it with netting so that the squirrels could not snatch pears. Oh yeah, the olive tree is self-pollinating meaning that I do not need two in order to grow olive-fruit.
The peppers are getting bigger. I’m thinking about getting a tomato plant.
The carrots, potatoes and cabbages are also getting bigger.
I made a homemade insect spray, there in the white bottle. It contains distilled water, dawn and olive oyl. I just shake it, before using to mix the oil well. It seems to be working so far. I killed two caterpillars by hand but none since I began spraying.
Next time I make the insect spray, I will melt this Castile soap in hot distilled water. Dawn is okay but its still chemical-like. 04-02-2016: My grandma used this soap. Did y’all know that Castile soap was originally made in Spain and it was made from olive oyl? My niece was asking me about the Moors the other day. I wonder if the Israylites are the ones who took the knowledge of olive oyl soap to Spain? Castile is a region of Spain that I read about when I was learning about soap making. Things that make you go hmmm…
The marigold pot has many blooms all over the place. It looks better in person.
The roses are in the ground now. I’m thinking of doing yellow, white and peach roses in a different area.
The hot pink rose is blooming a lot.
The lemon tree is in the ground. I may have to move it next spring. It may be to close to the other lemon tree.
Lavender. The flowers will probably be dried and used for potpourri. I read that Lavender and olive trees do not like constant wet soil. They like to completely dry out like most Mediterranean plants (which includes plants of Israel).
I bought another coconut. I was told that when I crack it open with the hammer, that I should cover it with a hand towel so that the shell does not fly and hit myself or anyone else in the eye. I have been increasing good fats like coconut, avocados, sardines, butter and olives (which I just heard about olives). When body builders are about to go into competition, they go on a high protein, high good fats, low carb diet. It’s called a Ketogenic diet, that is (partly) how they get their bodies sleek. When I was in the grocery store yesterday, just about all those coconuts were gone and it was a very large heap that was originally there!
*Some body builders, when not in competition mode, have cheat days that they call carb days where they will eat things like sweet potatoes (and other slow burning carbs) to bring their energy up.
A picture showing just how vast the region of Castile (in yellow) is where soap making was done. Tomorrow, Yah willing I will come back to this post and show you a bar of Greek olive oyl soap that I purchased in a health food store at the time when my niece asked me about the Moors.
04-03-2016: This is the Greek olive oyl soap, I was referring to by the “Kiss My Face” Company. I have been knowing about this soap for years. I stopped using it around 2008 because it got hard to find during the recession. Then I forgot about it but it came back to my remembrance while visiting the health food store with my niece a couple of weeks ago.
This is the color of the soap, a true olive green. Many years ago, I wondered what makes this soap green? When I and others made homemade soap with olive oyl, it always came out a creamy beige-y color. I searched long and hard to find out how the Greeks do it. And one day, the answer was given to me. Not only do they add olive oyl but they also add the olive fruit/pits which can be black and/or green in color. This is what turns the soap green. I have also seen soap from Syria and some of them do the same thing. I think this is the oldest technique for making olive oyl soap. I wonder if it is the Hebrews that brought this technique all about with them?
By the time we got to West Africa…there were no olive trees. The Hebrews began making this soap called black soap. You can find black soap in just about every West African country but the ingredients may vary slightly. What makes homemade soap better than store bought soap is that its made with real wood ash and more oyl is put in it. The soap in the store is made with synthetic lye which causes skin problems (for some).
When my olive tree starts producing fruit, I will probably begin making olive oyl soap again.
My hoopty (meaning jalopy, beater, old car) has been doing this shaky movement lately. I also noticed that my front tires needed some air, especially my left front tire. Maybe needing air was causing my car to shake? So I took it to a gas station where the air is free of charge, this morning. When I got to the pump, I had difficulty working the machine. There was an older Spanish man waiting on me to finish so he could put air in his own tires. I guess from the distress on my face, he got out of his car and took over putting air in my tires while showing me how to do it. He even asked me did I want air in the back tires. After he finished putting air in my tires, I thanked him and I thought my goodness, men from the Gentiles are very helpful. You may think he only did that to move me out of his way. Maybe. However, on several occasions while at Home Depot, Gentile (European) men have just walked up to me and asked me did I want them to move those 40 to 50 pound bags of soil that I was moving into the trunk. When a Gentile man sees a woman in distress, he will usually go over and help her. Or maybe it was Yah moving them to help me…
…Rejoice in Yah, you righteous and give thanks at the remembrance of His Set-apart name. HalleluYah, Psalm 97:12.