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To Be Of The Children Or Israel --Deeper, much deeper

So what does it mean, to be of the Children Of Israel? Where did the name come from?

As always, I highly recommend reading the full chapter of every reference I make. Actually, you should do that, for anything you are ready to believe, from any source. Check the references. If they are telling you the truth, they won’t mind.

I notice that “names” are very important in the TaNaKh (Acronym of Written Torah (Ta=Law), Nevi’im (Na=Prophets) and Ketuvim (Kh=Writings), what non-Jews call the Old Testament.). There are many discussions about the NAME of GOD, or about Abram which became AbraHAm(Caps to hightlight the change), yet Jacob, who receives the additional name Israel, the activities are different. Unlike his grandfather Abraham, the new name is seldom used as the name of Jacob the man.

This leads me to consider that the name ‘ISRAEL’ is actually greater than just a name of Jacob or even his family. So we will explore the name and its usage, even by the ALMIGHTY GOD, to discern a better understanding and importance of this name.

Israel is a Land which is The LORD GOD OF ISRAEL’s
Israel is a man who was called Jacob.
Israel is a people, which is not JUST the sons of Israel.
There is One More Israel, later. Let us see if we can discover this one together.

First uses of the Name: ISRAEL.

Jacob receives a blessing after an all night struggle with a messenger of GOD. Who gives Jacob a new name in order to be set free before dawn. Or so the story goes.
(Genesis 32:25 .. 29; and restated by The LORD in Genesis 35:10)

In “Genesis 32:29 . . . . no more Jacob, but Israel; for thou hast striven with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”

Israel and Jacob, in the same Passage.

Genesis 46:
1 And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beer-sheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac. [ Jacob has now inherited The Blessing from GOD, so maybe Jacob, so like Isaac is not to leave the Land(Genesis 26:2). So he offers a sacrifice to GOD to see what HE may say.]
2 And God spoke unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said: ‘Jacob, Jacob.’ And he said: ‘Here am I.’
3 And He said: ‘I am God, the God of thy father; fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation.”

Like so many things there are multiple meanings, it is the usage and context that should enlighten us.  Jacob son of Isaac, the man is almost never referred to as Israel, but rather as Jacob.

When Moses stands before the bush that is not consumed, GOD says:
Exodus 3:
6 Moreover He said: ‘I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.‘ And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.” [But, not GOD OF ISRAEL! Why Not? If this is only about the descendants of Jacob who is Israel, why not just say Israel?]

Identifying Jacob the man rather than Israel.

Jacob is referred to Israel a couple of times, and I will address them later. Israel is most usually used for the Children of Israel or the People Israel, even the Nation Israel. So what is the difference? Does it matter to me?

I would say that it matters to me and to you. Before I outline why it matters, let me show you something I find interesting about the name, ISRAEL.

First remember that in the Written Torah of Moses, there are no vowels or vowel markings, only the base characters without dots, dashes or any such. So when you see these, know that they are added later.  It is the context of how a set of letters are used that give us the meaning.

Now I have already shown that the Name Israel can be for One Person(Jacob who was also given the name ISRAEL), all of his children, a People, a Congregation or a Nation. Now this text is being written during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Matzah), so my attention is focused more than usual on the Exodus Story. Yet, my attention has been drawn to some oddities in the usage of ISRAEL.

Israel is a compound name. As follows:
ISRAEL is יִשְׂרָ (Governed by ) EL אֵל(GOD)
“ISRA” Also is Upright, Righteous, Just, Straight Forward –”EL” being Of GOD.

Morfix.co.il Dictionary  view
יָשָׁר  adjective straight ; honest, honorable, law-abiding, decent ; (biblical) righteous person, God-fearing person

יָשָׁר  adjectiveהפועל straight ; (colloquial) straightforwardly, honestly, forthrightly ; (slang) right away, immediately

יֹשֶׁר    honesty, integrity, uprightness ; ביושר – honestly, sincerely, fairly

יָשַׁר  verbקל to be straight; to move in a straight line

Or how about this ISRAEL is GOD’S HOLY ONES? or Children? Those that Hear and Obey the WORD OF GOD. A HOLY PEOPLE, GOD’S KINGDOM Of PRIEST? Let’s check this out!

Exodus 19:
5 Now therefore, if ye will hearken unto My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be Mine own treasure from among all peoples; for all the earth is Mine;
6 and ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.’ “

Truly this word means to be a people of the ALMIGHTY as in “Righteous of GOD” or even “Governed By GOD”
These would be those that The LORD finds written in the Book.

Exodus 32:
32 Yet now, if Thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray Thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written.
33 And the LORD said unto Moses: ‘Whosoever hath sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My book.”

Daniel 12:
1 . . . . there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time; and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.”

So is it just the blood line of Jacob? NO! The stranger that lives among you . . . . .Not the bloodline of Jacob:

Exodus 12:
“43 And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron: ‘This is the ordinance of the passover: there shall no alien eat thereof;
44 but every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.
45 A sojourner and a hired servant shall not eat thereof.

. . . . .

47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.
48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land; but no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.
49 One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.’”

Two witnesses: both circumcised, both are now of the Nation, both are required to Keep the Passover.

So what is the Covenant of Circumcision?

Genesis 17: 1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him: ‘I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be thou wholehearted.

7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee.
8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land of thy sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.’

So it is not just cutting something off. It is a Contract with the Master Of The Universe, that I am HIS and HE is my GOD.

Those Souls that are Written In The Book, which GOD Keeps are HIS CHILDREN. They keep HIS laws and Strive to do that which HE Says is RIGHT To Do.(Governed by OUR GOD –ISRA EL).

So you can get in to the Nation or Congregation. You can also be cut off from the nation. As in

Genesis 17:
14 And the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken My covenant.’”

Exodus 31:
14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore, for it is holy unto you; every one that profaneth it shall surely be put to death; for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.”

Back to Exodus 32, above and the BOOK. Sin against GOD and you are removed from the BOOK.

Jacob referred to as Israel:

Genesis 34:
7 And the sons of Jacob came in from the field when they heard it; and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought a vile deed in Israel in lying with Jacob’s daughter; which thing ought not to be done.” [Here Israel and Jacob appear to be different meanings.]

Genesis 37:
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a coat of many colours.

13 And Israel said unto Joseph: ‘Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them.’ And he said to him: ‘Here am I.’

From Genesis 37 unto the end of Genesis, when the Spirit of Jacob(Israel) relates something in prophecy, Jacob is ISRAEL. There are the sons of Israel when they go before Joseph in Egypt and when they bring Jacob to Joseph. Yet, Jacob is always ISRAEL when he is close to the LORD.

Ezekiel 34: “The Shepherds of Israel” Includes”; “Shepherds of, MY SHEEP” This whole chapter is about the shepherds of Israel and the LORD’S SHEEP(People, Israel).
Also in Jeremiah 23.
But, How about Isaiah 44:1 Yet now hear, O Jacob My servant, and Israel, whom I have chosen;
Or Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer the LORD of hosts: I am the first, and I am the last, and beside Me there is no God.

Summary

I said earlier that there is one more Israel.
I believe that the text I have presented, demonstrates that, to be in the Nation Of ISRAEL is to be:
Israel is a Chosen PEOPLE; A People which chooses to Follow The LORD GOD OF ISRAEL. A People few in number, but LOVED and cherished by OUR FATHER. A people ISRAEL, which are the Inheritance of LORD GOD OF ISRAEL.

Deuteronomy 32:
[This is part of the SONG The LORD gave Moses in Deuteronomy 31 against “That DAY”]
40 For I lift up My hand to heaven, and say: As I live for ever,
41 If I whet My glittering sword, and My hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to Mine adversaries, and will recompense them that hate Me.
42 I will make Mine arrows drunk with blood, and My sword shall devour flesh; with the blood of the slain and the captives, from the long-haired heads of the enemy.’
43 Sing aloud, O ye nations, of His people; for He doth avenge the blood of His servants, and doth render vengeance to His adversaries, and doth make expiation for the land of His people.

It appears to me that those of Israel are actually, those people Choosing to be HIS(The LORD’S) and keep HIS LAW and Teachings.

Those that rebel, refuse to keep HIS LAW, are no longer of HIS CHILDREN, unless they return and do that which is RIGHT before OUR GOD. Even so, If You do according to the KING OF ISRAEL’s = The Blessings, if you choose to do other = a sign unto the nations and a curse unto them shall you be. All that is WRITTEN in the Covenants is Life and death; GOOD and evil.

As Moses wrote it:
Deuteronomy 30:
8 And thou shalt return and hearken to the voice of the LORD, and do all His commandments which I command thee this day.
9 And the LORD thy God will make thee over-abundant in all the work of thy hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good; for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as He rejoiced over thy fathers;
10 if thou shalt hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law; if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul.

–On the Witness of two or More –Second Witness same chapter–

15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil,
16 in that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances; then thou shalt live and multiply, and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest in to possess it.

Know then, that it is your choice to be like those of the nations or to be one of THE NATION OF ISRAEL(HIS PEOPLE).

You may or may not currently be an Israelite, but you can be if you KEEP HIS COVENANTS.

Questions?

Chag Sameach

IT is to our benefit to HEARKEN until the LIVING GOD OF ISRAEL, and to our pain and shame to do otherwise.

My prayer is that The LORD grant you eyes that see, ears that hear and an understanding heart, then you return unto HIM soon!(Isaiah 6: 9 And He said: ‘Go, and tell this people: hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they, seeing with their eyes, and hearing with their ears, and understanding with their heart, return, and be healed.’)

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