- The old generations and the new generation of Israel
- We are grateful for Leah
- However, we are even more grateful for Rachel
- Modern Israel
- No more Weariness
The old generations and the new generation of Israel:
וְעֵינֵ֥י לֵאָ֖ה רַכּ֑וֹת וְרָחֵל֙ הָֽיְתָ֔ה יְפַת־תֹּ֖אַר וִיפַ֥ת מַרְאֶֽה׃
And Leah’s eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful of form and face.
The old generation of Israel was born out of the administration of the first marital covenant of Leah (לֵאָה-the first wife of Jacob). Leah had “weak eyes” (עֵינֵ֥י רַכּ֑וֹת-lit. tender, faint eyes). She did not see clearly. She was myopic in her vision. At the first Leah’s marital bond was based on the oppressive technicalities of the obligation of subservience and obedience to the law (duty). Not the joyous freedom and celebration of Love. She did not fully understand the depth, breadth, and unsurpassed love of Adonai for His children. However, in spite of Leah being loved less than Rachel her life did bring forth a full (prophetic) testimony regarding the Messiah:
משום כך כורע אני על ברכי לפני האב אשר קרא שם לכל משפחה בשמים ובארץ; שיתן לכם כח, כפי עשר כבודו, להתחזק על-ידי רוחו באדם הפנימי שלכם, כדי שישכן המשיח בלבבכם על-ידי האמונה ותהיו משרשים ומיסדים באהבה; כך תוכלו להבין יחד עם כל הקדושים מה הרחב והארך והגבה והעמק, ולדעת את אהבת המשיח הנשגבה מדעת, למען תמלאו בכל מלוא האלהים. פ
For this reason I bow my knees before (lit. the Face of) the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He (Adonai Avinu) would give you, according to the riches of His glory, strength (courage) with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Ha-Mashiach may (permanently) dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you be rooted and grounded (literally “to be seated”) in love, so that you may understand with all the kedoshim (הַקְּדוֹשִׁים-holy ones) what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Ha-Mashiach (the Anointed One) which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of the [Indwelling Presence of] Ha-Elohim (i.e. Adonai Avinu).
We are grateful for Leah:
We are grateful that the *names of Leah’s sons teach us that Messiah is our Shepherd-Warrior-King who brings to us cleansing of our sins and the new Unfailing Heart of the Humble Man (the gift of the Father, the Spirit of Grace and Truth). Nevertheless, Leah is not the favored wife of Jacob-Israel. Rachel is.
Blessing #1. [Firstborn of Leah] Reuben (רְאוּבֵן) – “Behold [My] Son.” From the imperative raah- רָאָה – to see, look at, inspect, perceive, consider, learn about Him (the Messiah): and
However, we are even more grateful for Rachel (the Ewe Lamb):
The administration of the Second Marital Contract of Rachel is a different (and superior) marital contract than that of Leah. The second contract is born out of love and not just “we have a law” (duty and obligation).
Leah has weak eyes but Rachel is beautiful (perfect) of face and form.
The flawed legalism of the first covenant saves no one. Adonai will not tolerate any defect of any kind in His people. Therefore, the only remedy is for Adonai to make of our old humanity a new perfect humanity through the Messiah. This of necessity requires a sacrifice for sin; provided by one among us who is acceptable to our Righteous Father.
Messiah is the only human who is without sin, who is beautiful of face and form, who is accepted as a Righteous One by G-d. The moral beauty of the Messiah is seen in His willingness to act as our Redeemer. We are thereby made blameless by His atoning sacrifice:
The Perfect Man has died in our place that the Decree of Life (Grace of Adonai) might become the new marital contract.
The Israel of the past (Leah) failed to understand the far-sighted vision of the supremacy of Adonai’s salvation by Grace, which is a superior system over the old system of salvation by the Law. The Law at the first taught us only that we are sinners in need of a Savior.
Now that the Deliverer promised by Moses has come the law has fulfilled its purpose. For nearly two millennia now the Father of Yeshua the Messiah (HaAv L’Yeshua HaMashiach) has held out His Hand to us (Israel) to receive His Salvation that comes by Grace (chesed, chen, chanan). The answer to human sin is the cleansing sacrifice of Messiah. The answer to the lack of righteousness in our chosen people (elect Israel) and all humankind is the gift (endowment) of the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of Grace (chesed, chen, chanan) and Truth (emet) that guarantees us eternal life; that we will be transformed from the Inside-out and perfected on the day of our resurrection.
It is the irreversible destiny of Modern Israel (Rachel) to be re-born under the blessing of the administration of the Second Marital Covenant. The fact is that at present the first covenant is already obsolete and “passing away.” It is time Leah’s (whose name means “Weary”) marital week should come to a swift end. It is time for Rachel’s marital week to begin.
The weak-eyed sister’s marriage that chronologically was administered first was established under the coercion of the law that was used by Jacob’s shrewd uncle Laban to force his nephew o work for him (as a his slave; indentured servant) for an additional seven years. This covenant of the law brought much weariness to Jacob (cf. Genesis 29:21-30):
וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב אֶל־לָבָן הָבָה אֶת־אִשְׁתִּי כִּי מָלְאוּ יָמָי וְאָבֹואָה אֵלֶֽיהָ׃ וַיֶּאֱסֹף לָבָן אֶת־כָּל־אַנְשֵׁי הַמָּקֹום וַיַּעַשׂ מִשְׁתֶּֽה׃ וַיְהִי בָעֶרֶב וַיִּקַּח אֶת־לֵאָה בִתֹּו וַיָּבֵא אֹתָהּ אֵלָיו וַיָּבֹא אֵלֶֽיהָ׃ וַיִּתֵּן לָבָן לָהּ אֶת־זִלְפָּה שִׁפְחָתֹו לְלֵאָה בִתֹּו שִׁפְחָֽה׃ וַיְהִי בַבֹּקֶר וְהִנֵּה־הִוא לֵאָה וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־לָבָן מַה־זֹּאת עָשִׂיתָ לִּי הֲלֹא בְרָחֵל עָבַדְתִּי עִמָּךְ וְלָמָּה רִמִּיתָֽנִי׃ וַיֹּאמֶר לָבָן לֹא־יֵעָשֶׂה כֵן בִּמְקֹומֵנוּ לָתֵת הַצְּעִירָה לִפְנֵי הַבְּכִירָֽה׃ מַלֵּא שְׁבֻעַ זֹאת וְנִתְּנָה לְךָ גַּם־אֶת־זֹאת בַּעֲבֹדָה אֲשֶׁר תַּעֲבֹד עִמָּדִי עֹוד שֶֽׁבַע־שָׁנִים אֲחֵרֹֽות׃ וַיַּעַשׂ יַעֲקֹב כֵּן וַיְמַלֵּא שְׁבֻעַ זֹאת וַיִּתֶּן־לֹו אֶת־רָחֵל בִּתֹּו לֹו לְאִשָּֽׁה׃ וַיִּתֵּן לָבָן לְרָחֵל בִּתֹּו אֶת־בִּלְהָה שִׁפְחָתֹו לָהּ לְשִׁפְחָֽה׃ וַיָּבֹא גַּם אֶל־רָחֵל וַיֶּאֱהַב גַּֽם־אֶת־רָחֵל מִלֵּאָה וַיַּעֲבֹד עִמֹּו עֹוד שֶֽׁבַע־שָׁנִים אֲחֵרֹֽות׃
Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife (Rachel), for my time is completed, that I may go in to her.” Laban gathered all the men of the place and made a feast. Now in the evening he took his daughter Leah, and brought her to him; and Jacob went in to her. Laban also gave his maid Zilpah to his daughter Leah as a maid. So it came about in the morning that, behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Was it not for Rachel that I served with you? Why then have you deceived me?” But Laban said, “It is not the practice in our place [i.e Hebrew ‘asah (עָשָׂה), it must be done this way, therefore, ‘we have a law’] to marry off the younger before the firstborn. Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service (‘avodah-עֲבֹדָה) which you shall serve (‘avad-עָבַד) with me for another seven years…”
In spite of the legal deceit of Laban Jacob, out of love for Rachel, indentured himself to Laban seven additional years. So he accepted Leah (under the law) that he might thereafter marry his true love Rachel. Then (undr the law) after completing his marital obligations to Leah for one week, Laban gave him Rachel as his wife. Laban also gave his maid Bilhah to his daughter Rachel as her maid. So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and indeed he loved Rachel more than Leah, and “he served with Laban for another seven years.”
What does this prophetic text have to say about Modern Israel?
Modern Israel is destined to become the preferred Israel, the Israel of Rachel, the Israel of the administration of the Second Marital Contract. Modern Israel is the Israel that Adonai wanted all along. This is the Israel that first met Adonai at the “well.”
We met Adonai at the place where His life dwells. We met El Shaddai with an open heart, at a time when we were drawing His life from the depths of our being. We met the Creator of Yis’rael (Borei Yisrael) at the well, drawing from His Spirit (His spring) of Living Water. His life is our life.
Modern Israel, therefore, will one day soon become the offspring of a better marriage contract and relationship to Adonai than has existed previously under the coercive threat of the Law (the weariness of Jacob). Modern Israel is to become the promised offspring of the administration of the Second Marriage Contract that was born out of Adonai’s love, grace and compassion and confirmed through the Messiah’s redemptive ministry almost two thousand years ago. On Shavuot under the Second Covenant of Adonai’s Grace (chesed, chen) the gift of the Father was permanently given to the children of Israel who He loves (cf. the Messiah in Shavuot). However, through the evil one’s shrewdness and trickery the religious establishment has successfully persuaded most of the Jewish people to not accept the marital gift of the Father that was given in the Second Covenant of Rachel (to Israel) so long ago. However, now it is time for Modern Israel to cease being Weary and reclaim our favored status in the eyes of Adonai. So it written:
פְּנוּ אֵלַי כָּל־הָעֲמֵלִים וְהַטְּעוּנִים וַאֲנִי אָנִיחַ לָכֶם׃ קַבְּלוּ עֲלֵיכֶם אֶת־עֻלִי וְלִמְדוּ מִמֶּנִּי כִּי־עָנָו וּשְׁפַל רוּחַ אָנֹכִי וּמִצְאוּ מַרְגּוֹעַ לְנַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם׃ כִּי עֻלִּי נָעִים וְקַל מַשָּׂאִי׃
“Turn to Me, all who labor (to exhaustion) and are burdened (with a heavy load) and I will cause you to rest. Accept upon yourself My yoke and learn from Me, for I am humble and lowly in spirit, and you will find a resting place for your souls. For My yoke is pleasant and My burden is light.”
No more Weariness:
Israel has lived in trouble and in sorrow all these long, weary years only because we have yet to nationally exercise faith in the favored Second Covenant of the Second Marriage. (The Second Marriage is first in Divine desire, however, due to the hyper-legalistic delaying tactics of the evil one it is second in occurrence.) Now we must begin to live “by faith” in the Second Marriage and Second Covenant:
For without faith in the Second Covenant (of Rachel) none of us will ever please Adonai.
Unlike the earlier contract of the Law, the Marriage Contract of Rachel will never bring Weariness to Ya’akov (Yisrael) and our descendants. The Grace (chesed, chen) of Adonai will only bring great joy to our people (Israel). The Generation of Israel that is beloved above all the past generations of Israel is Modern Israel. Modern Israel and its future International Commonwealth are destined one day to live forever under the blessed covering (favor) of the immeasurable love, mercy and Grace (Loving-kindness) of Adonai.