Three-Month Bible Reading Notes – Part 1 – Torah and Joshua

– Adam and Abraham both put into a deep sleep.

– Cain built the first city, named after his first son, Enoch (not the good one).

– Nimrod built Nineveh and Babylon.

– The name, Mizraim (from Ham’s bloodline), is Hebrew for Egypt.

– Terah left Ur of the Chaldez with his family and died before Yah called Abram.

– Abram should not have taken Lot and his family with them, for Yah told Abram to leave his family’s house (relatives). Through Abram’s decision, the Father separated the two groups later. I believe Lot’s family was supposed to be like Laban’s family was, providing women for marriage to Abram’s sons.

– After the Egypt drama, Lot and Abram returned to an area between Bethel and Ai (Bethel is mention twice in the verse) where Abram had built an altar to the Lord and called to Yah. They separated there, and the Lord spoke to Abram about the future descendants on the land.

– Abram called “the Hebrew” after Lot’s capture. Hebrew or Ivrie (עברי) means “to cross over” or “to pass through,” which means he had a reputation of traveling, obeying the Lord by traveling the lands where his descendants will be (including Egypt).

– 318 servants of Abram to save Lot (divisible by three).

– Abram made sure no one could make a claim on him concerning wealth, which is symbolic of giving Yah the glory. Abram knew Who made him wealthy.

– Abram believed in the Lord, counted to him for righteousness, but he missed the clue Yah had given him that Sarai would bear the son—the protection of Sarai by Yah from Pharoah’s lust.

– Hagar means “the stranger” or “the foreigner” or “the Immigrant” ←the last one is the definition He prefers.

– Why didn’t the Father tell Abram the child would be through Sarai? Was he supposed to figure it out? Was he supposed to ask how?

– A slave was part of the family and tribe.

– How did Abram know those 3 men were from the Lord and the Lord Himself?

– The H added to Abraham and Sarah’s names—the Lord breathed life into them to produce Issac?

– Abraham’s servant asked the Lord to do something for his master’s sake. Are we allowed to do the same?

– Why was Eliazer in such a hurry to leave with Rebekah?

– Both the Egyptians and Philistines saw taking another man’s wife as grounds for a curse?

– The new Abimelek allowed the Philistines to break the treaty established by Abraham with Issac.

– Yah used the incident with Abimelek and the shepherd in Gera to move Isaac.

– The new Abimelek made a treaty with Isaac.

– I love how they run to tell news and greet people plus the kisses.

– Laban and the other heathens remind me that pagans and new agers sometimes understand the spirit realm better than most Christians. I hate that.

– Jacob got a dream from the Lord about how He swayed the breeding animals to Jacob’s favor.

– Laban had some honor towards the true God. No longer true today, for technology and information are man’s new gods.

– Rocks baring witness to oaths and agreement with the spirit realm through altars.

– LOL at Jacob’s arrangement for his family approaching Esau. No bias there. *sarcasm*

– Shechem was considered more honorable than Hamor, his father, because Hamor plotted with the men of Shechem to breed out Jacob’s possessions.

– a 2nd altar at Bethel by Jacob

– Joseph’s brothers, “God is punishing us.” LOL!

– Joseph saying he practiced divination…

– Jacob and Israel used interchangeably; Israel mostly by God, Jacob by humans.

– Jacob “I’ve had nothing but trouble all of my life.” A summation of Genesis 49:7. Now a catch phrase throughout Scripture, “Jacob’s trouble.”

– Joseph abuses the Egyptians in Pharaoh’s name. LOL!

– Jacob gave Joseph something Jacob won against the Ammorites with sword and bow.

– Leah was buried with Jacob’s family [honor]; Rachel was buried by a road between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

– Joseph “[The LORD] made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.”

– “The more that [the Egyptians] afflict the children of Israel, the more they grew.” Similar to followers of the Way suffering affliction while spreading the Good News, which increased their numbers to a majority of the Roman Empire within 300 years. Also, to spread the Good News, the persecutions caused believers to leave formerly safe areas [comfort zones] and fulfill the Great Commission.

– “I have made you as god to Pharaoh, and Aaron will be your prophet.”

– Pharaoh tried to save face, but Moses wasn’t having it.

– “Bless your bread and your water.” If they take in His spiritual food (the Word and the leading of His Spirit), He will bless the physical food they need as well. Reminds me of the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us each day our daily bread.”

– “Make no covenant with them.” Said three times in different books, yet Joshua forgot it and did not inquire of the Lord.

– When pleading for the lives of the Israelites due to the golden calf and other crap, Moses used the name “Israel” instead of “Jacob.”

– firstborn donkey redeemed by a lamb, or break the donkey’s neck. Why? Does it symbolize us (stiff-necked)? Our stubbornness against His Holiness?

– “You shall eat no fat nor blood.” Fat was a valuable food back then, kept people’s tummies full for longer periods of time. The Lord really wanted them to depend upon Him.

– The sacrifice for sin was expensive (bull) and more detailed for the anointed priests. Sprinkling the blood in the Holy Place was similar to the High Priest doing it for the whole nation at Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

– Whether aware or not of something making one unclean, the person is unclean. When the person recognizes the uncleanliness, that person is unclean and goes through ritual cleansing and be unclean until evening (the start of the next day).

– “Do not put a stumbling block in front of a blind person.” Why do that? Entertainment? He does not like harmful pranks.

– “If a priest’s daughter is married to an outsider, she may not eat of the holy offerings.” What about if an outsider is married to a priest, like Joash’s aunt, who had saved his life as a baby?

– A slight defect (legs uneven) is allowed for the peace (goodwill) offering, but never a vow offering.

– “The men shall not touch their wives.” We today try to get young folks to abstain from sexual activity before a competition, like a sporting event.

– I think the Lord had the Israelites go to battle for several reasons: to demonstrate His care for them, to understand how to work together for His glory (Moses having his hands held up), to be tools in His hand for cleansing the lands (a vessel fit for the Master to use), and to remind them there is work to be done (God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works) to maintain His blessings (continue to operate in their lives).

– The listing of offerings reminds me that He cares about the minutia (For who has despised the day of small things?).

– “They cry all over me.” I laughed, but I understand his pain.

– “…come through your nostrils…” LOL!

– They decided to go up and claim the land, but the Lord, through Moses, warned them not to transgress what the Lord had declared against them. They should have thought themselves blessed enough for the warning, since we rarely get one.

– An offering for unintended sin for the whole of Israel reminds me of Job’s offerings on behalf of his 10 children.

– The firepots of the 250 men the Lord burnt up become holy metal because they were presented before the Lord, and His fire touched them. The Father likes to put consecrated thing to use.

– Without those supernatural incidences, the Israelites would have thought Moses and the Levites were running a scam.

– Ammon was destroyed, but Moab spared for Lot’s sake. Both were from Lot; Moab from the older daughter. I wonder why? Was it because the Ammonites were more corrupt? I believe He had planned for someone from Lot’s bloodline, which was also Terah’s (Abraham’s father, Lot’s grandfather) bloodline to reintegrate into Israel.

– Review of the wandering and Moses’ nasty attitude. I can relate.

– “…the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son…”

– “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that precedes from the mouth of Yah.” Yahshua quote from Deuteronomy a lot (#2), but Psalms is #1.

– “Because of the wickedness of these nations, that I [the Lord] drives them out before you.” Israel had to obey in order to cleanse the land and keep it clean, spiritually speaking.

The 7 rules for the future king:
  He must be a man chosen by God. (17:15)
  He must be a Hebrew, and not a foreigner. (17:15)
  He is not to multiply his horses for himself, creating a large military for himself. (17:16)
  He is not to take many wives, for they will pull his heart away from God. (17:17)
  He is not to create for himself great wealth. (17:17)
  He must possess a personal copy of the law, study it, and obey it. (17:18-20)
  He must be a humble man, not seeing himself greater than his countrymen (17:20)

– Judah and Levi on the blessing mountain, Ruben and Dan on the cursing one. Dan means judgment.

– The curses were to be declared first.

– “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.” He wants us to choose Him (life) and His working order (good) over decay (death) and evil (dysfunction).

– “Is He not your Father Who brought [redeemed] you?” First time God calls Himself Father.

– “…and there was not foreign god with him.” Abraham, Issac, and Jacob trusted the Lord alone.

– “…and you drank wine, the blood of the grapes.” The Nazarite vow had a prohibition against alcohol and every product made from grapes.

– Moses died in the land of Moab and Yah buried him, but no one knew where. Jude proclaimed an angel took the bones of Moses at some point.

– Rahab declared the Lord is the true God from observations. I love that.

– The scarlet cord – symbolic of the Spirit tied to us and the blood covering us.

– The curse of Joshua upon Jericho fulfilled during Ahab’s reign.

– God told them 3X not to make a covenant with anyone. Joshua curse them with slavery.

– Joshua and the people struck and conquered Libnah, which had been found in 2015.

– “…it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, so that they would come against Israel…”

– The defeat of Megiddo, a royal city (meaning it had its own king) in Canaan, also known as Armageddon (Revelation 16:13-16).

– They rested decades after several years of battle, but they still had more to conquer and Joshua had grown old. Israel had failed to drive out the rest.

– The Israelites killed Balaam, the soothsayer. I will say he was backslidden prophet, but the Lord used him on behalf of the Israelites. I believe he was killed, not only because he advised Balak to sic his women on the Israelite men, but for clear disobedience and divination [trying to use (manipulate) the spirit realm to control the physical one]. His story reminds me that we are to protect and fight for (translated keep in some Bibles) the will of God within us at all times, or He will allow us to be misled [or get our hearts hardened (a seared conscience)].

– Caleb spied out the land in Kadesh-Barnea. Kadesh means holy, so I looked up the other word. Barnea is a compound word; bar meaning desert or empty field and nua’, stagger or shake.

– Caleb’s daughter was a clever one, talking her dad into giving her more land. This detail was mentioned in both Joshua and Judges.

– Why could they not drive out the Jebusites?

– Benjamin’s lot fell between Judah and Joseph. Judah offered his life and his children to protect Benjamin. Judah and Benjamin made up the future kingdom of Judah during Rehoboam’s reign.

– Luz (Bethel) was a Canaanite royal city, defeated by Joshua and given to Benjamin. Jacob had the vision of angels ascending and descending there.

– Benjamin also got Jebus (Jerusalem). Benjamin means son of the right hand, as Messiah is to the Father of All. That means the pagan Jebusites dwelt with Benjamin, which caused the problem of Benjamin in Judges.

– Aaron’s family got land and cities for their tribe and animals from Judah, Simenon, and Benjamin.

– Other Levite families got land in other areas of Israel to serve (educate and judge) the nation. They failed.

– Golan in Bashan, the Golan Heights today, given to Manasseh.

– The altar drama, a stone marker as a witness to the Few Israelites on the other side of the Jordan.

– “One man can chase away 1000, for the Lord goes before you.”

– The Lord will not conquer the foreigners against them if they worship or intermarry (do not be unequally yoked) or have sex with the foreigners among the Israelites. Sex is a form of worship, not a game as it has been treated then and now.

– Both Terah and Nahor served other gods.

– Another stone serving as a witness to the promises from the Israelites’ mouths.

– Joshua told them to put away any foreign gods among them. Is this why they had struggled to get rid of the other Canaanites?

– Joshua wrote in the Torah.

– Joshua buried within his inheritance.

– Joseph buried at Shechem, the land which Jacob bought from Hamor, the father of Shechem (literally, the city and the man the city was named for). Why not bury Joseph in Abraham’s tomb? Did they forget the location?

– Eleazer buried in land alotted to Phineas.

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