Greetings Brethren, Friend and Foe:

The righteous are not crying "please believe me, I have all the answers," when they witness that the unrighteous will bow at the end of this sojourn. We also declare that we are not being dogmatic when we declare that the Creator will punish those that deny Him. Thus, we will not block our Blessings by being ashamed of the Word. We pity the Fool and the Ignorant. Thus, many Fools of today exhibit a weakness of bitterness from their trials of Blackness. We also have pity for those that have filled their hearts with a desire to attack the people of God. WHEN DID MAN HANG THE RAINBOW IN THE SKY?

Peace,

Carl A. Patton, FreedomJournal


THE ENIGMATIC HEBREWS

Part 2: The Hebrews Become The Children of Israel

                                            In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.


The journey of the people originally called Hebrews continues to develop as the scriptures unfold. Again we note that the Holy Bible and the Torah are the two greatest sources for the historical record of the people called the chosen people of God in Old Testament times. For the sake of clarity we will continue our discussion by bringing Israel up for review. Again we argue that to bring clarity to the confusion of race and religion among the Hebrew people there must be a discussion of Hebrew, Israel, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Israel is used in the scriptures to designate:

1. An individual man, the son of Isaac.

2. The son of Isaac, Jacob and his descendants, the twelve tribes of the Hebrews.

3. The ten Northern tribes, led by Ephraim.

Well before the year 2100 B.C. the God who directs all history of humankind chose the patriarch Abraham and called him out of UR the land of the Chaldees. The land of UR was in the Tigris Euphrates Valley, possibly Northern Kuwait or South Eastern Iraq not far from the most northern tip of the Persian Gulf. (See Genesis 11:31 and Nehemiah 9: 7).
During these times of the Old Testament the Creator noted a redemptive purpose in bringing Abraham and his descendants into a saving (covenant) relationship with himself. (See Genesis 17:7). God declares Abraham's seed a nation in Palestine. (Genesis 17:2). Through which some day will bring salvation to the entire world. Genesis 12:3, 22: 18).

The definitive qualities for redemption, and redemptive are also rooted in Christ. Christ is the Great Redeemer. Thus a primary understanding of redemption reveals a two-fold purpose. Redemption for and redemption to. Thus redemption eventually becomes redemption from the law; from the penalty of the law; from sin; from Satan and from all evil. Therefore redemption in New Testament times becomes a new freedom from sin, a new relationship with God, and a new life in Christ.

Jacob the grandson of Abraham was blessed by God. He was blessed with many children. When Jacob returned to Palestine in 1909 B.C. God brought him to total submission. (Genesis 32:25, Hosea 12: 4). Meanwhile Jacob gave his life to God's purpose. Jacob through the power of God achieved victory, and changed his name to Israel, Hebrew Yisrael, which means "He strives with God (and prevails). (Genesis 32: 28, 35: 10).

Therefore, the origin of the name Israel is found in the conversion of Jacob. Thus, Jacob's twelve sons are literally the children of Israel. (Genesis 42: 5, 45: 21). At this point we can also attach an ethnic identity to the children of Israel (Jacob). The logic being that all children of a particular person share common racial and ethnic characteristics.

However Israel (Jacob) was aware that God would build each of them into numerous tribes. (Genesis 49: 7, 16). Therefore, the children of Israel came to signify the whole body of God's chosen and saved people. (Genesis 32: 32, 34: 7). Meanwhile the children of Israel included Jacob's grandchildren and all subsequent members of the household as they went on to Egypt for a sojourn of 430 years, 1876-1446 BC. (Genesis 48: 8, Exodus 1:7).

As the Mosaic period took shape the original Semitic people now known as the children of Israel (Israelites) took on many characteristics of the Africans in Egypt. For the record we will review the research of scholars like Professor Diop and others later. However, at the moment we will continue to note our primary source the Holy Bible. In the space of ten generations God increased Israel from a clan of several hundred (Genesis 14:14, 46: 27) to a clan of almost 3,000,000 souls (Exodus 12: 37, Numbers 1: 46), equipped with all the material and cultural advantages of Egypt (Exodus 2: 10, 12: 36, Acts 7: 22).

The story of the Exodus is also the revelation of the coming Great Redeemer. The enslavement of the children of Israel resulted from fear and resentment. Meanwhile, God remembered his covenant promises with Abraham (Exodus 2: 24-25). With the death of Pharaoh (Exodus 2: 23) God appeared to Moses (The Burning Bush) and commissioned him to deliver the children of Israel to freedom. (Exodus 3: 10). There is some dispute over the dates of the Exodus. However, in the spring of 1446 B.C. the nation of Israel achieved their exodus from Egypt. (Exodus 12: 37-40). There is also the date of 1290 B.C. Also, the date is noted as the 480th year before the beginning of Solomon's Temple in 766 B.C

The children of Israel reached Mount Sinai during the summer of 1446 B.C. (Exodus 19:1). God extended the covenant offer of reconciliation that he had made with Abraham and Israel (Jacob) (Genesis 28: 13-15). God also adopts Israel as His own sons and daughters (Exodus 4: 22). However God reveals that the son of God will redeem all of God's people (See Exodus 24: 8, Hebrews 9: 15-22, 10: 24).

Finally we see Moses disobeying God. Moses failed to give God the credit and glory when he produced water for the thirsty people. (Numbers 20: 10-11). Moses was thus denied entrance into the Promised Land (Numbers 20:12). The death of Moses is recorded in Deuteronomy 34: 5-6. Moses was the greatest prophet of the Hebrew Nation that transcended into the nation of Israel (Deuteronomy 34: 10).

Cont. Part 3: The Patriarchs of A Race and A Religion

 

Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of  Almighty God  the Father and Christ writing for the FreedomJournal 22 November 2008 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

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