Malachi 1-2

Malachi 1-2

Chapter 1: The Jews despise the Lord

The word of the Lord comes to Israel through Malachi “I have loved you… Yet you say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? …yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and I laid his mountains [Edom] and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.” (Malachi 1:2-3) Despite the resolve to return and rebuild, Edom will become known as “…The Border of Wickedness..” (Malachi 1:4).

The Lord continues to address Israel through His prophet Malachi, He asks: “A son honoureth his father and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? …O priests, that have despised my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?” (Malachi 1:6) During this time the priests were offering polluted bread on the Lord’s altar as well as offering sacrifices of defiled and blemished animals (blind, lame, or stolen animals).The Lord’s name shall be dreadful among the heathens.

Chapter 2: The Priests do not keep the Covenants

God sends a word of warning for those who corrupt his gospel, mainly to the wicked priests; “If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings… I will corrupt thy seed…” (Malachi 2:2-3) The example of Levi, who made a covenant before the Lord is mentioned, the Lord says that those priests have made others to stumble at His commandments.

During this time the Jewish people were dealing treacherously between one another and the Lord asks; “Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?” (Malachi 2:10)

We all have ONE father and therefore have no reason to treat each other (strangers or not) as our brothers and sisters.

Chapter 1 + Summary of Obadiah

Chapter 1 + Summary of Obadiah

Obadiah is one of the smallest books in the bible at about 1 ½ pages long, and includes only one chapter.

Chapter 1: Obadiah Prophesies Downfall of Edom

Obadiah has a vision, and in that vision he sees…

Edom will be made small among the nations. Though it ascends as high as an eagle, it shall be brought down. The judgment on Edom will be complete and not like when robbers and grape gatherers leave some grapes behind.  The house of Jacab shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, but the house of Esau shall be stubble. The children of Israel shall possess the land of the Canaanites. Saviors shall come to Mount Zion to judge the mountains of Esau, and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.

Genesis 34-36

Genesis 34-36

Chapter 34: Defiled Dinah

Dinah (one of the daughters of Jacob) goes out to meet the women of the land, when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite who was the prince of his country see Dinah. Shechem likes Dinah and decides to sleep with her or as the bible says “lay with her”.  Jacob hears that Dinah has been defiled by Shechem and holds his peace. Shechem’s father goes out and meets Jacob to ask about arranging a marriage between his son Shechem and Jacob’s daughter Dinah and even says that his people and Jacob’s people could become one, by marrying each other’s daughters.

Jacob agrees with one condition, that all the males of the land be circumcised, and if they refuse then they cannot marry the daughters of Jacob. Hamor and his people discuss this and agree that Jacob’s people are peaceable and that they desired to do business, trades and selling/buying of land in each other’s cities. All and all they seem to be going along with this idea.

However, two of Jacob’s sons; Levi and Simeon decide that Shechem should be punished for defiling their sister (like brothers should look out for their sister) they go to their land and kill Hamor and Shechem with their sword and take Dinah back to their land. When Jacob finds out what they had done, he gets a little nervous, worrying that they might retaliate and that they would be bigger in number. When Jacob asks his sons why they had done this, they respond by saying something to the effect of “and let our sister be treated like a whore?”

Chapter 35: God Blesses Jacob

God tells Jacob to go to Bethel and make an altar unto him. The Lord appears unto Jacob and re-affirms that his new name will be Israel and that he will still have a great nation be born of him. Jacob sets up his altar and makes a drink offering, which included oil.

Rachel  conceives a new son and calls him Ben-oni, but the labor what difficult and she dies while giving birth, Jacob names his son: Benjamin. Rachel is buried in Ephrath which is at Beth-lehem, underneath a pillar that Jacob built.

The sons of Jacob where twelve (12):

  • The sons of Leah: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun
  • The sons of Rachel: Joseph, Benjamin
  • The sons of Bilhah (Rachel’s handmaid): Dan, Naphtali
  • The sons of Zilpah (Leah’s handmaid): Gad, Asher

All of these twelve sons, were born to Jacob in the land of Padan-aram. Chapter 35 ends with the death of Isaac, Esau and Jacob bury him.

Chapter 36: Generation of Esau

The generations of Esau, who is “Edom” (See Genesis 25:30):

Esau’s children:

  • The children of Adah the wife of Esau:
    • Eliphaz
      • Duke Teman
      • Duke Omar
      • Duke Zepho
      • Duke Gatam
      • Duke Kenaz
      • Duke Amalek
  • The children of Aholibamah the wife of Esau:
    • Duke Jeush
    • Duke Jaalam
    • Duke Korah
  • The children of Bashemath the wife of Esau:
    • Reuel
      • Duke Nahath
      • Duke Zerah
      • Duke Shammah
      • Duke Mizzah

The children of Seir, the Horite in the land of Seir:

  • Duke Lotan
    • Hori
    • Hemam
  • Duke Shobal
    • Alvan
    • Manahath
    • Ebal
    • Shepo
    • Onam
  • Duke Zibeon
    • Ajah
    • Anah
  • Duke Anah
    • Dishon
    • Ahoblibamah
  • Duke Dishon
    • Hemdan
    • Eshban
    • Ithran
    • Cheran
  • Duke Ezer
    • Bilhan
    • Zaavan
    • Akan
  • Duke Dishan
    • Uz
    • Aran

The kings that reigned in the land of Edom:

  • Bela the son of Beor
  • Jobab the son of Zerah
  • Husham of the land of Temani
  • Hadad the son of Bedad who smote Midian in the field of Moab, the name of his city was Avith.
  • Samlah of Masrekah
  • Saul of Rehoboth by the river.
  • Baal-hanan the son of Achbor.
  • Hadar, the name of his city was Pau, his wife’s name was Mehetabel the daughter of Mezahab.

The names of the Dukes that came of Esau:

  • Duke Timnah
  • Duke Alvah
  • Duke Jetheth
  • Duke Aholibamah
  • Duke Pinon
  • Duke Kenaz
  • Duke Teman
  • Duke Mibzar
  • Duke Magdiel
  • Duke Iram

Esau is the father of the Edomites.

Genesis 31-33

Genesis 31-33

Chapter 31: Jacob and Laban make Peace.

The Lord commands Jacob to go to Canaan, so Jacob leaves secretly in the middle of the night with all of his belongings and his wives (the daughters of Laban). Laban, after finding out that they had fled secretly in the night, pursues them.

Later Laban catches up to Jacob, but at that same place they make peace. They make a covenant with each other that they will be peaceful, they make an altar/pillar to symbolize their covenant; they call this pillar: Galeed. Laban blesses his descendants and parts from the company and heads home.

Chapter 32: Face to Face

Jacob sees an Angel and asks God to preserve him from his brother Esau. Jacob invited his brother to try and make peace with him, but a servant told him that he was coming to meet him, but bringing an army of 400 men to meet with him. Jacob prepares presents for when Esau comes and pleads with God, because he fears his brother Esau. Jacob even has his stuff split in half, so that if Esau falls on one group with half his stuff, the other group with the other half of his stuff can flee.

In the scriptures it says that Jacob crossed a river with his wives and children and sent them away with what he had with him at the time. It then says that he wrestled all night with a man, who we can say was either a servant/angel of God, or God himself. They wrestled so hard that Jacob’s “hollow of the thigh” or hip was out of place. The man tells Jacob to let him go, and he says he will not let him go until he receives a blessing from him. The man tells him that he will no longer be called Jacob, but Israel from now on. Because as Israel, he has power with God and with men. “Wrestling” most likely means that he “wrestled in prayer” with God or something to that effect. Israel receives a blessing from the Lord; and Jacob/Israel calls the place where he was “Peniel, because he said; “…for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (Genesis 32:30-31)

From that day forward the children of Israel did not eat of the sinew (tendon) that connects to the hip. I find this very interesting, that Jacob/Israel spoke to/saw God FACE TO FACE!  Especially in a world that has religions that say “no man has seen/ nor ever will see God”, how false is that! The scriptures prove otherwise. God is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever! If he called prophets and spoke to man in ancient times, he speaks and a calls prophet today… nothing has changed! I can testify that God has already called a prophet, and through that prophet Jesus Christ re-established (restored) his church on the earth again, today. God continues to call prophets and today, we have a living prophet of God on the earth.

Chapter 33: Reconciliation Between Esau and Jacob

Jacob meets Esau and urges him to take his presents, even though Esau refused,  because he had enough. When Esau meets Jacob he embraces him, hugs and kisses him and they make peace. Jacob tells Esau that he saw the face of God, just like he sees his face. So we know that Jacob really did see God’s face, and it was like man’s face. Because remember, God created man in HIS IMAGE! So God is also like a man! Jacob settles in Canaan and builds an altar to God; calling it: “El-elohe-Israel”