The time has come. Everything has been built to specs and the work of the tabernacle is about to begin. Now is one of my favorite times. It’s anointing time! I don’t know why, but i always find this so exciting. It is the dedication of the work for service. It is a time of change and of new work with YHWH.
He is an amazing God, and He works through us, His people. Even though He is the AWEsome, overpowering, holy, creator of the universe; He works in us, but he doesn’t consume us and our personality in the process. In fact, not only does His personality not overpower us; who He is actually strengthens our personality and makes us each more unique and distinctive than we were before.
As a result, when a new work is being done and a new anointing comes, it changes who we are and how we worship HIM! YHWH never changes, yet He is new every morning! His work and ways continually change, but He never does. I think that that is part of why i find this anointing process so exciting. Things are about to change. A man and his sons are about to find their purpose and destiny. YHWH is working anew, and this…THIS is a turning point!
I think we should celebrate turning points more often. I don’t think that we do it like we used to. The turning point from child to adult (rite of passage) has been lost. The celebrations of new roles and purposes has gone to the wayside. This change in life. This change in anointing should be something we embrace and become excited about. It should help to define, and redefine who we are.
Aaron and his sons are about to embark on a whole new journey. They are being anointed by YHWH for His work and purpose! Everything is beginning to change!
Well, Genesis is almost done. It is the beginning’s end. I really liked copying this chapter down. It was easy to process and write as there is a solid thought on each line (or in the least a solid chunk of a solid thought). It makes the process, oh, so much easier!
Israel has some final words to say to each of his sons. It is here that Jacob makes changes to the natural order of his progeny. Reuben was the firstborn, but here he officially loses that honor and privilege due to his hasty actions of sleeping with his father’s concubine. Yeah, now that was smart, Reuben </sarcasm>! Simeon and Levi are next in line, but they both lose that honor due to their rash decision to annihilate the Hivites (chapter 34) whose prince raped their sister Dinah. In fact, Simeon ended up receiving no natural inheritance at all when the Israelites reentered the land of Canaan.
So that left Judah to become heir apparent. He received the lion’s share of the blessing and inheritance (and gave some to Simeon because it was too much for them). Judah also received the blessing of having the Messiah, the Christ, come through his line.
It’s interesting to note that this is probably the last time that Joseph specifically gets named in the listing of the sons/tribes of Israel. From now on, Joseph’s place is taken by the half-tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh (Joseph’s two sons that Israel claimed as his own in chapter 48).
After charging his sons (i like the way this brings the word “charging” into a clearer understanding than the way we recognize it today) to bury him with his fathers in the cave at the end of the field bought from Ephron, Jacob finally breathes his last.
What do we do to ruin our inheritance? Are we like Reuben, Simeon, and Levi allowing our rash, unthinking, and angry natures to destroy our blessings? Is that even possible? Think on these things.
Also of note, there are some interesting names of God that appear in this text: Abir Yacob (Mighty One of Jacob), Ra-ah (Shepherd), Eben Yisrael (Stone of Israel), Shaddai (Almighty), and of course El (God).