The Sixties Radical- Azriel

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Jacob realized that to become what G-d wanted him to become he must die to self. This is the hard part for me. Just like Jacob he knew he had to combine the strength and untamed power of Esau with the wisdom G-d gave Jacob.

Many like me think this is a short process. Not so fast bucko. This dying to self takes a lifetime. This is the frustrating part.

Jacob is the second Adam. Thus, Jacob advanced the Kingdom of heaven coming to earth so G-d can have HIS dwelling place. This brought Yeshua to earth the first time. Yeshua ushered in the Kingdom of Heaven to earth to bring us Jews back to our true purpose- to be the light unto the world and to be a people separated out for G-d’s use only.

The following sentences paraphrase what my teacher Pastor Steve Gray, World Revival Church taught us Sunday December 11th, 2016. Yeshua told us turn back to G-d for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.

Now we are waiting for the final Messianic Redemption. The Messianic age has arrived. Yeshua is near to returning. The Kingdom of Heaven is near. The signs are there.

As Esau approached, Jacob presented his family and then bowed down to Esau himself. Esau was overcome by Jacob’s gift and display of brotherly sentiments, and kissed him.

[Jacob] prostrated himself seven times as he approached his brother. Genesis 33:3

Jacob acknowledged those qualities of Esau’s that were superior to his own, and understood that in order to bring the world to its ultimate destiny, it was necessary to combine Esau’s strengths with his own. At the same time, Jacob understood that he – and not Esau – would have to be the one to oversee this synthesis in order for it to work. Due to his faithful devotion to the study of the Torah, Jacob was the one who possessed the breadth of vision and knowledge of G‑d’s will necessary to harness the raw, untamed power of Esau. Jacob hoped that he could impress Esau enough to submit to his leadership if he would appease him with a lavish gift, acknowledging his superior strengths, and inform him that he had proven himself capable of raising a righteous family, outwitting the crafty Laban, and amassing a sizeable fortune.

When it became clear that Esau was not ready to cooperate, Jacob understood that harnessing Esau’s strengths would be a long and difficult process. This union of Esau’s superior strength and Jacob’s wisdom will be the defining characteristic of the Messianic future, and is therefore the key to ushering it in. Indeed, our undying devotion to the Torah and its commandments ever since Jacob’s time has largely refined the power of Esau, and we are now at the threshold of the final, Messianic Redemption.1Torah Or, pp. 24–26; Sefer HaSichot 5748, vol. 1, pp. 138–144; Hitva’aduyot 5743, vol. 1, pp. 571–572.

http://www.chabad.org/dailystudy/dailywisdom.asp?tdate=12%2F13%2F2016

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