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Man and Beast

Last week’s Torah Portion was about Noah. In chapter eleven, there is a story of humans building a house where they could place their name. This story would be the opposite of God’s design, where humans create a House for His Name to dwell, the Temple.

11 Chronicles 7:16: For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.

I would even venture to say that this is the very first de-creation found in the Bible to add to last year’s adventure through re-creation and de-creation patterns. I would love to compare the House of God versus the House of Humans. 

The House of Humans

One Day– Nimrod built the wicked kingdom in rebellion, which is what his name means. When it says Nimrod was a, “mighty hunter before the face of the Lord,” in Genesis 10:9, it doesn’t seem to be a compliment. The firstborn of his domain is Babel, or Babylon, meaning confusion through mixing. The foundation of this building was rebellion and the fruit of it was confusion. 

Day Two– From the families remaining after the flood, God divided (parad: to separate or divide) the nations. Remember that in the previous patterns, I found the second day is all about division.

Genesis 10:32: These were the families of the sons of Noah, according to their generations, in their nations, and from these, the nations were divided on the earth after the flood.

1 Chronicles 1:17-19: The sons of Shem were Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, Aram, Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshech. Arphaxad begot Shelah, and Shelah begot Eber. To Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided, and his brother’s name was Joktan. (bold accent added) 

Day Three– Humans could only build the Tower of Babel because they had one language. It is almost as if the whole world had eaten from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil God created on the third day and internalized the same rotten seeds. The seeds we internalize, we propagate. Seeds are words.

Genesis 11:5-6: But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one, and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.” 

Day Four– The top of the tower, castle, or great dwelling reached the heavens where the luminaries that rule over the day and the night abide. Were they devising to rule over the earth without God by building a tower into the shamayim, or heavens?   

Genesis 11:4: And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” 

Day Five– Instead of a gathering to like kind, there is a scattering. The very thing they were afraid of, came upon them. 

Genesis 11:8: So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 

Day Six– God brings an end to the plans of the wicked. Instead of a king ascending to the throne and maintaining disorder, Nimrod is a beast king who led his subjects into chaos. Rebellion and confusion are two characteristics of any dark domain. We can even see these manifestations play out in our present time. It is not like we are rebelling against tyranny, for the most part, there is a rebellion against order and truth. 

Day Seven– This congregation did not enter rest. 

The House of God

One Day– On the first day of creation, it is Wisdom, a manifestation of the Ruach HaKodesh, that builds a house. 

Isaiah 11:2: The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 

Proverbs 14:1: The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands. 

(Dr. Dinah Dye at Foundations in Torah teaches about two women in the Book of Proverbs-Wisdom and Folly, and Wisdom is the Ruach HaKodesh.)

Day Two– Even though there is a sense of division in this Kingdom, between things that bring death and those that bring life-like thoughts, words, and deeds, there is also reconciliation. In God’s House, two things become one, or whatever His Word divides, it binds up. 

Job 5:18: For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole.

Day Three– God’s Spirit gives us the same new language, which is truth. With one mind, speaking truth, nothing that we propose to do will be withheld from us (Gn 11:5-6). We will internalize the same Seed of life and produce the same fruit.

Ephesians 4:4-6: There is one body and one Ruach (Spirit), just as you also were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one immersion; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Day Four– The luminaries created on the fourth day shine from heaven and divide the light from the dark, just like God did on day one. Unlike Nimrod and his gang, who tried to place themselves in authority, God places Yeshua, along with us, in the heavens to rule.

Ephesians 2:6: And He raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Messiah Yeshua—

Day Five- In this House, instead of scattering, there is a gathering. God is the one who scatters and gathers, divides and heals, and gives confusion to the rebellious and wisdom to the humble. 

Deuteronomy 30:3: That the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you.

Isaiah 54:7: For a mere moment I have forsaken you, but with great mercies I will gather you. 

Day Six– Nimrod was a beast king who brought chaos rather than order, and darkness manifested as confusion instead of peace. Yeshua is the King that builds the House of God or the Kingdom of God. He gives the subjects of His Kingdom life. He gives us rest by defeating all enemies (sin, death, and illegitimate rulers), and makes all of creation live in its full purpose.  

Romans 8:6:  For the mindset of the flesh (Nefesh or earthy nature) is death, but the mindset of the Ruach is life and shalom.

Matthew 11:28: Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 

I have had the hardest time writing because I am so emotional during these heavy times. I do not want to feed the monster of hate and violence by engaging in conversations, and yet, I want to defend truth. I will continue to pray for the strength to love those who hate, to be still when we want to fight, and to strengthen the weak through prayer. 

Come, let us go to the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk the paths of the Most High. And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares and our spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war any more. And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.~Author Unknown but a Prayer formed from Isaiah 2:4.

Brianna Lehmann

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