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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Does Scripture Command Us to Love & Esteem Ourselves?

By Maria Merola
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, January 2016

Back in the 1980’s (when I was brand new in my walk with Messiah), I was hearing a lot of “Christian Psychology” being taught from church pulpits. In fact, I owned quite a few Psychology books as I had been trying to find healing from my past hurts as a child.

I had a tumultuous childhood, with much domestic violence in the home, as well as abuse from the Catholic Nuns. On that first night (when I surrendered my life to Yahuwshuwa as Messiah in February 1981), I consciously forgave all those who had abused me. I was wonderfully set free that night as I felt and heard the demons leaving me.

As I began to embark on my new-found faith in Messiah, I attended various churches in search of the truth. What I discovered, (to my dismay), was that many of these pastors and leaders were parroting secular humanist thinkers from Ancient Greek philosophy, and Atheistic Psychologists such as “Sigmund Freud.” These pastors and Christian leaders were telling us that we needed to “love ourselves more,” however, my Bible told me something different.

The Apostle Sha’uwl (Paul) warned about the characteristics that we would see in society in the latter days, before the return of our Messiah:

2nd Timotiyos (Timothy) 3:2 For men shall be LOVERS OF THEIR OWN SELVES, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy...

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 16:24 Then said Yahuwshuwa unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him DENY HIMSELF, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Psychology teaches that we need “more self-esteem,” but scripture tells us to esteem others more than ourselves:

Pilippiym (Philippians) 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each ESTEEM OTHER BETTER THAN THEMSELVES.

As I searched the scriptures, I discovered that the Christian Psychology books were teaching something diametrically opposed to what was being presented to me from the scriptures.

The final “straw that broke the camel’s back” came when my former husband David & I attended a “Psychotherapy Inner-Healing Seminar” with a group of people from our church in 1984. The seminar was conducted by a Christian Bible College Professor from Puerto Rico.

The leaders at his seminar had the attendees doing some very strange things, and I discerned “strange fire” in our midst (Leviticus 10:1; Numbers 3:4; 26:61).

One of the things that they had us doing was to get down onto the floor and curl up in the “fetal position” like we were in the womb. Our marriage partner was then supposed to pull out one limb at a time until our bodies were sprawled out onto the floor like a starfish. The “Christian Psychotherapist” told us that he had nick-named this technique “The Flower.” He told us that once we were opened up on the floor like a flower, that our soul would “bloom” and we would be “set free!”

However, I questioned this man and I asked him “Where did you get this technique from?” He replied “From Sigmund Freud.”

I retorted to him “But the Bible tells us that it is the anointing of the Holy Spirit that breaks the yoke---not some technique invented by an Atheist!”

I was appalled that this man was using techniques that were not founded in the truth of scripture. I reminded this man of what our Messiah taught in opposition to what he was telling us:

Luqas (Luke) 4:18 The Spirit of YHWH is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 10:27 “…. the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

Another technique that they had us engage in was something called “Role Playing.” The counselors were supposed to pretend to be somebody from your past who had abused you. They would then act out a scenario where they would pretend that you were engaging in a real life conversation from your abuser. The abuser would then ask you to forgive them and you were supposed to experience some type of “catharsis.” I remember feeling very strange during this process, and I felt guilty for “taking back” those things that I had already given to YaHuWaH on the night that I was first “born-again” in February 1981. 

Now, these counselors were making me “feel unforgiveness” all over again so that they could then claim that their techniques had healed me!

I remember feeling very confused, as I had already confessed my sins of unforgiveness, and bitterness that night when I gave my life to Yahuwshuwa in 1981. My husband at the time (David) and I left the seminar early as we felt a strange oppression there.

In the weeks following, I fasted and prayed asking YaHuWaH “Please show me what is wrong with me, Father...Why do I feel so uneasy and oppressed?”

I turned on the Television and was shocked to hear an interview taking place between Oprah Winfrey and members from the Church of Satan. These Satanists said to Oprah “We do not really believe in an entity named Satan..... Satanism is simply loving yourself.”

When I heard these words, I was in shock! I realized that the Christian Church was pushing the same agenda of “loving self” as the Satanists!

Then, the Heavenly Father directed me to look up the word “esteem” in the dictionary. The definition was very revealing: “To place a value upon; to appraise.”

That was when the Ruwach ha’Qodesh (Holy Spirit) spoke to me and said “Maria, what is the highest value that anyone can place upon you?”

Of course, I knew the answer----The blood of Messiah!

There was no monetary value high enough that could account for my worth and value in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. The purchase price would be something far above money.

1st Qorintiym (Corinthians) 6:20 For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify Elohiym in your body, and in your spirit, which are Elohiym’s.

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 52:3 For thus says YHWH, You have sold yourselves for nothing; and you shall be redeemed without money.

I understood that my value and worth was FAR GREATER than any human being could place upon me---including myself!

If YaHuWaH already ESTEEMS & LOVES us so perfectly, how do we think we are going to supplement that with “LOVE OF SELF AND SELF ESTEEM?”

He finally showed me that we do not need to supplement his love for us with “self love,” nor do we need to “esteem ourselves,” because he already does it so much better than we do! 

In 1987, YaHuWaH showed his method for healing the brokenhearted through a parable that he taught about the “Good Samaritan.” 

You can read the article at this link: “Messiah Seen in the Parable of the Good Samaritan: Freedom from Depression.”

We simply need a revelation of his perfect love and esteem for us and we must receive it wholeheartedly. That is when the true freedom comes!

In all my years growing up as a teenager, (when I was reading Psychology books), I kept trying to “muster up” some kind of pseudo-self-love, and it never worked. I ended up puffing up my ego and using carnal and fleshy ways to make myself feel better. I bragged, I lied, I dressed up in a worldly, and flashy way to get attention. This was my carnal attempt at loving myself. 

Yet, I still struggled to see myself through the lens of my Heavenly Father. I still had demonic thoughts of suicide and despair. Once I began to meditate in the scriptures “day and night” like the Psalmist described, I experienced true peace and freedom:

Tehilliym (Psalm) 1:

1 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the Towrah (law) of YHWH; and in his Towrah (law) does he meditate day and night.

3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.

After I received these revelations from YaHuWaH, I began to share with my former pastor and his wife, as well as others at my church. These people, however had a difficult time grasping the concepts that I was presenting to them. I realized that our society and culture had been permeated with “narcissism,” which causes us to believe that we have to love ourselves in order to be able to love others.

I would often hear this rationale being recited: “You cannot love others until you love yourself.” This was the lie that I heard coming out of people’s mouths over and over again. However when I examined the scriptures, I realized that just the opposite was true. In order to love others, we must first be able to “deny ourselves.” Scripture commands us to “die daily” to our old selfish nature (1st Corinthians 15:31). When we are truly “dead to self,” we stop focusing on ourselves, and dwelling on our own problems. We begin to place others first in our lives, and that is when we begin to experience true peace and freedom. This is why our Messiah taught us the two “greatest commandments:”

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 22:

37 Yahuwshuwa said unto him, You shall love YHWH your Elohiym with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.

The rationale of those who preach “love of self” stems from the above verse in Matthew 22:39. The proponents of this ideology suppose that our Messiah was “commanding us” to love ourselves. When we recognize that our Creator has built into every person the “instinct” of “self-preservation” and survival, he knows that we ALREADY love ourselves by virtue of those instincts!

However, some might say “I used to have self-destructive behavior, and I used to have self-hate…. I had to learn to love myself.”

My answer to those who have this reasoning is this: “What you thought was self-hate was actually love of self.”

When I was self-destructive and suicidal, Psychology would have me believe that I did not love myself enough. I realized much later in life as I read the scriptures, that my self-destructive behavior was an attempt to satisfy my longing to be absent from all pain. In reality, my destructive habits proved that I really loved myself too much, otherwise, I would not be seeking to escape the pain. 

The best way to explain it is to give you a real-life example.

My former deceased husband, David had been given up for adoption by his biological parents since he was an infant. His adoptive parents adopted him when he was just a few months old. When David was only 12 years old, his adoptive parents told him that he was adopted. By the time he turned 14 years old, his adoptive father had a heart attack and died. David’s parents were students of the Bible and they taught him to believe in the Savior to the best of their ability. Yet, he still struggled with his identity, and felt as if YaHuWaH had abandoned and rejected him. He listened to the lie that told him “Your biological parents rejected you, now your adoptive father died, so this means that you are rejected by the Creator from the womb.” He believed that the Heavenly Father had also rejected him.

David discovered that he had a gift of playing the piano, and people gave him accolades when he played. He began to find “identity” in his own musical talents and abilities rather than his “son-ship” with the Heavenly Father. As a teenager, he began experimenting with drugs, and joined Rock’n Roll bands. By the time I met and married David, I was the lead vocalist in at Top-40 band as we traveled the United States playing music in night clubs. After I surrendered my life to Yahuwshuwa, I no longer needed music, and the ambition to be a “Rock Star” to define my identity. I recognized that my identity was in my Messiah alone.

David, however refused to allow the Creator to define him. He rebelled, and continued to pursue a life of drugs and selfish ambition to become a “Rock Star.” David began reading the “Satanic Bible,” and the devil lied to him by telling him that he had been “missing out.” He was seduced in his mind by Satan to believe that life as a follower of Messiah left him empty. He told me one day “It is high time that I start loving myself.” That is when he left the marriage and became a Satanist and a transgender.

His “love of self” is what motivated him to pursue a destructive life-style. He lived for the desires of the flesh, because he was only interested in pleasing himself, rather than pleasing YaHuWaH. Ultimately, he destroyed his own life by smoking cigarettes and using drugs. He died in 2013 at the age of 59 of lung cancer. Nevertheless, thankfully, he did repent on his death-bed and recommitted his life to the Messiah. After 32 years of praying for David to repent, my prayers were finally answered! 


Love of self is, in reality a narcissistic obsession with “self” and it ultimately leads to destruction:

Luqas (Luke) 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

Luqas (Luke) 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

The instinct that is within all humans of self-preservation shows that we naturally seek to save our lives, and this is proof that we already love ourselves. Even those who attempt suicide are attempting to save themselves from a life of pain and misery. However, this ultimately leads to us losing our lives. It is self-love which causes us to seek to save ourselves. However, we are unable in our sinful, fallen state to save ourselves. We must look to a power higher than ourselves for love and salvation:

Ibriym (Hebrews) 12:2 Looking unto Yahuwshuwa the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of Elohiym.

Scripture tells us to keep our eyes on the Savior, rather than focusing on “self.” When we take our eyes off of ourselves, and we instead look to him, our attitude changes. 

We live in an “upside down and backwards” mentality in this present world. In attempting to make ourselves happy by “loving ourselves” we end up hating ourselves. We must do the opposite of what the “Spirit of the world” tells us.

Some of you reading this may be saying to yourselves right now, “Oh, but when I use the term ‘love myself’ I mean it in a totally different way.” You may be rationalizing to yourself “When I express the idea of loving myself, I mean ‘self-preservation.’”

I totally understand this rationale. However, in our society, the lines have become blurred between the satanic idea of “self-love” and the biblical concept of “accepting the love of our Heavenly Father.”

Back in 1977, I can remember the hit song by George Benson playing on the radio entitled “The Greatest Love of All.” Whitney Houston did a remake of the song and she made it a big hit.

Let’s examine the lyrics to this song:

“I believe the children are our future …Teach them well and let them lead the way….Show them all the beauty they possess inside…”

*Note: Scripture declares that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), and we have been created “in the image of Yah” (Genesis 1:27).

On the other hand, King David wrote in Psalm 51:5 that we were “formed in iniquity and conceived in sin.” It is important that we teach our children that any inner beauty that they may possess is not “inherent to human nature,” because we are born into the world as sinners. Inward beauty comes as a result of our spiritual connection with YaHuWaH and not of ourselves. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that the “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

The song continues: “Give them a sense of pride to make it easier….”

*Note: Proverbs 16:18 tells us that “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” 

Proverbs 8:13 says “The fear of YHWH is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the perverse mouth, do I hate.” 

Proverbs 11:2 says “When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”

The self-sufficiency preached in this song is destitute of our total dependency on the Savior:

“Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be…Everybody’s searching for a hero…People need someone to look up to….I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs…A lonely place to be….And so I learned to depend on me…”

*Note: This message leads one to believe that we must become our own hero and that we must look up to ourselves rather than to our Heavenly Father. YaHuWaH is the one who promises to fulfill our needs (Matthew 3:31-33). We are commanded not to lean on our own understanding, but in all of our ways to acknowledge YaHuWaH” (Proverbs 3:5). 

The greatest love of all is touted as being the ability to love yourself, and it is implied that this love already lives within all of us. However,  scripture tells us that “love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit” (Galatians 5:22; 1st Corinthians 13:1-8).

The Lyrics to this song continued:

“I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows…If I fail, if I succeed…At least I’ll live as I believe…No matter what they take from me…They can’t take away my dignity…Because the greatest love of all Is happening to me…I found the greatest love of all Inside of me…The greatest love of all…Is easy to achieve…Learning to love yourselfIt is the greatest love of all.”

These lyrics suggest that to walk in anyone’s shadow is a sign of weakness, but we are commanded to take refuge in the shadow of the Almighty:

Tehilliym (Psalm) 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Tehilliym (Psalm) 57:1 Be merciful unto me, O Elohiym, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusts in you: yea, in the shadow of your wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

Tehilliym (Psalm) 63:7 Because you have been my help, therefore in the shadow of your wings will I rejoice.

Over the years, when I would hear this song on the radio, I would cringe inside as I realized that our society echoes the same sentiments as the Satanists. 

The greatest love of all is what Scripture says it is. The greatest love of all is that our Heavenly Father loved us first:

1st Yahuwchanon (John) 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of Elohiym: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not.

1st Yahuwchanon (John) 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved Elohiym, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Our ability to love is counted as worthless unless we recognize that it originated with him in the first place. In truth, we do not possess the ability to love the way that he does. Let us therefore, draw a clear distinction between the phraseology of “Love yourself,” and the biblical concept of “Accepting the Father’s love for you!”

In this way, we can let the world know that we are bankrupt as fallen human beings, and we do not possess the ability to love anybody on our own. Love is initiated first by our Father in Heaven, and he alone enables us to reciprocate back to him, and also to others. Therefore, “Love of Self” will always fall short. 

The author of love is YaHuWaH, and he is the only one capable of loving us perfectly and completely.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Called, Chosen & Faithful: Are you a Hebrew, an Israelite, or a Jew?

By Maria Merola
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, January 2016 

In Revelation 17, we read about MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS, and the ten horns on the BEAST which carries her.  We are also shown that these ten horns on the beast shall make war against our Messiah and his bride who is called, chosen and faithful:

Chazown (Revelation) 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Master of masters, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

There are three stages to our redemption:

1.) Those who are called (Matthew 22:14).
2.) Those who are called and chosen (Matthew 22:14).
3.) Those who are called, chosen & faithful (Matthew 22:14; Revelation 17:14).

This is why there are three groups of people present at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb!

1.) The guests who are called.
2.) The bridal attendants who are chosen.
3.) The bride who is faithful.

Identifying the differences in the societal terms “Hebrew, Israelite, & Jew” can be rather confusing, unless we discover the biblical personalities through which the terms originated. 

We are going to learn that Abraham was the first Hebrew; Jacob was the first Israelite, and Judah was the first one to be called a Yahuwdiy (Jew). Leah, the mother of Judah was the one who gave him this name, for she had discovered the secret to true happiness. 

The word “Hebrew” (Ibriym) means “one who crosses over, as Abraham crossed over from paganism into a set-apart life with YaHuWaH. Therefore, Abraham was the first one to become a “Hebrew.” He was “called” and he obeyed the call.

Jacob was the first one to be called “Yisra’EL,” which means “one who prevails or overcomes with Elohiym.” He was “chosen” over his twin brother Esau while he was yet in the womb, as his mother Rebekah was given a prophetic word “the elder shall serve the younger(Genesis 25:23).

When Jacob grew up and married, he did not choose Leah to be his wife, for he had already chosen her younger sister, Rachel. However, Jacob was tricked into marrying Leah, and they had twelves sons altogether (to include those born by Leahs maid Zilphah). The fourth son out of these twelve sons was named “Yahuwdah/Judah” from where we derive the term “Jew” and it means “I will praise YaHuWaH.”

Judah was ultimately “faithful,” because he honored his promise to his father Jacob when he promised to “bear the blame forever” if something bad happened to Benjamin (Genesis 43:9). Judah is the tribe that volunteered to become “the scapegoat.” This is why our Messiah was born into the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah), because as the scapegoat, he was the sinless lamb who took the punishment for guilty sinners. 

When we are repent of our sins and choose to seek the ways of YaHuWaH, we begin as a Hebrew, because we obey the call to come out of paganism and the sinfulness of this present world. We then become an Yisraelite (like Jacob) when we wrestle with Elohiym to find our identity in him. Just like Jacob, we prevail against the enemy of our soul when we conquer the sinful nature (Romans 8:37). This is what qualified Ya’aqob (Jacob) to have his name changed to “Yisra’EL.” For Jacob, this was his “born-again,” experience, when his heart became circumcised.

Similarly, in Revelation 3:12, we learn that those who receive a “new name,” are those who “overcome,” or in other words, they “prevail with Elohiym!” 

We finally become a Yahuwdiy (Jew) when we learn to praise YaHuWaH no matter what the circumstances are. This is the mark of a mature believer who is ready to be the bride!

Hebrew = called out (Genesis 12:1; Revelation 18:4).
Yisra’el = an overcomer or one who prevails (Genesis 32:28; Revelation 3:12).
Yahuwdiy = one who praises Yah (Genesis 29:35; Revelation 19:5).

Many are “called” (Hebrews) but few are “chosen” (Yisra’el). And many are chosen, but only the “faithful” (Yahuwdiy) are the ones who praise YaHuWaH!

There is a lot of misunderstanding about the term “Yahuwdiy” or “Jew.” The term Yahuwdiy” or “Jew” comes from the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah). Melchizedek is from the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Hebrews 7:14).

Did it ever occur to you that the Twelves Tribes of Yisra’el already existed in eternity in the New Jerusalem, even before they were born to Jacob here on earth? YaHuWaH knew these twelve tribes before they were formed in the womb! 

The Apostle Shauwl (Paul) uses the term “Jew” (Yahuwdiy) in Romans 2:28 to describe those whose hearts are circumcised. Why does he use the term “Jew” to define somebody who has a circumcised heart? Why does he not use the terms Yisraelite or Hebrew? 

It is because a bride joins the tribe of her bridegroom when she marries him. Hence, to be called a Yahuwdiy (Jew), means that you have reached the place of maturity where you can be ready to be called Messiah’s bride.

Do you remember Ruth? She was a Moabite, and Towrah says that no Moabite may enter the congregation of Yisra’el forever (Deuteronomy 23:3; Nehemiah 13:1).

So how was she able to marry Boaz who was from the Tribe of Judah? She “crossed over” when she followed Naomi to Bethlehem-Judah and she said “Your Elohiym is my Elohiym, and your people shall be my people.”

This principle is seen in Ezekiel 47:21-22 where any stranger may join the tribe of their choosing simply by “sojourning” with that tribe, and they also get to inherit land with that tribe. 

If we are walking with or “sojourning” with the Lion of the Tribe of Yahuwdah” (Revelation 5:5), does it not stand to reason that those who are his bride are going to be married into his tribe? In 1st Peter 2:9, followers of Messiah are called a royal priesthood.This royal priesthood is the priesthood of Melchizedek, and Melchizedek is the “King of Salem.Salem is an ancient name for Jerusalem, and Melchizedek also sprang out of Yahuwdah (Judah) according to Hebrews 7:14. Followers of Messiah are therefore part of this priesthood “after the order of Melchizedek.

Here is an example: What if I was born in Italy, but I moved to the United States of America, and then I became an American Citizen? And what if I moved to Pennsylvania? Am I still Italian, even though I am American, and also a Pennsylvanian?

Similarly, when all of Yisra’el was living under the “scepter of Judah,” under King David, they were all united and could be called “Yahuwdiy” (Jews) because they were all under the Kingdom of Judah. However, after they split off from the House of David, they become two separate nations (see 1st Kings 12). If we are under the “scepter of Judah” because of our King, Yahuwshuwa Messiah, then we are Yahuwdiy (Jews from the kingdom of Judah).

But we can still have our tribal identity as well. We can all be from different states and still be Americans. Similarly, we can be from different tribes and still be “Yahuwdiy” (Jews) if we are under the authority of our Messiah; because we are under the scepter of the Lion of Yahuwdah (Judah).

Here is an example: Queen Esther was from the Tribe of Benjamin, yet she was called a “Jewess” or a Yahuwdiyah. The same thing happened with the Apostle Paul. He was from the Tribe of Benjamin, but HE called himself a Yahuwdiy (Jew). See, Acts 21:39; 22:3; Romans 11:1; Philippians 3:5.

The first mention of the name “Judah” is seen in Genesis 29:35 where Leah named her fourth son by Jacob. Scripture says that she named him Judah because she had determined in her heart: I will praise YaHuWaH!

The Hebrew Strong’s Concordance shows the definition of the name Judah as follows:

#3063 Yhuwdah yeh-hoo-daw from 3034; celebrated; praised; Jehudah (or Judah), the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory:--Judah.

It stems from another root word:

#3034 yadah yaw-daw’ a primitive root; used only as denominative from 3027; literally, to use (i.e. hold out) the hand; physically, to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively, to bemoan (by wringing the hands):--cast (out), (make) confess(-ion), praise, shoot, give thanks; thanksgiving; thankful.

#3064 Yhuwdiy yeh-hoo-dee’ patronymically from 3063; a Jehudite (i.e. Judaite or Jew), or descendant of Jehudah (i.e. Judah):--Jew.

As you can see by the definitions above, the name Yahuwdah (Judah) means “one who praises YaHuWaH.”

If you are a physical descendant of Yahuwdah (Judah), you are considered a Yahuwdiy (Jew). However, physical DNA is not the final determining factor. Even if you have the DNA of the patriarch Yahuwdah (Judah), you must still have your heart circumcised in order to be counted as a Yahuwdiy (Jew) by our Messiah (Romans 2:28-29; Revelation 2:9 & 3:9).

You will notice by the graphic below, that there is only one letter different from the name YaHuWaH to YaHuWDaH. 

The letter “Dalet” in the middle of the name YaHuWDaH means “The door.”

Our Messiah is the door to the Father (John 10:7-9) and he came from the Tribe of YaHuWDaH (Revelation 5:5). The only tribe that bears the Father’s name is YaHuWDaH!

The name of our Messiah is seen below in Ancient Paleo Hebrew Pictograph letters:

Our Messiah’s name is YaHuWShuWA which means “YaHuWaH is Salvation,” as seen in Hebrew Strong’s Concordance:

#3091 Yhowshuwa` yeh-ho-shoo'-ah or Yhowshua {yeh-ho-shoo'-ah}; from 3068 and 3467; Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (i.e. Joshua), the Jewish leader:--Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Joshua. Compare 1954, 3442.

Now we can better understand why our Messiah came from the Tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah), and why he told the Samaritan woman that “Salvation is of the Yahuwdiy” (John 4:22). It is because the Priesthood of the Levites could not act as the permanent Kinsman Redeemer for Yisra’el. They would eventually die because they were mortals. But Melchizedek, who sprang out of YaHuWDaH (Judah) 
“has an endless life,” and he never dies behind the veil (Hebrews 7:14-16).

Those who are the bride of Messiah are part of his “Royal Priesthood” (1st Peter 2:9), and they bear the Father’s name, YaHuWaH, just like Ruth. The bride also is married into the Tribe, YaHuWDaH. The “five wise virgins” in Matthew 25 will enter into the bridegrooms chamber and the “door will be shut!” The “key of David” which qualifies the bride to enter into the chamber is only open to those whose hearts are circumcised for they “have kept his Towrah and have not denied his name” (Revelation 3:8).

Jacob Tricked Into Marrying Leah

In Genesis 29:16-25, we learn that Jacob loved Rachel because she was beautiful, but her sister Leah was not very attractive. Jacob and Laban had an agreement that he would work seven years in exchange for his daughter Rachel’s hand in marriage. Laban however, did not honor his agreement, for he tricked Jacob into marrying his oldest daughter Leah. She wore a veil over her face, which concealed her identity until the consummation of the 

In the morning, Jacob discovered that he had been tricked into marrying the older sister, Leah who he was not attracted to.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 29:25 And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this you have done unto me? did not I serve with you for Rachel? wherefore then have you beguiled (deceived) me?

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 29:

26 And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.

27 Fulfil her week, and we will give you this also for the service which you shall serve with me yet seven other years.

28 And Ya’aqob (Jacob) did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.

The same thing happened with our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa. In Matthew 15:24, Yahuwshuwa said that he had come for only the “lost sheep of the House of Yisra’el.” Like Jacob who only loved Rachel, our Messiah only wanted to remarry his divorced bride, Yisra’el (Jeremiah 3:8; Hosea 2:19-20; Romans 7:4). 

The leadership in Yisra’el, however did not accept him as their Messiah, but the gentiles were the ones who accepted him. Leah typifies the gentiles who were not the favored ones, and Rachel typifies Yisra’el who was favored by our Messiah.

Our Messiah was disappointed just like Jacob was. He had come for his beloved Yisra’el, but instead, he was married to the gentiles who accepted his message, and thus, they were grafted into the olive tree of Yisra’el (Romans 11:17-25). 

Yahuwchanon (John) 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Laban promised to allow Jacob to marry his younger daughter Rachel at the end of the week, after he had fulfilled his seven days of consummation with Leah. However, he asked Jacob to work seven additional years in exchange for Rachel to which he agreed. At the end of that week, Jacob also married Rachel, and he loved her more than he did Leah. 

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 29:30 And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.

This had to have been devastating for Leah to realize that she was rejected and hated by her husband. YaHuWaH looked with compassion upon Leah and made her womb fruitful, but Rachel was unable to have children at first. This created rivalry, strife, and jealousy between the two sisters.

Leah’s Tribulation 

Leah endured trials and tribulations during her first four pregnancies, as she struggled to find her identity under her sister Rachel’s shadow. During these trials, Leah named her four sons after the process that she went through before she finally became a mature follower of Yah.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 29:31 And when YHWH saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 29:32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuwben (Reuben): for she said, Surely YHWH has looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.

*Note: Reuwben is pronounced “reh-oo-bane” and it means “Look, a Son!” In this name, we see a prophetic picture of the Messiah who we beheld as the “Lamb” (John 1:36), and also as the “Son!” (Matthew 1:23).

Leah typifies the bride of Messiah who first comes into the understanding of her salvation when she gives birth to a son (1st Timothy 2:15). Leah was “called” to be the bride of Ya’aqob (Jacob) and she accepted the call to be married to him. This means that she was “chosen” by YaHuWaH. Nevertheless, Leah also realized that she was hated while her younger sister, Rachel was loved by Jacob. To compensate for the fact that she was hated, YaHuWaH gave her four sons while Rachel remained barren for a time (Genesis 29:31).

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 29:33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because YHWH has heard I was hated, he has therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Shim’own (Simeon).

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 29:34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Lewiy (Levi).

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 29:35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise YHWH: therefore she called his name Yahuwdah (Judah); and left bearing.

The definition of the name “Judah” in Genesis 29:35 is as follows:

#3063 Yhuwdah yeh-hoo-daw’ from 3034; celebrated; praised Jehudah (or Judah), the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory:--Judah.

In the above passages, we see that Leah typifies the person who is called, then chosen. However, once she is chosen, she goes through “affliction” and testing. She strives to make her husband Jacob love her and she names her three sons after what is going on in her heart during their births. Reuben means “Look, a son!” And it says that YaHuWaH “saw” that Leah was hated so he opened up her womb. Then Leah declared that YaHuWaH “looked” upon her affliction and he granted her a son.

But she was still not content. She continued to be in competition against her sister, Rachel. It was not enough for YaHuWaH to “see” that she was hated. But she continued to complain to him and until he “heard” that she was hated. Her cries were heard when he gave her a second son. This is why she named him “Shim’own” which means “heard.”

Ya’aqob (Jacob), the husband of Leah was blind and hard of hearing, just as the nation of Yisra’el was blind and hard of hearing (Matthew 13:13-14). YaHuWaH gave Leah to Ya’aqob (Jacob) as his wife and instead of being content, he hated her. YaHuWaH used the first two sons (Reuben & Simeon) to open the eyes and ears of Jacob. By the third son, he was finally shown that he would be joined to Leah with the name Lewiy (Levi), which means “attached.” Once Ya’aqob (Jacob) had his eyes and ears opened, his name would be changed to Yisra’el and he would finally praise YaHuWaH and stop complaining.

The prophet Isaiah prophesied that the nation of Yisra’el would become deaf and blind to the prophecies that were taking place right in front of their eyes concerning their awaited Messiah:

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see you indeed, but perceive not.

Our Messiah quoted the prophet Isaiah citing that Yisra’el was deaf and blind to the identity of their Messiah:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Yeshayahuw (Isaiah), which said, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive.

Ya’aqob (Jacob) represents unconverted Yisra’el, but he also represents the Messiah before his resurrection. Leah symbolizes the gentiles who were not beautiful to our Messiah, but once they have their hearts circumcised, they are chosen to be his bride. When Leah stopped trying to earn her husband’s love, but instead, she began to place her trust in YaHuWaH, she stopped complaining and now she began praising!

After Ya’aqob (Jacob) had his name changed to Yisra’el, he typifies the resurrected Messiah. When Leah finally stopped competing for her husband’s love and she began praising YaHuWaH, she typifies the mature believer who is content.

Rachel was not content, however. She had only born Jacob two sons and two more by her handmaiden Bilhah, totaling four sons. Leah was more fruitful for she bore Jacob six sons and one daughter (Dinah) and then two more by her handmaiden, Zilpah for a total of nine children. 

Rachel’s discontentment was evidenced by the fact that she chose to trust in the idols she stole from her father, Laban rather than to trust in YaHuWaH (Genesis 31:34-35). Ultimately, Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin because she was hiding these idols from Jacob and she lied about it (Genesis 35:18). Jacob had already made a declaration that whoever was hiding these idols should not live (Genesis 31:32). Little did he realize that it was his beloved Rachel who was hiding the idols. Will Rachel ever resurrect and become faithful?

Rachel & Leah Will Become One Bride

Leah typifies the Ten Northern Tribes of the House of Ephraiym and Rachel symbolizes the Two Southern Tribes of the House of Judah. Even though Leah was the one who gave birth to Judah, Rachel typifies Judah because her body was buried in Bethlehem-Judah (Genesis 35:19).

Leah represents the bride of Messiah who will be married to him first, just as Leah was the first to marry Jacob. On the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) in the future, the faithful bride that typifies Leah, will be taken for seven days to the New Jerusalem for the wedding. Then she will return with Messiah in her new resurrected body riding white horses (Revelation 19). This event will take place on Yom Kippur, and this is when Messiah will meet the other bride who typifies Rachel----the House of Judah. They will “look upon him whom they have pierced” as he touches his feet on the Mount of Olives and they will “mourn for him as one mourns his only son” (Zechariah 12:10; 14:4). 

In Leviticus 16:18, the instructions are given for the Kohen haGadowl (High Priest) on Yom Kippur. He is commanded to combine the blood of the goat with the blood of the bullock and to sprinkle that mixed blood on the altar. What does this represent? Rachels name means “lamb,” and Leahs name means “cow!” This means that both brides shall become one bride on Yom Kippur under our High Priest Yahuwshuwa ha’Mashiyach!

Leah The Faithful Bride

Leah displayed a desire to please her husband, Jacob, while Rachel seemed more interested in competing with her sister. She blamed Jacob for the fact that she could not bear children at first, and it made Jacob angry with her (Genesis 30:1-2). Leah, in contrast trusted in YaHuWaH rather than idols, and she was blessed with many children. After her sister Rachel died, she also inherited her sister’s children as well, making her the mother of all twelve sons and one daughter. 

Zilpah, the handmaiden of Leah bore “Gad” which means “a troop comes,” for she was giving birth to the future bride of Messiah, his army that comes riding on white horses with him in Revelation 19. Leah then named the second son by Zilpah “Asher” which means “happy.”

After Zilphah bore two sons, Leah bore two more sons to Jacob named “Yissakar” (Issachar), meaning “he will bring a reward” and “Zbuwluwn,” (Zebulun) meaning “habitation.”

Leah’s faithfulness to YaHuWaH caused her sorrow and rejection to be turned into happiness, for she was rewarded with fruitfulness. 

With the final son, Zebulun, she learned to “dwell” in the presence of YaHuWaH at all times, hence his name “habitation,” revealed that YaHuWaH had inhabited her praises!

Tehilliym (Psalm) 22:3 But you are qodesh (holy), O you that inhabits the praises of Yisra’el.

Leah Buried with Her Bridegroom

Even though Jacob initially loved Rachel for her physical beauty, he learned to love Leah more in the end for her faithfulness. In Genesis 49:31, we learn that she was buried with her husband, Jacob, thus she would finally dwell with him:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 30:20 And Leah said, Elohiym has endued me with a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.

We see a prophetic picture of Messiah and his faithful bride in the story of Leah & Jacob. Leah was willing to die to her own selfish desires in order to please her husband. Similarly, those who “follow the lamb wherever he goes” (Revelation 4:4) are the ones who are ready to die and be buried with him:

Romiym (Romans) 6:

4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Mashiyach (Messiah) was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.

The patriarch Job was a man who endured many afflictions, but through them all, he learned to place his trust in YaHuWaH:

Yowb (Job) 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

The Apostle Sha’uwl (Paul) demonstrated that when we endure suffering for our bridegroom, we will become more intimate with him:

Pilippiym (Philippians) 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.

Leah suffered many trials with Jacob, yet she became beautiful to him over time because she learned to praise YaHuWaH. Rachel, on the other hand was beautiful and favoured, yet she was deceitful because of her idolatry. 

Mishley (Proverbs) 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears YaHuWaH, she shall be praised.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 29:17 Leah was tender eyed [not attractive to the eye]; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

Leah finally found contentment in her circumstances when she trusted in YaHuWaH and praised him. This is what made her a faithful bride to Jacob as she was later rewarded with more sons and then finally buried with him. The Apostle Sha’uwl (Paul) used this concept of “contentment” to mark the mature believer in Messiah:

Pilippiym (Philippians) 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

1st Timotiyos (Timothy) 6:6 But righteousness with contentment is great gain.

1st Timotiyos (Timothy) 6:8 And having food and raiment (clothing) let us be therewith content.

Ibriym (Hebrews) 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.

Leah symbolizes the gentile who begins with an uncircumcised heart (Romans 2:26), but learns to place their trust in Yah. Rachel symbolizes the one who only appears to be a Yahuwdiy (Jew) externally, or in other words only beautiful outwardly (Romans 2:28). But those whose hearts are circumcised inwardly are true Yahuwdiy (Jews) for they are the ones who faithfully offer up praises to YaHuWaH:

Romiym (Romans) 2:29 But he is a Yahuwdiy (Jew), which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of Elohiym.

Also, see the blog entitled: WHO IS A TRUE ISRAELITE?