Jacob’s Trouble

Jeremiah 30:1-11 “The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. And these are the words that the Lord spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him: But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

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Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the Lord; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet I will not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.”

This explains the power struggle of the land of Israel. First controlled by YHVH righteous people, then taken by force by the rebellious people, only to be supernaturally returned to the righteous by YHVH himself.

The distress, or trouble,  comes to the House of Israel in the form of trials and tribulations to get the people motivated to follow YHVH instructions. If one is already following these instructions then there is no reason for them to be afflicted with a trial or tribulation, whether then, now, or in the end days. Correction is about getting one to follow YHVH wishes and when a person has determined a way of life outside of those wishes and it will oft times feel painful to change.

Genesis 35:2-3 “Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.”

Jacob is telling the people wanting to stay in his House (family, clan,tribe) that they must stop their evil ways, the worship of man made gods and traditions, and adhere to YHWH’s instructions there-by being adopted into his family. The changing of clothes, was not only an idiom, here too, it was an actual and usual part of the purification procedures.

The law, righteousness, salvation and grace belong to the people that adhere to YHVH by faith. It is addressed by Paul in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew (G2453 Iουδαῖος Belonging to Jacob, to the land of Israel, to all Judea and Jerusalem, and belonging to God) first and also to the Greek (G1672 Ἕλλην a non-Jew, i.e. a Gentile. a Greek-speaking person.).”

The ‘BUT’ it is not a transitional or dispensational reference, it has always been and will always be. Mark 9:3 “And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.” This is the result of putting on the covering which is provided in Yeshua the Messiah and putting off our old ways. Thus inline with the idiom of changing our clothes.

Paul tells us in Romans 9:6-8 “Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel (natural born), which are of Israel (of the belief and following YHVH): Neither, because they are the seed (direct descendant) of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.” And so, it is, the person that makes a conscience decision to follow YHVH and the instructions that obtains the adoption unto the House of Israel.

The people that are now in Jacob’s house are his blood family, his servants (from various origins) and now the women and children of Shechem. The “law” or Torah, righteousness, salvation and grace belong to the people that adhere to YHVH by faith. It is addressed by Paul in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew (Israel) first and also to the Greek (Nations).” This is NOT a transitional or dispensational reference, it has always been the covenant and will always be the covenant.

Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience (G5281 endurance, constancy) of the saints (G40 clean, blameless, holy): here are they that keep (G5083 guard, fulfil, maintain) the commandments (G1785 authoritative prescription) of God, and the faith of Jesus.”

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