Namely What? … Part 6

Namely What … part 6

We are running out of room ….and names!

If you have children, do you recall, those last few weeks before their arrival and the final preparations for the diapers, the changing table, the diapers and diaper bags, the strollers, toys, diapers and the  room and the clothes and the diapers? Did I say diapers! Lots and lots of diapers! Many people, especially on their first and even second child have had the name selected for months. First time parents typically have it narrowed down to 2 or 3 choice names before they ever leave the doctors office when the pregnancy is confirmed.

Imagine being Jacob and having 12 sons and who knows how many daughters! Or even worse ‘The Duggars’ with, I think, 19 or maybe 20 children at last count. I can see them getting a baby names book in the checkout line at the grocery store and having to scratch off the names they already have and working with what is left on the list. Or borrowing a name…..this is our newest sister.’Downy’


All silliness aside we look again into Genesis to the genealogy in Chapter 36, this is of Esau,  and the importance of their names. Remember in Chapter 27:39-40a “And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be {away from} the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; And by thy sword shalt thou live” We will see this evidence in these names. 

Genesis 36:1-2 “Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom. Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan; Adah (to advance, i.e. pass on or continue) the daughter of Elon (root meaning: to twist together, by implication, to be sturdy, strong) the Hittite, and Aholibamah (dwelling place of elevation) the daughter of Anah (to eye) the daughter of Zibeon (variegated) the Hivite;”

Esau and Edom are generally associated both literally and symbolically with unrighteousness and rebellion, and gets more so as we move through books of the Old Testament. Variegated means exhibiting different colors, especially as irregular patches or streaks. The Hivites are descendants of Canaan, son of Ham. Genesis 9:25 “And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.” The name “Hivite” is related to the Aramaic word “Khiv’va” (HVVA), meaning “snake”, and related to the word ‘awwiah in Galilee, meaning serpent. Watch as this theme continues throughout the names and it becomes evident Esau is the next in the line of “Nimrod.”

Genesis 36:3 “And Bashemath (root meaning בֹּשֶׂם bosem (bo’-sem): to be fragrant, the balsam plant) Ishmael’s daughter, sister of Nebajoth.”

Balm of Gilead was a rare perfume used medicinally, scholars have concluded that the actual source was a Terebinth (balsam) tree. Some balsams, such as Balsam of Peru, may be associated with allergies, such as, Euphorbia latex (“wolf’s milk”) is strongly irritant and cytotoxic. Cytotoxicity is the quality of being toxic to cells. These toxic agents are the types that effect human tissue at the cellular level like that of a venom, e.g. from the puff adder. בֹּשֶׂם bosem (bo’-sem) can be interpreted as a combination of the Hebrew words baal (בַּעַל) “lord; master; the Phoenician god Baal” and shemen (שֶׁמֶן) “oil”, thus “Lord of Oils” or “Oil of Baal”

As we move through the scriptures we will see these descendants and their toxicity to the followers of YHVH. Not only are they toxic to the Hebrews or Israelites, they are very toxic to the followers of God today.

Genesis 36:4-5 “And Adah bare to Esau Eliphaz (god of gold, contemporary of Job) ; and Bashemath bare Reuel (means: friend of God); And Aholibamah bare Jeush (hasty), and Jaalam (occult), and Korah (bald, naked or ice): these are the sons of Esau, which were born unto him in the land of Canaan.”

We will soon discover in Deuteronomy 7:1-6 That YHVH knows these people well and warns the House of Israel to avoid them, no, to completely eliminate them and their flocks, altars, idols and everything they own. “When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.”

Genesis 36:10-15 “These are the names of Esau’s sons; Eliphaz the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel the son of Bashemath the wife of Esau. And the sons of Eliphaz were Teman (stronger side), Omar (talkative), Zepho (Observant), and Gatam (?) , and Kenaz (to hunt). And Timna was concubine to Eliphaz Esau’s son; and she bare to Eliphaz; Amalek (his posterity): these were the sons of Adah Esau’s wife. And these are the sons of Reuel; Nahath (quiet), and Zerah (shoot forth beams of light), Shammah (ruin), and Mizzah (to faint with fear): these were the sons of Bashemath Esau’s wife. And these were the sons of Aholibamah, the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon, Esau’s wife: and she bare to Esau Jeush, and Jaalam, and Korah. (to be defined in another section)

These were dukes of the sons of Esau: the sons of Eliphaz the firstborn son of Esau; duke Teman, duke Omar, duke Zepho, duke Kenaz,”

Job 2:11 “Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.” Meanwhile in Job 22:3 we see the true heart of these men; “Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?” Then we get the answer from YHVH in Job 42:7 “And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.”

The Edomite people want nothing to do with serving YHVH and this is due to the wicked heat of Esau from the very beginning. Esau chose the worldly path of Nimrod and became the exact image of his wickedness. Ever heard the phrase “sold his soul to the devil”? This is what Nimrod and now Esau have done. The other name synonymous to Esau and Edom is Sier.

Śēʻîr, “Rough, hairy”. It is sometimes used as an alternative term for a goat, as in Seir La’Azazel [שעיר לעזאזל – scapegoat]. Seir = “Prince” in Ancient Egyptian, a name used by the Egyptians to refer the god of the dead also known to the Greeks as Osiris. The term “Seir” was also used by the Egyptians to refer to the constellation Orion, which was considered to be a representation of the god Osiris in the heavens. Seir is the “prince of Hell” in demonology.

Is it any wonder why the phrase “things are really getting hairy” describes a scary situation?

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