Looking Inside the House of Bethany
Matthew 26:6-7 – “Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper. There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.”
- Jesus: of Hebrew origin (Strong’s #3091) יְהוֹשׁוּעַ Yehoshu’a, means
- a) Yahveh is salvation
- b) It’s a two part Hebrew word – 1) Strong’s #3068 יְהֹוָה Yehovah, meaning “the existing one” and 2) Strong’s #3467 יָשַׁע Yasha’ meaning to save from moral troubles
*Moral means relating to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong.
- c) Conforming to the rules of right conduct – Have we been taught right conduct as Yahweh sees right conduct?
*Troubles – to disturb the mental calm and contentment of, distress, or agitate.
*Disturb – to interrupt the quiet, rest, peace, or order of, to unsettle or hinder
*Hinder – to hold back; the enemy can hold you back!
Daniel 10:12-13 – “Then said he unto me. Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
But the Prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, and I remained there with the Kings of Persia.
*Yahweh will not put on your more than you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13 – “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”)
- Bethany: Strong’s #963 bathanea, Bethany = “house of dates” or “house of misery or depression”
*Palm trees or date palms can be seen in the book of Exodus.
Exodus 15:27 – “And they came to Elim where were twelve wells of water and threescore and ten palm trees, and they encamped there by the waters.”
- Elim – Strong’s #362 אֵילִם Eilim, means “palms”, second encampment of the Israelites after the exodus
- Twelve – which is considered a perfect number, symbolizes God’s power and authority, serving as a perfect governmental foundation; it can also symbolize completeness of the nation of Israel as a whole
*The number 2 is a part of the number 12 and it means to do again, to repeat, it means something different or change of an attitude or character
*Change is good because we have been taught wrong! Malachi 3:6 – “For I am the LORD, I change not”
C.) Wells – Strong’s #5869 ‘ayin עַיִן means physical eye, spring, fountain
Genesis 3:5-6 – “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes (#5869) shall be opened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
- The beginning of moral troubles
- Yehoshua’ came to save from moral troubles (the distinction between right and wrong)
Luke 16:8 – “And the Lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.”
- Light – Strong’s #5457 Phos (“fos”) have the power of understanding especially, moral and spiritual truth
As I was praying and asking the Father what was Adam and Eve doing, the world says it was an apple they ate. David’s taught that it wasn’t an apple, the Hebrew language says it wasn’t an apple.
This is my story. If you look on the fruit and vegetables you buy from the super market there is a number on them and to me it looked like a strong’s concordance number. The number on the apple was 4016 – Red Delicious Apple.
*Strong’s #4016 mevushim מְבֻשִׁים private parts, his privates, male genitals; literally “that excites shame”
Deuteronomy 25:11-12 – “When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets (#4016) then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.”
*Strong’s #4135 mul מוּל means to cut short, to cut off, to circumcise; Abraham was commanded to circumcise both himself and his offspring as a sign of the covenant made between him and God (Gen. 17:10-14)
Now Strong’s #8598 tappuah is the word that is used when talking about an apple in Hebrew.
- Means Apple, an apple tree
- The bridgroom is described as an apple tree among the trees of the forest (Songs 2:3)
- Palm Trees – Strong’s #8558 תָּמָר Tamar
- Palm tree, date palm, Bethany
- It refers to a water loving date palm tree found around springs (Exodus 15:27)
- A desert oasis where the date palm flourishes (Psalm 92:12)
- The righteous flourish as the date palm
- Its branches are a symbol of victory (Rev. 7:9)
- John 12:13 – “Took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.”
This is from a website article – “The Benefits and Uses of Date Palms”.
Date Palm – “the Tree of Life”: You may be familiar with date fruits that are nutritious and healthy, but do you know that date palms, the tree that produces date fruits, is the oldest fruit bearing tree on earth?
And do you know that date palms are also the source of medicine and building materials for the Bedouin Arabs that live in the desert?
Medicinial Uses of Date Palms:
- Unripe dates as fertility foods
- Dates to restore health –dates are rich in Vitamin A and C, fiber, calcium, iron, phosphorous, sulfur, potassium, copper, magnesium and manganese.
Date Palm – the Tree of Life, what made me sick
In August of 2009, the Muslim feast of Ramadan was held, and during that time Egyptian fruit sellers named their best dates of the year after President Barak Obama in tribute to the American leader for his outreach to the Muslim world. Dates are traditional food for Ramadan.
Date Palms are a symbol of victory
Amazing secrets about Dates
*The remarkable thing about date palms is that every tree is usually fertilized by hand. The male and female flowers grow on different trees.
Let’s look at Tamar – Strong’s #8559 תָּמָר
- The daughter-in-law of Judah
- She married Judah’s son Er who died childless.
- “Onan, Judah’s second son, died at the hand of LORD because he would not raise up seed for Israel through Tamar.” So he died childless.
*Genesis 1:28 – “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply”
- Perez – means breach, a break, a tear, a breaking up. I believe he broke the curse or the Spirit that was trying to hind the Messiah from being birthed
- Tamar is connected to Tadmor (Tadmor – Palm Tree). We will be camping at Tadmor for Sukkot this year in Lebanon, this is no accident!
*Isaiah 29:17-18 – “Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?”
*Genesis 49:22 – “Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall.”
And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
*Book – Sefer
Tamar is also connected to Ithamar, whose name means coast of palms
*His name in the Hebrew literally poses the question, where is the one without blemish, perfect, and complete?
*He was involved in building the Tabernacle and keeping records about it (Exodus 38:21)
*He directed the work of the Merarites and Gershonites as they cared for the wagons transporting the Tabernacle(Numbers 7:8)
Numbers 7:8 – “And four wagons and eight oxen he gave unto the sons of Merari, according unto their service, under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the Priest.”
- Wagons – Strong’s #5699 ‘agalah means cart, wagon; from strong’s #5696 ‘agol meaning round; but also connected to #5697 ‘eglah עֶגְלָה a calf, a bullock, steer, or heifer
So why is that so important? Listen to this story!
Genesis 45:26-27 – “And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed them not. And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.”
To prove to Jacob that Joseph had sent these messages, Joseph directed his brothers to say that the last topic he and Jacob had studied together was that of eglah arufah the calf whose neck was broken in expiation of an unsolved murder (Deut. 21:1-9)
*The word ‘agalot/wagons can also be translated as calves, thus alluding to that topic.
Therefore it is written further in this verse, “And he saw the agalos/wagons that ‘Joseph’ had sent”, it does not say Pharaoh had sent (Rashi)
The word revived – during the years of Joseph’s absence Jacob was in grief and the Divine spirit had left him, for it rests only amid joy. Now that Jacob was happy again, he was revived spiritually (Rashi, Rambam). Therefore in the next verse, he is called Israel, the name that stands for his spiritual nobility!
Deuteronomy 21:6 – “And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley. And they shall answer and say, our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.”
So it is safe to say that the absence of Ithamar and the Tabernacle is a grief to us and the Divine Spirit has left us, because we are no longer Israel as a whole. Don’t go away, there is more!
We are still in the house of Bethany!
Now when Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper.
- Simon – Strong’s #4613 Simon (Semon); Simon the leper, so called to distinguish him from others of the same name
*To set apart, to distinguish between right and wrong
From strong’s #8095 Shimon שִׁמְעוֹן means “heard”, Hebrew origin; from Strong’s #8085 shama’ שָׁמַע to hear, listen, to obey
- Leper – Strong’s #3013 lepis (lepes); a scale, this word occurs only one time in the Greek
Acts 9:18 – “And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales (#3013) and he received sight forwith, and arose and was baptized.”
Acts 9:8 – “And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him unto Damascus.” – Saul had leprosy!
Saul means “desired”
- The Jewish name of the apostle Paul
- The name of the first king of Israel
- From the Hebrew root Strong’s #7592 sha’al and #7586 sha’ul meaning to ask or asked
People sometimes sought information by asking the Urim and Thummim (Numbers 27:21). Urim = Lights & Thummim = Perfection
1 Chronicles 13:2-3 – “And David said unto all the congregation of Israel. If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the Lord our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the Priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us:
And let us bring again the Ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.
- Ark – Strong’s #727 ‘aron אָרוֹן ark, a box, chest; ark of the covenant, this word also refers to the chest for collecting money and offerings (2 Kings 12:9)
- Enquired – Strong’s #1875 darash דָּרַשׁ to seek, to enquire of, to examine; its most important theological meaning involves studying or inquiring into the Law of the Lord (Ezra 7:10)
Ezra 7:10 – “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, to teach in Israel statutes and judgment.”
John 12:1 – “Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.”
- Six – is connected to the word in Hebrew (Strong’s #7893) shayish שַׁיִשׁ from an unused root meaning to bleach or whiten; alabaster; also man was created on the sixth day
- Lazarus – means “Whom God helps”; Lazarus was dead for four days, there was no help in the house of Bethany
- Remember one of the meanings of Bethany is house of misery or depression
*The word that is used for house of misery or depression is ‘aniyah עניה
But Strong’s #6041 ‘ani עָנִי means poor, afflicted; refers to those who are suffering, in a state of poverty, oppression, misery from various causes, from being poor, needy (Exodus 22:25)
But if you look at Strong’s #6043 ‘anayah עניה = Yahweh has answered (name of a priest who helped Ezra and signed the covenant with Nehemiah)
Remember Lazarus means “whom God helps”, Ezra means “help” or “one who helps”
Psalm 121:1-2 – “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”
If you read that verse in the Hebrew, it could also say “from whence comes my Ezra, my Ezra comes from the Lord”!
So what was Ezra famous for? For the rebuilding of the Tabernacle/Temple!
Ezra 7:6 – “This Ezra went up from Babylon, and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given; and the King granted him all his requests, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him.”
Ezra 7:21 – “And I, even I Ar-ta-xerxes the King, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily/thoroughly.”
The pattern is clear to me that the exiles have a big part in the rebuilding of the Tabernacle. They cannot build it without the exiles and that is our connection to the land!
One of Ithamar’s descendants, Daniel, returned from the Babylonian exile under Ezra (Ezra 8:2).
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