Dew of the Heavens, Fatness of the Earth: Parsha Toledot Reflections

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Genesis the Movie(l to r) Esau, Dinah, Jacob and Hamor as depicted in Genesis the Movie by Cheick Oumar Sissoko

Elohim give you of the dew of the heavens, of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine

Genesis 27.28

Following the days of Adam and Chawwah’s exile from Gan Eden, the Earth had been placed under a curse that was the result of Adam’s choice to eat fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This decision, which was in direct opposition to the sole commandment given to him while he was placed there to work and guard the garden, disrupted the natural order and affinity that once existed between man and nature. Not only was the harmonious correspondence of man and nature broken, but, more significantly, there was a breech that created a great chasm in the relationship between man and his Creator. Despondent, depressed, dispossessed and dissembled, Adam and his wife found themselves subject to a new brutal reality that placed them as victims of circumstance rather than masters of destiny, which they were created to be. Death, something that YHWH never created, was also brought into being with the disobedience of Adam and eventually became a part of the legacy of his descendants. This introduced the world to the Age of Desolation, an era marked by outright rebellion against the Creator, as well as an unbridled lust for pleasure, power and bloodshed. But, hidden within the seed of Adam’s progeny, there would come a time when a people would set about restoring everything that went wrong from Eden back to its original order.

With the appearance of Abraham, the Age of Torah was initiated. As humanity had descended into the depths of depravity, Abraham was born for the purpose of bringing balance, light, righteousness and the presence of Yah back to the world. As it was, his lifestyle brought a reemergence of Torah consciousness into the world that had been eclipsed by the darkness of Nimrod’s rebellion. It is said that upon Abraham’s entry into the Holy Land, the wells that he physically dug in Beersheba spiritually corresponded to his drawing forth of the primordial Torah from the depths of his soul. Not only this, but Abraham was also known for explaining Torah to others, which quenched the spiritual thirst of those whom he hospitably served; whether in his tents or when he was on a journey.

This consciousness, of course, was transferred to his promised son Isaac. Israelite oral tradition understands that not only was Isaac well instructed by his father Abraham, but he was also sent away, both before and after the Akedah experience on Mt. Moriah, to the house of Shem and Eber to learn the ways of YHWH in the area of Yebus, or Shalem. After returning from his lessons at the house of Shem in preparation to meet his wife Rebekah, Isaac reopened the wells his father Abraham had dug which were covered by the Philistines to insure that the ensuing generations of world repairers would continue to wade in the living streams of Torah, drawing life and light from the eternal recesses of the Ayin Soph. Isaac was told by YHWH that,

I shall increase your seed like the stars of the heavens, and I shall give all these lands to your seed. And in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed My voice and guarded My Charge: My commands, My laws, and My Torot.

Genesis 26.4-5

For Isaac, the decision to pass on this inheritance to his twins was now a matter of birthright. Being that his firstborn son Esau had sold his birthright for a meal of lentils, it was clear to the readers of Bereshiyt that the younger Jacob was to be the chosen seed to carry on the legacy of Abraham. This was, of course, confirmed in the revelation to Rebekah about the struggle that was taking place in her womb. In fact, in the book of Jubilees, we see Rebekah receive a prophetic word from Abraham in her quest to make sense of her painful pregnancy.

My daughter, watch over my son Jacob, for he shall be in my stead on the earth, and for a blessing in the midst of the children of men, and for the esteem of the whole seed of Shem. For I know that [YHWH] will choose him to be a people for possession unto Himself, above all peoples that are upon the face of the earth. And behold, Isaac my son loves Esau more than Jacob, but I see that you truly love Jacob. Add still further to your kindness to him, and let your eyes be upon him in love; for he shall be a blessing unto us on the earth from henceforth unto all generations of the earth.

Jubilees 19.17-20

Abraham’s recognition of the spirit within Jacob was what inspired Rebekah to resort to the measures she took in order to secure the blessings for her favorite son. For Jacob, the trickery that he was told by his mother to undertake to receive the blessing was somewhat of a challenge for him, despite the understanding that Esau had been the trickster throughout their experiences up unto this point. As a complete man who dwelled in tents, Jacob was chosen to be the heir of the promise to lift humanity out the abyss of wickedness that we have lustfully entered, by restoring a steadfast spirit and clean heart to mankind. This would, in turn, result in the righteous restoration of creation, at the appointed time.

So when Jacob comes to his father Isaac and receives the blessing, being told that he would receive the dew of the heavens and the fatness of the earth, what is conferred upon Jacob is the beginning point of the reversal of the curse that was cast on the earth as a result of Adam’s transgression. The dew of heaven is a reference to the Eternal teachings of the Torah and life generating powers that are contained with each letter of each word of Torah. The fatness of the earth are the manifold blessings that are bore as a natural response to being obedient to the covenantal obligations that were given Abraham and Isaac. Grain and wine are messianic allusions that symbolically relate to the body and the blood of Messiah, which when consumed, transforms an individual from a terrestrial being, to a celestial creature, as Jacob was when he was called Israel after he had overcome his fears and himself, and fully entrusted his entire spirit, soul and body to YHWH. All of this culminates in the promises of eternal life and the inheritance of the land that were assured to the descendants of Abraham. This is the meaning of the words of Mashiyach Yahohsua ben Yoseph when he says,

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Adam and drink His blood, you possess no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood possesses everlasting life, and I shall raise him up in the last day. For My flesh is truly food, and My blood is truly drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood stays in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me shall live because of Me. This is the bread which came down out of the heaven, not as your fathers ate the manna and died. He who eats this bread shall live forever.

John 6.53-58

Yahoshua is the dew, or the living Word of YHWH, that descended on Earth to bring life to all who embrace His teachings. That dew is essential to the land of Israel for the propagation of vegetation is well known and recited daily in the Amidah prayer. This dynamic, in the physical, demonstrates the dependence of the Earth’s vegetation on heaven’s life giving source of water. Representative of the blessings bestowed by YHWH, dew is the very sustaining force of life that allows for the roots within the soil to be nourished in order for the fruits and foliage above the ground to grow. This is representative of our spiritual life and the righteous fruits that we are to bear as a result of our observance of Torah. This is what Moshe shared at his last will and testament to Israel when he said,

Give ear, O heavens, and let me speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. Let my instruction fall as rain, my speech drop down as dew, as fine rain on the tender plants, and as showers on the grass.

Deuteronomy 32.1-2

May YHWH bless all of Israel who has ears to hear and a heart to obey with the dew of heavens and the fatness of the earth so that the holiness of life may flourish and the righteous Light of Torah shine for all the world to see.

Selah.

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