Two House in the Torah

•Two House Teaching - Part 1

Two House in the Torah
•Outline –Two House Introduction –Two House in Torah

Two House Introduction
•The Torah –Jacob’s Sons •Judah and Joseph –Joseph’s Sons •Ephraim and Manasseh •The Prophets –Split in the Kingdom •Jeroboam and Rehoboam –Prophets •Exile and Return

Two House Introduction
•The New Testament –New Covenant
•Go Fish!

•What it means to us today –The Return

Two House in Torah
•Sibling Rivalry
–Gen 37:6-7 – He said to them, “Hear, if you please, this dream which I dreamt: Behold! – we were binding sheaves in the middle of the field, when, behold! – my sheaf arose and also remained standing; then behold! – your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.” –Gen 37:18 – They saw him afar; and when he had not yet approached them they conspired against him to kill him. –Gen 37:26-27 – Judah said to his brothers, “What gain will there be if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come, let us ell him to the Ishmaelites…”

Two House in Torah
•Sibling Reconciliation
–Gen 44:33 – Now, therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the youth as a servant to my lord, and let the youth go up with his brothers. –Gen 45:4-5 – …”I am Joseph your brother – it is me, whom you sold into Egypt. And now, be not distressed, nor reproach yourselves for having sold me here…”

•Joseph had prophetic dreams of being a ruler amongst his brothers and subsequently became viceroy in Egypt. •Judah became a leader amongst his brothers by asserting himself to sell Joseph into Egypt and latter offering himself in place of Benjamin.

Two House in Torah
•The leadership qualities displayed in Judah and Joseph would also be displayed in their offspring. •The 12 Spies –Good Report from Caleb and Joshua –Num 13:6 – For the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh. –Num 13:8 - For the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun. –Num 13:16 – …Moses called Hoshea son of Nun “Joshua.” –Num 14:30 – Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.

Two House in Torah
•Jacob’s Blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh (Joseph’s children)
–Gen 48:14-19 – But Israel extended his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s head though he was the younger…May the angel who redeems me from all evil bless the lads, and may my name be declared upon them, and the names of my forefathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they proliferate abundantly like fish within the land. Joseph saw that his father was placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head…But his fathered refused, saying, “I know my son, I know; he too will become a people, and he too will become great; yet his younger brother shall become greater than he, and his offspring[‘s fame] will fill the nations.”
•KJV reads – and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. •Hebew – Melo HaGoyim (fullness of the Gentiles)

Two House in Torah
•A Tale of Two Kings for the end of days???
–Gen 49:1 – Then Jacob called for his sons and said, “Assemble yourselves and I will tell you what will befall you in the End of Days.”

•Jacob’s Blessing of Judah
–Gen 49:8-10 – Judah … your father’s sons will prostrate themselves to you. A lion cub is Judah; from the prey, my son, you elevated yourself…The scepter shall not depart from Judah nor a scholar from among his descendants until Shiloh arrives and his will be an assemblage of nations.
•The numerical value of Shiloh is the same as Moses thus Rabbinical teaching tells us that this is a reference to the Messiah.

–The above verse establishes a kingship for the tribe of Judah and that a Messiah would descend from Judah (i.e. Messiah son of David)

Two House in Torah
•Jacob’s Blessing of Joseph
–Gen 49:22,24,26 – A charming son is Joseph…from there, he shepherded the stone of Israel…Let them be upon Joseph’s head and upon the head of the exile from his brothers.
•KJV reads – from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:

•Moses’ Blessing of Joseph
–Deut 33:16-17 – …may this blessing rest upon Joseph’s head, and upon the crown of him who was separated from his brothers. A sovereignty is his ox-like one – majesty is his…
•The underlined and purple highlighted phrase in both verses is the exact same phrase in Hebrew “v’lekakod nezir echan” •We can see from the above verses that Joseph was also given a kingship from the tribe of Joseph and possibly also a messiah from Joseph (i.e. Messiah son of Joseph)

Two House in Torah
•The Birth of Joseph
–Gen 30:24 – So she called his name Joseph, saying, “May HaShem add on for me another son.”
•The immediate fulfillment of this was seen through Joseph’s younger brother Benjamin a few years later. However this is also understood to be a prophecy concerning Messiah son of Joseph (i.e. the Messiah son of Joseph will be the son of the right hand (Benjamin) to the Messiah son of David). •The book Mashiach by Jacob Schochet pg. 93-94 – Mashiach ben Yossef…He will come first, before the final redeemer, and later will serve as his viceroy.

Two House in Torah
–The book Mashiach by Jacob Schochet pg. 97 - …she called his name “Yossef, saying ‘yossef Hashem – may G-d add to me ben acher (lit., another son), i.e., ben acharono shel olam – one who will be at the end of the world’s time,’ from which it follows the ‘meshu’ach milchamah – one anointed for battle’ will descend from Joseph”

Two House in Torah
•Joshua and the prophecy to fight Amalek
–Ex 17:14,16 – HaShem said to Moses, “Write this as a remembrance in the Book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I shall surely erase the memory of Amalek from under the heavens.”…HaShem maintains a war against Amalek, from generation to generation.
•The book Mashiach by Jacob Schochet pg. 96 (note 7) – Mashiach ben Yossef’s battle against Edom is analogous to, and the culmination of, Israel’s first battle against Edom (Amalek) after the exodus from Egypt (Exodus 17:5ff.). In that first battle, the Jewish army was led by Joshua – who is also of the tribe of Ephraim, and (according to some) this Mashiach’s ancestor…

Two House in Torah
–Deut 30:3 – Then HaShem, your God, will bring back your captivity and have mercy upon you, and He will gather you in form all the peoples to which HaShem, your God, has scattered you. –Jeroboam served Solomon (1 Kings 11:26,28) and eventually lead a revolt against Solomon’s son Rehoboam resulting in the split of the kingdom and fulfilling the Torah’s prophecy of kingship for both Judah and Joseph. It may be that as the kingdom fell apart, so will it be put back together. The Mashiach ben Yoseph (King of Israel) and Mashiach ben David (King of Judah) reuniting the tribes of Israel to culminate the final redemption.

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