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The Seventh Portion: What's in a name?

Like the singin' bird and the croakin' toad, I've got a name. And I carry it with me like my daddy did. But I'm livin' the dream that he kept hid. Jim Croce


“What's in a name? that which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” ― William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

On the seventh day, God makes a man. God names the man, Adam. God leaves Adam alone. Adam is lonely. God puts Adam to sleep. God takes Adam's rib and makes a woman. God names the woman, Eve. Adam means man. Eve means life.

The Adam and Eve enter the Scriptures on the seventh day of the Genesis Week, Adam and Eve are about the first day of the "Immanuel Week". To be more specific, Adam is the "First Adam". He is the prelude to the Second Adam, Immanuel. When Immanuel is born, the Immanuel week comes to an end.

Second Adam, Immanuel or Jesus who works the "Passion Week" sets the course of seven events for each day of the seven days of the week. Each of these days has a name. The name of each day comes from Leah's children in birth order and meaning. The Passion Week is a "paradigm week" where these names break out the meaning of each day. This same paradigm is important to be used to understanding fourteen other weeks.

The names of Leah's children are also important in understanding God's complete story of revelation, reconciliation, redemption, resurrection and kingdom. The story, the Genesis week, is the story that holds all stories together because it begins first and ends last. The first shall be last.

There are fifteen stories or weeks in all including the Passion Week. Leah's children's names in meaning and birth order are important to understanding weeks in light of two groups, God's seven weeks, Israel's seven weeks, and the adopted have one week. The names of the children are: (1) Reuben, (2) Simeon, (3) Levi, (4) Judah, (5) Issachar, (6) Zebulun and (7) Dinah and Shechem. Dinah and Shechem are combined together. The incident in Shechem helps to understand the seventh day (Genesis 34). Joseph and Benjamin are also important in understanding eldest and the youngest to help understand Israel's first week, Israel's last week and Joshua 6:26, the curse of the eldest and the youngest. Because Joseph and Benjamin's name's meaning are not that important to giving "a name meaning" to the days or the weeks, their names will not be covered in light of names meaning.

The Passion Week, the paradigm week, will be the week and days used to understand how these names work in light of giving meaning to days and the week. Understanding the foundation how these names work in the Passion Week is important to understanding days in the other weeks and how each of God and Israel's weeks follow the same pattern and meaning.

Day One - Reuben: Behold a Son!


Behold a someone, a something, a some place. Behold!

Reuben is Jacob and Leah's first born. His name means "behold a son". His name gives meaning to all the first days of all fifteen weeks. His name gives meaning to the (1) Genesis Week and (1) Joseph and Slavery Week. These two weeks are the first of the seven weeks for God and the seven weeks for Israel.

In the Passion Week, Jesus enters Jerusalem. He is riding on a colt. The apostles place their cloaks on the colt. The people lay their cloaks and palm branches on th ground. One could say, "Behold a king!". Another could say, "Behold a son!". A third could say, "Behold a man!". One would not say, "Behold a god!". The crowd was actually shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:9) This is the first day of the Passion Week. .

Why did they lay the cloaks on the colt and on the ground? Of course, the answer is for Jesus to have a soft seat and the colt needed soft ground to trot through the town. Do you believe it? Jesus is a guy who just walked from Tabor to Jerusalem the last 50 days. Do you really think Jesus's posterior needed pampering? Why did they lay their cloaks down?

Behold! Someone has entered the week, In the time of jacob and his sons, Joseph entered into a week with his cloak of many colors. When Joseph was sold into slavery, he entered Israel's First Week, Joseph and Slavery Week. The brothers soaked the cloak of many colors in blood and presented it to Jacob. Joseph is dead. What happen to his second set of clothing? Potifer's wife grabbed his clothing, and Joseph ran off naked. The week is fulfilled when Joseph received a cloak from Pharaoh. Joseph became second ruler of Egypt under Pharaoh.

Jesus enters Jerusalem as a man, a mortal king. At the end of the week, Jesus rises as the son of living god in his fullest as a man, a eternal king. In the case of each week, there is always something the beginning that is somewhat similar to the end. Often what is in the beginning is lost in the middle event. When we look at Joseph, he enters the week or story with a coat of many colors. The coat is taken away and smeared with lamb's blood. When Joseph runs from Potifer's wife, he loses his clothing again, and he runs off naked from the woman. The storie comes to the fulfillment when Joseph is second Pharaoh in all of Egypt. Joseph's dreams are fulfilled with a coat of a "Egyptian ruler".

In the case of each week, there is "a clue, a innuendo, a allusion" of something in the week's begin event that is a mirrors something very real end event which is full and complete in the absolute form. This faith is faith is generated by something that is not, but not fully realized, complete and fulfilled until the end event. This is the only beginning of a week, the first day. Each of the days of the week drives the week forward to the end event. When one is in the week, one should be able to navigate each day towards the fulfillment of the week. We need eye that can see. We need ears that can hear. We need a heart focused on the Lord of the weeks. Behold a son!

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,

Ephesians 1:18 (NIV)

Day Two - Simeon: Hearing or There is Sin!


Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves? Diogenes

Simeon is Jacob and Leah's second son. His name means "Hearing or There is sin". His name gives meaning to all the second days of all fifteen weeks. His name gives meaning to the (2) Ark of the Covenant Week and (2) Simeon and the Famine Week. These two weeks are the second of the seven weeks for God and the seven weeks for Israel.

When Jesus cleanses the temple on the second day, this day is called Simeon. Jesus cleanses the temple because of the money changers. He says "It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves”. Jesus turns the money changer's tables over and flogs them out of the building. Prayer is the "act of speaking to a god who hears". Instead, the money changers are exchanging money and cheating the people out of the value of the foreign currencies. They are also weighting the gold and silver with false weights which causes the people to have to put more on the scales. The sacrificial gifts that people are bringing are not meeting the "temple standards". The people have to buy what is accepted as a proper sacrifice by the "temple standards" which are overpriced.

In the incident in Shechem, Simeon and Levi murder the men of Shechem because Shechem raped Dinah. The actions of Shechem as well as the actions of Simeon and Levi all point to an act of sin.

In Israel's second week, Simeon and the Famine, Jacob's sons go to Egypt to buy grain the first time, Joseph kept Simeon as a hostage and had him imprisoned until the brothers returned with Benjamin. After the second visit, Joseph reveals himself. When Jacob hears and learns that Joseph is alive, Jacob goes to Egypt to be with Joseph. On the way to Egypt, Jacob offers sacrifices to God in Beersheba.

God calls, "Jacob, Jacob!"

"Here I am," answered Jacob. (Genesis 46:1-2)

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
Romans 10:14 (/NIV)

Day Three - Levi: Joined to!


I was everything, patriarch, priest, father and judge. John Sutter Read

Levi is Jacob and Leah's third son. His name means "Joined to". His name gives meaning to all the third days of all fifteen weeks. His name also gives meaning to the (3) Temple Week and (3) Levi and the Wilderness Week. These two weeks are the third of the seven weeks for God and the seven weeks for Israel.

On the third day which can be called, 'Levi Day',

Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him.

“By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”

Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”

They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)

So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”

Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”

(Mark 11:27-33 NIV)

The chief priests, the teachers and the elders were joined to or joined together. The redirected question about John the baptist and his baptism challenged them to who sent John. They knew the answer, but could not answer the question because they feared the people. Obviously, Jesus and John the baptist were connected (joined to) and were also both sent from God.

In the Levi and Wilderness Week, Israel's third week, we read in Exodus 31-32 that Moses becomes two tablets from God while up on Mount Sinai. While Moses is on the mountain, Aaron made a golden calf and the people worshipped the calf. Moses burned with anger when he saw the people, threw the tablets that God had written and the tablets broke into pieces.

Moses stood at the entrance to the camp and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me.” And all the Levites rallied to him.

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Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’” The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the Lord today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”

Exodus 32:26-29

For all the weeks, the third day is the turning point of decision. One is either for God or against God. If anything that we can do to be on God's side, prayer is a good start to find the way.

Day Four - Judah: Praise!


Silence is golden, golden But my eyes still see. - The Tremeloes

Judah is Jacob and Leah's fourth son. His name means "Praise". His name gives meaning to all the fourth days of all fifteen weeks. His name gives meaning to the (4) Immanuel Week and (4) Judah and Babylon Captivity Week. These two weeks are the fourth of the seven weeks for God and the seven weeks for Israel.

On the fourth day of these two weeks, Immanuel Week and Judah and Babylon Captivitiy Week, there is no praise. In the middle of the Immanuel week, God floods the world. In the middle of the Judah and Babylon Week, the temple falls, Zedekiah's sons are executed and Zedekiah has his eyes put out.

In the middle of the Passion Week, there is no praise. There is only silence because Jesus spends the day with a dead man, Lazarus, in Bethany. Lazarus is the same person, Simon the Leper. In the church tradition, this fourth day in the Passion Week is sometimes called "Silent Wednesday".

At the same time, the fourth day is also called "Spy Wednesday. The spy is Judas Iscariot. Judas betrays Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. "Judas" also means "praise. Judas can also be viewed vicariously as "the spies" who spied on Jericho before Israel destroyed the walls of Jericho. Jesus fulfills the first part of the curse of the Joshua 6:26. The death of the eldest will set the foundation. Jesus is the cornerstone the the builders rejected. (1 Peter 2:7-8)

At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: “Cursed before the Lord is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho:

“At the cost of his firstborn son

he will lay its foundations;

at the cost of his youngest

he will set up its gates.” Joshua 6:26 (NIV)

The fourth day, Wednesday, is reset on the fifth day. Thursday or the fifth day is the "reset" fourth day and the covenant of night and day is broken. There is praise.

“This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne.’

Jeremiah 33:20-23 (NIV)

The onlyman who can break the covenant of night and day and walk into the Eighth Day takes the throne and is king. He is the eternal king.

Day Five - Issachar: The Hired Man!


Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it. - Henry David Thoreau Read

Issachar is Jacob and Leah's fifth son. His name means "the hired man". His name gives meaning to all the fifth days of all fifteen weeks. His name gives meaning to the (5) Passion Week and (5) Issachar and Jerusalem 70 AD Week. These two weeks are the fifth of the seven weeks for God and the seven weeks for Israel.

In Jerusalem 70 AD, the city falls and the temple is destroyed. The cost is according to Josephus one million jews died in Jerusalem. These lives were the price of the week for the "hired man", but the week is a curse. The week is not a revelation. The week gives rise to a new hired man, the adopted, who are named christians. The week ends with a letter from Pliny to the emperor in 112 AD with a basic question to sum up the letter. The question was "what shall I do with the Christians"?

In the Passion Week, Jesus is the hired man who goes willingly to the cross. He is paid in full the eternal debt of death and offers in return eternal life.

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (KJV)

Zebulun: The Glorious Dwelling Place


Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too. - William Blake

Zebulun is Jacob and Leah's sixth son. His name means "the glorious dwelling place". His name gives meaning to all the sixth days of all fifteen weeks. His name gives meaning to the (6) Pentecost Week and (6) Zebulun and Holocaust Week. These two weeks are the sixth of the seven weeks for God and the seven weeks for Israel.

On the day of Pentecost in the upper room, God's spirit fell upon more than a 100 people. The Spirit living in these people is the "glorious dwelling place". While at the same time, the horror of the hidden sacrifice of the Holocaust which lasted twelve years is also the "glorious dwelling place". If one looks closely at these two incidents, they are actually not much difference. Obviously, in the holocaust, the jews were doomed to suffer and many died. To bear the spirit of the living God, is like putting a target on one's back. The bearer of the spirit is a walking living sacrifice.

At the end of the day when Jesus dies, he is placed in a tomb. The next day which normally is the seventh day is the reset sixth day. Jesus rests in his "glorious dwelling place".

Both Jewish and Roman sources and traditions admit an empty tomb.

Josh McDowell

Dinah: Vindicated! / Shechem: Back-Shoulder!


And beauty immortal awakes from the tomb. - James Beattie

Dinah is Jacob and Leah's seventh born and only daughter. Her name means "Vindicated". Shechem is the man who raped Dinah. His name means "back-shoulder". Their names gives meaning to all the seventh days of all fifteen weeks. Their names gives meaning to the (7) 2nd Pentecost Week and (7) Benjamin and the Death of Rachel's Children Week. These two weeks are the seventh of the seven weeks for God and the seven weeks for Israel.

In looking at the days of the Passion Week, this day shifts to the first day of the week. In reality the seventh becomes the first day. The first day is the eighth day. Jesus rises on the eighth day. The first day and the eighth day are one and the same when looking at eternity. Jesus steps into eternity where the first and the eighth are the same. Eternity has no time.

In the 2nd Pentecost Week, God will usher the fullness or what fullness is even possible to enter into this space that we call the universe. The act of the kingdom entering this universe is like this universe attempting to enter a quark. A quark is the smallest known subatomic particle in this universe. In the case of the Benjamin Week, this week is the last curse, The youngest dies. In return, Israel is again in the world scene in 1948. This week is the longest of Israel's week which it begins with the birth of Abraham. With the death of the youngest, the gate is set to fulfill the second half of Joshua 6:26.

At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: “Cursed before the Lord is the one who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho:

“At the cost of his firstborn son

he will lay its foundations;

at the cost of his youngest

he will set up its gates.”

Joshua 6:26 (NIV)

On the Eighth day of the Passion Week, the tomb is empty. Jesus rises from the dead and the Paradigm Week is set. God is touched.

Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

But he was pierced for our transgressions,

he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on him,

and by his wounds we are healed.

Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose. Gertrude Stein


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