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A Kinsman Redeemer
Part Two - The Inheritance

by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth
(Ephesians 2:19)

"Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My Covenant (commandments), then you shall be My own possession. among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." Exodus 19:5-6

"Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on Yeshua the Father has set his seal." John 6:27

So - just what is the inheritance of the saints in Light? From both sides of the Book we are told that Life in the Presence of YHVH includes provision shoes not wear out, lacked nothing (click on highlighted words to view scriptures); there is sustenance manna in the wilderness, birds of the air; there is health none of these diseases, any deadly thing; and there is freedom from bondage the fowler, demons subject to authority. All of these benefits are made available to members of YHVH's Family who are obedient to His Voice by adhering to and following His Words (not arbitrarily changing the dynamics of those Words - John 14:24). There is LIFE in the Presence of the Eternal One (which is called Eternal Life. All of these things mentioned are external and are usually what people expect to happen to them. That they do not can mostly be traced back to becoming disobedient to one of more of His Words. The inheritance bequeathed to those embracing the example of the Life of Yeshua, however, is a different matter because it constitutes a restoration of the Kingdom, of Life within.

To inherit something speaks of ownership. The previous article, Establishing the Signet, explored the origin of the Hebrew word segullah, (translated as own possession in Exodus above) to mean "a valued property to which one has an exclusive right of possession" and that holiness is the sign, the Signet, of YHVH's Ownership upon those people who obey His Words (His Family). The seal by which those who are segullah to YHVH (who are set apart for His Purposes) and are identified from the rest of mankind is by their obvious holiness. Obedience to His Words is His Signet, His mark - that distinguishing seal of holiness. The One True God of Creation says that without His distinguishing Seal of Ownership (regardless of what they may say they believe), people are nothing more than the mixture of other nations and peoples (see A Nation of Priests). The Seal or Signet of Ownership establishes an exclusive legal right of possession to an entity that has an enforceable claim or right to something - whether created or purchased. Mere possession is not ownership. An Inheritor receives from an ancestor the right of ownership by legal succession through a will, by bequest or as a legacy. While that succession usually transpires upon the death of the principle owner, it is not a necessity. Co-ownership means that more than one person has a legal right in the same thing at the same time. Co-ownership is a legally binding status placed upon both parties who enter into an agreement (covenant) over a possession to honor the actions of the other. Thus, co-ownership can be the result of an act of bequeathment while the primary owner is still alive and the recipient agrees to his terms. In Hebrew culture, while becoming a member of the family qualifies each member to receive an inheritance, the firstborn son was usually chosen to be the Kinsman Redeemer - receiving a double portion, his father's seal (ring) and the right to be the head of the family (what is known as Primogeniture). The Father of the family pronounced which son was to become son-placed. Once this son was confirmed as the Kinsman Redeemer, he was trained and disciplined to take the responsibility accorded the head of the family. Simple birthing order, however, does not necessarily constitute firstborn status. If he was not fit or did not meet up to his responsibility as a kinsman redeemer, another family member could fulfill the responsibility. It was the father who made this decision as to which son would become the Kinsman Redeemer of the family (i.e., Abraham's choice of Isaac over Ishmael at the direction of YHVH).

Joseph interpreting dreams
Joseph interpreting dreams
So much of what it means to be the family of the One True God of Israel has been lost by the deliberate separation and rejection of Hebrew heritage through the embrace of Hellenized Christianity's god of mankind (see Who's Name Is It?). What it means to come into YHVH's Family of Faith and the shared responsibility expected from each member of the family has been subjected to another gospel through the tradition of men (see the Word). In ancient cultures when a bequeathment was passed and the giver was still alive, he was obligated by co-ownership to be responsible for the actions of the recipient. Such was the case originally found between YHVH and His first son, Adam. We find the same approach involving the Pharaoh of Egypt and his newly adopted son, the Hebrew Joseph, in Genesis 41:39-43. That Yeshua is able to offer eternal life (John 6:27 above) is due to the seal of co-ownership set upon Him by the Father of the Family of Israel, the Eternal One. Those family members who embrace the example of Yeshua's Obedience in their own lives become qualified (Greek hikanoo, meaning "to make sufficient, render fit, to equip one with adequate power to perform duties") to share in His inherited possession - the restored Kingdom of YHVH. Every Hebrew coming out of this culture understood the purpose of the Messiah was to restore YHVH's Kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6). In order for something to be "re"-stored means there had to be something to start with to be restored to. We have to ask ourselves, then - what was the original Kingdom and why is it in need of restoration? To answer those questions, we must go back to the beginning. Words mean things and, if we are to understand what these words were given for, we must first understand the meaning of the words.

"Behold, the days are coming, declares YHVH, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and He shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: 'YHVH is our righteousness.' For thus says YHVH: 'David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel'..." Matthew 2:1–12

The Original Books are a chronology of the linage of a people that carry the bloodline of the owner of the Kingdom, YHVH. More importantly, they are a chronology of the bloodline of the legality of passage of the Signet of Ownership to the first-born of each house of the family of Israel of which Adam was the first Hebrew. Genesis 5:1 begins the list of the generations of Adam through Noah and his son Shem. Luke 3:23-38 lists the generations of Yeshua in reverse through Noah back to Adam. The purpose of this series of articles is to explain this chronology of the legality of linage leading up to the birth of the second son of pure blood fathered by YHVH, Yeshua haMaschiach (the Hebrew Messiah - not the Greek "Christ") - the promised seed of YHVH, through Whom the purity of the Kingdom of YHVH, once lost, would be restored to the Family of YHVH - Israel. There is another geneology listed in Matthew 1:1-16 that seems to differ from the one in Luke. The genealogy in Matthew 1, however, is clearly that of Joseph, Mary's husband. Matthew records it for legal purposes. He is writing to prove to the Hebrews that Yeshua is the Messiah, the Kinsman Redeemer of Israel, from the Hebraic custom of keeping records to trace descent through the father. Legally, the Hebrews of Yeshua's day looked on Yeshua as a son of Joseph (John 6:42). However, because YHVH cursed one of Joseph's ancestors, Yeshua could never sit upon the throne of David. Jechonias, called Coniah in Jeremiah 22:24-30 was so evil that YHVH cursed him and his descendants, saying, "Write this man down as childless... for none of his descendants shall prosper, sitting on the throne of David and ruling anymore in Judah" (verse 30). Jeconiah, as his name is spelled in the Tanakh (OT), did have children (1Chronicles 3:17-18), but was childless insofar as none of his descendants ruled as king over Israel. Jechonias is listed in the lineage of Joseph in Matthew 1:11-12. So how, then, could Yeshua be considered a descendant of David and qualify to sit on the throne? Enter the genealogy in Luke 3, which is Mary's who was of the lineage of Nathan, According to Hebrew usage, Mary's ancestry is given in her husband's name. The original Greek merely says Joseph was "of Heli" or Eli (Luke 3:23). In fact, since Joseph's father is said to be Jacob in Matthew 1:16, Heli is most probably Mary's father. Joseph, then, is his son-in-law. According to Israel's Torah, all inheritances had to pass through the male line; however, when a daughter is the only heir, she can inherit her father's possessions and rights if she marries within her own tribe (Numbers 27:1-8, Numbers 36:6-8). Unlike Joseph's lineage, there was no block in Mary's genealogy to Yeshua sitting on the throne of David. Mary's descent from David comes through his son Nathan, not Solomon or one of David's other children (Luke 3:31). To fulfill His promise to establish David's throne forever, YHVH honored Nathan by making him the ancestor of the promised King who would sit on David's throne. There is no record that Mary had any brothers to inherit her father's possessions and rights so Joseph became Heli's heir by marriage to Mary, inheriting the rights bequeathed to her. Thus, Yeshua, carrying the mantle of first-born status to the family of Israel, became both the heir to the throne of David, making Him King over Israel and haMashiach, the restorer of the Kingdom of YHVH to Israel as well. The question that we now have to ask is - just what was restored?

The LIFE breathed into the first Hebrew, Adam, was manifest as Light, the shared image of YHVH (John 1:4, 1John 1:5). They were echad - Hebrew for one. In John 17:20-23, Yeshua prays to His Father, YHVH, that we become echad (Hebrew for "one") with Spirit "just as", in similar fashion, in like manner as He is echad with Spirit "…that My joy might abide in them and that their joy might be full". Yeshua was drawing on the imagery found in Psalm 16:11. He knew where His Joy was to be found - in the Nature of Spirit found in the Presence of His Father. By being obedient to His Father's Words, He became echad with His Father and He opened the Way for us to become echad, too. In Paleolithic-Hebrew the letters aleph-chet-dalet are what make up the Hebrew word echad. The Hebrew letter aleph is shown as the head of an ox and chet-dalet is a door in the fence to enter into covenant with Him. Aleph represents a fullness of strength and power. So, when this word, echad, was originally used it would have been defined as "the strength of someone coming into covenant". Where did Yeshua find His Joy? He found it in the keeping of His Father's commandments for they are what caused Him to abide in the Presence of His Father where there is "fullness of joy". This shared image of echad is a mystery - a mystery of Spirit. It is the mystery the apostle Sha'ul (Paul) spoke of concerning the marriage relationship being the physical illustration of echad in Ephesians 5:31-32 - where two become one. He was referring to the original passage of Genesis 2:24 where we see YHVH saying a man shall "cleave" to his wife. The Hebrew word used for "cleave" is davaq and means to cling, stick to, be joined together. It means to be inseparable - like two sticky mudballs slapped together and molded so as to be indistinguishable except as one. This is the mystery Yeshua claimed as the restorer of the Kingdom - being One with the Father (John 10:30). and what He said had been given to us to understand. From the beginning, the plan and purpose of this family was intended to be as a "Light to the Nations" (Isaiah 49:6), exposing the rest of mankind to the Goodness, the "fullness of joy" found in the family abiding as One with the Spirit of Creation, YHVH. Adam and Eve were the first to enjoy this shared intimacy of relationship in the Essence of Spirit (John 4:24). The characteristics of the Essence of Spirit they shared is described in Exodus 34:4-7 beginning with the definition of Light by the Ten Words (what has come to be known as commandments) and ending with the law of inheritance - the essence of a father passed to subsequent generations. This is called a legacy - an inheritance of spirit that is handed down or carried over from a previous generation. Laws were set in place at creation which governs the universe today. One such law we observe every day is the governance of Light over darkness. Light and darkness are not compatible - meaning they are not able to occupy the same space at the same time. Like trying to connect two ends of a magnet, no matter how hard we try - combining Light and darkness is a physical impossibility. It is a universal law. The definition of darkness is "the absence of Light" (see the Law of Grace).

gan edan
gan edan
What happened with Adam in gan edan (the Garden of Eden) was the relinquishment or forfeiture of his birthright as the legal heir to the ownership of the Kingdom because of disobedience to YHVH's Word. Since Adam was created in the shared image of the Father of Light, his disobedience allowed a spirit of darkness to mingle with the Spirit of Light. Since Light and darkness cannot abide in the same space at the same time, preserving the Purity of the Spirit of Light from the mingling of the impure spirit of darkness necessitated a separation from echad - the unity of relationship enjoyed with the Father. Adam's disobedience corrupted the purity breathed into him as Life by the Father and, thus, that disobedience caused him to become estranged from the Father of Light - the absence of Light is darkness. Separation from the Source of Life is death. Adam's legacy to his subsequent generations was the bondage to death and darkness he incurred because of that disobedience. Adam's placement as the firstborn son by the Father gave him legal status as co-owner of creation. All of the rights the family had to co-habit in echad with the Father of Life and Light was given over to a legacy of bondage to death and darkness. Because of their sin of self-determination, Adam and Eve became like the rest of mankind, a mixture, thus subjecting the whole of creation to futility. The Father's insertion of "the earth as His" in Exodus 19 above was no accident. He was validating His rightful ownership to creation. Through co-ownership, however, that possession was subjected to what the Greek word mataiotes, (translated futility) means, "what is devoid of truth" - and the Father of Truth was legally obligated to honor the actions of the son until the appearance of another son, a Kinsman Redeemer, willing and able to pay the price required to legally reclaim ownership of the Kingdom.

What was primarily lost in gan edan by Adam's disobedience was not the ability to come into YHVH's Presence. Scripture tells us that Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, all had access to His Presence and hearing His Voice immediately after leaving the Garden. This has always been accomplished through adherence to the Protocol of Light (the Ten Words) and the temporary atonement made by the High Priest once a year for the sins of the fathers (the corruption of blood) handed down to the family. To obtain eternal life is to abide in the Presence of the Eternal One Mark 10:17-19. What was lost was a forfeiture of inheritance to the right of co-ownership of the Kingdom as the firstborn son of the family - the loss of echad, the shared image, being One in agreement with the Father. That inheritance was not sold or given away to a fictional "Satan" - it was simply relinquished; thus creating a void in the rightful passage of ownership to the Kingdom. That the adversary was able to fill the void left by that relinquishment and possess it did not usurp YHVH's ownership - mere possession is not ownership. Hence, in Exodus YHVH proclaims "the earth is mine". YHVH created it and, while obligated to honor the actions of his son, Adam, that subjected creation to futility - He was still the legal, rightful owner of a possession in need of reclamation.

Yeshua and the Father are One (echad). Yeshua prayed in John 17:13-21 that those who believe He is sent of the Father be One in the Father just as, in like manner, the same way He is One in the Father that His "joy may be full". Yeshua's responsibility as Kinsman Redeemer was to reclaim, to redeem the inheritance that had been given over to the dominion of darkness and restore the Kingdom of echad to its rightful owners - the Family of Israel (Matthew 15:24), The Kingdom that was lost as a result of disobedience has now been restored through the obedient Life of Yeshua haMaschiach (Hebrew for the promised Messiah). In that restoration, ruach hakodesh (the spirit of holiness) has been made available to all who believe Yeshua to be the Messiah of Israel sent to restore the promise of echad with the Spirit of LIFE. By replacing the Holy One of Israel with a triune god of mankind, those embracing the religion Christianity have contracted Alzheimer's disease and cannot remember who they are, where they came from or who their family is - their identity has become obscured through the mixture of other cultures and observances. Yeshua did not come to establish a religion. His stated purpose was to restore the Kingdom of echad to the rightful inheritors - the family of Israel, thereby opening the opportunity for all of mankind to enter into echad with Him by joining with His Family of Light. This is the good news of the gospel. of the Kingdom
The Kinsman Redeemer Series
Part One: Establishing the Signet,
Part Two: the Inheritance
Part Three: the Need for Atonement
Part Four: theBlood
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life. The Life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us - that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Yeshua haMaschiach. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be full." 1John 1:1-4