"Mechoqeck/Lawgiver of God"
(Part 2 of
5 on the Mechoqeck)
our last teaching we began to explore the topic of “lawgiver.” Who
is the lawgiver in Israel? We learned about
the Mechoqeck, and we learned that this
word Mechoqeck means the individual
responsible for decreeing, and establishing, and setting, engraving
laws for the nation, and thereby, the one who has the responsibility
learned in Isaiah/Yesha’yahu 33:22, that Adonai is our lawgiver. He
is our Mechoqeck. We also saw that in
James/Ya’akov 4:12. What was interesting though was when we began to
explore a little bit more fully how Adonai as our
Mechoqeck in heaven, administers that office on
we learned by exploring a few verses in the Torah that Adonai
appointed Moses to be His Mechoqeck, His
lawgiver in the nation. And without a doubt, clearly Moshe is the
then secondly we learned something even more deeply profound. He
later appointed Judah/Yehudah to be His Mechoqeck. We saw that in Psalms 60 and Psalms
we arrived at a very profound conclusion. If we say that we wish to
have our Father in heaven as our lawgiver, how do we show that
allegiance? How do we show that support and that love? We have to
learn to show that allegiance and support by acknowledging the
legitimacy of those whom He appoints.
you see, is His appointed guardians of the Torah, the Tribe of
Judah, the Jewish people, for all
! And that is just
the way it is! We don’t have to argue it. We don’t have to be upset
about it. All we have to do is love it, and embrace it, and enjoy
it, and to be fed by it, and to be nourished by it, and to be
shepherded by it.
are now going to explore a very critical verse in the Book of
Genesis/Bereshit 49. Bereshit 49 is an outline of a number of
blessings that Jacob/Ya’akov gave to his twelve sons before he died.
We are going to look at the specific blessing given to
. And the specific
verse we are going to focus on is verse 10. We will read some of the
other verses as we go on down. Let’s read verse eight:
, thou art he whom
thy brethren shall praise…”
interesting. How much, do we amongst the 12 tribes, praise
? The world, you
know, is filled with people who hate Judah, who criticize Judah, who
throw rocks at Jewish houses of worship, who spray paint bad symbols
and evil words upon Jewish buildings, who kill Jewish people just
because they’re Jewish, who criticize Judah just because he’s
different—specifically because he has had the responsibility to
preserve the words of Elohim. And if you doubt that, please read
Romans 3:1-2, because Sha’ul/Paul clearly says that the great
advantage of the Jewish people is that they were committed the
oracles of Elohim. And so how do we respond to that? Many of us
throughout the past two thousand years plus has responded to that by
. Well, the day will
come, because these words that have come out of the Prophet
Ya’akov’s mouth will not return void. They will be
question I would like us to address now is this. Will these words be
fulfilled in you and in me? “
, you are he whom
thy brothers shall praise.” This should be our prayer. Instead of
, we should be
learning to praise him. Instead of criticizing him, we should be
learning to praise him. So, this will happen. The only question is,
who’s going to be the ones praising? I hope that it is you who is
reading this teaching, and me, who is writing it!
hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children
shall bow down before thee.”
father’s children shall bow down before thee.” Father’s
So, your brothers, that means the other tribes—like, the
Ten—shall bow down before
. Wow! We’re going
to explore that one in time. Maybe not in today’s teaching, but
we’re going to come back to that one in a later one and address how
that happens. But lest you begin thinking, “Oh well, you see, we
believe in Yeshua, so that’s how it’s all going to happen…” Well,
don’t be so hasty in your decision to eliminate
from the equation
and replace him with Yeshua.
work our way through this.
is a lion's whelp:
from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched
as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?”
referring, of course, to the establishment of the Nation of Israel
in our day, which of course, has been established by Judah—he’s an
old lion, from 3000 years ago, and yet also is a lion’s whelp today.
And Judah who has in his hand the neck of his enemies, again showing
we come to verse 10, which is the focus I would like us to study
scepter shall not depart from
Judah, nor a lawgiver from between
his feet, until
Shiloh come; and
unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”
part this verse shouldn’t surprise us, because we have already
learned from reading Psalms 60:7 and Psalms 108:8 that although
Ephraim is the strength of Adonai’s head, Judah is His
I just refer us to those verses because we covered them last
time, and they are very critical in understanding that what we read
here shouldn’t surprise us.
here in this blessing, says that Judah is, of course, the
lawgiver—the Mechoqeck. That’s that same
word…Mechoqeck. When we read in Psalms
60:7 and 108:8 that Judah is Adonai’s
Mechoqeck, that’s great and fine and perfect
because it is a fulfillment of this promise, this prophecy that
Jacob bestowed upon his son Judah before Jacob
then, Adonai is Mechoqeck in heaven. How
is He Mechoqeck on earth? Through His
appointed delegates, His administrators, His guardians, the Jewish
people, the Tribe of Judah.
we read this a little bit more carefully we can learn lots of
things. Let’s read part
of the phrase now in Hebrew, so that we can understand a little more
carefully what the verse says.
begins: Lo yasur, which means, “there
shall not depart.” It can also mean, “there shall not turn aside, or
turn away, or be removed.”
Lo yasur shevet miYehudah, means
“a scepter from Judah.” The word shevet is also the same word that is used and
translated as “tribe” in the Scriptures. So, this word shevet, although at times means “scepter,” other
times, it means “tribe” or a “staff.”
is the same word used to refer to both nouns? Because, again, a
“tribe” has its standard, has its flag, has its authority; and, of
course, every tribe has a certain standard— has a certain staff, has
a certain scepter. Now, there is a specific kind of scepter that
has, as this verse
is a scepter? The specific type of scepter, or staff, that
has is a ruling
staff, is a ruling scepter. It is, in fact, a “lawgiver.”
next three words say: uMechoqeck mibein
raglav, “and a lawgiver (and a
Mechoqeck) from between his feet.” Mibein means “from between;” raglav, “his feet, or his legs.” So we read here
that to Judah would pertain the shevet,
the tribe, the tribal standard, the scepter, the staff, and it is
also equated with Mechoqeck, the lawgiver,
and its within the context of “between his feet.” Now, what’s all
you stand up at attention, carrying your staff or your ruling
scepter—your kingly scepter—you might stand there with both hands on
it at chest level, and the scepter may go down to the floor, and it
would hit the floor between your feet. So it’s a symbol. It’s an
image of a royal individual—
with the scepter,
the royal scepter acting as the lawgiver—the administrator of law
within the nation, and as he stands there, he stands with that
scepter in his hands and it lands on the ground between his feet. A
very royal picture indeed!
there is another angle to this as well, and this angle has to do
with the way one “taught” and the way one “learned” in
Israel. The idea of
sitting between someone’s feet is an image very old in Israel, and
it pictures a teacher sitting on the ground or on a low stool, and
spread out before him, maybe in a semi-circle, are a number of his
students, and they listen to his teachings, and he teaches them. And
in a sense, they’re “between his feet”—not literally, but in a
symbolic sense they are at his feet, between his feet—and as they
learn from the lawgiver, from the Mechoqeck, from Judah, they are able then to
continue, to pass on from one generation to the next the very laws
and statutes and judgments, with their correct interpretations,
hopefully, that has been from old, from the days of Mt.
picture is a beautiful picture. It’s a full picture, and it shows
acting as teacher,
and acting as king. Essentially both are the same concept because a
king should be a teacher here, in the context of law, and all laws
need to be promulgated and need to be explained, and need to be
has this responsibility. Let’s just now look at that entire phrase.
yasur shevet miYehudah uMechoqeck mibein raglav.
There shall not depart, not fall away, not be eliminated, not be
removed, a scepter, a royal scepter, a rod of authority from Judah,
and a lawgiver, a Mechoqeck, from between
his feet, until…ad ki yavo Shiloh. “Until
Shiloh come” it says in the King
Shiloh come. Right
away we find a back door that we can run out of, don’t we? We do!
Let’s be honest. We do! And what is that back door that we find that
we can escape through? The backdoor, of course, is that Yeshua was
from the Tribe of Judah, and he came already—once—so
Shiloh already came! Since Shiloh already
came, then apparently now the scepter and the lawgiver is no longer
. It’s been
transferred somewhere else. Maybe it’s been transferred to the
apostles. Maybe it’s been transferred to you and me. Maybe it’s been
transferred to the Notzrim, to the Messianic community. Others would
get more radical, and would say something like, “Oh, it’s
transferred to the Church,” etc. etc.
work with that, because those are the objections that we have in our
heads. The fact of the matter is that the verse clearly says that
remain as Mechoqeck—that means the ruling
legal authority to administrate law amongst the twelve tribes—until
Shiloh comes. So the question is,
if Mashiach is Shiloh, then has Yeshua replaced Judah as
of all, let us remember what we read in our last teaching. Let’s go
back there, Isaiah/Yesha’yahu 33:22, where we read: “Adonai is our
judge, Adonai is our Mechoqeck, Adonai is
our king; He will save us.”
is our Mechoqeck. Yeshua’s first coming
does not replace this reality, does it? So, if Yeshua’s first coming
doesn’t replace this reality, that “Adonai is our
Mechoqeck,” then why should it replace this reality that “Judah is My
Mechoqeck”? It’s a question and you need to think
it through. And you need to think it through without a whole lot of
bias going through your heads.
plain, literal meaning is pretty clear. It doesn’t need to be
explained a whole lot. The only problem is…Why do we need to explain
it so much? Because we
have biases in our heads that work like this: We don’t want
Judah to be the
Mechoqeck. That’s just the bottom line of it all,
isn’t it? Can we be that honest with ourselves? We just don’t want
Judah to be
Mechoqeck! We don’t want
to be the
lawgiver!! So, we read the verse, and we try to find a way out!!
“Ahhh, yeah…Yeshua…He’s got it. He came once, so
Shiloh came, so that’s the end of it!” But,
that’s clear bias. Can’t we see that that’s clear bias?
did Shiloh come? And, who is
of all, we’ve already interpreted that the “
Shiloh” refers to Yeshua at his first coming.
“Oh! But of course it does!” But, that was an interpretation, wasn’t
it? Where in the verse does it say that
Shiloh was Yeshua when he came 2000 years ago?
It doesn’t say that, and you can’t find it there. That’s an
interpretation that we imputed into the verse. Is it a valid
interpretation? Clearly in one sense, as almost any commentator on
this verse has expressed—whether they are Jewish or whether they are
Christian—“Shiloh” is a reference to the Messiah.
now we’re left with a very interesting question. Which Messiah?
“What do you mean, ‘Which Messiah?’ There is only one Messiah!”
Well, yes….but there are two roles of Messiah; and the Messiah comes
twice. There are two Messiahs—Mashiach/Messiah ben Yosef, Messiah
son of Joseph, and there is also Mashiach ben David, Messiah son of
two are rolled up in the one individual, we believe. But they are
separated in time! What is the distinction between these two? Yeshua
came, two thousand years ago, as Mashiach son of Joseph…Mashiach ben
Yosef. He did not come two thousand years ago as Mashiach ben
David…as the Messiah son of David. In fact, many wanted him to be
the Messiah son of David, and he refused to be the Messiah son of
David two thousand years ago. Why?
you ever thought through that question? Why did Yeshua refuse to
rule as king in
, two thousand
years ago, and why did he refuse to accept the throne? Why did he
refuse to sit as Mashiach ben David, son of David? Do you know the
answer to that question? You know, most people don’t know the answer
to that question, but it’s really not complicated at all. He
couldn’t set up the kingdom until he had brought back the lost sheep
of the House of Israel!
see…everything in its order. Everything in its place, one step at a
time. And you can’t skip steps! It’s like trying to understand
chapter twenty in a calculus textbook without going through chapters
one to nine, and learning them! I mean, it would be great to get to
chapter twenty and know all that stuff, and take the final exam.
But, you’ve got to go through the right steps!
being the emissary of his Father in heaven—being the apostle, the
shaliach, the one sent, and being
Mashiach, the Messiah — came not as Messiah son of David, but rather
as Messiah son of Joseph. This phrase means the one who would come
to be the suffering servant, even as Joseph of old suffered for
years in prison and so forth. Why? For the salvation of his
brothers, for the deliverance of his people. And so Mashiach was
prophesied, for example, in Isaiah 53 to suffer for his people. And
in Matthew 15:24, Yeshua specifically says why he came. He came for
the lost sheep of the House of Israel. This is the office of
Mashiach ben Yosef. This is the office of Messiah son of Joseph. It
is to bring back the lost sheep of the House of Israel, to reach
out, to call out, and to bring back the Ten Tribes.
was his mission. His mission at that time was not to establish the
kingdom. He can’t
establish the kingdom over all Israel until the Ten
Tribes return! And that’s why to us, Mashiach Yeshua should be so
important! But again, to whom? It is to the Ten Tribes! Mashiach
Yeshua, the son of Joseph came to re-gather the Ten Tribes to
himself, to return them to the Nation of Israel so they could
reunite with Judah, acknowledge Judah as the
Mechoqeck, as the lawgiver in Israel, and then—you
see, when that happens—then the kingdom can be established over all.
Adonai lands on the
with His two feet.
There he is, Yeshua the Mashiach, the son of David. And now all will
and everything will come to its proper place in history.
let’s go back to Genesis 49:10. It is true for we read….
scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his
let’s be careful. Who is Shiloh?
you look this word
you’ll find out that it has some interesting meanings in Hebrew. The
Shiloh can mean
“prosperity, tranquility, quietness, ease, peace, calm.” Now I ask
Shiloh come? Honestly.
Without our biases, the reference here to Shiloh in this verse…Did
Yeshua the Messiah bring prosperity, tranquility, quietness, and
? Far from it.
There has been two thousand years worth of war between the
Christians and the Jews, and Christians and Christians, and
Christians and Moslems, and Moslems and Jews…not a lot of
prosperity, tranquility and quietness and ease. Not like in the days
of Solomon when there was that prosperity and tranquility and
quietness and ease.
today is not
living in prosperity, and in tranquility, and in quietness and ease.
is living with
neighbors who are constantly bombing it with missiles, and with
neighbors who have declared to the entire world that they wish to
annihilate the Nation of Israel from the face of the map. That’s not
prosperity, tranquility, quietness and ease.
has Shiloh come? No, Shiloh hasn’t come! We’ve wanted it to be
Yeshua because of our biases against Judah being the
Mechoqeck. It’s just that simple.
amazing, you know. Biases can really direct our thinking—sometimes
for the good and sometimes for the bad. But we have to understand
our biases, and then work to overcome them.
you misunderstand me, what am I saying? I am saying that Yeshua came
two thousand years ago as the Messiah son of Joseph. This was not
the office of
Shiloh. When Shiloh
comes there will be prosperity, tranquility, quietness and ease in
. This is the role
of the Messiah son of David, the king who will rule in
Jerusalem when the Torah will go forth from
Zion, and the
rebuilt and so on.
did not accomplish that. It wasn’t his purpose to accomplish that
two thousand years ago. His purpose was to bring the Ten Tribes back
into the nation, and to end the rebellion, and to atone for their
transgressions of Torah, and to atone for their profaning of the
name of Hashem! And this he has done, if we would simply see it, and
grab it, and accept it, and embrace it, and unite with it, and die
with it, and live in it.
even as Mashiach Yeshua will come a second time, there is,
therefore, clearly a future time when
Shiloh must come. It’s just that simple if we
would grasp it. Listen to the verse…
scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his
“objector” will say, “But yes, Yeshua is Shiloh, and he’s already come!”
work with that objection. If you believe that Yeshua was Shiloh and he’s already come, then I ask you
this question: Will Yeshua not come again? The answer will be,
“Well, of course.” Therefore, if Yeshua will come again, then
Shiloh will also come again, will
he not? There will also be another coming of Shiloh, in your thinking, if that is how you
think it through. Clearly then, if there is still another coming of
Shiloh in your mind, therefore, verse 10 has not passed away—and,
therefore, the office of Mechoqeck within
Judah has not come to an end. So, Judah must still be
Mechoqeck, even today! Even up to the time
of Mashiach’s coming…and maybe even longer than that!
it’s very interesting, the Hebrew word here says ad, “until.” It doesn’t necessarily mean up
“until, and then coming to an end.” It just merely means “up until,
even up until, as far as, even to that point.” Even in the
expression that we say…ad olam…which
means forever! It doesn’t mean up until a future time point and then
comes to an end…ad olam. So there is a
distinct possibility that even after Mashiach, son of David comes
that Judah will still continue
in the office of Mechoqeck.
that mean though that Adonai will not appoint other officers to also
sit in the office of Mechoqeck? No, He may
certainly do that! But
Judah will continue to be
Mechoqeck because that is what the word of
just finish up the verse, because it says here:
unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”
who shall the gathering of the people be? The verse says: velo yikehat amim. V’lo
means “and to him,” yikehat will be “the
gathering of,” and the next word is amim
which means “peoples.” It’s actually plural in the Hebrew. So, the
last three words can be translated as, “and to him will be the
gathering of the peoples.” This word “gathering” can also be
translated as “obedience, or cleansing, or even purging”!
“peoples” will be gathered unto
Shiloh? It’s going to start with the peoples
, and from there
its going to go out to the nations. Does it really make sense that
this refers to Yeshua’s first coming when clearly,
, as a people, has
not gathered unto him?
about it. Have the Jewish people, as a whole, gathered unto
Shiloh…gathered unto the one who we believe to be
Shiloh…Yeshua? It’s pretty clear that they
haven’t, as a whole, as “a people.” And many other peoples haven’t
either, so, let’s not be judgmental here to one group over others,
because many Christians haven’t really gathered to him either, not
really. But that’s a separate topic too. But this verse says that
“the peoples” will be gathered to him.
it okay to accept this verse, and say, “Well, the peoples, except
.” Again, that’s
being arrogant and it’s being very rude. The “peoples” will gather
to him when the “peoples” are supposed to gather to him, when all
peoples will know him as who he is…and the mystery will be
gathering of the peoples. We look forward to this time. This is
essentially what is prophesied to happen, that not only would the
Ten Tribes gather to him, but also
would gather to
him. And in him, in the Messiah, there would be “oneness” and there
would be “peace,” and there would be a complete gathering. Not just
spiritually, but also physically in the land, in Eretz Yisrael…in
…there needs to be a
gathering of the peoples.
we have read about this in some previous teachings—where we spoke
about the Book of Hosea or the Prophecies of Hoshea. And we read
there the gathering of the peoples, and the return to the
hope that you can begin to see past your assumptions, that this
Shiloh come” is not a
reference to the Messiah’s first coming. It is not a reference to
the Messiah, son of Joseph. It is not a reference to the “suffering
servant.” It’s not a reference to Yeshua who came two thousand years
ago. Rather, it’s still a future prophecy. It’s about a Messiah,
Shiloh, who when he comes will be
the son of David, who when he comes there will be prosperity, and
tranquility…that means peace from your enemies! There will be
quietness. There will be ease. There will be unity. There will be
oneness. Wars will cease. This hasn’t happened yet.
the context of the words here in this verse point to the coming
Messianic Age of the Son of David. Not to the time when the son of
Joseph would sit at the right hand of the Father. Remember Psalm
110. Look it up sometime and study it. Study it with meaning. Study
it to get past your own biases. But the Messiah would come twice.
First, he would come to sit at the right hand of the Father, as a
kohen, as a priest—doing what?
Ministering unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And then,
and only after that, would he come a second time, and only then
would the Father’s enemies be made his footstool. And only then
would he bring victory and peace. It is at that time, when he comes
summarize, what have we seen? We have seen that Judah sits in the office
of lawgiver, of Mechoqeck—even as Moses
once sat in that office. And we have also seen here in these
prophecies that Jacob gave to Judah that the Ten Tribes would also
one day bow down before Judah…we’ll explore that in another program.
And we also learned that the scepter, the ruling staff of the
lawgiver will not depart from
...no, not even
until the time that Mashiach comes as the son of David, the ruling
king. That, again, has tremendous implications. We’re going to
explore this topic in the next teaching.
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