2 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.Psalm 2
2 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
2 There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.
6 The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
7 The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them.
9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed1 Samuel 2:1-10
63 Who is this who comes from Edom,
With dyed garments from Bozrah,
This One who is glorious in His apparel,
Traveling in the greatness of His strength?—
“I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
2 Why is Your apparel red,
And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?
3 “I have trodden the winepress alone,Isaiah 63:1-6
And from the peoples no one was with Me.
For I have trodden them in My anger,
And trampled them in My fury;
Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments,
And I have stained all My robes.
4 For the day of vengeance is in My heart,
And the year of My redeemed has come.
5 I looked, but there was no one to help,
And I wondered
That there was no one to uphold;
Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me;
And My own fury, it sustained Me.
6 I have trodden down the peoples in My anger,
Made them drunk in My fury,
And brought down their strength to the earth.”
Edom is translated as the name of a condiment. It is from the root word adom, meaning red. It is also a place named after Esau, who sold his birthright for food (red stew). For this, he was called Edom, the Edomites’ origin.
Now Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and he was weary. And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day. And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me? Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.Genesis 25:29-34
The Lord is foreshadowing his plan for the house of Israel and the body of Christ through this story. Esau was the firstborn, just as Israel (the Jewish people representing a nation of people) are the Lord’s firstborn. The gentiles represent his secondborn, who received the blessing of the firstborn. Jesus says in Matthew 20:16, “The last will be first, and the first will be last.” The Lord also spoke this about Esau’s and Jacobs’s birth, which represented the nations of the Jews and the Gentiles.
23And the Lord said to her:
“Two nations are in your womb,
Two peoples shall be separated from your body;
One people shall be stronger than the other,
And the older shall serve the younger.”
24So when her days were fulfilled for her to give birth, indeed there were twins in her womb. 25And the first came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so they called his name Esau. 26Afterward his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; so his name was called Jacob.Genisis 25:23-24
The first comes out red and with a hairy garment all over. This represents the blood and sacrifice of animals appropriated for man’s sins under the old covenant, the firstborn. The hairy garment represents the animals that covered them for their sins. The older will serve the younger. Under the law of God, they were called servants of the Lord. They served in the house of the Lord as priests, offering sacrifices for the sins of the people until Jesus was able to become the sacrifice and now serves as our eternal high priest.
This is what the scripture means by the older serving, the younger. The older covenant serves, and the new covenant receives. In the new covenant, we are covered with Jesus’ blood and are given robes of righteousness through Jesus’s sacrifice. We receive Jesus and what he did for us. His blood and life that was sacrificed are appropriated for us through the repentance of our sins and faith in him. He is the son of God, who laid down his life for us to free us from the eternal judgment of sins after death. He is the Son of God sent as the chosen sacrificial lamb, to forgive us the debts of our sins so we could attain eternal life through him. Anyone who believes in Jesus and confesses him as their Lord and Savior is of the new covenant, the second born.
1For the law is only a shadow of the good things to come, not the realities themselves. It can never, by the same sacrifices offered year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2If it could, would not the offerings have ceased? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt the guilt of their sins.
“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
6In burnt offerings and sin offerings
7Then I said, ‘Here I am, it is written about Me in the scroll:
I have come to do Your will, O God.’ ”a
8In the passage above He says, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings You did not desire, nor did You delight in them” (although they are offered according to the law). 9Then He adds, “Here I am, I have come to do Your will.” He takes away the first to establish the second. 10And by that will, we have been sanctified through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.Hewbrews 10:1-10
There is a similar story in the Old Testament in which the Lord foreshadows this same message of his two sons, or nations of peoples, as he prophesied in Genesis chapter twenty-five.
Now it came to pass, at the time for giving birth, that behold, twins were in her womb. And so it was, when she was giving birth, that the one put out his hand; and the midwife took a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand, saying, “This one came out first.” Then it happened, as he drew back his hand, that his brother came out unexpectedly; and she said, “How did you break through? This breach be upon you!” Therefore his name was called Perez. Afterward his brother came out who had the scarlet thread on his hand. And his name was called Zerah.Genesis 38:27-30
The Jewish people represent God’s firstborn Son, and the body of Christ represents God’s latter Son. In this story, the last Son comes out first and receives firstborn rights. A story woven throughout the history of the firstborn Son in the Old Testament foretells a greater covenant the latter Son will receive the inheritance of. The scarlet thread is Jesus’ blood that was shed so all could receive the inheritance of the firstborn birthright to be called sons of God.
So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.Galations 4:7
Recently, I had a dream. I was in Labor to give birth to my first Son. Suddenly, I was pregnant again, and my second Son was born before my first. I told my brother in the dream, isn’t it funny that I gave birth to my second Son before my first? My brother’s name means God is my deliverance.
Then I had another dream. I was spending time with my brother, and his friends were watching my Son for a couple of days. His friends were Asian; Asia means sunrise, resurrection, or the rising sun. I called my brother and told him I needed my Son back because I missed him. The angst I felt in the dream of how much I missed my Son was the Lord showing me how he feels about his firstborn Son and how much he longs for them. I woke up crying. The Lord weeps for his first Son to know him as children of God. My brother’s name means God is my deliverance. He longs for his Son Jesus to shine on them so they can see he is their deliverer. He longs to deliver them. He misses them, and his heart aches for them.
In the verses we just read about Perez and Zerah, Zerah, who was supposed to be born first, meaning he would inherit first-born rights, came out second, just like my dream. Isn’t it interesting his name means glowing dawn? The Lord is leaving a trail of clues.
If we return to the story of Jacob and Esau, we see them returning and reconciling their differences after separating because of the blessing of the birthright given to Jacob. Over time, they both grew in great numbers. Esau had reconciled and forgiven Jacob, but Jacob wanted to give back to Esau for what he stole from him. Jacob insists he takes his gift.
8Then Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company which I met?”
And he said, “These are to find favor in the sight of my lord.”
9But Esau said, “I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.”
10And Jacob said, “No, please, if I have now found favor in your sight, then receive my present from my hand, inasmuch as I have seen your face as though I had seen the face of God, and you were pleased with me. 11Please, take my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.” So he urged him, and he took it.
12Then Esau said, “Let us take our journey; let us go, and I will go before you.”Genesis 33:8-12
These verses represent a prophetic picture. The Lord dealt graciously with Jacob. The new covenant inheritance is God’s Grace towards us, the body of Christ, and all who receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Jacob urges Esau to take his gift because of God’s grace. This represents God’s gracious gift, Jesus. Esau says, “Let us take our Journey, and I will go before you.” Esau going before Jacob represents the Jewish people journeying before Jacob, who represents the Gentiles who would be accepted into the Lord’s covenant by creating a better covenant through his son Jesus. The Jewish people followed God and his law and the rituals for sin sacrifice and sanctification, foreshadowing a better covenant through Jesus.
We received the firstborn inheritance through salvation in Jesus, who laid down his life as a pure sacrifice. Jesus became the sacrificial lamb of God for all mankind, who is the gift of grace. Jesus is the inheritance. We not only inherit him, but he gives us inheritance into his kingdom as sons and daughters of God. The Body of Christ is at a place to urge the Lord’s firstborn to take the Lord’s gift of grace, Jesus. We must intercede on behalf of our Jewish brothers and sisters, for the Lord desires after them. He longs for them them to Jesus his gift of grace.
In my dream, my brother’s Asian friends were watching my Son. Again, Asia means sunrise. Before Jacob meets with Esau, he has an encounter and wrestles with the Son of God until daybreak. This illustrates the Son of God (Jesus) rising upon the Gentiles. If the sunrise was watching over my firstborn, the Lord indicated how he was watching over them and his desire for his Son Jesus to rise upon the Jewish people so they would accept his free gift of salvation.
Sunrise, resurrection, daybreak, glowing dawn. Jesus wants to rise upon the Jewish nation of people; he wants to become their deliverer so they may receive his grace, the prince of peace. They may have rejected him so that the secondborn (all) could receive his inheritance, but he is standing at the door knocking; he is glowing and dawning upon them so they might let the king of Glory into their hearts.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:Psalms 122:6-9
“May they prosper who love you.
7 Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces.”
8 For the sake of my brethren and companions,
I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
9 Because of the house of the Lord our God
I will seek your good.
Pray for the peace of Isreal, pray for the Lord’s protecting hand to shield them from their enemies. Pray they will receive the king of Glory, Jesus, the son of God.
Lord we ask you to mobilize those you have chosen to be witnesses to the Jewish people, so that they may know your Son is their prophesied savior, we ask you to send the laborers into the harvest feild. We ask you to bring peace into their walls and shield them from the attacks of the enemy. Give them victory over their enemies. We ask you to send your angels to protect all innocent lives in the casualties of war. We ask you to overthrow the terrorist regime. Remove their control, reveal the enemies plans, and defeat him. Let your order be set in place, and let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.