The Verses of Curses (Part 3)

Where are the original Israelites today, in 2020? How are we to identify them? The Hebrew Israelites, autonomously, entered into a covenant with Yahweh, The Creator of Heaven and the Earth. “Now if you will pay careful attention to what I say and keep my covenant, then you will be my own treasure from among all the peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you will be a kingdom of priests for me, a nation set apart. These are the words you are to speak to the people of Israel. Mosheh came, summoned the leaders of the people, and presented them with these words which Yahweh had ordered him to say. All the people answered as one, “Everything Yahweh has said, we will do.” Mosheh reported the words of the people to Yahweh.” Exodus 19:5–8. We also see that Mosheh sprinkled the blood of the covenant on Israelites in Exodus 24:7,8. The covenant, the agreement, is to obey Yahweh’s Law. However, Israelites didn’t honor their end of this bilateral, eternal covenant. Yah even tells Mosheh: “Yahweh said to Mosheh, “You are about to sleep with your ancestors. But this people will get up and offer themselves as prostitutes to the foreign gods of the land where they are going. When they are with those gods, they will abandon me and break My covenant which I have made with them. Then My anger will flare up, and I will abandon them and hide My face from them. They will be devoured, and many calamities and troubles will come upon them. Then they will ask, ‘Haven’t these calamities come upon us because our God isn’t here with us?” Deuteronomy 31:16–18. The many calamities and troubles come on the form of covenant curses. As we walk through the last section of curses, let’s take care to ask ourselves: “Which ethnic group of people, historically, even currently, experience these curses? Do the so-called Negroes fit these cursed conditions?”

“All these curses will come on you, pursuing you and overtaking you until you are destroyed, because you didn’t pay attention to what Yahweh your God said, observing His commandments and regulations that He gave you. These curses will be on you and your descendants as a sign and a wonder forever.”

Deuteronomy 28:45,46

All these curses will come upon the Israelites. Why? Is it because they are a dark skinned race of people? Is dark skin a curse? Is it a curse to have melanin? Chalilah! Chalilah is a Hebrew word which means, far be it! Melanin is beautiful. The curses come because Israelites don’t pay attention to what Yahweh said. The Israelites of Mosheh’s day didn’t observe the regal commandments Yah gave them, and regrettably, us Israelites today, unwittingly follow in those lawless footprints. These curses are generational, since our rebellion against Yahweh, is generational.

“Because you didn’t serve Yahweh your God with joy and gladness in your heart when you had such an abundance of everything; Yahweh will send your enemy against you, and you will serve him when you are hungry, thirsty, poorly clothed and lacking everything; he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he destroys you.”

Deuteronomy 28:47,48

Which ethnic group of people, during slavery, served their oppressors whilst they were hungry, thirsty, poorly clothed, and destitute? During their slavery experience, which racial group had yokes of iron placed upon their necks?

“Yahweh will raise up against you a nation far away, from the end of the earth, just as an eagle pounces, a nation whose tongue you will not understand.”

Deuteronomy 28:49

Israelites were oppressed by Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. The aforementioned nations however, are relatively close to Israel, being, in a sense, geographical neighbors. What nation is far away from the Near East? Could it be these United States of America? What happens when one Googles The Great Seal of The United States? What’s in the center of this seal? Is it an bald eagle? Isn’t that the national bird of America? Did the Negro slaves on the slave ships fathom the language of their Gentile oppressors?

“A nation grim in appearance, whose people neither respect the old nor pity the young.”

Deuteronomy 28:50

Observing different episodes of police brutality here on American soil, when we view the optics, we see how a certain ethnic group of people are treated. From young Hebrew citizens like 12 year old Tamir Rice, to Hebrew citizens more advanced in age, like 58 year old Greg Gunn, or even the erudite Harvard University professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who was arrested in 2009.

Disclaimer: Everyone is to obey the governing authorities. For there is no authority that is not from God, and the existing authorities have been placed where they are by God. Romans 13:1.

“They will devour the offspring of your livestock and the produce of your soil, until you have been destroyed. They will leave you without grain, wine, olive oil, or your young cattle and sheep — until they have caused you to perish. They will besiege all your towns until your high, fortified walls, in which you trusted, collapse everywhere in your land, which Yahweh your God gave you. Then, because of the severity of the siege and distress that your enemies are inflicting on you, you will eat the offspring of your own body, the flesh of your own sons and daughters, whom Yahweh your God has given you.”

Deuteronomy 28:51–53

This verse speaks of the sobering reality of Israelites being oppressed and robbed agriculturally, putting their lives in jeopardy. Please see Luke 21:24 also.

“Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will be without pity for his brother, his beloved wife or his surviving children, to the degree that he will refuse to share with any of them the flesh of his children whom he is eating; because if he did, he would have nothing left for himself — in the severity of the siege and distress your enemies are inflicting on you in all your towns. The most delicate and sensitive woman among you, so sensitive and delicate that she wouldn’t think of touching the sole of her foot to the ground, will so begrudge her own beloved husband, son and daughter that she will secretly eat the afterbirth that comes out of her and even her own children as she bears them — so desperately hungry will she be in the severity of the siege and distress your enemies are inflicting on you in your towns.”

Deuteronomy 28:54–57

Due to the severity of the curses, Hebrew men would have no pity for their wives, and vice versa. The Hebrew family dynamic would become toxic and problematic, due to walking in rebellion to Yahweh’s Law.

“If you will not observe and obey all the words of this Torah that are written in this book, so that you will fear this glorious and awesome name, Yahweh your God; then Yahweh will strike down you and your descendants with extraordinary plagues and severe sicknesses that go on and on. He will bring back upon you all the diseases the Egyptians had, which you were in dread of; and they will cling to you. Not only that, but Yahweh will bring upon you all the sicknesses and plagues that are not written in this book of the Torah — — until you are destroyed.”

Deuteronomy 28:58–62

Various virulent diseases affect the Hebrew community more than any other demographic in America. Diabetes is 60% more common in Hebrew Americans than in white Americans. Hebrews are up to 5.6 times more likely to suffer kidney disease than other groups with diabetes. Hebrew Americans are thrice times more probable to die of asthma than white Americans. Death from sarcoidosis, lung scarring are 16 times more common among Hebrew Americans than white Americans. Hebrew men are 50% more likely to get lung cancer than white men. Strokes kill 4 times more Hebrew Americans aged from 35 to 54 years old, than white Americans. Hebrew Americans have high blood pressure earlier in life than white Americans. Hebrew American men have a 40% higher cancer death rate that white American men. Hebrew American women have a 20% higher cancer rate than white American women. Due to kicking against Yahweh’s Torah Covenant, which includes eating unclean animals like pigs (bacon, BBQ pork ribs, chitterlings), shrimp, lobster, crab legs, catfish.

“Thus it will come about that just as once Yahweh took joy in seeking to do you good and increase your numbers, so now Yahweh will take joy in causing you to perish and be destroyed, and you will be plucked off the land you are entering to take possession of it. Yahweh will scatter you among all the peoples from one end of the earth to the other, and there you will serve other gods, made of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known.”

Deuteronomy 28:63, 64

This verse speaks to the curse of exile, the extrication from the Promised Land flowing with milk and honey, Israel, and the dispersion of Israelites. This is the Israelite Diaspora. Due to covenant infidelity, Israelites are scattered by Yah, to the four corners of the earth. In the Israelite Diaspora, you can find Israelites practicing different religions like Rastafarianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Mormonism, Scientology, worshiping new “gods”, new idols, which our ancestors weren’t cognizant of.

“Among these nations you will find no repose, and there will be no rest for the sole of your foot; rather Yahweh will give you there anguish of heart, dimness of eyes, and apathy of spirit. Your life will hang in doubt before you; you will be afraid night and day and have no assurance that you will stay alive. In the morning you will say, ‘Oh, how I wish it were evening!’ and in the evening you will say, ‘Oh, how I wish it were morning!’ — — because of the fear overwhelming your heart and the sights your eyes will see.”

Deuteronomy 28:65–67

The above mentioned words in that Hebrew Scripture verse, just very lucidly described the life of a Negro slave. When our Hebrew ancestors arrived to the Occident, off the unsanitary living conditions of the slave ships, they were on foreign soil, hearing a foreign language from their captors, far away from their homeland of Israel. The life of a Negro slave was very precarious. They had no assurance that they would stay alive. When the Negro gets pulled over by a police officer, is there an assurance that they will stay alive? Sean Bell. Philando Castile. Atatiana Jefferson. Sandra Bland. Joshua Brown. Botham Jean. Stephon Clark. Antwon Rose. Jemel Roberson. This is not an exhaustive list, although I would love it to be. Seeing the daily optics of the curses becoming the new reality; lynchings, beatings, familial separation, rape, infants fed to alligators, would certainly cause a gripping fear of heart.

“Finally, Yahweh will bring you back in ships to Egypt, the place of which I said to you, ‘You will never see it again’; and there you will try to sell yourselves as slaves to your enemies, but no one will buy you.”

Deuteronomy 28:68

This speaks to the mode of transportation that would be employed, to send Israelites into slavery. The Trans Atlantic Slave trade was done via ships. Egypt speaks to a land of slavery, per Exodus 20:2, Joshua 24:17, Judges 6:8, Micah 6:4. For more insight on the latter part of this curse, please see Leviticus 25:48,54. I pray that we will all see the singularity of “Negro” slavery.

Photo by Austin Neill on Unsplash

Whew! That was heavy, dark, and very sobering. However, to leave on a more upbeat note, there are covenant blessings that are experienced, when we repent and honor the Holy Torah Covenant of Yah, as our new lifestyle. We’ll walk through the blessings next.

Yahweh, God of Israel, please awaken your chosen covenant people, because once we know who we are, we will know Whose we are. In Yahshua’s authority. Amen.

Lover of Yahweh. Disciple of Rabbi Yahshua The Messiah. Israelite man. Reader of The Hebrew Bible. Writer.

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