6The Lord has a sword; it is sated with blood, It is gorged with fat— The blood of lambs and he-goats, The kidney fat of rams. For the Lord holds a sacrifice in Bozrah, A great slaughter in the land of Edom.     Isaiah 34/6 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1Who is this coming from Edom, In crimsoned garments from Bozrah— Who is this, majestic in attire, Pressing forward in His great might? “It is I, who contend victoriously, Powerful to give triumph.”

2Why is your clothing so red, Your garments like his who treads grapes?

3″I trod out a vintage alone; Of the peoples no man was with Me. I trod them down in My anger, Trampled them in My rage; Their life-blood bespattered My garments, And all My clothing was stained.     Isaiah 63/1-3 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

In the Bible Edom is described as the eternal enemy of Israel (and Judah, Amos 1:11; Ezek. 35:5) who not only always oppressed Israel, but at the time of the destruction of the First Temple took advantage of the situation and seized control of parts of Judah (Ezek. 25:12; 35:5, 10, 2; Obad. 11–16), and it is hinted that Edom also took part in the destruction of Jerusalem (Ps. 137:7; Obad. 11) and even in that of the Temple itself (Obad. 16). At the end of the tannaitic period, and still more in the amoraic, the identification became very widespread, and the overwhelming majority of homilies about Edom speak explicitly of Rome. Thus it was stated that Rome was founded by the children of Esau, and Rome was identified as one of the cities of the chiefs of Esau enumerated at the end of Genesis 36 (these identifications occur not only in the Midrashim and the Talmuds but also in the Palestinian *Targums of the Torah and in the Targums to Lamentations and Esther). At a still later period the term became a synonym for Christian Rome. To the Jews the Christian world appeared as the incarnation of Rome, symbolized by Edom or Esau, and as the evil power of this world bent on destroying Jacob, which – but for God’s promise and mercy – would have succeeded.     “EDOM” Jewish Virtual Library (edited).

 

7″Concerning Edom….”

12″For thus said the Lord: If they who rightly should not drink of the cup must drink it, are you the one to go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished: you will have to drink! 13For by Myself I swear—declares the Lord—Bozrah shall become a desolation, a mockery, a ruin, and a curse; and all its towns shall be ruins for all time.”

16″Your horrible nature, Your arrogant heart has seduced you, You who dwell in clefts of the rock, Who occupy the height of the hill! Should you nest as high as the eagle, From there I will pull you down —declares the Lord…”     Jeremiah 49/7, 12-13 and 16 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Thus said the Lord, your Lord,
Your God who champions His people:
Herewith I take from your hand
The cup of reeling,
The bowl, the cup of My wrath;
You shall never drink it again.

I will put it in the hands of your tormentors,
Who have commanded you,
“Get down, that we may walk over you”—
So that you made your back like the ground,
Like a street for passersby.     Isaiah 51/22-23 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

They encamped in the wilderness of Tzin, which was Kadesh. Then they travelled from Kadesh and encamped at Mount Hor, on the edge of the land of Edom. (Num. 33:36-37)

That’s it. Nothing special about Kadesh mentioned here. Mount Hor, actually, is described as a notable stop, because Aaron the priest died there. But Kadesh seems unremarkable.

Until we get to this week’s parsha, the opening of the book of Deuteronomy which has Moses recollecting the journey from Mount Sinai onward. And as he closes the first chapter, following a lengthy description of the sin of the spies, Moses says a rather mysterious thing:

You remained in Kadesh for many days, like the days that you remained. And we turned and travelled back into the wilderness by way of the Sea of Reeds, as the Lord had spoken to me, and we skirted Mount Seir for many days. (Deut. 1:46-2:1)

“Many days…many days,” he says twice. But just how many days did they remain there in Kadesh? Rashi answers, in more than just a number of days:

Nineteen years, as it says,“as the days that you dwelled” in the other stations. They totaled thirty-eight years; nineteen of them were spent at Kadesh, and for nineteen years they were continually wandering about, and returning to Kadesh.

Nineteen years! Out of thirty-eight! So fully half the time they were out there in the desert they were in Kadesh. What were they doing there all that time?!

Well the verses here tell us that they “skirted Mount Seir,” also for many days. So it is as if they spend the whole time in Kadesh, all nineteen years, just looking out toward Seir, going up and circling around it, but trying to avoid it.

And, in fact, that is exactly what the next verse indicates – that they were stalling, and that God had to intervene to get them moving:

Then the Lord said to me: Enough of your skirting around this mountain! Turn north, and command the people as follows: You will be passing through the border of your brothers, the children of Esau, who live in Seir. (Deut. 2:2-4)

Ah – so it’s the Children of Esau we’d been avoiding! The Children of Esau who are, the verse says, “our brothers.” The midrashim pick up on this language immediately and suggest, in various ways, that the hesitation to move forward here was a product of the historic tension between Jacob and his brother Esau.

From: The Missing Years-Parshat Devarim (edited) at ParshaNut.com.

 

Commentary:

The Lord coming from Edom is mentioned by many of the prophets in the Tanakh. The Lord was not allowed to pass through Edom in the Exodus with Moses and the Jewish people. This is an event yet to occur.

The simple interpretation of this prophecy is that the prophet like Moses with G-d as G-d was with Moses in the Exodus will come from Edom. The Christian world. Whether G-d intended that Edom and Esau be associated with the Christian world is not as important as He knew that it would.

Isaiah 63/3 “I trod out a vintage alone; Of the peoples no man was with Me…”. Of the people Israel none are with G-d. He comes with a gentile from the Christian world.

And He is trodding on the tormentors who walked over the Jewish people to whom the cup of His reeling, the cup of His wrath had been passed. Those who took the Jewish Bible as their own and renamed the G-d of Israel whose name is unknown. Christianity.

And G-d is using His righteous servant of Isaiah 53 who is the prophet like Moses for this purpose. His righteous servant Keith Ellis McCarty and I am also Elijah.

“Who is this coming from Edom, In crimsoned garments from Bozrah. Why is your clothing so red, Your garments like his who treads grapes? Their life-blood bespattered My garments, And all My clothing was stained.”

G-d has orchestrated many events of my life to be identified with His unfulfilled prophecies of the Jewish bible. For Isaiah 53 He orchestrated many of my injuries for a testimony of a life of suffering that also work into Isaiah 63.

If you saw me in all my clothes I was wearing when injured I would be covered head to toe with blood. G-d is using me as a body that He can have His words spoken through to the world just as He used Moses. For Isaiah 63 I am a visible representation of His presence that He can speak through. A man of bloody garments. His presence is always with me.

I am a host of the Lord of Hosts.

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