I. The Hebrew student is immediately drawn to the title of this Parsha – עקב `eqeb, translated here as, ‘If [you follow]’ or ‘On [the heel of]’. It is the root of the Nations’ Name, part of its’ prophetic identity – Jacob, #3290, יעקב Ya`aqob, heel-holder or supplanter. However, the bias attributed to Esau when he called Jacob the “deceiver” has kept the true prophetic intent of this name from being embraced. If we expect to uncover what is hidden in this Parsha Eqev, then our efforts must focus on the origin of this Name.
Though connected with the heel as the part of the body seen last or at the end, and thus hinting at consequence or reward, the wages which one receives as payment at the conclusion of something it is taken to refer in a fig. sense, to the way of life one’s feet lead. The idea of supplanter comes from its’ usage of a person who attacks, withstands or accuses another. This is how Esau uses the term in the phrase, “for he has supplanted (Jacobed) me these two times”. I submit it is true – yet, is Jacob at fault? What is Jacob withstanding/accusing Esau of?
In the Hebrew it reads: פַעֲמַיִם זֶה וַֽיַּעְקְבֵנִי va’Yaqovni zeh pa’amim. The word pa’am indicates a time or occurrence. However, the letter Pey means mouth – as the source of WORDS. While Ayin-Mem rendered am, can mean nation or people it also means to withstand. The preposition ‘these’ written Zayin-Hey, zeh, is also the word for Lamb! Isn’t it quite possible Esau is mad (having hated his birthright) because Jacob (and the Nation in Jacob’s loins) withstood him with the Words of the Lamb? The Torah, the way of life his feet-heel-eqeb indicated! The conflict between the seed lines has always centered on this! Is it possible that forensic evidence exists here in the encounter of Jacob and Esau that lends understanding to the title of this Parsha – Eqev? Let’s examine a Hebrew euphemism regarding the feet – long considered by the ancients and embedded throughout Torah: 2Kings 18:27, Is. 7:20, 2Sam. 11: 1 – 11. Thus, to reference EQEV – or Y’aqov, the heel or “I will Heel”, hints at the seed line, the Word of YHVH which at the heel, at the last, the end days, would SEED Israel again! Hosea 1 tells us he has Jezreel or sown us! #3157, יזרעאל Yizra`e’l. Israel is the one sown, #3478, ישראל Yisra’el. YHVH will seed those who stand upright before Him!
Another Peculiar set of Hebraisms:
In the encounter Jacob is seen in Gen. 25:29 engaged in cooking soup, sodding pottage. The Hebrew term uses the same root: נָזִיד יַעֲקֹב וַיָּזֶד veyazed Y`aqov naziyd. The root is #2102, זוד zuwd, to seethe, boil up. Here it implies the fervor or fierceness of a passionate mind. To add an interesting twist to the plot, the gematria of the above phrase equals 280, the same as #5894, `iyr, a masc. noun meaning Watcher! He is described as being faint, #5889, עיף `ayeph, faint, weary (worn out – Dan. 7:25) this same root is also seen in `eypah, darkness, with the letter Hey – to become fertile added. Does it seem possible that Jacob has calculatingly prepared this meal knowing his brother had been engaging the Seed of the Serpent, the Watchers in dark intimacy? Is Jacob preparing to protect the Birthright – The Seed line just as he later does when placing the peeled rods in the water troughs of his flock? It is the seed of the Serpent who would bruise the heel of the Woman – HER SEED – WOMB – OFFSPRING.
The next verse, Gen. 25:30 Esau tells Jacob to feed (#3938, לעט la`at, a verb meaning to devour greedily the root Lamed-Ayin, loa, hints at controlling one’s appetite) him now, with that Red pottage, הַזֶּה הָאָדֹם מִן־הָאָדֹם STOP! Esau seems overwhelmed with the lusts of his flesh, weak and somewhat remorseful at his actions, yet despising his position as progenitor of the Nation. The word min can mean from, out of, who (as in to persons) and MANNA – the Living Word. Ha Adam – The One “I will” Blood, Ha Adam-The One “I will” Blood, hazeh, the/that and also the word for Lamb. Is it possible that more than needing a physical meal, Esau realizes his mistake and asks to be fed by Jacob – the One who spent time in the tents of Shem learning Torah – to feed him the Torah/Manna/Living Seed the same One Whose Blood covered (atoned for) the Adam?
Incidentally, the gematria of eqeb is 172, the same as the Hebrew word for a half-shekel, #1235, בקע beqa`, the price of redemption. It was the Half-Shekel – Messiah Yahshua, who intervenes ‘at the heel’ – at the last, the end, to eradicate the Serpents’ Seed.
Now, to trace another lead, there are 83 letters in our beginning text, Deut. 7:12. 83 is written Pey-Gimmel. A Hebrew word for FIG. It is different from Gen. 3:7, fig, and #8384, תאנה Te’en. The Tav indicates future tense – you shall, while the Alef-Nun-Hey refers to a vessel or garment of morning rather than a specific fruit! Their naked condition requires a garment and their efforts produce a “House of Misery” Bethany when the House/Beit/Bride is clothed with the figs leaves – Bethphage! Mark 11:12. It is interesting to note that Bethany is where the encounter with Simon the Leper occurs, the raising of Lazarus, Yahshua’s anointing by the harlot with the alabaster box, the place where the donkey/ass is procured for his entry into Jerusalem. Each of these incidents connects us to the restoration of the harlot bride who has exposed herself to the Serpent and now must is covered by the fig leaves of mourning, until the SEED OF THE WOMAN, MESSIAH THE WORD MADE FLESH, DESTROYS THE HEEL – LOINS, SEED OF THE SERPENT! An interesting sign of the end is that FIG Tree: Matthew 24: 32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch [G#2798, klados, posterity, offspring, from klao, to distribute or spread] is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves [G#5444, phyllon, leaf, but also, kindred, people] ye know that summer [G#2330 theros, summer, heat, indicating tribulation?] [is] nigh [G1451, eggys, near, from a verb meaning to squeeze or throttle, and akin to the curve or bend of the arm used to throttle or choke] It would seem here, that our paradigm of this verse must change. We must assume a connection to the serpents’ seed once again manifesting itself with the intent to bruise the heel – loins, seed of YHVH. When we SEE this the heat will become intolerable almost throttling the Elect, yet the Arm of YHVH – Messiah, Ben Yamin, will throttle the head of His ancient enemy. This is consistent with Matt. 24:37.