- Kislev Scripture Lesson #3: The Eternal One is our Comforter
- The Strength of the Father dwells in the Messiah
- The Grace of Adonai is manifested through the Messiah
- Messiah, who is full of grace and truth is the Light of the World
Kislev Scripture Lesson #3: The Eternal One is our Comforter:
דברי נחמיה בן־חכליה ויהי בחדש־(כסלו) כסליו שנת עשרים ואני הייתי בשושן הבירה׃
דִּבְרֵ֥י נְחֶמְיָ֖ה בֶּן־חֲכַלְיָ֑ה וַיְהִ֤י בְחֹֽדֶשׁ־(כסלו) כִּסְלֵיו֙ שְׁנַ֣ת עֶשְׂרִ֔ים וַאֲנִ֥י הָיִ֖יתִי בְּשׁוּשַׁ֥ן הַבִּירָֽה׃
Nehemiah 1:1: “The words of Nechemyah (נְחֶמְיָ֖ה-the Consolation of Adonai) Ben Chachalyah (בֶּן־חֲכַלְיָ֑ה). Now it happened in the month Kislev, in the twentieth year, while I was in Shushan the fortified city (capitol).”
Adonai is [our] Comforter and Consoler.
The name Nechemyah refers to the administration of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. Nehemiah means, “Adonai is Consolation,” and “Adonai is Comforter.” The name of Nehemiah’s father Chachalyah (חֲכַלְיָ֑ה-Hacaliah) literally refers to the provoking of a flash of brilliance, a sparkle in the eyes (in a good sense). It means the one whom “Adonai Enlightens.” How does Adonai enlighten us?
Adonai Enlightens [us] by His Spirit and His Word.
The Strength of the Father dwells in the Messiah:
The Eternal Spirit (Ruach Olam) enlightens us through our meditation of the D’var HaShem (His Word). In ancient Hebrew the word picture for son (בֶּן-ben) is a tent that has been built for the (strength) of the father to dwell in. In Nehemiah 1:2 we discover that a near relative of Nehemiah, the Comforter, wherein the “Enlightenment” of the Eternal Spirit dwells, is his brother Chanani (Hanani). Chanan-i (חֲנָ֜נִי) in Hebrew this means “My Grace.” This means:
The Enlightenment of Adonai dwells within us by His Spirit of Grace.
The Grace of Adonai is manifested through the Messiah:
This Hebrew word for grace (chen, chanan) is different in its meaning than the word we use to describe the overall ministry of the Spirit of Grace (Ruach Ha-Chesed). The word chanan (grace, favor) in Hebrew is a word picture of a superior-strong one (in humility and meekness) voluntarily taking the form of a servant and stooping down to help an inferior-weak one by providing aid (i.e. consolation, comfort).
On the other hand, the Hebrew word “chesed” refers to the loving-kindness of the Spirit of the Holy One; when we are referring to the Spirit of Grace (Ruach Ha-Chesed) we are referring to the fidelity of Adonai Avinu to us even when we (His children) are unfaithful to Him. The Ruach Ha-Chesed, therefore, is the One who enlightens, consoles and comforts us. This He did in great measure by His entering into the womb of the virgin Jewess Miryam and indwelling her with the Indwelling Presence of His Spirit (spiritual DNA; the Seed of our heavenly Father).
Messiah, who is full of grace and truth is the Light of the World:
The Messiah of Adonai was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the sacred month of Kislev. Kislev is the month of Divine Confidence. We are confidant in the promise of G-d’s graciousness. Kislev is the month of great grace and favor when Avinu Shebashamayim (our heavenly Father) looked down upon fallen humanity and bestowed upon us a second chance at living our lives in accord with Adonai’s will.
When the Messiah was conceived the Eternal Light of G-d reentered the Temple of Man.
Kislev is the month when the Eternal Light of the Temple was relit by the Spirit of Grace (Ruach Ha-Chesed) when the holy child was conceived. Due to Messiah’s conception, birth, and life our hearts (spirits; i.e. the eternal part of our being) can now be permanently relit with the Indwelling Presence of the Eternal Light (in the temple of our own bodies) and we can now be the sons and daughters of the Holy One forever.