- Kislev Scripture Lesson #7: Appointed of Adonai
- Now is the time for lifting up Adonai
- “Adonai is My Portion”
Kislev Scripture Lesson #7: Appointed of Adonai:
ויהי בשנה החמשית ליהויקים בן־יאשיהו מלך־יהודה בחדש התשעי קראו צום לפני ה’ כל־העם בירושלם וכל־העם הבאים מערי יהודה בירושלם׃
וַיְהִ֣י בַשָּׁנָ֣ה הַ֠חֲמִשִׁית לִיהֹויָקִ֨ים בֶּן־יֹאשִׁיָּ֤הוּ מֶֽלֶךְ־יְהוּדָה֙ בַּחֹ֣דֶשׁ הַתְּשִׁעִ֔י קָרְא֨וּ צֹ֜ום לִפְנֵ֧י ה’ כָּל־הָעָ֖ם בִּירֽוּשָׁלִָ֑ם וְכָל־הָעָ֗ם הַבָּאִ֛ים מֵעָרֵ֥י יְהוּדָ֖ה בִּירוּשָׁלִָֽם׃
Jeremiah 36:9: “Now in the fifth year of Yehoyakim (Jehoiakim) the son of Yoshiyahoo (Josiah), king of Yehuda, in the ninth month (Kislev), all the people in Yerushalayim and all the people who came from the cities of Yehuda to Yerushalayim proclaimed a fast before Adonai.”
Now is the time for lifting up Adonai:
In this Kislev event the prophecy of Jeremiah (ירמיהו-Yirmeyahoo) is rebelled against by the wicked King Jehoiakim, the “last” king of Judah. The word of Adonai was recorded by Baruch ben Neriyah (ברוך בן־נריה-“Blessed, Lamp of Adonai“) and on a day of fasting was proclaimed before the House of Adonai to all the people of Judah. Thereafter, Baruch read the prophecy of Jeremiah to the king’s royal advisors who in turn convinced the king that He should get the scroll and have it read to him.
This is the time appointed for the men f Israel to “lift up” and “set on high” Adonai Eloheinu (our God).
Jeremiah’s name (ירמיהו) means “Appointed of Adonai.” The root word for “appointed” is “ruwm,” meaning to “lift up,” and to be “set on high.” His hometown was *Anatoth (meaning below) in the territory of Benjamin; about three miles from Jerusalem. It was a city allocated by Joshua to the priests. In addition to being a prophet Jeremiah was a priest, the Son of Hilkiah.
*The Hebrew root word of the term is “anatot” (ענתות). ‘Ana (ענה) means to answer or respond or even to testify. This Hebrew term in total means “answer to prayer.” Kislev is the “ninth” month when the feminine “solution,” “answer” (עַנָת-anat) to our prayers arrived—when our Messiah was conceived in the womb of the royal descendant of King David ben Judah—the Jewess Miryam.
Son of Hilkiah means “Adonai is My Portion:”
Adonai had delivered His Word to afford His people Israel an opportunity to hear about the disasters we would face if we did not turn from our wicked ways. However, if we the people of Israel (the “Rule of God”) did repent, then Adonai (our God) promised to forgive us our wickedness.
Tragically the king of Judah refused to heed the warning!
Unfortunately for all Israel, the King of Judah, Jehoiakim (יהויקים-He whom Adonai set-up), refused to heed the warning and consequently no descendant of his ever (permanently) sat on the throne of David. Jehoiakim’s son defied the curse but after only three months he was deposed by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar.