29 August 2010 (Rishon/Pesach)|
Day #167, 5934 AM
Teshuvah #21 Titles
Don't Get Ensnared by Them
This story is very familiar to you but I wonder how many of you are aware of the meaning of the pompous name of the pagan Amorite King of Jerusalem (Jebus)? Adoni-Zedek means 'lord of righteousness'. What a contrast to all the Titles of Yahweh, and to an earlier King of Salem called Melchizedek, a title of Yah'shua the Messiah, which means 'King of Righteousness' (Heb.7:2)!
"Now it came to pass when Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had taken Ai and had utterly destroyed it - as he had done to Jericho and its king, so he had done to Ai and its king - and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were among them, that they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty. Therefore Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem sent to Hoham king of Hebron, Piram king of Jarmuth, Japhia king of Lachish, and Debir king of Eglon, saying, 'Come up to me and help me, that we may attack Gibeon, for it has made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel.' Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon, gathered together and went up, they and all their armies, and camped before Gibeon and made war against it.
"And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua at the camp at Gilgal, saying, 'Do not forsake your servants; come up to us quickly, save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the mountains have gathered together against us.' So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor. And Yahweh said to Joshua, 'Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.' Joshua therefore came upon them suddenly, having marched all night from Gilgal. So Yahweh routed them before Israel, killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, chased them along the road that goes to Beth Horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah. And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, that Yahweh cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword.
"Then Joshua spoke to Yahweh in the day when Yahweh delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel:
'Sun, stand still over Gibeon; and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.' So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies.
Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that Yahweh heeded the voice of a man; for Yahweh fought for Israel. Then Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal" (Josh 10:1-15, NKJV).
No matter how pompous a title the opposition may have, Yahweh always trumps them. Do not be intimidated by those who have 'bigger titles' than you might, or even if you have none of the world's titles at all. Yahweh is our Righteousness - he is Yahweh-Tzidkenu (Jer.23:6; 33:16) and we have no righteousness apart from His (Jer.51:10), those who have been changed by Him by the working of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) that comes from trusting in Messiah Yah'shua (Christ Jesus).
Adoni-Zedek was in reality one of the billions of kings of self-righteousness who inhabit this sod called earth. In conquering this pagan sovereign in the Promised Land Yahweh demonstrated that to be a part of His world we have to have self-righteousness removed. The flesh is our 'Adoni-Zedek' and it has to die so that the One and Only Master of Righteouness, Yahweh-Elohim, can be Sovereign King of our souls. Jerusalem - the city of peace - has twin aspects - the earthly Jerusalem, representing counterfeit and short-lived peace, and the heavenly Jerusalem representing Eternal Shalom.
Make teshuvah - choose this day what your righteousness will be - the perishing self or the everlasting King of Shalom, Yah'shua the Messiah!