Chapter 35: Yoshiyah Commands the Levites to Consecrate Themselves For Passover
1 Now Yoshiyah kept a Passover to Yah in Yahrushalom and they slaughhtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the first month. 2 And he set the priests in their duties and encouraged them for the service of the house of Yah. 3 Then he said to the Levites who taught all Ysrayl, who were qodesh (or set-apart) to Yah: “Put the set-apart ark in the house which Solomon the son of David, king of Ysrayl, built. It shall no longer be a burden on your shoulders. Now serve Yah your Almighty and His people Ysrayl. 4 Prepare yourselves according to your father’s houses, according to your divisions, following the written instruction of David king of Ysrayl and the written instruction of Solomon his son. 5 And stand in the qodesh place according to the divisions of the father’s houses of your brothers (or the people) and according to the division of the father’s house of the Levites. 6 So slaughter the Passover offerings, consecrate yourselves and prepare them for your brothers, that they may do according to the word of Yah by the hand of Moshe”.
Yoshiyah Provides the People and Levites Flocks and Cattle For Passover
7 Then Yoshiyah gave the people lambs and young goats from the flock, all for Passover offerings for all who were present, to the number of thirty thousand, as well as three thousand cattle. These were from the king’s possession. 8 And his leaders gave willingly to the people, to the priests and to the Levites. Hilikiyah, Zechariyah and Yahiyl, rulers of the house of Yah, gave to the priests for the Passover offerings two thousand six hundred from the flock and three hundred cattle. 9 Also Conaniyah, his brothers Shemaiyah and Nethanyah and Hashabiyah and Yahiyl and Yozabad, chief of the Levites, gave to the Levites for Passover offerings five thousand from the flock and five hundred cattle.
Portions Are Prepared for the Priests and Gatekeepers on Duty by Their Brothers the Levites: This was the First Passover Kept in a Long Time
10 So the service was prepared and the priests stood in their places and the Levites in their divisions, according to the king’s command. 11 And they slaughtered the Passover offerings and the priests sprinkled the blood with their hands, while the Levites skinned the animals. 12 Then they removed the burnt offerings that they might give them to the divisions of the father’s houses of the people, to offer to Yah, as it is written in the Book of Moshe. And so they did with the cattle. 13 Also, they roasted the Passover offerings with fire according to the ordinance but the other qodesh offerings they boiled in pots, in kettles and in pans and divided them quickly among all the people. 14 Then afterward they prepared portions for themselves and for the priests, because the priests, the son of Aharon, were busy in offering burnt offerings and fat until night. Therefore, the Levites prepared portions for themselves and for the priests, the sons of Aharon. 15 And the singers, the sons of Asaph, were in their places, according to the command of David, Asaph, Heman and Yaduthun the king’s seer. Also, the gatekeepers were at each gate. They did not have to leave their position because their brothers the Levites prepared portions for them. 16 So all the service of Yah was prepared the same day, to keep the Passover and to offer burnt offerings on the altar of Yah, according to the command of King Yoshiyah. 17 And the children of Ysrayl who were present kept the Passover at that time and the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days. 18 There had been no Passover kept in Ysrayl like that since the days of Shemuyah the prophet and none of the kings of Ysrayl had kept such a Passover as Yoshiyah kept, with the priests and the Levites, all Yahudah and Ysrayl who were present and the inhabitants of Yahrushalom. 19 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Yoshiyah this Passover was kept.
Yah Sends Pharoah Necho to Fight Against Carchemish But Yoshiyah Tries to Interfere: Yoshiyah Does Not Heed the Words of Yah and Dies in Battle: The Prophet Yeremiyah Laments Over Yoshiyah and Wrote About This Battle
20 After all this, when Yoshiyah had prepared the temple, Necho king of Egypt came up to fight against Carchemish by the Euphrates and Yoshiyah went out against him. 21 But he sent messengers to him saying, “What have I to do with you, king of Yahudah? I have not come against you this day but against the house with which I have war. For Yah commanded me to make haste. Refrain from meddling with Yah, who is with me, lest He destroy you”. 22 Nevertheless, Yoshiyah would not turn his face from him but disguised himself so that he might fight with him and did not heed the words of Necho from the mouth of Yah. So he came to fight in the Valley of Megiddo. 23 And the archers shot King Yoshiyah and the king said to his servants, “Take me away, for I am severely wounded”. 24 His servants therefore took him out of that chariot and put him in the second chariot that he had and they brought him to Yahrushalom. So he died and was buried in one of the tombs of his fathers. And all Yahudah and Yahrushalom mouned for Yoshiyah. 25 Yeremiyah also lamented for Yoshiyah. And to this day all the singing men and the singing women speak of Yoshiyah in their lamentaions. They made it a custom in Ysrayl and indeed they are written in the Laments (or Book of Lamentations).
Yoshiyah’s Good Deeds For Yah Can Be Found in the Book of Kings
26 Now the rest of the acts of Yoshiyah and his goodness, according to what was written in the Law of Yah–27 And his deeds from first to last, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Ysrayl and Yahudah.
*Yah can speak through who He wants to speak through. He spoke through Pharoah Necho here. Yoshiyah did not seem to understand the plans of Yah here. I do not read where Yoshiyah inquired of Yah first before trying to go to war against Pharoah. According to Deuteronomy 20 Yah has law concerning warfare. But Yah holds Egypt in Judgment later, for what they did to Yoshiyah. Yah sends Babylon to strike Egypt. You can read about it Yeremiyah Chapter 46. Also see Isaiah 10:9 makes a reference.
Chapter 36: Yahoahaz Reigns Over Yahudah Only Three Months Before Going into Captivity in Egypt: The King of Egypt Controls Yahudah: The King of Egypt Makes Yoshiyah’s Other Son Yliakim King and Changes His Name to Yahoiakim
1 Then the people of the land took Yahoahaz the son of Yoshiyah and made him king in his father’s place in Yahrushalom. 2 Yahoahaz was twenty-three years old when he became king and he reigned three months in Yahrushalom. 3 Now the king of Egypt deposed him at Yahrushalom and he imposed on the land a tribute of one hundred talents of silver and a talent of gold. 4 Then the king of Egypt made Yahoahaz’s brother Yliakim king over Yahudah and Yahrushalom and changed his name to Yahoiakim. And Necho took Yahoahaz his brother and carried him off to Egypt.
*I wonder what is the reason for the name change? It could be a power move. Our captors always change our names. But notice Pharoah Necho does not remove YL or Yah from his name. Pharoah is being obedient to Yah. Yliakim means YL raises or sets up.
Yahoiakim Reigns Over Yahudah For Eleven Years and is Evil in the Sight of Yah: Yahoiakim is Carried to Babylon Bound by Nebuchadnezzar
5 Yahoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king and he reigned eleven years in Yahrushalom. And he did evil in the sight of Yah his Almighty. 6 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him and bound him in bronze fetters to carry him off to Babylon. 7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried off some of the articles from the house of Yah to Babylon and put them in his temple at Babylon.
*There is more written about these articles from the house of Yah in the book of Daniyah.
8 Now the rest of the acts of Yahoiakim, the abominations which he did and what was found against him, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Ysrayl and Yahudah. Then Yahoiachin his son reigned in his place.
Yahoiachin is Eight Years Old When He Becomes King of Yahudah and Reigns Three Months Ten Days and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah: Yahoiachin Taken Captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar
9 Yahoiachin was eight (2 Kings 24:8 reads eighteen) years old when he became king and he reigned in Yahrushalom three months and ten days. And he did evil in the sight of Yah. 10 At the turn of the year, King Nebuchadnezzar summoned him and took him to Babylon, with the costly articles from the house of Yah and made Zedekiyah, Yahoiakim’s brother, king over Yahudah and Yahrushalom.
*Compare to 2 Kings 24:17 where it states that this is Yahoiakim’s uncle Mattaniyah whose name is changed to Zedekiyah is placed as king, if this is true that this is an uncle it is maybe because Yahoiachin is too young at eight years to have children to replace him. But Zedekiyah is still a son of David.
*I wondered here also why Nebuchadnezzar changed Mattaniyah’s name to Zedkiyah? Mattaniyah means gift of Yah and Zedekiyah means Yah is righteous. Righteous judgment here.
*Did you notice that Nebuchadnezzar takes more articles from the temple of Yah?
Zedekiyah Reigns in Yahudah For Eleven Years and Does Evil in the Sight of Yah: Zedekiyah Refuses to Humble Himself to Yah and Rebels Against Nebuchadnezzar: The People of Yahudah Become More Evil
11 Zedekiyah was twenty-one years old when he became king and he reigned eleven years in Yahrushalom. 12 He did evil in the sight of Yah his Almighty and did not humble himself before Yeremiyah the prophet, who spoke from the mouth of Yah.
*See Yeremiyah Chapters 37,38, 39 and 52:2-3. Yeremiyah also writes about what happens in greater detail to some of these kings in his book.
13 And he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him swear an oath by Yah but he stiffened his neck and hardened his heart against turning to Yah Almighty of Ysrayl. 14 Moreover, all the leaders of the priests and the people transgressed more and more, according to all the abominations of the nations and defiled the house of Yah which He had consecrated in Yahrushalom.
Yah Sends Prophets Rising Early in the Morning to Warn Yahudah Because He Loved Them: Yah’s Wrath Come Upon His People Because They Will Not Listen
15 And Yah Almighty of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers, rising up early and sending them because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But they mocked the messengers of Yah, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of Yah arose against His people, till there was no remedy.
The Fall of Yahrushalom: The Yahudites Taken Captive to Babylon: Yah’s House is Burned: The Chaldeans Have No Mercy on the People of Yahudah
17 Therefore, He brought against them the king of the Chaldeans, who killed their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary and had no compassion on young man or maiden, on the aged or the weak. He gave them all into his hand. 18 All the articles from the house of Yah, great and small, the treasures of the house of Yah and the treasures of the king and his leaders, all these he took to Babylon. 19 Then they burned the house of Yah, broke down the wall of Yahrushalom, burned all its palaces with fire and destroyed all its precious possessions. 20 And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Peria–21 To fulfill the word of Yah by the mouth of Yeremiyah, until the land had enjoyed her Shabbats. As long as she lay desolate, she kept Shabbat, to fulfill seventy years.
*Read Leviticus 25:34, Yeremiyah 25:11 and Daniyah 9:2.
Yah Gives Cyrus King of Persia Rulership Over Babylon Because the King of Babylon Sins Against Yah: Cyrus Makes an Announcement and Puts in Writing the Will of Yah
22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of Yah by the mouth of Yeremiyah might be fulfilled, Yah stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing saying: 23 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth, Yah of heaven has given me. and He has commanded me to build Him a house at Yahrushalom which is in Yahudah. Who is among you of all His people? May Yah his Almighty be with him and let him go up!
*The historian Josephus says Cyrus was informed of the biblical prophesies concerning himself.
*Also Read Ezra 1:1, Isaiah 45 and Daniyah 5:31 and Daniyah Chapter 10 and Yeremiyah 51:60.
*The name Cyrus is a Latinized form derived from a Greek form of the old Persian. This king’s name was Kurus and it is sometimes pronounced Koresh. Kurus means the sun or like the sun.
*Thank you for reading the blog. I will not be closing the blog but the blog is now on hiatus. Yah bless.