- Aug 19, 2007
These are the generations of Israel in the Exile; Othniel begot Ori, Ori begot Uzriel, Uzriel begot Pechuniel, Pechuniel begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Hophni, Hophni begot Teyve, Teyve begot Ashkel, Ashkel begot Putiel, Putiel begot Korah, Korah begot Nun, Nun begot Amran, Amran begot Beershev, Beershev begot Rachaniel, Rachaniel begot Araunah, Araunah begot Mephibosheth, Mephibosheth begot Absalom, Absalom begot Baruch, Baruch begot Cabel. Cabel begot Zelophehad, Zelophehad begot Ahithopel, Ahitopel begot Ahumaaz, Ahumaaz begot Ziba, Ziba begot Shimei, Shimei begot Hushai, Hushai begot Abiathar, and Abiathar begot Amihiram. These are the generations of Israel in Exile, 700 years.
Now Amihiram had a wife whose name was Miriel, and they dwelt together in the Great City of the Kittim beside the Narrow Rushing Sea. They were faithful even in the land of sorrow, and with silence and obedience did they abide their suffering. The Lord was pleased by their piety and remembered Amihiram and Miriel; so it was that Miriel became with child, and she bore a son, and he was named Benjamin for he was Greatly Beloved. This was in the 769th year since the destruction of the Temple and the wanderings of the People of Israel from the Land of G-d.
Benjamin grew in the Land of the Kittim, and as a child he learned well to fear G-d and to obey the Law, so to did he study the stories of the ancestors and the examples from times that have gone before.
About this time Yohanon was prophesying to the People and he came to Kittimia, and many gathered to hear him speak and to see him with their own eyes, for his fame had spread wide and he was well known to be a man of G-d. So Amihiram and Miriel took Benjamin into the presence of Yohanon and they stood amidst the multitude and prayed in hope that they might receive a blessing for the child.
And Yohanon saw the boy, and ignoring all others he came to him and laid his hands upon him. He spoke saying, "when twice four hundred years have passed since the Day of Jerusalem's Fall, this child shall lead the People of Israel to the Promised Land again, and he shall rule them many a year and his descendants will till the soil of Canaan, of G-d's country."
The crowd was disbelieving and shouted, but Yohanon raised his hand and silenced them. He spoke on, and they listened for the spirit of the Lord was upon him, "A friend he will be to an Emperor, and he will sit high in the Councils of the Kittim; he shall raise a dynasty to the Purple with the aid of G-d, and for this deed a great reward shall come."
Yohanon raised the boy high and said, "he will be as King, but shall refuse all crowns, he will be as a shepherd who slaughters not his flock, nor sheer them too close, he will live to be old, but he will die a young mans death."
Amihiram and Miriel took the child Benjamin home and raised him to fear and obey G-d, but they did not believe in the Prophecy of Yohanon.
In the 772nd year Amihiram was taken as tutor for Basil, son of Bardas a man of Macedon, and thus it was caused that Benjamin and Basil were raised together, and so it was that they grew together as boys, and as men became true friends.
This was the will of The Lord.