the conversion of EbedMelech in the scroll of Jeremiah.
By Dennis Giron
Here you have a non Jew who believes in the message of Jeremiah, and even saves Jeremiah after the prophet was thrown down some pit or cistern.
Afterwards Jeremiah promised that the Lord would protect EbedMelech. Similar to the story of Bilal. This is fascinating, as EbedMelech was an Ethiopian slave.
EbedMelech is a title which means "the King's slave," but can also mean "servant of the King" in a sense of being a servant of God.
The Arabic rendering of EbedMelech would be Abdul-Malik.
He was protected by God for believing
in a prophet of God). Another conversion story is that found in the book of Ruth... she
didn't need a long rigorous process to become one with the Jews, instead she became one of
them simply by saying "your God is my God, your people will be my people"
(nothing more than a pre-shahaada statement of faith). This signafies how easy it is
to convert as per the stories of the TaNaKh.
Regarding Ebed-Melech (as the TaNaKh describes him, Ha-Cushi, "the ethiopian;" ish saris, "a castrated man," or a slave or eunich). As the Shacharit (Jewish prayer recited in the morning) that begins with "Baruch Atah HaShem (Blessed art thou oh Lord), Eloheinu (Our God), MELEKH Ha-Olam (Ruler of the Universe).
So Ebed-Melech can also be a servant of the ruler of all things created, God, which is actually shown in the story, as this cushi (Ethiopian) is the only one who believes the prophet sent to the Jews. The spelling of Ebed-Melech is ayin-bet-dalet mem-lamed-kaph, or ABD-MLK. While the spelling is not exactly the same, ABD-MLK is pretty close to the spelling of Abdul-Malik (except for the fact that Abdul-Malik has the definite article thrown in on malik... other than that, the name is the same, with the EXACT same roots).
In Conclusion, this Ethiopian believed in Jeremiah, and in Jeremiah 39:16-18 God is quoted as follows: Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Behold, I will bring my words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall be [accomplished] in that day before thee. But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the LORD: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou [art] afraid. For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the LORD."
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