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Who were the Jebusites?

Updated: Dec 28, 2021

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[Note: This is one of a series listed under the heading: Wordie Post." It was originally posted on the Word Press blog entitled "Our Daily Bread," found at The changes at Word Press are similar to those on Twitter and Facebook, where I was posting to an empty space. That was because I began and maintained that blog as one of their free offerings. When their force to change to a paid blog website did not move me, they cancelled their "Reader," so posting on Word Press has become like a caged animal at the zoo, where only workers occasionally toss the animals a bite to eat. Word Press [et al] is like what I imagine life was like in the satellite countries of the Soviet Union: meager, bleak, spiritless. So, I am transferring those forty articles here.]


Melchizedek was the king of the Jebusites. Because Melchizedek was the King of Salem way back in Genesis and because Melchizedek never died, like Enoch and like Elijah, one must attribute angelic qualities upon him. Melchizedek blessed Abraham. The story of Abram and Sarai has Yahweh telling them to leave Ur and go where He would send them.

Abram [or Abraham] must be seen as a descendant of Noah, who descended from Adam. Adam [and wife], as a divine soul placed into flesh by the hand of Yahweh, had been placed in a worldly realm that was called Eden. After experiencing sin, Adam, woman [let’s call he Eve], and serpent were banished from that sacred ground. Upon their departure, Genesis 3:24 states, “After [Yahweh] drove [Adam and Eve and serpent] out, [Yahweh] placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”

Agreeing that the Great Flood took Noah and family away from where the Ark was built, one must realize that a Great Flood subsiding will leave a great mess. All that was nice and pretty before would have become covered in deep layers of mud and such. The pretty Garden of Eden would have been completely wiped away; but the “cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life” would have remained.” The best way to avoid a Great Flood above ground would be to make oneself at home underground. Then, when the water above was gone, “the way to the tree of life” would still need guarding. That would make the Jebusites a likely peoples to be such guardians.

According to the Abarim Publications website, the name “Jebusite” means “Of The Trodden Underfoot, The Down Tramplers.” They are presumed to be descendants of Ham, through Canaan, all descendants of Noah. They are believed to be the first settlers of Jerusalem, although it was named Salem when Melchizedek was king there. The meaning of the name is said to be rooted as such:

“The verb בוס (bus) means to tread down or trample with the effect of destruction.

Noun מבוסה (mebusa) describes the condition of being down-trodden: subjugation.

Noun תבוסה (tebusa) describes the action of it: ruin or downfall.”

Still, the first mention of Jebusites [and there are not many] is in the Book of Joshua. There, they were people he never defeated; and, the reason is said to be because they had a covenant [in bronze] with Abraham, which agreed that none of his descendants would ever take Jebus – which would become known as Jerusalem.

When the etymology is seen to say “tread down,” down-trodden,” or “trample with the effect of destruction,” think about what the purpose would have been for a cherub wielding a flaming sword flashing back and forth would be. Seeing “down” as a directional statement, such that “underfoot” makes it appear to be stepping on someone; what if “underfoot” meant “underground,” where feet normally walking above ground would tend not to “trample down”?

This leads me to think that Jerusalem was several hills formed by the sludge after the Great Flood, where underneath is a tunnel system that was where the cherubim stayed dry, while guarding the way to the tree of life. The tree of life is the immortality that comes from souls washed clean of sin, who no longer feast on the tree that grows “Big Brains” and try to figure out what is good and what is bad. If you have to ask such questions, then expect a flaming sword flashing through your brain, telling you, “Go back to start. Do not pass Go. Do not collect eternal salvation.”

By seeing this association with the mysterious Jebusites, who were led by a king that never died [saying he knew the way to the tree of life], one can then take some leaps of faith and see why Abraham was blessed by Melchizedek and Yahweh’s blessing of Isaac being born to Abraham and Sarah would mean there was a promise of descendants who would be allowed to find the way to the tree of life. However, for them to be shown that way, the place Jebus needed to remain under their protection.

This is what came to me. The Israelites were able to always stave away complete destruction from their natural enemies because the Jebusites played some unknown role in setting up a judge to save the day. I don’t know how that would work, but I get the feel it was Jebusites that came to Abraham’s tent and told him he was going to be a father [and Sarah laughed]. Somehow, the Jebusites would be sent by Yahweh to wherever they were needed. In some way, the Jebusites were the serpent killers, who after being cast out of Eden he still slithered around Canaan, influencing people to hate Yahweh. The Jebusites were the ones who trampled the serpent underfoot.

This means David taking Jebus, ending the protection of Israel by the Jebusites was an important step in this history of the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Coming soon: What did it mean for David to set up government in Jerusalem?

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