This year I’ve been learning to trust how God speaks to me, to my heart. I’m an optimist, a Polly Anna Sunshine. I tend to always look at things through a heart of hope. I love believing God and I like to look for His goodness in all things. When I’m studying the Hebrew months I look for goodness and hope… something that encourages and causes me to grow higher in Him. Each month was given by God with a unique purpose and is designed to release a blessing into our lives. I pray my study of this month and this season gives you fresh hope of the goodness of God and all that He has for you.
Tuesday night we entered into not only a new month on the Hebrew calendar, Tevet… but also a new season, Winter. Winter is the season to plan for increase in the next season. Tevet is the 10th month on the Hebrew calendar… 10 is a number of divine order … 10 is also 5 + 5… five being the number of grace or in this case a double portion of grace. This month walk in the double portion of grace available… walking in the fullness, the grace that Jesus made available for us. He paid it all so that you could have it all! It’s a free gift (Eph 2:8).
The first two letters in the word Tevet is “tov” which is the Hebrew word for good and it is followed by the letter tet which is also a letter connected to the word good…. so the whole word Tevet from beginning to end is a word full of God’s goodness. While I love this season of Christmas, I realize not everyone enjoys it. It can be a time of bitter disappointments, sadness over loved ones gone, rejections of family members, depression, etc. It can also be a financially stressful time for many. But this month, Tevet, let’s declare it as a month of God’s goodness from beginning to end.. allowing Him to lavish us with His goodness, His grace and His favor.
Tevet is also connected to the Hebrew letter “ayin”. Ayin means the eye. This month purposely choose to see things through the eyes of your Father. Seeing circumstances through the eyes of faith and hope… and seeing others through the eyes of love and grace.
Each month is associated with a tribe of Israel. The tribes were divided into four groups of three. This Winter season included the three tribes: Dan (the leader of this group), Naphtali and Asher. They formed the “rear” guard of the camp and were the ones to watch out for the enemy attacking the camp from behind. These three formed the rear guard not because of military skill but because they brought the glory of God. They were the most creative of the tribes… Dan were skilled craftsmen in all kinds or artistic work, Naphtali brought forth beautiful words, and Asher caused the land to flourish. This Winter season let’s allow His glory to be our rear guard (Is 58:8)
Dan is the tribe connected to Tevet. Dan in the Hebrew means to judge. Dan’s ensign was the eagle! Dan is one who can see the prey afar off - the one who soars on high in the Spirit and get the heavenly perspective on things. His judgement takes in the full scope of the scene and from his viewpoint, he is able to objectively give good direction and assessments of situations. As a result, he is called to judge Israel. Let’s judge correctly this month… soaring on wings of Eagles and judging things through God’s eyes of love and mercy, of goodness.
May this season be full of the goodness of God, His glory (Ex 33:18-19)…. Merry Christmas (Celebration of Christ) from our family to yours!