The Following are special dates for our serious consideration that we might take the time to honour theme. May these enrich your walk with the Creator of the Heavens.
YeshaYahu (Isaiah) 66: 22-23 “For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says YHWH (the Lord), “So shall your descendants and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says YHWH (the Lord.) Shalom!
Each Biblical month has its own theme or message. The theme of the month of Shevat is renewal, restoration and rebirth. The month of Shevat marks the early beginnings of the spring season in Israel and the time in which their almond trees are in full bloom. Praise God for the blossoming of a new season in your life. Declare that the door to your past is closed and you are moving into a new season of fruitfulness in your walk with the Lord.
In Israel the almond tree is one of the first trees to “awaken” from its winter sleep. The word almond means “wakeful” because the almond tree is quick and early to bloom in January. It was said that the tree never slept and was always watching for the arrival of Spring. That was why some referred to it as the watching tree. The prophet, Jeremiah, mentions it in a vision:
“Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Jeremiah, what do you see? And I said, I see a branch or shoot of an almond tree [the emblem of alertness and activity, blossoming in late winter]. Then said the Lord to me, you have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.”
In this instance, God uses the image of the almond tree to introduce a spiritual truth. Like the almond tree watching for the arrival of Spring, God watches over our lives awaiting the season in which His promises to us will come to pass. God’s Word contains the power to do what it says. Those who have been trusting in Him and believing in His Word are now in a season where we are entering into the fullness of the promise.
A date of significance during the month of Shevat is its first day because it was on this date that Moses gave his final message recorded in the book of Deuteronomy to the generation that would enter the Land of Promise (Deuteronomy 1:3). Since the previous generation had died out in the wilderness, the next generation had to renew their covenant with God and accept His laws as the rule of their lives.
As the head of our new year, the month of January is the perfect time to renew our covenant with God – accepting His Lordship over our lives, seeking His forgiveness for our sins and forsaking everything we know to be displeasing to Him.
It is said that on the 15th of Shevat the trees stop absorbing water from the ground, and instead draw nourishment from their sap. This signals the end of winter and the almond trees begin to blossom. A tree dies if uprooted from the earth; it exists and grows only when it continues to receive nourishment from its source. There is a connection between man, trees, and fruit in Bible Scripture:
“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and [that] spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8).
As we continue to trust in the goodness of the Lord, let us pray that His Holy Spirit nourishes us so that we will be rooted like the trees and grow strong, bearing much fruit.