“Comfort and keep comforting my people,” says your God. “Tell Yerushalayim to take heart; proclaim to herthat she has completed her time of service, that her guilt has been paid off, that she has received at the hand of Adonai double for all her sins.” Isaiah 40:1-2

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Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

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8TH MONTH OF THE BIBLICAL CALENDAR

22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I will make shall remain before Me,” says 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 the Lord.
Isaiah 66:22-23

THE BEGINNING

At the beginning I announce the end,
proclaim in advance things not yet done;
and I say that my plan will hold,
I will do everything I please to do.
Isaiah 46:10

God revealed His plan of salvation at the beginning in Genesis 1:1 even before it happened. The Gospel written in just one word B’resheet (Genesis).

TAKEAWAYS FROM THE MONTH OF CHESHVAN

CHARACTERISTICS

It is the 8th month of the biblical calendar from the month of Nisan and the 2nd month of the civil year. The number 8 signifies eternal revelation and a new beginning. The alphabet associated with Cheshvan is the 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet which is NUN which means Fish and symbolizes the Messiah. This month is known as the month of the Messiah. This is the month of miracles. The numerical number of Nun is 50 which relates to Jubilee (Jobel).

It is the month after the 7th month of Tishri which hosts three significant holidays and feasts. Rosh Hashanah which is the new year is celebrated on the 1st of Tishri unlike all of other feasts that falls on the 15th of the month. Yom Kippur known also as the Day of Atonement or the Ten Days of Awe is celebrated on the 10th day of Tishri. Finally on the 15th day of Tishri Sukkot known as the Feast of Tabernacles is celebrated as the culmination of the Fall Feasts.

NEW CYCLE NEW BEGINNING

The number 8 signifies eternal revelation and new beginning. As the 7th month of Tishri ends a cycle, a new cycle begins again with Cheshvan. The Feast of Tabernacles ends with the celebration of Simchat Torah which is the day of rejoicing in the Torah. Throughout the year, passages of the Torah are read aloud in the synagogue. On Simchat Torah, the reading is completed (with the last two chapters of Deuteronomy), then immediately begun again (with Genesis). The first reading of the Torah begins in the month of Cheshvan with Genesis 1(Parashah B’resheet). The first word in Genesis is B’resheet, a Hebrew word which means in the beginning. The 6 Hebrew letters that make up B’resheet are Bet, Resh, Aleph, Shin, Yod and Tav. The combinations of these letters tells the story of the Gospel amazingly, all from one word B’resheet.

THE GOSPEL FORETOLD IN THE HEBREW WORD B’RESHEET


This is not a coincidence that the 8th month of Cheshvan begins with the reading of Genesis 1 (B’resheet 1). In John 1:1-2-3, it writes, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing made had being.” As revealed in the combination of the Hebrew letters of B’resheet, the Son that is Jesus Christ was with God the Father in the beginning and the Son was God himself. All creation was made through Jesus.

THE FLOOD OF NOAH’S TIME

Cheshvan is the short for Marcheshvan which also means drops of water and the Hebrew word Mar means bitter. In this month the 17th day, the great flood of Noah happened that lasted until the 27th of Cheshvan the next year. On the 28th day of Cheshvan, Noah brought an offering of sacrifice to the LORD. The flood was sent because of the judgement of God to wipe away the wickedness of men. It was a life and world altering time. Nothing was the same after the flood, the world began again with Noah and his family only. While Noah and his family were in the ark during the duration of the flood upon the earth, God remembered them and when the time came God finally caused a wind to pass over the earth and the water began to go down. In the judgement there is also the grace of God. Let us remember the abounding grace of God each month.

HISTORIC HAPPENINGS IN THIS MONTH

On Cheshvan 11, the death of Rachel (Jacob’s wife) is remembered while giving birth to her second son Benjamin on the way to Bethlehem.

On Cheshvan 15, King Jeroboam had an alternative Sukkot celebration for the people of the Northern Kingdom away from Jerusalem which was wrong and a sin before God. (1 Kings 12:32-33)Benjamin and Judah were the only 2 tribes that remain in Jerusalem, where else the 10 other tribes of Israel went away and worshipped idols made by their Northern kingdom king. May we choose to worship and serve the Lord and not stray away from His truth. May we also pray for healing of the drift and gap between the church and Israel.

On Cheshvan 17, the first temple was completed by King Solomon but only inaugurated until the following Tishrei.

SHABBAT SHALOM!

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