The Month of Cheshvan
First Fruits Recap of the Month of Cheshvan
Cheshvan is the eighth month on the Hebrew calendar. Eight signifies revelation and a new beginning. This is a month to ask God for new revelation for a new beginning. God is about taking us into the new, about us walking in the new, about us becoming new, and about pouring out His new mercies every morning… (Lamentation 3:22,23). As we begin moving in new revelation, we will be digesting and assimilating God’s wisdom and truth. Ask God to bring new beginnings in your life where you need them.
We can also have a new beginning when we allow Him to show us anything we need to repent of. If we confess our sin, His blood will wash us clean, and we will receive a new beginning!
I want to add something that the Holy Spirit put on my heart regarding a new beginning. There is something that we can do that will open a whole new beginning of blessing in our lives. We all know the importance of tithing. We know that the tithe is 10% of our income and that it belongs to God. When we tithe we are returning it back to Him. If we hold onto it, we are robbing God. We know that God has told us we are to give offerings, which are seperate from our tithes.
Last week the Holy Spirit spoke to Sig about giving Asaph an offering to bless him as he went back to college. So many of you responded as well and blessed that young man with an offering. God wants us to give offerings and there are many kinds, but there is something else we need to make a part of our giving and that is First Fruits giving.
First Fruits is honoring God by giving back to Him the first and best of all He has given to us! By giving the first of what you receive, you acknowledge that He is truly first in your life, and is honored above everything else. There are blessings promised for all three kinds of giving but the fullness of blessing is released when we worship Him with all three.
In the Old Testament the First Fruits offering was given to the priests. Today we give a First Fruits offering to our pastors. Let me read Ezekial 44:30 – “The first of all the first fruits of every kind, and every contribution and offering of every kind, from all your contributions and offerings, shall belong to the priests. You shall also give to the priest the first of your coarse meal and bread dough, so that a blessing may rest on your house.” (Amplified Version)
We give a First Fruits offering at the head of the month. When a new month begins, we celebrate that first day as a First Fruits. This celebration is called Rosh Chodesh. That is a great time to give a First Fruits offering. If you have some other first occur in your life and you want to give a First Fruits offering, do it! You don’t have to wait until the first of the month.
This is what a First Fruits offering does – it honors God as your source, it sanctifies the rest of your income, and it releases the fullness of God’s blessing on your household. Proverbs 3:9, 10 – promises that if we honor the Lord with the firstfruits of all our crops (income); then our barns will be filled to overflowing and our vats will brim over with new wine. God wants us to develop a mentality of firstfruits in every area of our life – our time, our talents, and our money. I encourage you to give a First Fruits offering, along with your tithe and other offerings and when you give, give willfully, give cheerfully and give abundantly and you will see a new beginning of prosperity and blessing in your life.
Cheshvan is associated with the Hebrew letter NUN, which symbolizes the Messiah. The Jews call Cheshvan the month of Messiah. They believe that the third Temple will be inaugurated or dedicated during the month of Cheshvan and that Jesus will establish the beginning of His reign upon the earth. So, this is a month for us to pray that the Jews will come to know Messiah as their personal Savior. Pray for the Jews this month.
This month is associated with the tribe of Manasseh. Manasseh was one of the most blessed tribes of Israel. The blessing that Jacob pronounced on Manasseh and Ephraim was so extravagant that it became the standard by which blessings were measured. Expect blessing this month. Manasseh was Joseph’s oldest son who was born in Egypt. Joseph’s life had been filled with pain and hardship, but God was with him and God vindicated him. When Manasseh was born Joseph said it made him forget the pain of his past. This is a month to forget the pain and sorrows of the past and to receive a new hope for the new beginnings in our lives, in our circumstances and in our relationships. “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 3:13b-14 NIV)
This month is also known as the month of Noah because it was in this month that the great flood took place. In the story of Noah we see two different aspects of God – His judgement and His grace. This is an important message regarding this month – it can be a month of judgement or of grace. God is a very patient and loving God and He does not like to bring judgement. He gives every opportunity for repentance before judgement comes. But this is a month to remember that eventually judgement does come. “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Mathew 24:37 NIV) But God also gives grace, and as great judgement covered the earth, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. As we walk in righteousness before God, we will find grace poured out upon us for the days ahead. Jesus is our ark of safety and the One in whom we are to abide.
The flood actually began on the 17th of Cheshvan+ and ended the following year on the 27th of Cheshvan. The story of Noah that occured during this month shows us the reality of judgement, of the grace of God poured out, and a new beginning. The next day after Noah came out of the ark, he offered a sacrifice to God. The Bible says that God found it to be a soothing aroma to His nostrils. God promised never again to destroy the earth with a flood. The sign of His covenant promise was the rainbow. God has made covenant promises to us, as well. Jer 29:11 tells us, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.” Even when you see judgement at work in the world, God has grace for those who follow Him. Set your heart to seek Him.
A flood will always uncover things and show the roots underneath. This is a month to deal with root issues. Allow the Holy Spirit to put His finger upon the root issues He wants to deal with in your life. This is a good month to go through a time of deliverance to deal with root issues. As John and Sheryl have taught us, deliverance is something we need to do at least yearly or twice a year. It’s like a regular checkup for our spiritual life. We have two deliverance teams in our congregation right now that can take you through the process of deliverance. You can set up an appointment with either Sheryl and Darlene Christian or John and Richard Martin.
Cheshvan is connected with the fragrance of myrrh. Myrrh is a fragrance used from ancient times and was one of the gifts given at the birth of Jesus by the Wise Men. We see in the Bible that Myrrh was an ingredient of the consecrated incense used in the first and second temples in Jerusalem, and it was also listed as an ingredient in the holy oil used to anoint the tabernacle, high priests and kings.
Myrrh symbolizes purification, grace and peace. Esther was bathed in Myrrh for six months before being presented to the king (Esther 2-12). This month allow the purification process of the Holy Spirit to prepare you for more intimacy with Jesus our King. As I pass this Myrhh Essential Oil around the room, take a deep whiff of the oil and ask the Holy Spirit to begin that process in you for a more intimate relationship with Jesus. Just as Noah’s sacrifice after getting out of the ark was a sweet smelling incense unto the Lord, may our intimate relationship with Jesus bring a beautiful aroma that others can smell and one that our Heavenly Father finds very pleasing.
This is the month that you must war with words. Words that are not spoken correctly can go into the inward parts of our stomach. Many stomach issues are the result of receiving wrong words. I want to add that you can also store hurtful words in other parts of your body, as well. You can have a nagging headache, pain in your neck and shoulders, a pain in your side, a pain in your back, a pain in your chest, and it can be from words or situations that you have not dealt with correctly. Ask God to show you if you have stored anything inside you. He will reveal it. After you’ve dealt with it, Chuck said to speak to your inner being and say, “I am satisfied.” I would add, “I am satisfied that this issue has been removed from me. It is no longer stored in my body. I am free from this issue, in Jesus Name.” Jesus can push out anything in you that was hurt, offended or dissatisfied. Deal with it, get rid of it and you may get rid of a physical symptom that was associated with it.
This month is linked with the constellation of Scorpio (the scorpion). The scorpion and the snake are both symbols for this month. Jesus said to His disciples, “I give unto you the power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19 This is a key month to stand in your authority. Plant your heel on the enemy’s neck and say, “I am preparing my heel to step on you.”
May you receive new revelation for a new beginning this month. May His grace be poured out upon you and may you walk in the authority Jesus has given you over the enemy through His mighty name!!! Happy Cheshvan!
All information in this Firstfruits Recap for the month of Cheshvan, whether a direct quote or paraphrase, has been taken from the book, “A Time to Advance,” by Chuck D. Pierce with Robert and Linda Heidler and “His Appointed Times,” by Christine Vales.