The Month of Tevet

First Fruits Recap of the Month of Tevet

The month of Tevel is the 10th month on the Hebrew calendar. The number ten is connected with order, tithe and testimony.

In this month God is encouraging us to get things in order, and to grow up and mature in Him. It’s a month to get focused, get our priorities straight, and to look at the course we are taking in life. It’s a time to consider further education, and review prophetic words spoken over us. Prov 3:11-12 (NLT) – My child, don’t ignore it when the Lord disciplines, you, and don’t be discouraged when He corrects you. For the Lord corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom He delights.” The Lord corrects us to help us grow up and mature in Him.

Maturing equips us for good works. The word Tevet comes from the Hebrew root word Tove which means good. We see the first mention of this word in Genesis 1, verses 3 and 4. “Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that it was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.” God wants to separate the light from the darkness in us, as well, so we can see clearly. His Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. (Psalm 119:105) He leads us step by step along our path with His Word lighting the way. Prov 6:23 says, “For these commands and this teaching are a lamp to light the way ahead of you. The correction of discipline is the way to life.” So, if God brings correction in your life this month, don’t reject it, but embrace it, and grow from it. Correction shows us how much God loves us.

This month is connected to our vision. Part of maturity is our perspective or how we see things. The Bible says we can’t serve two masters. We will either hate the one and love the other or be devoted to the one and despise the other. The Jews call this the battle of the good eye versus the evil eye. Mathew 6:22-23 says, “Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. (Looking at things from God’s perspective) But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness…” Verse 24 says, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Having a good eye means that we see God infinitely more valuable over money. We choose to serve God and seek Him as our provider. The evil eye is a euphenism for covetousness. It’s when we want what someone else has and we will do whatever we need to do to get what they have.

The letter this month is Iyan, and it’s a picture of an eye. This month is connected with focus and vision. The letter Iyan has a value of 70 which is connected to vision. The number 80 is connected to our mouth and speaking. 70 comes before 80, so we need to look before we speak. There is great wisdom to look from a heavenly perspective before we speak. There is also great maturity in pausing and looking back at what God has done. Evaluate your life this month. It may be helpful to write things down and then do an evaluation of the things going on in your life. Ask God where changes need to be made, what needs to be eliminated and what things needs to be added. Make sure you get God’s perspective on all of it.

Another way of growing up is through fasting. When we combine fasting with focusing on God’s word, we position ourselves to hear God clearly. There is a day of fasting this month and it is on the 10th of Tevet.  This fast had to do with the seige of Jerusalem by the Babylonians on the 10th of Tevet. King Zedekiah did not listen to the words of Jeremiah the prophet to surrender and spare his life and his family members. He chose to refuse to listen to what God said through Jeremiah. So because of fear and not obeying the voice of the Lord, he was captured by the Babylonians. He had to watch his sons get killed, he had his eyes gouged out, and he was sent away to exile in Babylon. The 10th of Tevet has become a day of fasting for the Jews to reflect upon their path and their decisions, and to reflect upon the consequences of their decisions. May I add that we need to also reflect upon whether we are being obedient to any personal word God may have given us.

Another point on fasting. When we think of fasting, Queen Ester comes to mind. In Esther chapter 2 she was crowned Queen in the month of Tevet. Esther had great maturity for her age. She was a young woman when she was chosen by the king, but her uncle raised her in the way she should go. She grew in wisdom and had great favor on her life. She knew she was loved by God and it gave her great maturity, great focus, and great vision to fulfill the plan that God had for her. During this month of Tevet, may we remember that just like Esther, we have been called for such a time as this.

God wants us to grow up in our emotions as well. Our emotions are indicators of what is going on inside of us. Jesus had righteous anger, but He did not sin.  He was not controlled by anger. God has called us to be child-like but not childish. He wants us to be mature in our emotions. He tells us in Gal 5:16 that if we walk by the Spirit, we won’t carry out the desires of the flesh.  When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit will grow within us. We need to allow the fruit of self-control to grow and mature in our lives so we are not controlled by the flesh.

This month is associated with the tribe of Dan. His name means to judge, to rule, to mature. It takes maturity to be a just ruler. Dan judged his people. They were the rear guard of the tribes in battle and they were very crafty in battle. They knew how to find the achillees heel of the enemy. Samson was part of the tribe of Dan. We can learn some things from Samson too. He had great strength but he had no self-control over his emotions. His enemies gouged out his eyes and in his last battle he cried out to God and took down the enemy, but he lost his life. We must learn to operate by the power of the Holy Spirit and not by our flesh. Dan was also an anointed craftsman with sculpting, working with metal and engraving. The tribe of Dan built the furniture God had designed for the tabernacle. They were appointed and anointed to do this job. This is a time to mature our artistic talents for the Lord and to use our craft for him.

The tribe of Dan also represents a great tragedy, as Dan did not fulfill his destiny. All the tribes of Israel messed up, but they eventually fulfilled their destiny. Even though God showered Dan with blessings, and poured out His mercy upon him, Dan chose to walk a path of darkness. He did not respond to God correctly. When God pours out His blessing and mercy upon us, we have a choice in how we respond. We can respond by living for ourselves and following our own desires, or by giving ourselves in worship and obedience to Him. Read the story of the tribe of Dan in the Book of Judges and learn from Dan’s mistake. Choose to respond correctly to God’s faithfulness and goodness in your life.

Tevet is the tenth month on the Hebrew calendar. The number ten represents godly authority. We are to pray for our leaders this month. The enemy will use great strategies this month to pull leaders away. Pray for God’s protection over them and that no division or offense will arise between you and the leaders in your life.

AYIN is also a picture of a spring or well. Let new life spring up and flow out of you.

The constellation for this month is Capricorn (the goat). We will see the nations that are not allies of God’s covenant, known as “goat nations,” take a wrong turn. This is also a time to leap forth like a goat. Be willing to war in prayer when God calls you to war and stand for your inheritance and don’t back down! This is a very important month to pray with boldness into our destiny. Be stubborn in prayer like a goat.

Tevet began at the end of Hanukkah this year. To understand the month of Tevet, we must understand what Hanukkah is about. Hanukah was about God pouring out His mercy on His people, His faithfulness to His people, about the restoration of His Temple, about the miracle in allowing the oil for the menorah in the temple to burn for eight days when it was only enough for one day, about how His light overcomes the darkness, and about receiving light, which is revelation from God. God wants us to come out of Hanukkah filled with faith and celebrating His goodness.

This is a month to fill ourselves with the word of God. 11 Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.

May each of us grow up and mature in Him, no matter how old we are. May we receive and grow from correction from the Lord, and may we be fully equipped for every good work God wants us to do. As we fill ourselves with His word may new life spring up and flow out of us. May we always respond in worship and obedience to the God’s blessing and goodness in our lives. God bless you in the month of Tevet!

All information in this Firstfruits Recap for the month of Tevet, 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.

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