Shalom My Friends
Cindy and I have just returned to Arizona after spending 5 weeks in Israel. We spent our time between Tiberius and Jerusalem. We attended the second annual Common Wealth of Israel conference focusing on Reconciliation between the House of Judah and the House of Israel. Very fascinating.
We entertained a small group “6 people” from the classes I taught earlier on Understanding Your Hebrew Roots. We traveled the Northern Galilee area for 6 days and then spent 5 days in Jerusalem. Please contact me if you would like to more on visiting Israel with us.
Now! The Month of Tammuz
We have entered the fourth month of the Biblical year from Nissan. The month of Tammuz. This month has some significant guides for us, as we dig deeper for their understanding.
Here is some of the revelation:
1: The fourth month or the beginning of the second quarter of the twelve months, Tammuz, Av & Elul.
2. Torah Parasha’s commonly read in the month of Tammuz. Shelach, Korach, Chukas & Balak.
3. Tribe of Reuben.
4. Mazal – Constellation – “The Crab.”
5. Hebrew Letter – “Chet”
6. Sense –“Sight”
Let’s begin with “Sight” as the 4 Torah Parasha this month Shelach, Korach, Chukas & Balak are all connected with the “sense of sight.”
Bereshit/Genesis 1:4, and God “saw” the light and it was good.
Chet, the Hebrew letter “Chet” represents a fence, inner room. The pictograph of a fence symbolizes, (1) to separate, (2) to cut off from, (3) to protect. To associate the letter Chet with sight, let’s use #3 to protect. Be careful little eyes what you see (protect) your sight from evil.
The Mazal/Constellation – The Crab
The body of the crab is usually covered with a hard, metallic plating. It also has two sets of antennae protruding from its body, in constant motion searching for food, and scanning the immediate environment for the presence of life-threating enemies. It also has unique eyes, on a constant lookout in all directions for whatever may be approaching or may have passed. As the crab grows in size it has the ability to shed its shell and grow into a new and larger size.
(The Wisdom in the Hebrew Months Volume 2)
Reuben is the first born of Jacob by his wife Leah.
Genesis 29:30-32, clearly, he (Jacob) loved Rachel more the Leah…God saw that Leah was unloved, so he opened her womb (Rachel, remained barren). Leah conceived and bore a son, and named him “Reuben,” for she declared, “It means: God has seen (ra’ah) my suffering, and now my husband will love me!
Here we see why Reuben is associated with the month of Tammuz through the meaning of his name “See.”
Reuben – Teshuvah/Repentance
Genesis 35:22 – and it happened, while Israel lived in that land that Reuben went and lay with Bilah his father’s concubine, and Israel heard about it.
Here we see the open sin that occurred with Reuben laying with his father’s concubine Bilah. And the underlying reason for Reuben losing his firstborn birthright.
Repentance must begin to be revealed to the family.
Genesis 37:21-22, And Reuben heard it and he delivered him from their hands and said “let us not kill him.” Throw him into this pit that is in the wilderness and do not lay a hand on him.” So he (Reuben) might get him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
Here we see the beginning of Teshuvah/ Repentance on Reuben’s part caused by laying with Bilah in order to return Joseph to his father Jacob.
Teshuvah – Return to the Original.
For us “Return to the Father.”
We can also see that Teshuvah/Repentance on Reuben’s part is clearly given by the Father as it is written in Deuteronomy 33:6, “Reuben will live and not die, but his men will be few.
Numbers 1:5, And these are the names of the men that will stand with you; from Reuben, Elisur the son of Shedeur.
The very name of the tribal prince, “Elitzur” (“my God is a rock”), intimated the penance of Reuben, who was forgiven by God, the Rock who will bear his sin as a foundation stone bears the weight of a house. (Midrash Aggadah, Number 1:5)
Let’s put this explanation into action!
Tammuz – Reading scripture with our eyes open takes us to a place we have never been before. Learning Torah Parasha weekly and understanding the Hebrew Months our lives come to life as we experience the trials and testimonies of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Be careful what you see and let into your life, be like the Hebrew letter “Chet”, protect your eyesight.
When you have erred, committed sin, Teshuvah/Repentance is necessary. By admitting ours sins correcting our errs and returning to the Father, we can be like the crab, shedding our old self and letting God build and help us grow into the new creation in us the Son Yeshua.
We are granted not one life, but two. This one life on earth and then our second eternal life.
This life the “olam ha-zeh” this world, and the “olam ha-ba” the world to come.
“Know whence you came and to where you are going and before whom you are destined to give final accounting. (Ethics of the Fathers)
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Moreover, He has set eternity in their heart.
We attend to see, living our life here on earth with all of His purpose, knowing that the world to come is eternally spent with our Father.
Baruch Ha-ba B-Shem Adonai
Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the LORD