Iyar 5770 (April 2010)

Posted: August 2, 2010 in Hebrew Months

The Hebrew month of Iyar is the 2nd month on the Biblical calendar. In the Bible it is referred to the 2nd month, following the month of Nisan which in Exodus 12:2 says “This month [shall be] unto you the beginning of months: it [shall be] the first month of the year to you.”

During this month in Exodus they were traveling to Mount Sinai to meet with their God, “I AM”. They were enjoying their renewed health and restored bodies and Psalm 107:35 says, “But he brought His people safely out of Egypt, loaded with silver and gold; there were no sick or feeble people among them.” This month is commonly referred to as the month of healing, for its name is an acronym for “I am God your Healer” (Exodus 15:26). This is an amazing miracle since they were in slavery and bondage for years, with bodies that were broken under the weights and burdens they were forced to bear. When they ate the Passover lamb, they were to eat the entire lamb. When they ate the heart, those who had heart problems were healed, when they ate the liver, those with liver problems were healed, and so on. As you partake in communion this month and eat the bread representing the Lamb of God, who took away the sins of the world, receive healing for every part of your body.

This month is referred to in I Kings 6:1 as the month of Ziv, which means ‘radiance, brilliance’. “In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites had come out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the Lord.” In Eretz Israel (land of Israel), the fields are blooming with brilliant colors as Spring bursts forth. 

This month is not just a month of radiance & brilliance, but illumination & revelation of the Word of God for you right now. Take advantage of this opportunity on God’s cycle for an open heaven of revelation and truth to come forth. This is the time when Jesus was sharing with His disciples for 40 days about the Kingdom of God. I am sure at this time they were listening intently to everything He said, because they obviously did not get it before. They knew now that they needed the power from on high, and Jesus was the only Way, Truth & Life.

This is a good time to renew, restore or lay the foundation of what God has in store for us this year. I Kings 6:1, Solomon began the Temple on the 1st day of Iyar (Ziv) and in the 4th year in the month of Iyar he laid the foundation.

Holidays

Counting of the Omer – The count of the Omer is counting up 50 days from First Fruits to the Feast of Pentecost. The entire month of Iyar will have a day of counting the Omer. In Leviticus, the third book of the Torah, it says: “You shall count… from the day that you brought the omer as a wave offering” (23:15). “Omer” is a Hebrew word that means “sheaves of a harvested crop” and in ancient times Jews brought the omer to the Temple as an offering on the second day of Passover. The Torah tells us to count seven weeks from the bringing of the Omer until the evening of Pentecost hence the custom of counting the Omer.
April 19- Memorial Day, “Yom HaZikaron”- commemorates those who gave their lives for Eretz Israel (land of Israel)
April 20- Independence Day , “Yom Yerushalayim”- the day marking the return of the Jewish People, with the help of God, to their capital city and Temple Mount. The State of Israel was established on Iyar 6, 5708 (1948) when the leaders of the Restored state signed the Declaration of Independence. [the next day the Arab nations went to war with Israel]
Tribes were counted in Iyar 2449, the 2nd year after the Exodus, while they were in the wilderness

Second Passover, Iyar 14 (April 28)- When Hezekiah cleaned out the Temple. 2 Chronicles 30:2, “For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second month“. The 14th of Iyaar is known as the “Second Pesach” because  was on theat date that the Jews had a “second chance” at participating in the rituals of Passover, if they’d been unable to do so in Nisan, because of ritual uncleanness or because they had been far away from homes at that time. We serve a “God of the Second Chance“.

 
 

 

 

 

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