Welcome everyone to the month of Kislev! In our quest to know more about our Hebrew heritage I wanted to pass along a wonderful encouraging email my friend Leann Wall of Rising Eagle Ministries shared about Kislev (please note I took the liberty of adding a couple of pictures but content credit all to her).
Friday, November 21 the new Hebrew month of Kislev began, a month of trust, support and to come full circle. It is the beginning of Hanukkah and a month to watch Israel closely. Things happen in the month of Kislev that change the course of Israel. Kislev is represented by the Hebrew letter Samekh which means to support, uphold, prop, to aid or lean upon, to assist, to rest. It also means to rejoice and be refreshed in heart! This is a picture of one leaning on and being supported by another. The traditional Hebrew letter looked more like a crooked tree leaning on a support post so it would grow straight. As we lean on the Lord and His unfailing Word, He causes us to grow straight.
A relationship with God will require trust at some point. High levels of trust can be very painful because of the risk involved and because of the way we may have framed past experiences. Don’t be surprised if God leads you into a situation where things don’t go like you thought they would or should and you don’t understand why. When we trust the Lord with all of our heart and we choose not to lean on our own understanding, when we acknowledge (lean on) Him in all our ways, He will make our path straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).
The Samekh is the only Hebrew letter that is enclosed. It is the idea of coming full circle or enclosing a group of items. Although foreign to us, it’s common in Hebrew for a circle to be drawn around a group of facts or numbers when these facts uphold the previous truth. Samekh is a ‘returning to the beginning’, a ‘remembering’. The practice of communion illustrates this concept. We remember Jesus and what He did for us on the cross when we take communion.
Hanukkah begins this month and is historically the most referred to feast in the Bible. It is know as the Feast of Dedication.
Hanukkah is about remembering what happened during the 400 silent year period between the Old and New Testament and the epic war the freedom fighters won to reclaim the Temple in Jerusalem.
It is a picture of what Christ did for us so we could have the opportunity to dedicate our lives to Him. It’s about rooting out compromise.
The 15th stanza of Psalm 119 begins each line with a Samekh letter (the Samekh words are in bold):
v.113 “I hate the double-minded, But I love Your law.”
v.114 “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.”
v.115 “Depart from me, you evildoers, for I will keep the commandments of my God.”
v.116 “Uphold me according to Your word that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
v.117“Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and I shall observe Your statutes continually.”
v.118 “You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is falsehood.
v.119 “You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross; therefore I love thy testimonies.
v.120 “My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments.”
Later this month we will look at the story of Hanukkah. It is a time to fight against empires and cultures; to develop warfare strategies for the year ahead.
In order to war strategically we must have prophetic revelation. We must pull aside and seek Him for revelation and then trust HIM.
As we lean on the Lord and trust Him, we find rest. He encircles us in His arms and we find inner peace and tranquility.