Guest Blogger: Larry Arey
The month of Sivan is the third month of the Jewish religious calendar as established by God in Exodus 12:2. This year, 2018, the month starts on May 15 and ends on June 13.
This month is associated with the Hebrew alphabet letter, Zayin, which means receiving mercy for completion.
Zebulun is the tribe associated with the month. They were known for business and the marketplace. This could be considered the “business person’s month”.
The Feast of Pentecost falls in this month and is the second of three major feasts.
As we move into Sivan take time to look back at the two previous months and how they have led to this point. Just because there is a date on a calendar does not mean that we shut down what was happening. We continue to build upon the foundation that was previously laid.
Giving is one of the attributes of this month and is a good time to review your giving and see if God wants to set new boundaries.
As we all know, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on those in the upper room occurred on the day of Pentecost. It was originally installed as a feast back when Israel was still in the desert. Today it is a three part feast. First, this feast was to commemorate the completion of the grain harvest. Second, it marked the giving of the Torah. Third, it marks the outpouring of Holy Spirit in the upper room. Within these three celebrations we see wheat as natural, Torah as soul and Holy Spirit as spirit. So this feast is meant to feed all of us completely. As Pastor Linda likes to say “isn’t God smart”. So we have the complete blessing this month. So as heaven’s windows are opened up to pour out that blessing, make sure that you are aligned with God and His purpose. Miriam was not aligned with Moses at the beginning of this month and she received leprosy but God in His mercy allowed her time to repent and get clean and move back into proper alignment. If you are feeling “off” or out of spiritual alignment get with God and seek His mercy and let Him place you back into your proper place. Another example that is associated with this month is the twins, Jacob and Esau. We saw one chose natural hunger over a birthright. We know from history that his descendants, who were the Edomites, were completely destroyed in 70 A.D. Choosing the spiritual over the flesh is not always easy but when we have the promise of the outpouring and all blessings we must not sell our birthright short.
This month spend time meditating on the principles of prosperity from God’s Word and what they mean for you and your calling. As God revealed Himself to you last month, align with Him to receive all that He has for you.
This month is also a month of cause verses results. As you review and meditate on the two previous months, ask God to reveal your actions (cause) in those months and what results you are now seeing. As we continue to move forward as individuals and as a church see how we continue to build on the foundation that we lay. So as you think about your first fruit giving for this month allow God to speak to you according to what you need and what you are believing for.