NUMBERS 13; HEBREWS 4:1-2; Psalm 32
2 VOICES: FAITH/UNBELIEF; MIX THE PROMISE WITH FAITH
Hebrew letter: TET
TET resembles a womb- a month when earth contracts- the secret of pregnancy moves into the earth realm. Things will begin to show this month. It’s the 5th of 12 Hebrew months.
Tribe: Simeon means to hear and understand. One who hears God
Simeon was called to hear from Heaven and to have an understanding of what he heard and walk it out. Instead he chose to hear only his self and his own desires and limited understanding and walk that out. He messed up but there is redemption!
THE STORY OF AV:
Av derives from the root, which means, “to will” or “to desire.” A month for us to walk in the Father’s will for us. AV literally means Father
The prophetic (the heart, mind and council of God) Word of God will come to you in the midst of your praise.
It is a month to hear and make decisions on what you have heard… just like the 12 spies.
The month of Av is such a great month. It is full of promise.
Even though on the Hebrew calendar this month is considered to be a low point, It is considered a month of sorrow.
When studying the Hebrew months, we are to look for the redemptive side of things and pull out the treasure, pull out God’s original plans and purposes for each month.
It was originally meant to be the month that the Israelites entered into the Promise Land but on the 9th of Av, ten of the spies came back with an evil report, a report full of unbelief.
They came back and gave the people a mixed report (Numbers 13:25-14:10).
They told them that yes it was true that it was a good land, flowing with milk and honey BUT there was no way that they could take the land because the giants were not only bigger than them, but too big even for God.
There was a zero chance! That report struck fear into the hearts of the people and caused an entire generation to miss out on entering into the promises of God and they had to wander through the wilderness for 40 years until they died!
Acts 13:36 says that David served his generation well.
The ten spies didn’t serve their generation well; they didn’t serve God’s purposes in their generation. They caused their generation, through their mixed words of unbelief, to miss out on the purposes of God.
So even in a month viewed as a low point on the Jewish calendar, we can choose to see it as God originally intended. GOD sees it as a month of goodness, grace and favor. A month of fulfilled destiny and promise!
MONTH OF CHOICES: Blessing or Curse
9th of AV- (July 21)
587 BC- Armies of Babylon destroy Solomon’s temple.
AD 70-The Romans destroy the 2nd temple
AD-135- Final defeat of the Jews by Rome
AD-1095-The 1st crusade is launched, killing thousands of Jews.
AD 1290- The Jews are expelled from England.
AD 1492- The Jews are expelled from Spain.
AD 1942- Jews deported from Warsaw ghetto to the death camps.
AD 2005- The expulsion of the Jews from Gaza began.
Caleb is always so optimistic and full of undaunted faith, wholehearted and unwavering!
Verse 30 in chapter 13 says that he silenced the people and told them we are well able to overcome… in the Hebrew he said we are “yakol yakol”.
He repeated the word, which means able, to have power, to prevail, to overcome! Repetition of a word shows intensity. He was saying, “come on boys, we’ve got this! We can do it.” We are strong in the Lord and the power of His might!”
Even when he is 80 and finally ready to enter the promise land with the 2nd generation of Israelites, he asks for the biggest mountain which was inhabited by the fiercest of the enemies to possess! His faith only got stronger during the 40 years of waiting.
Joshua was another one who was full of faith and courage.
After he and Caleb tore their clothes in response to the Israelite’s words against God, he tried again to encourage these rebellious people.
He assured them that it was a very good land. In fact he uses the word very twice.
He says, “It is a very, very, good land.” An exceedingly, great land!!
He goes on to say that the Lord’s desire is to bring us into and give us a land flowing (gushing or overflowing) with milk and honey.
Overflowing and gushing with all good things. Overflowing and gushing with prosperity and abundance.
He encourages them not to rebel against God and also not to fear the people of the promise land who will be our prey because the Lord is not with them and they have no defense.
The Israelites responded by wanting to stone Joshua and Caleb.
Regardless of the Israelite’s response and the fact that they were not persuaded and moved by Joshua and Caleb’s words, Caleb and Joshua had served their generation well and were allowed to serve the next generation well and enter the promise land with them.
God will have a people, even if He has to raise up a second generation to receive and walk out what the first generation refused.
Joshua and Caleb heard God’s promises and then saw through eyes of faith that they were well able to take possession of His promises.
In chapter 14 the people given in to fear because the ten had spread an evil report after Caleb had spoken. That word dibbah means to whisper, to defame or slander.
It comes from a root word meaning to move slowly, to glide, to cause to speak.
It is Comparable to a word that means to walk slow or leisurely.
These men did more than just “give” an evil report to the congregation. They did more than just give their fearful opinion of the matter.
These 10 men moved slowly through the camp from one person to the next whispering and slandering the promise of God. Telling the people that this land, the land God has given them is not safe. It devours and consumes its inhabitants and is full of “giants of the giants”.
CPT. 14 begins with saying, they raised a loud cry (in Hebrew they set, or established their voices).
Even after hearing the encouragement of Caleb they made a choice to set their voices to speak contrary to what God had promised.
Then it says they grumbled against Moses.
The Hebrew word for grumble or murmur is LUN which is to lodge, or to abide.
Grumbling, murmuring, complaining was abiding in them instead of the Word of God.
John 15:7 tells us that if we abide in Him and His Word abides in us we can ask whatever we desire and it will be done for us.
Their grumbling pitted them against Moses and Aaron. It actually says “over” Moses and Aaron. Grumbling not only pits you against leadership but causes you to think you are over or above them, which is pride.
This caused them to say “we wish we had died in Egypt or in this wilderness” and “God’s purpose was to bring us into a land where we would be prey for the enemy. They say, “It is good that we return to Egypt”. “Let’s make or let’s establish or set a captain, a leader and return to Egypt.”
They didn’t just react with fear to the possibility of the promise land being hard to conquer; they spoke out against the purpose of God and accused God of an evil purpose for them!
Constellation: Av is associated with the constellation of Leo
The Lion, this is the month the Lion Roars a prophetic covering is created. (Amos 3:8)
The Divine will of the Father being executed
There is a prophetic picture here: Out of the midst of your praise (Judah) comes (Simeon) hearing.
Declare prophetically and unlock the things in Heaven so that it can resound in the Earth.
DECLARATIONS FOR THE MONTH OF AV:
Job 22:28- “You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways.” (NKJV)
I DECLARE THAT JOYFUL, POWERFUL PRAISE WILL CREATE A PROPHETIC COVERING FOR ME!
I DECLARE THAT I WILL MIX FAITH WITH PROPHETIC PROMISES AND STEP INTO MY PROMISED LAND.
I DECLARE THAT THIS MONTH GOD’S DIVINE WILL IS BEING EXECUTED.
I DECLARE THAT GOD’S HAND OF STRENGTH IS TOWARD ME THIS MONTH.
I DECLARE I WILL BELIEVE THE GOOD REPORT OF THE LORD!
I DECLARE I WILL HAVE EARS TO HEAR AND THAT I WILL ACT ACCORDING TO GOD’S PLANS.
I DECLARE I WILL BEGIN TO SHOW THE EXPECTED PROMISE!
I CHOOSE TO BREAK A CURSE
I CHOOSE TO BELIEVE GOD’S PROMISE
I CHOOSE TO ENTER GOD’S BLESSING