Water of Life project update: donations have been slower lately, we are pushing through, however, all the way until November 1st. We have been looking at maps and talking about areas and regions that look like they would have remote access, if any, to clean water. A wonderful geography experience of learning about different biomes, and environments. If you would like to contribute to our clean water project, you may click on the donate button below. $1, $5, $15, or more can all help another person receive access to clean safe drinking water.
We like to follow the Hebraic calendar. God set up the months in the Old Testament, His monthly cycle of blessing. Builder and Princess have started learning about each month and its key focus. We are now in the month of Tishrei, the 7th month of the Hebraic calendar. I have made (am making) a conversation coloring sheet for each month. These sheets include representations of key points for each month. As they are coloring the sheets, we discuss some of the aspects of the current month.
Happy New Year
Even though it is the 7th month, this is the beginning of the Hebraic year. This is the time to restart, refocus, renew for the coming year.
The Month of the Strong
In the Bible, Tishrei is described as “the month of the strong”, or “the month of the ancients”.
The Fall Feasts
Tishrei contains three important times: Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles (or Feast of Booths). The Feast of Trumpets calls in the new year by sounding the silver trumpets and/or shofars. The Day of Atonement is when we come before God, seeking what it is that He would desire to cleanse us from. The Feast of Tabernacles is a time of celebration remembering how God brought the Israelites out of Egypt and how they lived in temporary dwellings. (click here for a post on the Feast of Tabernacles)
Each month is associated with a tribe, Tishrei is associated with Ephraim. Ephraim means “double fruit”. This is a month of double portion. During this month, watch for the double portion of God.
Each tribe and month is associated with a constellation. It makes sense that this month is connected with the Libra constellation. This constellation pictures judgement scales, just as the month of Tishrei largely focuses on the judgement that Jesus paid for us. Bringing ourselves before the throne of God to allow Him to refine us by the blood of the Lamb, continues to bless His heart and ours.
This has been a fun learning process for us. We also like to look in the Bible and see different things that happened in each month. It is fun to find the times where the Bible says “in the seventh month”, because now we have a reference for when that is! For more information on the Hebraic months and their focus, I would recommend Dr. Robert Heidler’s book A Time to Advance.