Hebrew Month of Iyar
Hebrew month of Iyar:
This is a month to understand secrets. This is highlighted by the tribe for this month, Issachar, which had wisdom from above. 1Chronicles 12:32 says, ‘the sons of Issachar, who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.’
Deuteronomy 29:29says ‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things that are revealed belong to us and to our children, forever, that we may do all the works of the law. Of course, Jesus was the only one who fulfilled the law, but by faith we receive revelation as we strive to be like the Sons of Issachar.
The letter in the Hebrew alphabet linked to this month is a Vav, which looks like a tent-peg, used for connections. I ironically our Lord and Savior was nailed to that cross, with a vav, or a spike, so this symbol for this month helps remind us of his ultimate sacrifice.
Iyar is the second month in the Hebrew calendar, also called ‘Ziv' which means radiance. This is also a month of natural healing, which was announced to the Israelites escaping Egypt, ‘I am the Lord your Healer,” Jehovah Rapha. He had healed their water from being bitter on the journey, now he was healing their bodies. And he is still healing our bodies! Claim the promise through his blood and his stripes! Isaiah 53:4
Iyar is also a month linked with Light. The glory of the Lord is promised to be on his children, Isaiah 60, to help dispel all darkness. It’s also a month of transition, which is symbolized by their travels from Egypt to Sinai.
Passover begins in Nisan, they end up at Sinai in the third month, Sivan, but are transitioning in Iyar, the month we are entering. They are on a journey of deliverance from captivity to an awakening to their covenant. Some call this the Mosaic covenant, but it is really the Sinaiatic covenant, the giving of “God’s laws.
Besides being their Healer, Jehovah Rapha, two of God’s other covenant names were revealed during this month. One, Jehovah Nissi, the Lord is Our Banner, as He helped the Israelites fight their first battle after leaving Egypt, with the Amelekites. In this conflict, Aaron and Hur also helped Moses lift his hands up, so the Lord “backed their praise’, and they got the victory.
According to Christine Vales, Jehovah Nissi, also means ‘The Lord our Conqueror!’ We can apply that name to our own lives, as ‘we are more than conquerors, through Him, that loves us.’ Romans 8:37
The Third Secret name God revealed was Jehovah Jireh, ‘The Lord our Provider,’ as the Israelites had no food for the wilderness journey so he supplied them with food from Heaven, or as Keith Green sang once, ‘Manna Burgers!’….Or Manna, in many different forms!
Also, later on ‘their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell!’ He would provide for them in the wilderness, just like he provides for us in our wilderness seasons! Don’t be afraid to ask Him for what you need! He will provide!
On this journey to Sinai, Moses father-in-law saw that Moses was trying to do all the works of justice by himself and advised him to delegate to many others. Exodus 18. Moses was not afraid to receive counsel. Proverbs19:8 says, “He who gets wisdom, loves his own soul!”
We need to learn from these wilderness wanderings!
1 Corinthians10:11-12 says, “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed, lest he fall!”
There are other prophetic nuggets for this month…Look them up in A Time to Advance, Understanding the Significance of the Hebrew Tribes and Months by Chuck Pierce, with Robert and Linda Heidler.