Focusing on the Hebrew months, Jewish festivals, and special days which continue to influence our lives.
Keep Your Focus on Him
The month of Tammuz is upon us. It is as if we blinked our eyes and we were already through the spring festivals. Now it is time to move forward into the long summer months. There are a little less than four months from the end of Shavuot (the Feast of Weeks) until the beginning of the High Holy Days in the fall. Imagine a set of loving and caring parents, the kind that would bend over backward and provide for their children's needs ahead of their own. How absurd would it be if their children, who lacked nothing began...
TOPICSCaleb, devotion, exploration, forty days, Joshua, spies, Tammuz
The Purpose of Fasting
Tammuz is the fourth month of the biblical calendar year. "Tammuz" is the Babylonian name of the month. In the few times this month is referred to in Scripture, it is simply referred to as the "fourth month," as in Jeremiah 52:6: "On the ninth day of the fourth month the famine was so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land." Historically, Tammuz commemorates many tragedies for the people of God. As we just read, it was during this month that the final days of siege against Jerusalem came to a close....
TOPICSfasting, repentance, siege of Jerusalem, Tammuz, tragedies
Expressions of Sorrow
Sorrow, grief, lamentation, mourning, depression; these are all human emotions. Hey, even Yeshua wept! We all deal with grief; it is a part of our experience. The Bible has many expressions of sorrow and the Psalms are a prime example. You may be surprised to discover that 57 of the 150 Psalms are laments...
TOPICSfasting, judgment, lamentation, mourning, Tammuz, three weeks, tragedies