Who’s Your Daddy? The Month of Av

I was catching up on some emails and recently read the first paragraph of one from: “Appointments with God” with Keren Hannah Pryor 40 The FIFTH Hebrew Month – AV

The article begins by stating:

There are a number of interesting and paradoxical details to note regarding the Hebrew month of Av. The name of the month literally means ‘a father’. We see an example in Psalm 103:13, K’rachem av al banim… “As a father is merciful to his children, so has YHVH shown mercy to those who fear Him.” We can rest in the knowledge that our lives are in the hands of a loving and faithful Father who has us securely in His care.

DING! DING! DING! DING! DING!

“The name of the month literally means ‘a father’. I had to stop and ponder this for a moment. Why? Because the Father has been specifically speaking to me the past few weeks about HIM as MY FATHER! I have been reading books and listening to teachings about the Father’s Heart. I have been praying and journaling asking for this to be made known to me. I know this revelation in my head but don’t know it in my heart.

So is it possible that this month, the month of AV, the month of the Father, He will reveal His heart to those who are seeking after Him?

I say this because typically the month of Av is spent mourning all of the destructive things that have happened during this time in the history of Israel.

According to by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach,

Fraught as it is with tragedy, Av is the saddest time of the year for the Jewish People: On the same date that the spies returned and spoke evil about the Land of Israel, the First Temple was destroyed. It was on that same day, the ninth of Av, that the Second Temple was also destroyed. On the ninth of Av, the Romans destroyed Betar and massacred thousands of Jews. As the prophet Yirmiyahu predicted, Jerusalem was ploughed over – on the ninth of Av. 

On the 9th of Av 1492, the Jews were expelled from Spain. On the 9th of Av 1914 -The First World War began. The insubstantial peace that concluded this war was a direct cause of the Second World War in which the six million perished. The 9th of Av 1942 – The first killings started at Treblinka: “The first transport of ‘deportees’ left Malkinia on July 23, 1942, in the morning hours. It was loaded with Jews from the Warsaw ghetto. The train was made up of sixty closed cars, crowded with people. The car doors were locked from the outside, and the air apertures barred with barbed wire.”

Yes, there is much to be sad about and we must remember those things.

But what if our heavenly Father is asking something more of us during this time? What if He is trying to get our attention?

“See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:5&6

The name for this month is also known as “Menachem Av”. This is very interesting.

Menachem = comforter

Av = father

The One who comforts; the Av” (or Father!)

Can we find comfort in “the Father” during our times of tragedy and distress? Do we run to Him or run from Him?

The word Av is constructed of the first two letters of the Hebrew alphabet (aleph and bet), and are the initial letters of the two words emunah (aleph, mem, vav, nun, hey) “faith“, and bitachon (bet, tet, chet, vav, nun) “trust“.

This is amazing! As I journaled a few days ago I asked the Lord to show me my heart. The very thing He spoke to me was that I needed to learn to trust Him!

So, this month, I will not only be remembering the sad and terrible things that happened in the history of Israel, but will be running toward the Father, seeking His heart, and learning to trust Him.

May He turn the heart of His child to Him as He reveals His heart to her!

I originally wrote this in July of 2010 and feel it is very appropriate for today. We, now more than ever, need to know YHVH as our Father and learn to have faith and trust Him.

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A Hebraic-Greek Comparison

I recently began reading a book called, “Restoring the Early Church”, by Mike & Sue Dowgiewicz. I’ve had it on my bookshelf for over 15 years. As I thumbed through the pages I found lots of highlighting, underlining, and red tabs stuck to pages I deemed “very important”. I came across a page in the introduction titled, “Living Out God’s Word – A Hebraic-Greek Comparison

My husband and I have been discussing this very subject for quite some time. The desire of our heart is to function from a more “Hebraic” mindset, but are challenged in our “Greek” thinking world. For those of us who were not raised with this mindset, it can be difficult to transition from one to the other.

After reading the comparison, what are your thoughts?

Organic Community

When you read the words, “Organic Community”, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

I think of organic as the kind of food my husband and I strive to eat on a daily basis; foods that are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. I carry a sheet of paper in my purse that lists the “Clean 15” fruits and vegetables I can buy “non organic” and the “Dirty Dozen” fruits and vegetables I should not buy unless they are organic.

The first thing I think of when I read or hear the word community is a group of people with common interests and a common purpose.

According to Oxford Dictionaries.com, the third definition listed for organic is:

“Denoting a relation between elements of something such that they fit together harmoniously as necessary parts of a whole; characterized by continuous or natural development.”

and community:

“A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.”

This past weekend my husband and I had the opportunity to spend time with a wonderful family. We experienced what I would call “Organic Community” in a very real and tangible way. Our host family lives on property with goats, chickens, small garden, pecan trees, etc. Having just met a little over 6 weeks ago, we were welcomed into their home as if we knew each other for much longer.

The evening began while chatting around the kitchen island preparing food for our Erev Shabbat meal. Once the meal was ready, the father of the home lead us in some traditional blessings as we moved from the chaos of the week and entered into Sabbath rest. What a delight it was to sit around a table with four young men and their parents, discussing whatever subject came up, and really getting to know one another. The remainder of the weekend was spent relaxing, reading the Torah Portion and midrashing, listening to music, noshing, and discussing a multitude of subjects; one of them being home fellowships.

How does the subject of home fellowships relate to “organic community”?

My husband Tommy and I believe the home is where community begins. Shalom bayit, the peace and harmony of the home, is an essential goal for each believer. A home should be a refuge and sanctuary for each family member. The primary focus MUST be on our personal relationship with YHVH, the relationship between husband and wife, children, then our extended community. I will be exploring this and other topics in future blogs.

How did we experience “organic community” last weekend? A continuous natural development happened with the leading of the Ruach (Spirit) as we entered into a common event, Sabbath rest. From there we opened our hearts and lives to each other by sharing in an environment that was already an established community; a family!

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1Behold