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.
“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.
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.”
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
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.