Even though the names of the months are all of a foreign derivation, there are hints in the names relating to our understanding of Hebrew. Tevet is a “good” example of this, if you’ll pardon the pun. The indication is that Tevet is derived from the word we are all so familiar with, Tov. So, the rub with this information is, the emotion associated with this month (according to the Rabbi’s) is anger. Anger, as with all of our emotions, is not right or wrong. It just is. Where it gets us in trouble is when we let the sun go down on it. “Be angry, but don’t sin — don’t let the sun go down before you have dealt with the cause of your anger; otherwise you leave room for the Adversary.” (Eph 4:26-27 CJB). Even Paul recognizes that it’s ok to be angry, yet he follows it up by admonishing us to not let the sun go down on it. When we do, we leave ourselves open to an attack of the enemy. Maybe that attack could even be against the person we are angry with. Resulting in a furthering of that downward spiral. What if our anger was the thing that causes someone to doubt themselves, feel rejected, or go to bed angry?
At this point, we have to take a look at the duality of the Hebrew letters and their language. Every letter and word have contrasting meanings. There is a positive/negative or light/dark aspect to each. The letter which represents this month is Ayin which is a silent letter and represents the eye. To address the duality or contrast in its nature, we learn that we need to feed into the “good” eye and let it see (get your focus), while we war with the “evil” eye. Our portions for this month are dealing with the rise of Joseph AND the fall of the Hebrew nation into bondage. The good and the bad.
Finally, we look at the tribe associated with this month. The tribe of Dan. Genesis 30:6 (CJB) tells us the story of his name “Rachel said, ‘God has judged in my favor; indeed he has heard me and given me a son.’ Therefore she called him Dan [he judged].” And, when he is blessed by Jacob, this is what is spoken over him in Genesis 49:16-17 “Dan will judge his people as one of the tribes of Isra’el. Dan will be a viper on the road, a horned snake in the path that bites the horse’s heels so its rider falls off backward.” Some scholars say that this refers to their position when encamped around the tabernacle and their place in the order when marching out. They were among the 3 tribes who brought up the rear guard of the children of Israel. So, if there was an enemy attempting to come from behind them, the descendants of Dan would be the ones to ward off those enemies through the striking of the horses causing the riders to fall off.
So, we have all of this information and it seems like a bit of an unbridled mess. What is the Father speaking to us during this month? What does He want us to hear? Let’s look at a famous member of the tribe of Dan. In Judges chapters 13-16 we can read the story of Samson who was a descendant of the tribe of Dan. Samson was a judge over Israel for 20 years. I sense an air of pride in Samson through some of his actions. When he ripped apart a lion with his bare hands because it roared at him, and later went back and defiled himself with its carcass, his actions were reflective of a serious heart condition. The scripture says that the spirit of the Holy One came mightily upon him when he rent the lion with his bare hands, yet the follow up action of touching the carcass was defiling for him and against the Nazarite vow which he had covenanted to follow for life. He fed his “evil” eye in more than one way in his lifetime. He was forever succumbing to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life which is explained in 1 John 2:16 “because all the things of the world — the desires of the old nature, the desires of the eyes, and the pretensions of life — are not from the Father but from the world.” (CJB) His ultimate downfall related back to his inability to judge (or discern) the intentions of Delilah. How did the Father redeem all of this? He allowed Samson to take down the Philistines and those that died in one night were more numerous than all who had died by his hands up to that point. The Father ultimately received glory in the redemption of Samson’s story.
What does this mean for us? We are His daughters who desire to walk in His presence, raise our children for His glory, and lead others into a knowledge of His redeeming power. He redeems your story over and over again for His glory! HalleluYAH! Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know until you lived through it. Trust that where you walk is where He has ordered your steps. Learn, grow, evolve, become, heal. He is forever loving us to the highest heights and into the deepest oceans. I am so thankful for His consistent redemption of my story as I seek after Him. You?