AV 5782: July 29th, 2022 - August 27th, 2022
Reveal International | Stacey Cain Woodley
Welcome to the Hebrew month of Av in the year 5782! Av is the 11th month of the civil calendar and the 5th month of God’s spiritual calendar.
Av is associated with hearing. The tribe represented in this month is Simeon, and Simeon means “to hear”. Hearing and listening are critical! Jesus often said, “Those who have ears, let them hear the word of the Lord.” It’s a month to develop a new level of discernment. What voice are you listening to? Is your spirit tuned to hear God’s voice? Remember, Romans 10:17- Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. The Hebrew word for hearing is “Shema” which implies hearing and trusting God’s voice to act upon what He says!
Av was supposed to be a month of great celebration of when the Israelites entered the Promised Land. But, on the 9th of Av, ten of the twelve spies came back with a report full of unbelief. (Numbers 13 & 14) They told the multitude that the land was good but there was no way to take the land because the giants were too big to defeat. The two spies with a report full of faith (Joshua & Caleb) tried to convince the children of Israel to be courageous, that God would give them the land. But the words of doubt moved through the camp spreading fear and slandering the promises of God, resulting in grumbling against God and His believing remnant. Consequently, because of their unbelief, the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years putting themselves under a curse that can be seen throughout history. Here are just a few examples:
⁃ 9th of Av 587 BC Babylon destroyed Solomon’s Temple
⁃ 9th of Av AD 70 Rome destroyed the second temple
⁃ 9th of Av 1942 the Jew were deported from the Warsaw ghetto to the death camps
As you can see, we are presented with a choice this month. Will you survey your life and the times we are living in and choose to partner with God and His promises? Or will you be full of unbelief and fear, choosing to revert to what is comfortable in old habits? Interestingly enough, the alphanumeric letter associated with Av is “Tet”. Tet literally means- choose good or choose evil!
The constellation related to this month is Leo the lion! It is the prophetic promise that the lion of the tribe of Judah (Jesus Christ the Messiah) will utterly destroy the enemy and ultimately rule over all! The lion in this constellation is pictured with his feet over the head of the serpent, just like it was prophesied in Genesis!! Those who have an ear let them hear the roar of the lion of the tribe of Judah!
Av is the root word of Abba or Father. This is important to know because Av is considered to be a low point on the Hebrew calendar full of tragedy. However, there is a 7 week period of time during Av and Elul called “Menachem Av” which means “Comfort of the Father”. Even though Av is full of great sorrow, God is still faithful to His children and willing to forgive and comfort us! Av is such a great month, full of promise! Even though on the Hebrew calendar it is considered to be a low point, we are to look for the redemptive side of things and pull out the treasure. Pull out God’s original plans and purposes for each month.
This month be determined to be one who speaks forth a good report …. A God report! Be one who chooses to hear with supernatural ears, wholehearted in following after God. Be led by His Spirit into His exceedingly great promises. Be a strong leader of faith, encouraging others to step out into God’s purposes. Serve your generation well! Resolve in your spirit to be unstoppable and do not let other peoples doubts get into your head or make you stray. Stick tightly to like minded people who are on the same journey of seeking God with all of their hearts. Who you listen to matters! Allow the Lord to sharpen your discernment for the critical days ahead!
- Shalom, Stacey Cain Woodley
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