Why we love this
What if you spent the first of your time this month throwing the Lord a praise party, giving the first and best of your whole-hearted devotion and love, finding creative ways to give the first and best of bounty in your life - and He would love it?!
And what if the whole thing was really His idea, ultimately to bless you right back? Why? So that you would live aware of important differences in times and seasons that could help put in order your time and energy and supply, and keep you moving forward instead of getting stuck in old cycles.
And what if that’s the kind of GREAT GOD HE IS? He sets this thing up really to help us live in the cycle of His blessing, as in Proverb 3.
"GOD, YOU ARE GREAT! You are OUR GOD, and we are YOUR PEOPLE! You have been faithful to us in this past month and we know that you will be faithful to us in this new month just beginning. So we celebrate YOU, Lord! We dance in advance. We worship you. And we thank you that you gave us Your Son Jesus!"
The words Rosh Chodesh mean head of the month, or beginning of the month. It's a celebration cycle that God initiated; no person invented this. Sometimes it’s called the "New Moon Festival" in the Bible, as the first sliver of the new moon can be seen on the first night of the new month. God’s people would gather and watch for this, and offer the first of the new month the Lord was giving them back to Him.
Our Rosh Chodesh celebration is an expression of the first fruits principle in Scripture - to dedicate your first portion to the Lord, and then He blesses the rest. There are no rules about celebrating Rosh Chodesh, really. Free in Christ! According to Col 2 we want to make sure we don’t judge others about how they celebrate, and we don’t want to turn it into a legalistic burden on ourselves. For us it’s a celebration of Jesus with a holy offering prayerfully prepared.
You may enjoy webcasting of the First Fruits celebration available all month at www.gloryofzion.org.
"I believe He loves it. And it’s a great blessing in my life! For me, the best way to learn about Rosh Chodesh First Fruits was to experience it for myself. As you really enter in and give the best of yourself to the Lord, see how your whole month goes. Then you can testify at your First Fruits celebration next month."
The celebration of Rosh Chodesh First Fruits exalts the LORD as the Preeminent One. He is FIRST, and as His people we have no other gods before Him. The consistency and faithfulness in this celebration breaks the power of idolatry in the atmosphere as the LORD is enthroned as King. We are gaining more distinctions about moving through time with revelation together, not only as individuals, but as a Territorial Troop.
Ending the month well with testimonies of the Goodness of the Lord, and sharing and declaring what Holy Spirit is speaking about the month ahead creates an offering of PRAISE to the LORD. For more on the scriptural basis, check out a related article on the Q&A page of this website.
Contact us if you would like to celebrate Rosh Chodesh First Fruits in your area.
WHAT MONTH IS IT?
Along with the Gregorian calendar, we also follow the Hebraic calendar, which contains the original timing that was followed in biblical times. Here, you can learn about the current month and gain an understanding of its significance in your everyday life.
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This month of tammuz/ the tribe of reuben
Tammuz is associated with the Tribe of Reuben. It is the fourth month of the Jewish calendar, which begins the summer season. The three months of this season—Tammuz, Av and Elul—correspond to the three tribes of the camp of Reuben, which include Reuben, Simeon and Gad, who were situated to the south of the Tabernacle.
Think of Tammuz as the "filmstrip" month. You can review the progerssion of your life and stop to make adjustments.
During the month of Tammuz, Israel sinned by making the golden calf, which resulted in the breaking of the first set of tablets given to Moses by God. That very day, the 17th of Tammuz begins a three-week period—ending on the 9th of Av—which commemorates the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
The Hebrew letter CHET is associated with Tammuz. Chet pictures light radiating from your eyes. The way to move through this month is through worship. Worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth."
Hebraic Alphabet Symbol: Zayin – receiving mercy for completion
Constellation: Cancer (the crab), remove the shell from your body. Declare that every shell around you will break, and you will become vulnerable to the Lord.
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