Last month we we celebrated the feast of dedication, went through the process of growing up, and received 20/20 vision as God aligned our vision with His. This month we will see our foundations established in righteousness and our roots go deep in His living waters!
The Hebrew letter this month is “Tzadik” which symbolizes “the Righteous One.” So this month righteousness must become our foundation. In Psalm 12:3 it says “A man will not be established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will not be moved. Who is our root? Jesus (Jehovah Tsidkenu the Lord Our Righteousness Isaiah 11)
The Lord calls us to be a tree, specifically the tree we see in Psalm 1 & Jeremiah 17:7. And Psalm 52:8 says “I am like a green olive tree thriving in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever.”
Decree that your tree is flourishing in the house of the Lord. And that your roots will be established in Righteousness this month.
This month is considered the new year for trees in Israel, which goes along with Gods theme for the month! So since God is highlighting tree’s this month lets go ahead and look at some biblically and see what they symbolize:
We already know the Lord said we are to be Trees of Righteousness, and He described what that would look like in our lives in both Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 17
The Torah (the Word) is considered the Tree of Life. In other words, we need to be connected to His Word if we want to flourish. It’s what gives us life!
Almond trees are the first trees to blossom in Israel. Aaron's rod that blossomed was also from an almond tree. Aaron was the High Priest, so this tree is related to the priesthood. The word “almond” in hebrew means to “watch” (Jer. 1:11) Here we see the Lord encouraging us that He is “watching over His Word to perform it”
Gentiles are grafted as wild olive branches, and some of the native branches were cut off due to unbelief. When we believe it is credited to us as Righteousness (Rom 11:17-19)
Speaking of olives, another key tree is the Olive tree. It is considered the “King of trees” because it produces the oil that they use in Israel to anoint the new kings. Olive trees are found abundantly in the land of Asher, as a matter of fact the tribe of Asher even has an olive tree on their flag!
Asher who is the tribe associated with this month pictures: pleasure, happiness, delicious and fatness. In Genesis 49:20 Jacob blesses Asher and says “As for Asher, his food shall be rich and he will yield royal dainties.”
During this month, be aware of the delicacies of the king. (Daniel / Prov 23:3) But this is a good month to partake of food. If you go through a fasting process in January, when you complete your fast God will show you how you need to eat for the season ahead. What you partake of, produces the nourishment for your future. That is why we need to eat the Word, so our bodies are healed and properly aligned. Then we will be able to digest whatever God gives us in the following months.
Prov 3 starts out with “My son, do not forget My law (His Word) …” and in verse 8 it says “that there may be healing to your flesh, and fatness to your bones.” There are things that we do that can add fatness to out bones, and things that we can do that dry us up.
Prov 15:30 “... gladdens the heart, and the good heart fattens the bones.”
Declare a new fatness in your bones. That you will feast on the dainties of His Word and not the world. That you will taste and see that the Lord is good!
Shevat is the month where the river touches you with the water of life, and awakens your roots. Carefully consider how you make decisions this month. Think of Rebekah and the woman at the well. Who is bringing water to you? If you are not being watered. You may also want to position yourself to be watered in a new way. There should be a shout within you that says you see you wagons of supply are coming with water pots to quench your thirst.
Shevat is the month to develop a plan for sustaining the generations. It is a good time to consider how you are connecting with the younger generations and those around you. Look at your field and see what is planted there. Who is planted in your field? Are the trees in your field ready to bear fruit?
Call for new roots of righteousness to be established in your life. And decree that the living waters of His Word will awaken every dry and barren place in your life.