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I hope you guys had an amazing weekend. Mine was really good. Friday, I was invited to my supervisor’s house for a get together and she had a live band and my favorite food. We danced and danced. I had a ball. Saturday, was our monthly meeting called Rosh Chodesh, which means head of the month in Hebrew. This month is Elul and it spans from August to September. At the meetings, we typically talk about God’s calendar and what to expect for the month so that we can successfully navigate throughout it and be in sync with God. Around 7 pm, I got a phone call asking if I could preach Sunday’s service.
I began to prepare while keeping the calendar as the center part of my theme. There’s certain aspects of the month that most feature in their messages, I prayed and asked God what He would like to say to His people and decided to go in a less popular direction.
In the month of Elul, the King is in the field. He’s not there to plant flowers, although He’s the Lilly of the Valley. He’s there to meet with the people of his kingdom without having to be so formal as protocol would if they were in the palace. Therefore, the subjects choose if they want to meet with the King or not. This is what most people like to talk about which is great. We need to have revelation about how to approach God during this time but there’s so many other aspects that can give new insight. With every month, one of the tribes of Israel is associated, a scripture, body part, a constellation, a Hebrew alphabet character, a sense, a stone and insight about that specific month. Elul is the 6th month of the spiritual calendar but the 12th month of the civil. Think of it as the spiritual calendar being the fiscal year and the civil calendar is actually when the physical year changes over aka our New Year’s.
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, “This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. (Exodus 12:1-2, NIV) This is when they received the spiritual calendar.
*Facts of Elul
- Scripture: 2 Samuel 10:1
- Constellation: Virgo (The virgin)
- Stone: Jasper/Diamond
- Tribe: Gad (a troop)
- Body Part: Left Hand
- Sense: Rest
- Hebraic Letter: Yud (hand of God)
- Appointed mercy from the hand of God
- The month that the King is in the field
- The month to fix what’s broken
- The month to find your place in the company of the Lord
- The “mothering” or nurturing month
- The pinpoint month
Elul begins the season of the Fall Holidays and therefore you begin the season of Teshuvah. This spans for 40 days leading up to the Day of Atonement, beginning on the 1 of Elul. Teshuvah means return and is a call for God’s people to turn back to their first love, God. The shofar is sounded everyday and Psalm 27 is recited. This serves as an alarm clock to remind us to fall back in love with God.
For my teaching, I decided to study the scripture, as it’s typically the least talked about. 2 Samuel 10:1 didn’t show me a whole lot so I began to read more and more and what I realized was why David was so loved and admired. He was human and he messed up just like the rest of us but he was in love with God and no matter what happened he always respected his intimacy between him and God. It also showed me that things can get jacked up real quick even when you have the best intentions and if you keep reading 2 Samuel you’ll see the effects. No matter how many times his kindness was taken for granted, or when he was somewhere he wasn’t suppose to be, did something he wasn’t supposed to do, plotted to cover his tracks, displeased God, was disciplined by God and etc. God was still with him. I believe it was because David confessed his sin (Teshuvah), he fixed what was broken in his relationship with God and He was able to regain his place in the company of the Lord. That wasn’t my whole sermon but the title was, “What’s the point? Fall in line or Flee?” I laid 2 Samuel as the backdrop. Just like David, we all come to a point in our lives, a fork in the road, if you will, where we have to choose so I had the people choose what choice they would make and give them information about both choices.
That wasn’t my first time teaching but it was definitely my first time in a long time. I actually have to teach a class 3 Sundays in September so I’ll keep you guys posted on those but classes are different than sermons, a little less pressure. I pray it was a blessing.
Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed your weekend and if you wanna tell me about it, let me know in the comments. I love you guys and I’ll talk to you soon.