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The first of the Jewish months

Nissan – the first month of the Jewish year – began yesterday. Why should you care? Well, maybe you don’t, but it happens that I’ve been writing a devotional book about the Jewish calendar for Christians, so it seemed like a good day to mention it!

“The month of Nissan is the first month of the Jewish year and is also the first month of spring. In Exodus 12:1, “The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, ‘This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.’” Celebrate a fresh start with the month of Nissan. (Rosh HaShanah, the celebration of the ‘New Year’ takes place in Tishrei, the seventh month, which can seem confusing, but we’ll get to the reasons for that later.)

Each month is connected with one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Nissan’s tribe is that of Judah. This is fitting since the name Judah means ‘praise’, and beginning a new year with praise is a good way to ensure success.

Passover takes place during the month of Nissan as does the Christian holiday of Easter. Symbolically, this is important since Nissan is often represented by the lion and the lamb – both pointing to Jesus. Spend some time each day in praise this month, and celebrate the resurrection power of Jesus, our great Redeemer and Lord.”

The above quote is a short excerpt from my book in the introduction to Nissan. It’s not too late to get started if this topic interests you in the least. DIVINE APPOINTMENTS – DAILY DEVOTIONALS BASED ON GOD’S CALENDAR – SPRING edition is available online at many locations as both an ebook and a paperback.

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