This is the First Fruit Blessing for Sh’vat 5782 – Here Comes The Rain. There are 30 days in this month. To find out when the dates for each of the month on the Hebraic Calendar begins on the Gregorian Calendar you can use this converter
1 Sh’vat 5782 – 3 January 2022
1 Sh’vat 5783 – 23 January 2023
1 Sh’Vat 5784 – 11 January 2024
If you did the January fast with us, you have already stepped into this month with the correct focus. If you are new to this ministry, you can find out more about the Fast by visiting this page.
If you are wondering what is first fruits? Read this.
In Exodus 12:2-5 we see that Nisan is called the first month, this makes Sh’vat (also Shevat or Shebat) the eleventh month.
Eleven is the number of transitions. You have to remember the Hebraic Calendar is the first calendar and started before the Gregorian Calendar (January, February, March…) that most of us use today.
So isn’t interesting that in this 11th month, which is the month of transition that on the Gregorian Calendar we are transitioning into a New Year? Yep, that’s because whether we choose to recognize it or not God has His calendar running in the background of our lives. We just need to align with it. If you are seeing a lot of 11, 11:11, 111, 1111, right now that is because God is telling you the transition is on and you need to transition into something NEW. If you continue to see these numbers past Sh’vat it just means that you haven’t transitioned yet which means you need to ask the Lord if there is something you need to do to move into what He has for you next.
We see this month mentioned in the bible in Zechariah 1:7.
Sh’vat is the rainy month and the rains actually extend beyond this month as well. Rain is a sign of God’s blessing. When the rain comes it waters the seed and the seed grows. So God will bless what you have sown this month.
I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.
Be intentional about what you are sowing. Sowing can be anything financial, in kind, services, your words, prayers, your actions, your behavior. Ask God to show you what you should sow this month and where you should sow it. No one wakes up to an orchard of trees if they never planted anything. Be intentional because the Lord will rain on it this month.
Sow for yourselves, with a view to righteousness;
Harvest in accordance with kindness.
Break up your uncultivated ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord
Until He comes and rains righteousness on you.
Isn’t it interesting this also is the time of year when people write New Years resolutions and start making changes in their lives? Yes, because this calendar is already running in the background of our lives. Many people have already started planting these good seeds – habits, behavioral changes – at the start of the year. We all know this is when we make changes.
Tu B’Shevat this is the 15th of Sh’vat and it is known as the New Year of Trees or the Birthday of the trees. At this time of year in Israel, people plant trees and they eat the fruit of the trees and reflect on God’s goodness of blessing them. Trees are a sign of fruitfulness. It’s winter right now in Israel and the trees don’t really look like they are fruitful, but they pray a blessing over the trees and for the future fruitfulness!
Here is a video explaining more about Tu B’Shevat
Do you know the first kind of tree that springs up in Israel? It is the almond tree. It starts budding before the rest of the trees do. This is significant.
Because God mentions the almond trees in the book of Jeremiah and then He tells us what it means Jeremiah 1:11-12
And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.”
So the Lord, is saying that He will send His rain of blessings upon us and the promises He has made to us will spring forth because He is the one that is watching over that word to perform it!! Praise the Lord!
The Lord is saying to you “I’m going to do exactly what I told you”
First Fruit Blessing Prayer for Sh’vat
Abba Father, thank you for this season of transition. Thank you that I am transitioning into something new and something good. Because I know the plans you have for me are plans to prosper me and not to harm, they are plans to give me hope and a future. Thank you that You are watching over Your word to perform it, so I have no need to worry about the fulfillment of the promises You have made to me. I pray now the You direct me in what to sow and where to sow. Show me how I may be a blessing to others in this month. Align my heart, mind, soul and body with Your will so that what I sow will be produce good fruit. I repent for the seeds that I sowed that were not good. I pray you uproot those seeds so that nothing comes from them. I pray that everything that I have planted this far that is good will spring forth quickly and produce fruitful trees as you rain upon it. I pray that this will be a fruitful year for me and my family. Blessed are You Oh Lord our God, King of the Universe, and Creator of the fruit of our trees. We know that You are the one who makes it possible for there to be any fruitfulness in our lives and we praise You for it. Blessed are You, Lord our God, Master of the universe, who has kept us alive and sustained us and has brought us to this special time. It is only by Your goodness and through Your grace that we have made it this far and we praise You for it, in Jesus name, Amen.