Tevet First Fruit Blessing Prayer

tevet first fruit blessing prayer

This is the First Fruit Blessing Prayer for Tevet.  This month is also referred to as Tebeth in the bible.

December 25, 2022 – 1 Tevet, 5783

December 13, 2023 – 1 Tevet, 5784

January 1, 2025 – 1 Tevet, 5785

Tevet is the 10th month of the year and what jumps out to me is that 10 is the number of a journey, it is the end of a cycle and so a new one will begin.  Something comes to an end for you this month.

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights which starts in Kislev carries over into Tevet and of course Hanukkah is a season of miracles.  To know more details about Hanukkah you can read this.

It was in the month of Tevet when Esther was first taken to the king

(Esther 2:16)

She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.”

In the month of Tevet that king Nebuchadnezzar besieged the temple (Ezekiel 24:1-2)

On the 8th of Tevet, the Torah (written in Hebrew) was first translated into Greek, known as the Septuagint.  This was accepted by Christianity as the authoritative text of the Torah. As you know there’s such a depth in Hebrew which gets lost when translated to other languages.

Knowing that what Christians read in English is actually a Greek translation of a Hebrew translation, you can see how all of this can easily turn into a game of “Chinese telephone”.  This is when a group of people form a chain and the first person in the chain whispers a phrase into the ear of the person next to them until it gets to the last person in the chain.  Inevitably by the time it gets to the end what the first person said and what the last person heard is completely different.

Why didn’t they just translate the English directly from Hebrew?  And, now we have so many different translations of the bible.  Sigh.

Thank God for Holy Spirit and divine revelation because I am sure between the different translations and different denominations, we are bound to believe things that are so far from what was originally intended.

There is a fast on the 8th of Tevet for this very reason because Jewish scholars believed this is where Christianity went off track in following these Hellenistic teachings (Septuagint) instead of reading and interpreting the scriptures the Jewish way.  Isn’t that interesting?…..and yadi yada now you shall use the Gregorian Calendar!  We just keep moving away from the original until we end up in a place that looks nothing like what the Lord wants.

Tevet was also the month when the 2nd temple was destroyed so this month marks a time of great tragedy for the Jewish people.

When we think about Christmas, even though the date of the birth of Christ is disputed, I can see how God would choose this time when there is so much tragedy to send the Savior of the World.  To bring this Magnificent Miracle Maker to the world to heal what is broken and to bring the Bride (of Christ) before her King.

Jesus is the Light of the World (John 8:12). And even in the lighting of the menorah the first candle is the servant candle which lights all the other candles.  It’s such a beautiful picture of how He lights all of us who belong to Him.  Arise and Shine for your Light has come (Isaiah 60:1)

The tribe for the month of Tevet is Dan

Genesis 30:5-6

Bilhah conceived and gave birth to a son for Jacob. Then Rachel said, “God has judged and vindicated me, and has heard my plea and has given me a son [through my maid].” So she named him Dan (He judged).

The name Dan means Judge.

Here is the blessing spoken by Moses of Dan

Deuteronomy 33:22

Of Dan he said,

“Dan is a lion’s cub,
That leaps forth from Bashan.”

Dan is referred to as a young lion, a lion in training, leaping forth from Bashan which is a mountain range which put them in the perfect place to spot their prey that wandering in the plains below Bashan.

To me this speaks of strategic moves.  The strategy is to catch the enemy off guard.  You spot him before he spots you. The truth is this can only happen if you move in silence. They view you as young when you are in fact a lion in training.  Samson was of the tribe of Dan and was endowed with supernatural strength.

Here is the blessing spoken over Dan from Jacob

Genesis 49:16-18

“Dan shall judge his people,
As one of the tribes of Israel.
“Dan shall be a [venomous] serpent in the way,
A fanged snake in the path,
That bites the horse’s heels,
So that his rider falls backward.
“I wait for Your salvation, O Lord.”

Wow!  Another animal reference, this time a snake.

Matthew 10:16
“Listen carefully: I am sending you out like sheep among wolves; so be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves [have no self-serving agenda].”

Snakes use wisdom when they attack. First it says venomous which denotes poison and then it says fangs which denotes biting, these are different strategies of attack.   A snake can bite you and not be poisonous and then another can bite you and be poisonous.  You see I think this means that Dan would have the ability to discern what needs a “warning shot” and what needs to be instantly eliminated. Dan is the judge correctly discerning good from evil and able to lay wait for the prey to strike at the heel. Completely incapacitating the movement of the target.  If you are falling backwards, you are out of control of your movements.  Again, striking when the prey has no idea it is about to happen.  The surprise attack.  If you look at the way in which Samson attacked, it was a surprise.  And then the most curious statement follows, “I wait for your salvation, O Lord” which is such a reminder that even with our skills, strategies & strength the victory of our warfare still depends on God.

What a month with so many points to consider.

Tevet First Fruit Blessing Prayer:

Holy Father, I thank you for this time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus.  Thank You for this time to come before our King to worship, serve, love and adore Him.  We adore You, Lord Jesus, and we thank You for the opportunity to acknowledge You as the Savior that came to earth as a baby, with the sole purpose of reconciling us to the Father through Your death on the cross.  Thank you for this indescribable gift.  Thank You for the gift of eternal life.  Thank You for the miracle of salvation.  Thank you for all the other miracles that You will perform in my life during this season of miracles.  As I humble myself and come before You my King, also bring me before others of influence that will propel me into the next chapter of my life.  As I close out this journey of 2022 and head into 2023 cause me to be before those who can take me to my next level in You, spiritually, and also my next level in the natural.  I thank You for the translation of the Torah and I ask that wherever I have gone off track through the teachings of other men that You will bring a correction to my understanding through a divine revelation from Ruach Hakodesh.   Though this is a month of the destruction of the temple may it be a month of resurrection of all things that have been destroyed. Work a miracle of resurrection for the things You want to make alive again by the wonderful Power of the Holy Spirit.  Lord, I thank You that in this season when the enemy is prone to strike that You make me as wise as a serpent but as gentle as a dove so that I will know how to respond, when to respond, where to completely incapacitate the enemy of my soul.  Thank you for the season of training as a lion cub under the Lion of Judah. Give me the gift of discerning of spirits so that I may be able to judge accurately the source of all revelation, whether it be good or evil.  May I be skillful in my warfare, strategic, silent and give me supernatural strength to overcome whatever negative things may come my way during this season.  At the end of the day, I praise You because I can confidently say I wait for your salvation, O Lord, fully well knowing that You will surely come, in Jesus name, Amen.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Blessings

3 thoughts on “Tevet First Fruit Blessing Prayer”

  1. I definitely need God’s strategy in this season!! Connect me with persons who will help propel me into my destiny!! Work supernatural miracles of breakthrough and provision in my life God! I can only overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of my testimony!! Thank you for the things you have done and the things you are about to do in 2023!!

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