How important is it for modern Christians to understand the Biblical Hebrew calendar? I’m not sure. I just know that as I learn more about the Biblical months, the more in awe I am, the more intricate I see God’s plans, the more miraculous I see the every day, and the more I feel a sense that it is important for us to know… His signs.
The Biblical Hebrew calender is based off of the lunar cycle, acknowledging all the governing lights, including stars!
Genesis 1:14 tells us that the lights of the heavens were given to us not only to mark the passing of time, but also to mark celebrations for His people AND as signs.
Nisan is the first month of the Biblical year. It begins on the Gregorian calendar (devoid of marking God’s signs) on March 17 – happy new year!
Nisan is connected to the tribe of Judah – the fourth-born son of Leah and Jacob. After three other sons that Leah desperately thought would draw her husband to finally love her, she had Judah and she said, “now I will praise the Lord.” It was as though she knew her husband would never choose to love her and she chose to praise God anyway. She bestowed that strength on her son, Judah, as well.
In Genesis 49:8-12, Jacob blesses Judah and says (NIV version), ““Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you. You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him. The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his. He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes. His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk.”
Nisan is the month of Passover. Many of us do know that it is a celebration in the Hebraic faith of the Holy Spirit passing over the homes of Jewish families who had sacrificed a lamb and marked their doorframes with it’s blood, when the Plague of Death of the Firstborns went throughout Egypt – sparing their families. It is a celebration of their liberation from Egyptian slavery.
Here we have, culminating in the first month of the Biblical new year… the lion and the lamb. I am sure there are quite a few Followers of Christ that know this, but I am quite new to learning about Biblical Hebrew months and this connection of the lion and the lamb made me tear up!
And that is just one aspect of only Nisan.