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Announcement of the 11th Agricultural month of SeBaT / שׁבט

Here is the printable calendar of the up and coming 11th New Moon named SeBaT (שׁבט).

There are only a limited amount of places in holy writ where this month is spoken of, such as: Deuteronomy 1:3; 1 Chronicles 27:14; Zechariah 1:7; 1 Maccabees 16:14.

In Zechariah 1:7 and 1 Maccabees 16:14 the name שׁבט  /Sebat / SheBeTh is found.

שׁבט / Sebat means Rod, Scepter and Tribe, below are a few places where the word is used in common Hebrew terminology:

Genesis 49:10  The scepter (שׁבט / Sebat)  shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Genesis 49:28  All these are the twelve tribes (שׁבט / Sebat)  of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.

Exodus 21:20  And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod (שׁבט / Sebat), and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished.

Leviticus 27:32  And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod (שׁבט / Sebat) , the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.

To show a few…

The 11th Agricultural month called after this name could indicate many things, some say it is of foreign derivation, but the evidence shows that to not be likely.     Rather this word SeBaT / SheBeTh is likely indicating an organic and agricultural meaning, perhaps in relationship to the time pasture animals are more in need of governing by the shepherds rod due to a lack of grass, which would lead the pasture animals to look for food elsewhere and therefore they need guided back home by the rod.

The word Sebat could also refer to this New Moon being the 11th as spoken of in Deuteronomy 1:3 and followed by

Deuteronomy 1:13 “Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes (שׁבט / Sebat), and I will make them rulers over you.”  (see also the same word in v.15, and v.23).

Because this month was the time of the writing of the Book of Deuteronomy and the organization of Israel’s tribes this month may have been memorialized as well by this term as a reminder, ‘The New Moon of the Tribes’  חדשׁ שׁבט  / Eh-cHoDeSh SeBaT.

Regardless of one or the other reason or both? YHWH has preserved this month’s name for us to remember, so let us do so!

Blessings from RNCM!



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Foremost I know that I am a chief sinner saved by Grace. I am a servant of YHWH Almighty the one true God Who is Father, Son and Spirit. I believe in God's only begotten and perfect Son Jesu(s) Christ whose redemption power of my soul I have Faith in and testify of. Having been redeemed by the blood of Christ, I wish to no longer spend my time in the lusts of the flesh and of this world, but to promote the Gospel of the Kingdom by means of the knowledge of the New Covenant, a reNewal of the Covenant God made with his people Israel in the blood of Christ (Jer 31:31 and Heb 8:8) whereby He writes His Law upon the Heart and Mind beside the forgiveness of sin and transgressions. I believe Christ Jesus is the incarnate Son of God as the WORD made flesh, and the son of man born of the virgin Mary conceived of the Holy Spirit: I believe Christ Jesus Lived a perfect life for us as a living sacrifice as well as a pattern of the Sanctified newness of life a believer has in Him, I believe Christ Jesus died a cursed death on the Cross for His people of Covenant who are sinners, and I believe in Christ Jesus who Resurrected with power from Death from the grave to Justify the offenders. This is the same Jesus who is indeed the Son of David and king of Israel, who is both LORD and Christ over all the kings and dominions of the earth! In the fullness of time YHWH will regather his people under the Head of the Church, Jesu(s) Christ to affect his will according to the Lord's prayer, Psalm 2, 8 and 110 as well as Genesis 1:26. The focus of my administration of the Gospel is like unto my Lord's who said "I have come not but for the lost sheep of the house of Israel.."(Mathew 15:24), and so I have come to my European kinsman according to the flesh. It is my mission to show the Israel of God the Salvation which is taught by Scripture Alone and offered in all ages by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in the work of Christ Alone to the Glory of GOD Alone. As a modern day Puritan separatist it is my goal to purify the church of Christ with Faith heretofore stated. I am studying to show my self approved, if you have any questions just ask!

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