MONTH OF TAMMUZ
Numbers 28:11-13 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
Rosh Chodesh: New Moon
11 “On the first of the month you are to present to Adonai a burnt offering of two young bulls, one ram, and seven flawless male lambs a year old, 12 with three tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering with each bull, and two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering with the ram, 13 and with each lamb a tenth of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, a burnt offering as a pleasing aroma, an offering by fire to Adonai.
We are currently in the Month of TAMMUZ which is the FOURTH MONTH OF THE HEBREW CALENDAR when counting from the Hebrew month of NISAN / NISSAN – the TENTH MONTH OF THE HEBREW CALENDAR when counting from September / October time of the Hebrew month of TISHRI.
Tammuz is the fourth of the 12 months of the Jewish calendar. The month of Tammuz begins the “season” of the summer. The three months of this season are Tammuz, Av and Elul.
According to Jewish History, it was during the month Tammuz that the WALLS OF JERUSALEM WERE BREACHED BY THE ROMANS (in 69 C.E.). In the process of the destruction of the Jerusalem Walls, also the TEMPLE OF YAH was destroyed thereby leading to many Israelites going into EXILE.
YAH is our ABBA (FATHER), and we are His children. And during galut (exile), we constitute a dysfunctional family. We have been expelled from our ABBA’S home, and our relationship is strained. This is certainly not the way the relationship should be—and this wasn’t always the case. There was a time when we were cuddled by our ABBA’S embrace. His love for us manifested itself in many forms, including MIRACLES, PROPHETS, ABUNDANT BLESSINGS, and A LAND FLOWING WITH MILK AND HONEY. At the CENTRE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WAS THE HOLY TEMPLY, YAH’S home, where HE literally DWELT among His people and where HIS PRESENCE was TANGIBLE.
All the suffering that has been our lot since the day the TEMPLE was destroyed is a result of our exiled state. This is why we mourn the destruction of the Temples. We believe with perfect FAITH and PRAY that the day is near when we will be returned to our ABBA’S home and once again feel HIS love. We look forward to a brighter future, when the world will finally reach the culmination of its purpose, and be infused with everlasting peace and goodness.