Iyar: The Narrow Road Leads to More Revelation
Iyar is the second month on the Hebrew calendar. During the first month, we’ve experienced Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Firstfruits, and are now going through the Omer Count.
Although it’s growing, there’s still a relatively small group of people observing the feasts and keeping Sabbath compared to the mainstream. We’ve chosen a narrow path. The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a time of distinguishing between leaven and unleavened bread, symbolizing our goal of separating sin from righteousness. The number of people eating this way for a week is pretty small. We’re going against the grain. It’s what I’d call “the narrow path.”
Remember Matthew 7:13-14:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
And Isaiah 35:8-9:
“And a highway will be there;
it will be called the Way of Holiness;
it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
wicked fools will not go about on it.
No lion will be there,
nor any ravenous beast;
they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,”
The Righteous are Drawn Out Through the Narrow Road
Historically, here are some of the things that the Bible records for the second month or the month of Iyar:
- In Genesis Noah was able to exit the ark in Iyar.
- In Exodus the Israelites left Egypt last month and are in the wilderness at Mt. Sinai during the month of Iyar.
- In Numbers the census of the Israelite tribes was taken, and they set out on their first journey in their formations behind the cloud of Yehovah’s shekinah glory during this month.
- In 1 Kings, Ezra & 2 Chronicles, the building of the temple is started during this month.
- In the Gospels, all of Yeshua’s post-resurrection appearances occur this month.
As I thought about these events, I noticed this theme about sin and righteousness and the narrow road. In each of these events the lawless ones and those who fell away are left behind, and the righteous remnant is drawn out to move ahead. These are those who have chosen the narrow road and are on the highway called “the Way of Holiness.”
- In the story of the flood, the sinful and righteousness are separated and the righteous are brought through the narrow road.
- In the Exodus, the Egyptians and the Israelites are separated and the righteous are brought through the narrow road.
- The census in Numbers is the first census after the Exodus. It’s after the incident of the golden calf, where 3000 Israelites died. The remaining ones are getting organized to move ahead in their military formation. These are those that are now following Yehovah’s shekinah glory for the first time.
- In the accounts of the Israelites beginning to build the temple, the majority of the people did not return to Jerusalem. Those that are building the temple are those who have stayed true to Yehovah’s leading. This is a smaller group, a narrow road.
- In the Gospels, Yeshua appears to those who will move forward with the good news. At Yeshua’s death, many turned away, writing him off as just another false messiah. But he appears to those who are still trying to believe, the righteous remnant who has chosen the narrow road of faith.
So we see this theme in all these scenarios that took place in Iyar — the lawless ones and those who fell away are left behind, and the righteous remnant is drawn out to move ahead. These are those who have chosen the narrow road and are on the highway called “the Way of Holiness.”
That’s sobering. This is that time – the month of Iyar.
He is Still Revealing Himself to His Faithful Disciples
The road we’re on – practicing the feasts, keeping the Sabbath — it’s a narrow road, not many follow it. It’s not the mainstream. But now, after following that path through the Spring Feasts, we are brought forth ready to move ahead, going deeper and deeper with Yehovah and being used by him.
The month of Iyar ends near the end of the Omer Count. Yeshua’s ascension took place on the 40th day of the Omer Count. Iyar is the month in which Yeshua appeared to his disciples after his resurrection. He revealed himself in a new way to them in this month. Having come through the narrow path, he will reveal himself to you in a new ways this month. Be watching and listening for his appearances in your life this month.