Month 8 – Cheshvan: A New Beginning
The eighth month on the Hebrew calendar centers around the theme of renewed life – where righteousness and sin are separated from each other. From our Torah readings, to Noah, to the New Heaven and Earth, and even the name of the month itself, we see this pattern of renewed life over and over this month.
Last month, the seventh month – Tishrei – is the month in which all Yehovah’s Fall Feasts occur. It is a season when Yehovah is calling us back to himself; a season of returning, rebuilding, renewing, of restoring his people back to himself and his ways, and restoring his kingdom on earth.
During the Feasts of the seventh month, we are awakened by the trumpets at the Feast of Trumpets; our names are found in the Book of Life on the Day of Atonement; we tabernacle with Yeshua for seven days during the Feast of Tabernacles; and on the Eighth Day, we are reminded of dwelling with Yehovah for eternity. Then, the next day is always Simchat Torah.
Simchat Torah means rejoicing over the Torah. It’s a celebration of turning back the scrolls of the Torah from the end – the book of Deuteronomy, to the beginning – the book of Genesis. You can see in the weekly parsha readings, we’ve now finished the book of Deuteronomy and have started again in Genesis with the account of creation.
The Garden of Eden before the fall of man is a picture of living with Yehovah in righteousness, without sin, walking with him in the “cool of the evening,” and all things made new. The Tree of Life which brings eternal life, appears both in the Garden and in the New Heaven and Earth in Revelation 22.
The seventh month ends and the eighth month begins with our returning back to Yehovah’s intended destiny: dwelling with him and him with us in righteousness for eternity.
The Pattern in Cheshvan
I want to look at the name of the eighth month, “Cheshvan”, in the Ancient Paleo Hebrew:
Chet = ח = fence – to separate, enclose
Shin = שׁ = teeth – to destroy, consume
Vav = ו = nail – to attach, secure, add
Nun = ן = fish – life, activity, quickening
Putting all of this together, the word “Cheshvan” means destruction is separated and new life is secured. Destruction (SHIN) is separated (CHET) and new life (NUN) is secured (VAV).
This is what happens in the eighth month – we begin a new life, completely separated from destruction and death. This is the description of the month of Cheshvan – the eighth month. If we’re in covenant with Yehovah, this is our destiny.
This is the cycle each year. Shemini Atzeret / The Eighth Day always falls eight days before the eighth month. And our parsha for the week is always Genesis 1:1-6:8, which includes the account of creation and up to the time of Noah. It is always read before we begin the month of Cheshvan.
If you notice, the last parsha in the seventh month always ends in the middle of Genesis 6 (verse 8), with Yehovah’s destruction of the world in the flood. The first parsha in the eighth month always begins with Noah and the ark landing on dry ground and beginning new life on the restored, righteous earth.
We see this pattern over and over as we begin the eighth month – new life and restoration, separation from sin and dwelling in righteousness. And that’s where we’re at in Yehovah’s seasons. Right now that’s a spiritual place, we practice separating ourselves from sin and dwelling in righteousness. Soon that will be a literal, physical place.
In the meantime, I encourage you to watch for this pattern of new beginnings in your own life, so you can align with what Yehovah has for you.