BIBLE MONTHS

© 2005 by Jerry L. Croasmun

READ -- 1 Kings 6:1; 6:37-38

"In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites had come out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the LORD."
-- 1 Kings 6:1 (NIV)

Our God is a God of detail and order. In the sixth chapter of 1 Kings we read about King Solomon who oversaw the building of the temple of God. In 1 Kings 6:1 we read, "In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites had come out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, the second month, he began to build the temple of the Lord."

Work began on the temple of God during the fourth year of King Solomon's reign over Israel. This work began in the month of Ziv and ended seven years later in the month of Bul. In 1 Kings 6:37-38 we read, "The foundation of the temple of the Lord was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv. In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He [King Solomon] had spent seven years building it."

Prior to reading these verses, I do not recall ever hearing mention of the months of Ziv or Bul. Through this devotional article I pray you will become familiar with the names of the months mentioned in the Bible. Complete the blanks below using the scripture clues provided. May God richly bless you as you search and study His holy word.

The first month was __ __ __ __ __ or __ __ __ __. Read Nehemiah 2:1; Esther 3:7; Exodus 12:2; 13:4; 23:15; 34:18; and Deuteronomy 16:1.

The second month was __ __ __ and is today most commonly referred to as the month of Iyar. Read 1 Kings 6:1 and 6:37 for the clue.

The third month was __ __ __ __ __. Need a hint? Read Esther 8:9.

The fourth month was probably named after __ __ __ __ __ __ who was a Babylonian god. A reference to this foreign god is found in Ezekiel 8:14. See also 2 Kings 25:3 and Jeremiah 52:6 for references to the fourth month.

The fifth month was Ab or Av. This month is not specifically named in the Bible, yet there are many references to it. See Ezra 7:8-9; Numbers 33:38; and 2 Kings 25:8.

The sixth month was __ __ __ __. Nehemiah 6:15; and Haggai 1:1 and 1:15 provide us with clues.

The seventh month was __ __ __ __ __ __ __. Read 1 Kings 8:2. Tishri is the most common name today for this month.

The eighth month was __ __ __. 1 Kings 6:38 and 12:33 provide insight into this month, which is commonly referred to as Cheshvan.

The ninth month was __ __ __ __ __ __ __ or Kislev. The prophets Zechariah and Nehemiah both make reference to this month. See Zechariah 7:1 and Nehemiah 1:1.

The tenth month was __ __ __ __ __ __. See Esther 2:16 to learn what is now known as the month of Tevet.

The eleventh month was __ __ __ __ __ __. Zechariah 1:7 is where we learn about this month also known as the month of Shevat.

The twelfth month was __ __ __ __. The book of Esther contains several references to this month. Read Esther 3:7; 3:13; 8:12; 9:1; 9:15 and Ezra 6:15 for your clue.

When comparing these Biblical months to modern day calendars the order may vary. I pray for our eyes and ears to be opened in new ways as we are now aware of the months mentioned in God's holy word. May we come into agreement with the Psalmist who wrote in Psalm 84:10, "Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked." Amen.

WE SERVE A GOD OF
DETAIL AND ORDER

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