This day came ye out in the month Abib. And it shall be when the Lord shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month. Exodus 13:4-5
Abib is a word that means – ear of grain. Abib is the first month of the Jewish calendar corresponding to our March/April. This time is significant as it was around this time the Israelite’s were led out of Egypt into a land flowing with milk and honey. Spring is significant of new life, new beginnings, and first fruits. When we see the green colors start to appear out of the ground, it gives us something to look forward to after enduring the seemingly never-ending wintry season. Spring is coming! The signs of spring are all around us, amidst the random outpouring of snow and freezing rain. I love to marvel at the handiwork of God each season. Even in the fall when everything around us begins to die, a beautiful color is left behind. We look forward to each season, but there is something special about spring. It is symbolic of Jesus death, burial, and resurrection. The feast of first fruits was celebrated during this time for God’s goodness and His deliverance. (Leviticus 23) Things may seem dreary now, but rest assured, this is the month, the hour, and the season of deliverance!
There is a story I heard once about a lady who was diagnosed with a terminal illness. When she was preparing for the end of her life, she mentioned that she wanted to be buried with a fork in her hand. When asked why, she explained that whenever the church put on a potluck, they would go around and pick up the dishes, but tell everyone to keep their forks. The best part of the meal was yet to come – Desert! She knew that she lived a good life, but when she died she was going to see Jesus. She knew the best was yet to come! When Jesus arose from the grave, He left behind a folded napkin. It was set apart from His other linens almost as if to make a statement. (John 20:7) It is a Jewish custom that after eating a meal, if you fold your napkin, it means you enjoyed the meal and intend to return. We see the signs that Jesus is coming back, and that is something to celebrate. The best is yet to come, so keep your fork!