We are once again in the wonderful Hebrew Month of ELUL (August 12 – Sept 9, 2018).
Elul is the unique 29-day period of time each year dedicated to preparing our hearts to usher in the Biblical Fall Feasts of the Lord; Rosh Hashanah (Sept 9-10), Yom Kippur (Sept 19) and Tabernacles (Sept 24 – 30).
In Jewish tradition, Elul is the month of the Love Song; “I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine” (Song of Solomon 6:3).
Elul is the time each year when the Jewish people liken God to a King who leaves His royal palace and comes into the field in order to meet with His people, listen to their hearts, and answer their petitions.
The God of Israel has designed the love song month of Elul for His faithful, Torah observant family, because He wants them to understand how much He loves them and desires to have a personal relationship with them.
The parable of the “King in the Field” teaches the Jewish people about their true King – Yeshua – who left the comforts of heaven, became a man, and died for their sins as the Passover Lamb.
The month of Elul is based on the love song that King Solomon wrote for his beloved bride, the Shulamite maid (Songs 6:13).
The Rabbis teach that the Song of Solomon is the allegorical depiction of God’s love for His people, and their love for Him.
I love studying the Song of Songs through the eyes of Jesus’ love for His Bride, and our love for Him. That’s why the Hebrew month of Elul is so special for both Jews and Christians.
I always encourage lovers of Jesus to spend special time with Him in this month. I believe it is anointed and Jesus has many things He desires to share with us at this special time of year.
The first example of the ‘king in the field’ is the shepherd boy, David.
David won the affection of God as he sang love songs to God on a harp while tending his sheep in the Judean hills.
David was a faithful shepherd who fiercely protected his sheep. He killed a lion and a bear with only a slingshot, which prepared him to slay the giant Goliath on the battlefield (1 Samuel 17).
David began as a worshipping shepherd boy in the field, and wound up the greatest warrior King Israel has ever known.
The Kingly Covenant of David and Jesus
God made a covenant with David that his offspring would never die out and his throne would be established forever (Psalm 89:34-37).
The Jewish people understood from Psalm 89, and elsewhere in Scripture, that Messiah would descend from the royal bloodline of King David.
That’s why blind beggars called out to Jesus; “Son of David! Have pity on us,” (Matt 20:30).
Children in the temple cried out to Jesus as He passed: “Son of David – save us!” this infuriated the Pharisees because the term ‘Son of David’ was reserved for the Messiah (Matt 21:15).
On that fateful day when Jesus rode on a donkey into Jerusalem, on His way to become the Passover Lamb, the Jewish people threw their cloaks on the ground and worshipped him as the Son of David who came to same them:
“Son of David, please deliver us! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! You are in the highest heaven!” (Matt 21:9).
The prophetic fulfillment that testifies for all eternity who Jesus is, was nailed above His head on the cross:
“And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS,” (Matt 27:37).
Jesus is the rightful heir and King of the Jews through the bloodline and covenant that God made with King David, and David’s descendants.
The month of Elul is the time each year that God prepares the Jewish people to recognize Yeshua as Messiah.
One day God will restore the descendants of David through His Son Yeshua HaMashiach and they will recognize Him as the one they pierced and rejected. All of Israel will mourn in that day:
“and they of Jerusalem shall yet again dwell and sit securely in their own place in Jerusalem.”
“And the Lord shall save and give victory to the tents of Judah first, that they glory of the house of David…”
“When that day comes, I will seek to destroy all nations attacking Jerusalem; I will pour out on the house of David and on those living in Jerusalem a spirit of grace and prayer; and they will look to me, whom they pierced.”
“They will mourn for him as one mourns for an only son; they will be in bitterness on his behalf like the bitterness for a firstborn son. When that day comes, there will be great mourning in Jerusalem,”
“All the families that are left, each by itself, and their wives by themselves, each with an overwhelming individual sorrow over having blindly rejected their unrecognized Messiah,” (See Zechariah Chapter 12-14).
Yeshua HaMashiach, is the perpetual Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. One day, the Jewish people will see and understand this, and mourn for Him as the one they rejected.
In that day, the Jewish people will be fully restored to God through Yeshua, their Messiah.
Yeshua is wooing His people and calling them to understand the love song, and come out to meet Him as the King in the Field.
Yeshua is the King in the Field – and all who seek Him will find Him.
As Christians, we understand our King Jesus is always available to listen, love us, and hear our needs and requests, however, it is good to be reminded that our Christian Jesus – is really the Messiah of Israel.
I encourage you friend, spend some special time this Elul with your Beloved King Jesus.
God seeks to prepare His people for the days ahead.
King Jesus is waiting for you at the King’s table (Songs 1:12)
Author, Michele M. Rizzo