As we roll along in the fifth month of 2017, my prayer for you is that double grace MUST come your way in the forthcoming days and now. Though the month reflects doubt (i.e. good things MAY happen), I decree that MUT is the word you and I will hold unto this month, because we are relying on the God of all possibilities. Because His word is yea and amen, unshakeable, undeniable, we all shall receive double portion grace all through this month and beyond.
Though many Bible scholars situate the fifth month with times of turbulence, captivity and punishment, my word for you this time around is that we all shall key into the prophecies of Zechariah and Ezekiel, who both noted that there surely is a warning of punishment and possible damnation for every sin, but equally give hope that grace will overcome once we allow it in.
The assurance for this month, therefore, is that, in the place of damnation and punishment, a whole lot of grace is rolling around for you and I to grab. All we have to do is allow repentance have its place in our hearts, then move to the throne of God’s grace and receive mercy for all wrongs (Hebrews 4:16). From that point we should allow the new man to take preeminence and old things shall pass away (2 Corinthians 5: 17).
That is an assurance we get from Ezekiel 20: 33 and 34, which declare: “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will reign over you with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath. I will bring you from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered—with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath.”
The word out for us this month, therefore, is that the mercies of God will atone for all our sins and His Grace will abound to create room for restoration, once we allow in The Righteous One and turn from our sinful ways. That is the assurance we get from Zechariah 7:1-5 which reads viz: In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, the month of Kislev. 2 The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melek, together with their men, to entreat the LORD 3 by asking the priests of the house of the LORD Almighty and the prophets, “Should I mourn and fast in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?” Then the word of the LORD Almighty came to me: 5 “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted? –
However, as we week God’s mercy and grace in every situation, we must never forget to extend same to people around us. That is the message of Zechariah 7:9-10, which states: “This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’
Further Bible reading reveals that five is the number of divine grace. It is the symbol of the five wounds of Christ on the cross. It is also associated to the man in general: five fingers of the hand and feet, the five senses (touch, taste, sense of smell, hearing and the sight), as well as five parts of the upper body – two arms, two legs and the head, the bust – five bones forming the metacarpus, the metatarsi and the brain-pan.
Furthermore, number five is regarded as a symbol of the mediation for our sins – five parts of the clothing remaining of Jesus during his crucifixion after the soldiers had made four parts of his dress, plus his tunic which they did not tear. (John 19:23). Along the line, Apostle Paul declares that by five times he received the 39 lashes from the Jews. (2 Corinthians 11: 24), while our transformation from lack into redemption and marked by the five mad and wise virgins of the parable of Jesus. (Matthew 25: 1) and the five porticos of the pool of Bethesda. (John 5: 2)
We also get promises of victory from the five pebbles with which David killed Goliath, as well as five kinds of animals that God asked Abraham to present to him to conclude with him an alliance: a heifer of three years old, a goat of three years old, a ram of three years old, a turtledove and a young dove. (Genesis 12: 5-18).
We receive assurances of abundance and plenty to cherish this month from the five primary types of offerings God commanded Israel to bring to him. They are the Burnt Offering (Leviticus 1; 8:18 – 21; 16:24), Sin (Leviticus 4; 16:3 – 22), Trespass (Leviticus 5:14 – 19; 6:1 – 7; 7:1 – 6), Grain (Leviticus 2) and Peace Offering (Leviticus 3; 7:11- 34). Let us also remember that Jesus multiplied five loaves of barely to feed 5,000 (Matthew 14:17).
It is instructive to note that the synopsis gospels add together with Acts of the Apostles to present five books about the ways we should follow as faithful in Christ Jesus. These five books reveal Jesus’ teachings in gracious dimensions, while John wrote five books centered on the grace of God and eternal life.
Most pointedly, we are assured that five is the number of grace. Beyond that, I decree that this month will give you and I five multiplied by itself, which is 25, thereby propelling us into grace upon grace. In the name of Jesus, the name that is above every other name, I pray that we shall all receive the benefits of multiple blessings this month (John 1:16).