This Wednesday at sundown, January 13th, we enter into the eleventh month of the Hebrew calendar called “Shevat.” This month is associated with the tribe of Asher, the eighth son of Jacob. Asher means “happy” coming from the root word “ashar” which is translated: to be straight, level, right, to go forward, be honest, prosper, bless, guide, lead, and relieve. Asher was known as a blessed tribe with land that produced many natural resources providing food and delicacies fit for a king.
Asher was known amongst the tribes to share their resources. In the Promised Land, Asher was located between Tyre and Carmel, which was some of the most fertile land in Canaan because it had low temperatures and much rainfall. Resources were a blessing, but Asher’s true happiness came from giving to others. “It is more blessed to give than receive.” (Acts. 20:35) With such an abundance of goods, Asher exported goods to supply to the other tribes and became known for its olive oil.
Jacob prophesied over Asher these words, “Bread from Asher shall be rich, and he shall yield royal dainties.” (Gen. 49:20) The Hebrew word for bread in this scripture is “lechem” and means “food you eat to obtain nourishment.” In the natural, Asher was blessed with rich food fit for kings, but in the spirit, God is saying prophetically that the gift of Asher brings rich, strong meat (revelation) of God’s word. Asher has a gift to pull out the treasures hidden in God’s Word.
“Rich” can also be translated as “fat.” The Hebrew word for fat is “shamen” and means “greasy, plenteous, oily and rich.” Oil is typically symbolic of the Holy Spirit. The bread or “word” of Asher will not only be meaty, but richly anointed by the Holy Spirit! (The fruitful olive tree is actually the symbol for this tribe).
Moses further prophesies over Asher in Deut. 33:24 “Asher is most blessed of sons; let him be favored by his brothers, and let him dip his foot in oil. Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; as your days, so shall your strength be.”
Asher “dips” or “plunges” his foot in oil is not a small prophetic word. In order for Asher to fulfill his call, his foundation needs to be the “Word” and to spend time in the presence of “The Word” to share God’s revelation with His people.
Psalm 1:1-3 describes Asher: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he mediates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”
Asher’s sandals being of iron and bronze describes the nature of his gifting. Shoes of iron are God’s judgments, and the word God gives them to share can shake the world. Signs and wonders will follow!
The first miracle recorded in the gospels takes place in Cana of Galilee, where Jesus turned the water into wine. This land was the inheritance of Asher and the beginning of miraculous signs of provision. (John 2:1-11) This land is also where Jesus revealed himself as the “bread of Life” which is symbolic of the gift Asher would share.
Matt 4:4 “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Bread is symbolic of the word of God.
Anna, the prophetess from the New Testament, came from the tribe of Asher and was one of the first to recognize Jesus as the Savior when He was born. Her faithfulness and dedication to serve the Lord for 84 years made her “fat” with God’s revelation about the Savior.
“Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity, and this woman was a widow of about 84 years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fasting’s and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to ALL those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem” (Luke 2:36-38).
In the Bible, Asher is spoken of by Moses as the most blessed of the sons and favored by his brothers. This tribe was blessed with numerous children and lived in peace with all the other tribes.
Asher is set around the tabernacle on the north side between Dan and Naphtali. These three tribes had the assignment of being the “rear” guard and were generally not ones to be warriors in battle. Avoiding battle when needed can be Asher’s weakness and downfall. Asher chose not to help during Israel’s national crisis when called to battle by Barak and Deborah. However, they did come when Gideon called as well as King Hezekiah.
God wants to reveal His Covenant in a “meaty” way so we can move in His heart ahead as the bride of Christ. Seek God’s presence and expect to receive His revelation. He wants to bless you in this season of “rest” in knowing Him and why He created you! God wants to revive and awaken your “roots” to be vibrant and alive in Him. Rivers of living water shall flow through your roots system and spring forth life in areas that have appeared dead. Expect to hear and see His oil!
God is preparing us to sow the seeds of revelation He gives us this month when His spring season begins with Nisan. Whatever the circumstances bring up ahead, His revelation will carry us through.
So the key this month is to REST and receive His anointed Word! And if you have the gift of Asher, God’s people need that “meaty” word!