New Moon

You see, when God created the earth, he established that the sun and moon were to be signs to mark seasons and holidays. In Genesis 1:14-16 it says this…..

And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.

In fact, God created the very first holiday (the Sabbath) when He rested from the work of creation on the seventh day and declared that day to be a holy day in Genesis 2:2-3…..

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

Ever since God declared the seventh day of the week to be holy has He ever changed His mind and declared it to be unholy? No, you can’t find that anywhere in the Bible. But that is the subject for another article. Getting back to New Moon, in the Torah the people of Israel were instructed to blow the shofar and offer sacrifices during New Moon in Numbers 10:10…..

“Also at your times of rejoicing—your appointed feasts and New Moon festivals—you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the LORD your God.”

The Temple has been destroyed and Yahshua (the Lord Jesus Christ) was the final sacrifice for sin, so sacrifices are no longer offered on New Moon, but God still intends for us to keep this holiday.  But we shall get to that in just a bit.

So how are we supposed to treat New Moon?  Well, the truth is that the Scriptures tell us that it is a holy day during which we are not supposed to work or buy or sell as it tells us in Amos 8:4-6…..

Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, saying, “When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?”— skimping the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

In fact, the New Moon celebration was a big deal during King David’s day as it tells us in 1 Samuel 20:5…..

So David said, “Look, tomorrow is the New Moon festival, and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow.

In addition, New Moon celebrations were at the forefront of King Solomon’s mind when he described the activities in the Temple that he was about to build for the Lord God.  In 2 Chronicles 2:4 we read this…..

Now I am about to build a temple for the Name of the LORD my God and to dedicate it to him for burning fragrant incense before him, for setting out the consecrated bread regularly, and for making burnt offerings every morning and evening and on Sabbaths and New Moons and at the appointed feasts of the LORD our God. This is a lasting ordinance for Israel.

Hebcal’s Website lists out all the New Moon Dates to year 2022.

New Moon Dates 2014

Jan 2, 2014, Jan 31, Mar 2, Apr 1, Apr 30, May 30, Jun 28, Jul 28, Aug 26, Oct 24, Nov 23, Dec 22,

New Moon Dates 2015

Jan 21, 2015, Feb 19, Mar 21, Apr 19, May 19, Jun 17, Jul 17, Aug 15, Oct 13, Nov 12,Dec 12,

New Moon Dates 2016

Jan 11, 2016, Feb 9, Mar 10, Apr 9, May 8, Jun 7, Jul 6, Aug 5, Sep 3, Nov 1, Dec 1, Dec 30,

New Moon Dates 2017

Jan 28, 2017, Feb 26, Mar 28, Apr 26, May 26, Jun 24, Jul 24, Aug 22, Oct 20, Nov 19,Dec 18,

New Moon Dates 2018

Jan 17, 2018, Feb 15, Mar 17, Apr 15, May 15, Jun 13, Jul 13, Aug 11, Oct 9, Nov 8, Dec 8,

New Moon Dates 2019

Jan 7, 2019, Feb 5, Mar 7, Apr 6, May 5, Jun 4, Jul 3, Aug 2, Aug 31, Oct 29, Nov 28,Dec 28,

New Moon Dates 2020

Jan 27, 2020, Feb 25, Mar 26, Apr 24, May 24, Jun 22, Jul 22, Aug 20, Oct 18, Nov 17,Dec 16,

New Moon Dates 2021

Jan 14, 2021, Feb 12, Mar 14, Apr 12, May 12, Jun 10, Jul 10, Aug 8, Oct 6, Nov 5, Dec 4,