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The other night the sun was BRIGHT RED as it was going down. I’ve never seen anything like it. We were in our backyard picking blackberries and tomatoes and I was noticing where the past few years we’ve barely gotten anything out of our garden, this year was so easy and there was so much abundance and they were GOOD crops! So as we were doing this and I noticed the amazing sunset that was happening, I decided to take a break and just watch. I was reminded of the book “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis. In this book the children go through portals into other worlds, and they stumble upon an old and dying one. In this world the sun was large and red because of how long it had burned. I felt like as our own red sun that night set, the Lord said, “The old has gone.” Somehow in that very moment, even though I knew the official Rosh Hashanah celebrations weren’t until (tonight! almost while I’m posting this!) a little later, something had taken place. The old was gone and a new day was starting. It felt like I was saying goodbye to something. There seemed to be a seasonal shift, and the world is not going to be the same ever again. While there’s been a lot of speculation of what that might look like, I’m excited for it. I know the Lord has GOOD plans. Even tonight while I was asking the Lord how exactly He wanted my family to celebrate this Jewish New year, he showed me Zechariah 7 & 8. The first chapter is in response to the usual tradition of fasting on one of the holidays. Honestly, I didn’t look into which holidays those were yet. BUT. I had just been asking the Lord the same thing- should I fast something? And then read these verses (7:9-10),

“Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor, In your hearts do not think evil of each other.” So really, I felt the Lord was saying to just get our hearts lined up with Him.

Then, in chapter 8 (which is AWESOME by the way!) He talks about how He is bringing His people back from all over the world to BE His people. He’s restoring safety and blessing crops (this was super exciting to me because of what I mentioned earlier). He is recognizing that people have been cursingĀ  the Jews (which to me can translate to all the people of God now), and saying not to worry about it because He will make them a blessing. My favorite part is verses 20-23, “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, “Let us go at once to entreat the Lord and seek the Lord Almighty. I myself am going.’ and many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord Almighty and to entreat him. This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’ THIS is what I see being the Lord’s plan for this year. People might trash believers a lot. And sometimes it’s deserved. But we repent of the things that aren’t of Him and line our hearts up with Him tonight. Then we celebrate His goodness, His sweetness and bask in that these next couple of days. I am SO excited for this next year- I don’t even think I can imagine what it’s going to look like, but I know it’ll be the start of what we’ve been praying for: HIS Kingdom come, HIS will be done on EARTH as it is in heaven!

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Well hey there. It’s been awhile. But who cares about that. I have something cool to say! Around the beginning of August, I felt the Lord say, “It’s preparation month.” I felt lead to study certain things intensely and just make sure I was spending all the time I could with the Lord. I also felt that, not only was I supposed to spiritually prepare myself but also prepare some things around my house and just get my stuff in order. It’s seems to me the spiritual season is shifting, and I’ve asked the Lord to prepare me for wherever that might lead. To me this was a direct answer to that prayer.

So fast forward to September 1st . I was switching over my calendar when I noticed that September 17h is Rosh Hashanah- also known as the Jewish New Year, also known as The Feast of Trumpets- and decided to look into it more and see how Jewish people celebrate it. I’ve always been really fascinated by Jewish holidays and have wanted to observe them better than I do now. As I was reading, I came across this: “The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh HaShanah) was celebrated at the beginning of the month Tishri, the first month of the civil year. It was one of the seven days of holy convocation. Tishri ( Sept-Oct) is the seventh month of the Biblical calendar, and as such parallels the Sabbath as a special and holy time to seek God. The previous month of Elul (August- Sept) is the time of preparation just as Friday is the Day of Preparation for Shabbat. This season is a time of reflection, contemplation, and putting things in order and getting right our relationship with God.”

I pretty much fell out of my chair. And also laughed. First of all, while I knew September was the month Jewish New Year fell in, I didn’t know about the August-September PREPARATION MONTH!! No clue. So when the Lord told me, “It’s preparation month,” He didn’t mean just for me like I originally thought. He meant it’s LITERALLY preparation month! Haha! Soooooo amazing!!! And not only did He tell me what month it was, he told me what to do about it. I love that at the end of that quote it says, “This season is a time of reflection, contemplation, and putting things in order and getting right our relationship with God.” That’s EXACTLY what I felt the Lord tell me to do! I can’t get over how cool that is. I LOVE the gift of the Holy Spirit and how we are just able to communicate with Him and know His will and know the seasons we’re in. I love getting confirmation over and over again that I’m not making this stuff up! We REALLY hear Him! It never gets old. It never ceases to blow my mind. He is just SO GOOD!

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