Today, the Jewish people are celebrating Rosh HaShanah, which is their 'New Year'.Translation from Hebrew: Rosh = 'Head'HaShanah = 'The Year'Shanah Tova!"Have a good year"Rosh Hashanah = New Year:Eve of 4th - 6th SeptemberYom Kippur = Day of Atonement: Eve of 13th - 14th SeptemberSukkot = Feast of Tabernacles Eve of 18th - 25th SeptemberOn Rosh Hashanah Jews commemorate the culmination of the
creation of the universe,and acceptance of God's sovereignty
over the world. These are also the days on whichGod judges
people's deeds throughout the year and decides their future for
the comingyear - death for the sinners, life for the pious and a
repentance period until YomKippur (September 13-14th) for
people whose status is uncertain. The period betweenRosh
Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called "The Ten Days of Repentance,
" or "Ten Daysof Awe", during which people have the opportunity
to atone for their sins. The Jewish people take these 10 days to
think about their lives, and their future. Theypray to be righteous
before God and repent for their sins. The Shofar is heardthroughout
this time calling the people to repent. Since the Temple is destroyed
they cannotdo animal sacrifices for their sins, so they are not sure
of their salvation. Thisis an important time to pray for the Jewish
people as they seek the Lord.
Unfortunately, I can't share the source of this information as it comes
from someone about to head back to Israel to minister to Jews and
Happy Birthday to my Jewish friends.
Praying for the peace of Jerusalem and all of Israel
Me too, Kassey.
Every year at this time I think of the wars that Israel has gone through and the miracles that happened to help the little nation survive.
Israel needs God’s help today. It is surrounded by enemies. There are up to 60,000 rockets pointed at Israel from southern Lebanon.
That’s only one country.
I hope many are praying for the peace of Israel, that it may dwell secure.
I always appreciate your comments, Kassey.
I as read this I am amazed that Israel exists as a state today. The institution of Israel in 1948 is the reason I tend to be a dispensationalist. Look at all the ancient people who existed along with the Jews… how many are still a state today?
I know we must believe in Jesus Christ by faith, Delight. But, if I had one thing to choose as the best evidence for God’s existence it wouldn’t be all of the evidence for creation. It would be the tiny nation of Israel. It’s survival is the greatest miracle that I can think of.
Speaking of dispensationalists, Gary Stearman of Prophecy in the News is a firm believer in the idea. I was reading a bit of Mr. Spurgeon’s work the other day and he speaks of dispensations. I would say that I have a tendency to lean in that direction too even though I’m not dogmatic about it.
Always appreciate your insights, Delight.
I hope you have a great weekend.