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God’s Love in the Jewish Feasts

Here in Israel, the Jewish people just concluded a glorious feast season that began nearly 3 weeks ago with Rosh HaShanah (the Feast of Trumpets), moved into Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and escalated to joyous heights with the seven day celebration of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles). Having the opportunity to learn from the Jewish people about these God-established appointments while in the land has given me a fresh understanding of how fervently and passionately God desires to draw near to His people. I encountered God’s love to new depths as I walked through this spiritual journey from one feast day to the next. On Rosh HaShanah, the blasting of shofars is heard all around Israel. Each type of blast has meaning: signifying either a king’s coronation, an alarm for repentance, or to awaken the soul. Much of the liturgy in the synagogues centers around repentance and the mercy of our King. It’s a time when God is calling for His people to awaken and return to Him with all their heart and soul. Now I realize even more the beauty of God’s call. I know that in my weakness I can slip away from the dedication I once had in serving Him and am grateful for His provision to awaken my heart once again to re-dedicate myself to serving Him wholeheartedly. The theme of repentance continues during the 10 days leading up to Yom Kippur. Known as the 10 Days of Awe, these days provide more time to evaluate where we stand with God and to seek His strength for lasting change in our lives – to become more like Him. When the Temple was standing, the High Priest would offer up sacrifices and bring the blood into the Holy of Holies once a year – on Yom Kippur – to make atonement for the sins of the people of Israel. Many Jewish men and women mikveh (immerse) in water prior to entering into Yom Kippur to symbolize their new status as one who has been made pure by God. It was and still is a day to meditate on God’s attributes of forgiveness and mercy and to receive the cleansing that only He can provide. Meditating on this caused me to be overwhelmed – God, in His mercy, chooses to wash me clean. He does this not because of anything I’ve done to deserve it, but because He wants to bring me close to Him. If Yom Kippur is a revelation of HaShem’s eternal love for His people – as we see that He forgives us every year, restarts us completely, reckons us, and we begin anew – the vessel that holds that joy is the sukkah. After being at our most vulnerable on Yom Kippur, coming from a place of deep and sincere repentance, wondering if we did things right, God sets a time apart to embrace us and confirm His love and forgiveness towards us in the form of the walls of the sukkah. He lovingly covers us from above with the natural greenery He provides. God sets us outside of our normal environment to be entirely surrounded by Him, to fully enjoy and appreciate being with Him. Sukkot is the greatest picture we have today of what it will be like to dwell with God, to have the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem. Sukkot is the culmination of the journey that began at Passover as the children of Israel left Egypt. It’s a foreshadowing of the day when all nations will gather to worship the Lord on His holy mountain of Zion. God’s plan is all about drawing us deeper into His love. He’s provided a picture of this for us in the Jewish feasts. He takes us on a journey of awakening our hearts, purifying us completely as we humble ourselves before Him and bringing us with great rejoicing into His loving arms to stay there forever.   1Temple Talk Radio: From Yom Kippur to Sukkot: Renewal, Joy and Prophesy (YouTube... Read MoreRead More
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