Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Feast of Trumpets

Rosh Ha'Shanah
29th of Elul 5776

כ״ט בֶּאֱלוּל תשע״ו

The Feast of Trumpets

Although it is common for relatives and
friends to send each other greeting cards to
wish them a Happy New Year,
Rosh HaShanah, or the Feast of Trumpets
is a time of serious reflection,
followed by the Ten Days of Repentance
and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Prior to Rosh Ha'Shanah, the shofar,
or ram's horn is blown to call
people to repent and to remind them
that the holy days, or the times
of God's holy convocations,
are arriving.  During the
synagogue services at Rosh Ha'Shanah,
the shofar is blown 100 times. 

According to Jewish tradition,
God writes every person's words, 
deeds, and thoughts in the Book of Life 
which He opens and examines on this day.

 If the good deeds outnumber
 the sinful ones for that year,
the person's name will be inscribed in the book
for another year on Yom Kippur.

 Christians whom study the
Hebrew roots of our faith,
believe that the four spring feasts
(Passover, Unleavened Bread, First fruits,
and the Feast of Weeks) were fulfilled
with Messiah's first coming, and that
the three autumn holidays,
(Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement,
and Feast of Booths) will be
 fulfilled at His return. 
The only way to have one's name
inscribed in God's Book of Life, 
which in Revelation is called,
the "Lamb's Book of Life" 
is through having faith in 
Messiah Jesus,
the spotless Lamb of God,
Who takes away the sins
of the world. 
It is only in and through Him
that we are made righteous before
the throne of the Father.

 "Lamb of God, we fall before Thee,
Humbly trusting in Thy cross.
That alone be all our glory;
All things else are only dross.

Thee we own a perfect Savior,
Only source of all that’s good.
Every grace and every favor
Comes to us through Jesus’ blood."

"Lamb Of God We Fall Before Thee"
Joseph Hart

Apples dipped in honey is a tradition at
Rosh HaShanah. The apples represent God's provision,
the honey for sweetness during the coming year.

L'shanah tovah tikatevoo
("May you be inscribed in 
the Book of Life for a good year")

May You Shine · Zemer Levav
As Long As I Breathe
℗ 2007 Galilee of the Nations Music USA, Inc.

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