Teshuvah – 40 Days of Repentance

We are entering a very important time known as Teshuvah, which begins at sundown on August 27, 2014 and leads up to the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement (High Holy Days).  This year (2014) the Feast of Trumpets is at sundown on September 26 and the Day of Atonement is at sundown on October 5.  Even though we are just beginning to explain the significance of the feasts, this is a very exciting time because the fall feasts are synonymous with the second advent of our Messiah, Jesus (Yeshua).  Just as Jesus fulfilled the spring feasts to the day and hour in His first coming, He will fulfill the fall feasts in His second coming. 
Teshuvah is the Hebrew word with the root being “shoov”, which means to return.  Think of it like “shoo fly, shoo”.  In other words, “Mr. Fly, turn around and go the other way!”  Simply, this is a time of repentance and a plea to God for forgiveness.  Teshuvah is a 40 day period that precedes Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.  Originally, it only comprised the 10 days between Feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur, known as the Days of Awe, but Jewish tradition extended this time of repentance that all might come to the place of salvation.

 

During this time, Psalm 27 is recited daily along with prayers.  Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my Light” refers to the Feast of Trumpets; “And my salvation” refers to the Day of Atonement; and Verse 5, “For He will hide me in the shelter of His sacred tent” refers to the Feast of Tabernacles.  Also during this time, the shofar (ram’s horn) is blown every day as a warning and reminder to repent and seek God for forgiveness.  With warning comes impending judgment!
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We invite you to join us to use this time to be in an attitude of repentance and to return to the Lord.  If there are sins in your life that need to be dealt with, this is the appointed time to meet daily with the Lord to reflect on His word, to pray and repent.  We are planning to sound the shofar every day (shofar apps are available for smartphones here), to read Psalm 27 and to pray and ask the Lord to help us in repentance.  Please be mindful that this is not a time to try and give up something like “chocolate” much like some people do at lent.  No, this is a time for renewing our minds and directing our thoughts toward God and His ways!

 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

We will give you more explanation and encouragement during this time of repentance leading up to the High Holy Days.  We hope you will join us for Teshuvah.  Please let us know if you will participate by commenting below and we will pray for you (and ask that you would pray for the person below your comment) every day!

Blessings,
John & Jenn

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