"God considers us so significant that He pre-appointed times to meet with us. Though it may sound archaic in a digital age, God didn't just pencil Himself in, but penned in appointments that weren't to be changed by life. These sacred assemblies are to be permanently programmed in our calendars, shifting and ordering our lives around them. What a concept." (Aligning With God's Appointed Times) by Rabbi Jason Sobel
The Lord spoke to Moses saying, "Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. These are the feasts of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times." Leviticus 23: 1-4
Understand that these appointed times are not the seasons of the year. The appointed times are to be times of worship set forth as festivals by God.
Our lives are to be ordered around appointments with God.
God delights in being with us. We are all busy people with scheduled appointments each day. Yet, we are all in need of time set apart with our God. He brings refreshment. when we choose to meet with Him.
He longs to spend quality time with us.
Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah)
Atonement (Yom Kippur)
Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzot)
"Baruch ha-ba b'shem Adonai. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"
God's presence, power and provision are closely linked to the unity of His people. The unification of the roots and the shoots--the old and the new treasures, the Jews and the Gentiles. It's within our power to answer the Messiah's prayer. Rabbi Jason Sobel
This feast, Rosh Hashanah, is the first of the Fall feasts, the Jewish New Year which occurs in the middle of September on our calendar. It is quite different than the American New Year celebration, which is marked by parties and alcohol. This Jewish feast/holiday is remembered as a holy day, sanctified with prayers. It's a time of sobriety and introspection and "making it right" with God. It commemorates a fresh start, a new beginning, and a clean slate into the new year.
These ten days from Rosh Hashanah to the next holiday, Yom Kippur, are called Ten Days of Awe, days of repentance and returning to God.
The primary spiritual action on this day is the blowing of the shofar, the ram's horn. The sound of the shofar ushers in greater intimacy with God.
God wants to encounter us.
"Come, let us return to the Lord...that we may live in His presence." Hosea 6: 1-2
Honey-dipped apples and challah bread are part of this Jewish New Year celebration, which represents a sweet new year.
The stickiness of the honey prophetically symbolizes sticking to God and God sticking to us.
The Hebrew word for bonding is deveikut, which is the same word used in Genesis when a man is cleaving to his wife. The word challah, in Hebrew, represents a fresh cycle of the new year ahead.
Yes, we are all in need of a fresh cycle, new beginning and fresh start. Take note that a cycle in the dictionary consists of something regularly repeated, a complete set. Also, it could be defined as a revolution, a pattern, and a rhythm that is consistent and ongoing.
Shouldn't our walk of faith in Yeshua (Jesus) be consistent and regular?
In our American New Year's celebrations, we speak of making New Year's resolutions. Our Jewish brothers and sisters got it right. Sticking to God and Him sticking to us is the only way to start. However, not just once a year, but each day.
We need to resolve some things so our commitment to the Lord is strong and continual.
"L'Shannah Tovah!" which in Hebrew means "For a good year!"
Rosh Hashanah is a time when we should examine ourselves, our lives and turn from any sin or from any actions for which the Holy Spriit will bring conviction. The Ten Days Of Awe and wonder should cause us to revere the Lord and return to Him with all of our hearts, minds and strength.
It is a Jewish tradition and practice that during Rosh Hashanah there is a "casting off" that the prophet Micah spoke of saying, "He will again have compassion on us. He will subdue our iniquities, and You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea." Micah 7: 19
So, literally on the afternoon of the first day of the high holidays, an entire Jewish congregation will walk to a body of water and stand on the banks emptying their pockets as a prophetic picture of "casting off" their sins. Many folks will bring small pieces of stale, old, leavened bread to represent their sins.
We don't want to carry old leaven into the New Year.
"These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open." Revelation 3: 7
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me." Matthew 23: 27