Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

May they prosper who love you

- Psalm 122:6

A Memorial Blowing

The most common name for this first holy day, Rosh Hashanna, is incorrect and has no basis except tradition.  The literal translation of this first holy day is “a memorial blowing.”

A Double Holiday

At sundown on September 6 the first of the fall holy days begins.  Because it begins the month on the Hebrew calendar it is always a double feast day.  

Tashlich

Another tradition, commemorated on the first day of the feast, by the more observant, is “Tashlich” based on God’s promise to “cast their sins into the sea.”  The men symbolically cast off the sins of the previous year by tossing pebbles or breadcrumbs into flowing water.

The Days of Awe

The Jewish people have several traditions for this season.  Most prominent, observed by almost all the Jewish people, are “The Days of Awe” which are the ten days between the first two fall feasts (Trumpets and Atonement). They believe that on the first day God opens two books in Heaven:

The Book of Life
The Book of Death

The Fall Feasts

God’s calendar begins in the spring; therefore, the fall feasts are in the seventh month, corresponding to our September/October.  

Introduction

According to the Biblical calendar that begins in the spring, the feasts of the fall begin in the seventh month.

Redemption and Salvation

Josiah was one of the most righteous kings of the Southern Kingdom (Judah). He called the people to repent and return to the Lord. He destroyed all the high places where the people sacrificed to false Gods and committed terrible acts of rebellion.

Righteousness

The chapter and verse divisions in our modern Bibles did not exist in the original and ancient scrolls. Jeremiah continues sharing God’s reasons for bringing judgement on Israel.

God’s unique relationship with Israel

God reminds Israel of His covenant relationship with her. He did so much to bless her and yet she rebelled against His goodness, grace and mercy. This is just as true today as it was when Jeremiah called the people to repent.

God’s unique relationship with Israel

The life message of the Hebrew prophets reflected many aspects of God’s character.  For the next few weeks we will listen to Jeremiah and Isaiah

The nations

God not only made and keeps His promises to Israel, He also made and keeps His promises to the nations. This promise that He made

God’s Unique relationship with Israel

Yesterday we prayed that Israel would remember and believe God’s promises about restoring the land and the nation of Israel.  Throughout Israel’s history God made