Happy Rosh Hashanah at Sundown September 4, 2013 (Our 100th Post)
We wish all, especially those of the Jewish faith,
a Happy Rosh Hashanah!
It is the first day of the new year for the civil calendar for the Jewish people. Some traditions believe that since this is the first day of the new year that it was also the first day of creation (see Genesis 1). Six days later Creation was complete.
For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
but he rested on the seventh day.
Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day
and made it holy.
(Exo 20:11 NIV)
The first ten days of the calendar year are the Days of Awe, a time for introspection to consider the sins of the previous year and to repent. The Days of Awe end with Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and prayer for forgiveness of sins.
And this shall be a statute forever unto you:
that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month,
ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all,
whether it be one of your own country,
or a stranger that sojourneth among you:
For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you,
to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.
(Lev 16:29-30 KJV)
Since the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, there have been no sacrifices for the sins of the people of Israel on Yom Kippur.
However, in Christian traditions it is believed that Jesus Christ became the sacrifice for the sins of all who call on Him in repentance, both Jewish and Gentile, and that the sacrificial system of the First Covenant points to Jesus Christ. Some Christian traditions also believe that the three spring feasts of Israel (Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits) were fulfilled by the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Shavuot (also called Pentecost) was fulfilled by the anointing of the apostles and those gathered with them by the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. And, the three fall feasts will be fulfilled by the return of Christ to gather Israel, to clean them of all iniquity, to judge the wicked of the world, and to establish the promised Kingdom of Israel on earth for 1000 years.
Thus, these holy days not only look back and celebrate the history of the Jewish people, but also look forward to the promises yet fulfilled in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Happy Rosh Hashanah to All Who Commemorate It!