The Days of Awe 5781

By Grant Marshall

We are now in the ‘Days of Awe’ the ‘Days of Repentance.’ Rosh Hoshanna begins this period of ten days of retrospection. Jewish tradition tells us that there are two books that are now being written — one for the righteous, the Book of Life, and one for the wicked, the Book of Death. The fate of both are sealed at Yom Kippur.  It is a time when we as human beings can stand before YHVH and consider Him near us. As believers, we know that if we walk with God, He will be near. Yeshua has made it possible that the indwelling of the Ruch Hakodesh, the very Spirit of God, and He Himself now dwell in us. 

John 14:23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

Furthermore, 1 Corinthians 3:16  tells us: Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 f anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

This time within God’s calendar tells us that He has made and set in place times of visitations, ‘Moedim,’ or appointed times for specific things to happen. We hear the warning sound of the trumpet at Yom Teruah  and realise that the sign of Yeshua’s coming is imminent and that the crowning of the great King reminds us that God is sovereign and the day of the Lord will come with righteous judgement.  The word in Hebrew for awesome, is ‘Ayom,’ Strong’s 366. It means dreadful or terrible and thus signifies that the times are in the hands of God who is ready to judge all things. It is called the Day of the Lord. The appointed times or the feasts of God, show to us shadow pictures, events that will come to pass. All of what God says is prophecy because His very name is prophetic. His name ‘I AM’  or ‘Ayer Asher Ayer,’ tells us that all things exist in Him and thus all things shall be. 

Yeshua has made for us The Way, and the light now living in us is the truth that will set every sinner free. Thus we can look to these days of retrospect as a specific time to draw near to God. We must remember that repentance is an act; a moving forward or returning back to God and to His way. The person who makes the conscious and committed resolve to walk in the way of teshuvah or in repentance, walks with God in grace and in covenant. As humans we will always make mistakes and the flesh will always struggle with God. God knows this and His spirit enables us to make the changes needed through the strength of Christ. This is the act of His sacrifice, the Love of Christ.

During these days, we can choose, or should I say endeavour , to remember the things we have done wrong, whether in thought or deed to others or in disobedience to God. We are called to love one another and to remember that we all fall short of the mark. I know that when I look at myself, I find that I do the latter most days. I am my worst judge and though I sometimes give myself a hard time, I know that God, my Father, hears what I am thinking, sees my efforts and remorse and assures me that He loves me and continues each day in putting up with me. He is just showing me that He is divine and I’m a human, a work in progress. God loves a person who has God on their heart and He recognises every effort that person makes.

The Days of Awe are called so, because we recognise we stand before an awesome God and King who will judge between life and death, blessings and curse. We have spent the year reading and being discipled in the teaching of God. I know each time I read the Torah that as another year passes, I pray that a greater change takes place.

The Days of Awe are a time when we dedicate ourselves in prayer, concentrating on acts of repentance, restitution and good deeds. As we lead up to Yom Kippur, we also know that the price for our sin has been paid for by our Messiah, and His blood marks us out as God’s children. It is therefore a time of thanksgiving, as we make our way through God’s forgiveness toward the feast of Sukkot, the Tabernacle of God. We are also reminded that though we were once in the world we have now been bought with a great price, redeemed by our kinsman redeemer. 

Yeshua taught us in our Lord’s prayer that forgiveness is a condition of being in the presence of God and that through it, we are also forgiven. As we walk through these few days, let us pray for one another and for our family and friends. Let us do what we can and draw near to God, so that we may have inscribed for us a year of great favour.

Shalom and  Grace 

Grant

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