One of my favorite parts of the Fall season is the Jewish High Holidays that usually start in September with Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year), followed by Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and finally ends with Sukkot (Feast of the Tabernacles). My dream is to experience them in Israel one day. They say it is a site not to be forgotten to see Sukkot or little tabernacles built in every front and backyard throughout the Land. Jewish people celebrate the time that God provided for them in the wilderness with temporary shelters, Sukkot, so they build them and eat and sleep in them during the seven days of Sukkot. It foreshadows when we will ‘tabernacle’ with God again in Heaven and in His new Kingdom on earth.
What I love most is the promise of a new year and beginning that Rosh Hashanah brings. This year the Lord blessed me at my women’s conference at my church Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Mt. View, California on the Friday night two days before Rosh Hashanah started. The theme was God’s Masterpiece and our first lady Ronda Hamilton spoke on doing God’s will. She shared how God had called her to become a medical doctor when she least expected it and how we can step out into our callings that God has on our lives.
There was a time of prayer and healing and I went forward asking God for all He had for me and to start over in a new beginning with Him. At one point Sister Hamilton asked “Women of God, do you want to be made whole?” My heart leaped at the thought of being healed mentally, physically,emotionally and spiritually. “Remember the man who laid at the pools of Bethesda for 38 years and Jesus asked him if he wanted to be made whole?. Do you want that wholeness too? My whole body came under the power of the Holy Spirit and I heard the Lord whisper to me “I am healing every molecule in every cell of you body.” Then I felt heat throughout my head and the words “I am healing your mind”. My heart was next as I felt the Lord heal me from every hurt I had every experienced. As I stood there shaking with the healing warmth of my Lord, I felt Him brake off the shackle of rejection on my heart I had experienced all my life and felt His love and acceptance flow over me. “You are accepted in the Beloved” ran through my mind from Ephesians 1:6 and I now could call Him Savior and Abba in a way I had never been able to do before. I cried and cried thanking the Lord for loving me when others in my life would not and for healing me.
How can He top that, I wondered? What else did God have for me this weekend? In anticipation of the Jews for Jesus Rosh Hashanah service two days later on Sunday, I picked up my Zip car and zipped up to San Francisco. I was looking forward to seeing old friends from my time as a volunteer with them doing street evangelism and others from our monthly Chaverah (Fellowship). The service proved to be as beautiful as I had remembered…the prayers and songs in Hebrew, the sound of the shofar (ram’s horn) being blown as it will be the day Jesus returns for us in the clouds, the humorous and engaging testimony of a young Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus), and the yummy honey cake and apples dipped in honey (for a sweet new year) at the Oneg (party) following the service.
But what touched me the most was the sermon on the books of God. The speaker preached on The Book of Life and The Book of Remembrance. I was struck that God was an author and writer just like me! He wrote the bestseller ‘The Bible” (true?!) and to think He writes our names in the book of Life when we accept His Son Yeshua as our Messiah. So when we stand in Judgement before Him one day, He will open His book and see our name and admit us to heaven to be with Him for eternity.
I don’t know about you, but I wonder…Does he use a quill pen?, What is the parchment like? Or does He have a laptop? He must be very busy as He has recorded every day of our lives from before time began and records every tear we cry, happy or sad. That to me shows a God who cares, who knows our every move, and knows the day He will call us back home to Him.
Is your name written in the Book of Life? Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, asking Him to take your sin and make you a new creation in Him? That is what Rosh Hashanah is all about. Starting over with a new beginning. On Yom Kippur, which follows 10 days later, we acknowledge the sacrifice and atonement (forgiveness) by Jesus when He died on the cross for our sins.
Would like to pray to ask Jesus into your heart and forgive your sins? If so, you can pray this prayer and be born again.
I admit I am a sinner and am in need of forgiveness. I believe you died on the cross for me personally and that you were raised from the dead and am in Heaven right now. I ask you into my heart to take control of my life and to be my Lord and Savior. Thank you for loving me enough to lead me to repentance and show me my need for you. Help me become the person you intend for me to become and may your plan for my life come to pass. I love you Lord and thank you for forgiving me today and giving me the gift of eternal life with you. Amen.
Welcome to the Kingdom of God! Angels are rejoicing over you right now! LIKE below and leave me a comment that you began a new life with the Lord today. And I will rejoice with you and the angels as well! (smile)
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