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 an unforgettable sight 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, called a sukkah or sukkot. They build their sukkah and then eat and sleep in them during the seven days of the festival. 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. It is customary to send a greeting card wishing a sweet and prosperous new year. In keeping with this practice, I am celebrating the release of my new Scripture art greeting cards, a line of Christian greeting cards that combine my paintings and my love of writing greeting messages! (see below)
Also this year, on September 4th, I will pick up my Zip car and zip up to San Francisco to the Jews for Jesus Rosh Hashanah celebration.I am looking forward to seeing old friends from my time as a volunteer with them doing street evangelism and others from our monthly Chaverah (Fellowship).
I anticipate a beautiful ceremony…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 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.
Last year, what touched me most during the service was the sermon on the books of God. The speaker preached on The Book of Life and The Book of Remembrance that God keeps.
I was struck that God was an author and writer just like myself! He wrote the bestseller The Bible, did he not? And to think He writes our names in the book of Life when we accept His Son Jesus 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. He 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 receive salvation.
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!
To see my new art greeting and note cards, click above on “My art” or giftsofhisglory.com.
Each card comes with a Christian themed message written by me, perfect for giving to family and friends, for all occasions. They can also be framed and hung at home. Get a print of one of my paintings for a fraction of the cost. Take a peek, you’ll love them! And send one to your Jewish friend with a new year greeting written by you (they come as blank note cards as well)