IT’S THE JEWISH NEW YEAR, RIGHT?

Rosh Hashanah, called the Feast of Trumpets in the Bible, is more than a Jewish holiday, by my reckoning – and, I believe, God’s. It is indeed the beginning of the new year. In fact, by tradition, it represents the sixth day of Creation, when Adam breathed his first breath. So it’s the first day of humankind. Spiritually, it represents renewal, a day of hope, transformation, change in a positive sense. And, since it’s the Feast of Trumpets, there’s the ram’s horn, the shofar, the Hebrew word for trumpet. The blowing of the shofar signifies the beginning of the 10 days of repentance leading up to Yom Kippur of Day of Atonement, the holiest date on the Hebrew calendar – also the day Moses may have received the Ten Commandments. But as I mentioned a few days ago, in my commentary on the upcoming Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot, these “feasts” or appointed times are not just holidays for Jews. They are God’s appointed holy days for all his people. They are called in the Bible “the Feasts of the Lord.” They haven’t been forgotten by God. They weren’t forgotten or forsaken by Jesus, who observed them all. They weren’t forgotten by His apostles, who observed the all. They were forsaken only by those who chose to separate the “church” from the practices of the Jews – divorcing followers of the Hebrew Messiah from their Hebrew and biblical roots.

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