Happy Rosh Hashanah!!September 9, 2018
Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה), literally meaning the "beginning (also head) [of] the year" is the Jewish New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah (יוֹם תְּרוּעָה), literally "day [of] shouting or blasting". It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days (יָמִים נוֹרָאִים Yamim Nora'im. "Days [of] Awe") specified by Leviticus 23:23–32 which occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere. (Wikipedia)
Beginning tonight, Sunday September 9, 2018, around 6:00 p.m., the celebration of Rosh Hashanah begins. During the days prior, a self assessment and examination is done as well as intense days of repentance and forgiveness following in order to secure a sweet and prosperous New Year for the Jewish people. The beginning of the Jewish New Year begins ten days of holy consecration as forgiveness is sought for the previous years sins. It is also believed that Adam (the first man) and Eve were created on Rosh Hashanah. This makes the celebration even more special (to me!).
With that in mind, we can understand why the Year begins with repentance and forgiveness. In the beginning, we all sinned in Adam. Before Adam and Eve came together and had offspring they had both sinned; one by the deception, the other by willful transgression (Rom. 5:14; I Tim. 2:13, 14). Sin was in the beginning and spread to all mankind.
How blessed we are to be partakers of a New and Better Covenant (Heb. 8:6; 12:24)! Under the New Covenant our conscience is purged of sin (Heb. 9:9, 14; 10:2, 22; 13:18)! This means not only do we believe we are forgiven of our sins, but we are also delivered from a guilty conscience of our sins. We are free by the Blood of the Lamb! Now we can live and declare the marvelous works of the Lord without feeling bad about what happened in our past. Jesus takes away the sin of the world!!
We gave our lives to Him so that He could give His life to us!! It’s bondage to be forgiven of sin and remain feeling guilty of the sin you’ve been forgiven of. Man may have a problem forgiving sin but God doesn’t. With God it’s forgiven and forgotten. With man it’s forgiven and remembered, #IveForgivenbutIhavenotForgotten. With God there’s freedom and liberty because God forgives and He forgets. We only need to sincerely repent of our sins and receive forgiveness and the free gift of salvation (eternal life) and LIVE!
A constant awareness of past sins is not the life God has called us to in the New Covenant. He has called us to life and peace (Rom. 8:6). God wants us to LIVE!
"And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more."
(Heb. 10:17) (See. also Jer. 31:34; Heb. 8:12.)
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