Here is the resource we used in our home following the day after "The Day of Atonement 2017!"
The Creator of the Universe just wished you Happy New Year! The date on HIS lunar Hebrew calendar is 5778 and the biblical "New Year" started on 1 & 2 Tishrei of the seventh month of the Jewish calendar, or September 20-21, 2017 on the Gregorian solar international civil calendar adopted in 1582.
The Biblical New Year is called Rosh Hashanah, or also called The Feast of Trumpets in the Bible found in Leviticus 23:23-25 and Numbers 29:1-6.. It is also called the Day of Remembrance in Lev. 23:24. It literally means the head of the year! The Feast of Trumpets begins with Rosh Hashanah. The celebrations continue for ten days of repentance, culminating on Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement. It is believed Rosh Hashanah is the anniversary for the Creation of the 1st Man & Woman in the Garden of Eden, found in the book of Genesis!
So how can a Christian make sense of this biblical teaching?
The cross is where God absorbs sin and recycles it into forgiveness. The great plan of the cross was not an attempt to change God’s mind about us, but an attempt to change our minds about God. God is not a Caiaphas seeking a sacrifice. God is not a Pilate requiring an execution. God is a Jesus, absorbing sin, forgiving sinners. That makes the gospel all about forgiveness, rather than about payment and punishment. It makes the gospel all about love, rather than all about wrath.
The next big day on God's calendar is The Feast of Sukkot also called the Feast of Tabernacles, or Feast of Booths. Sukkot begins five days after Yom Kippur, from the 15-21 day of the Hebrew month of Tishri or October 5 -11, 2017. The observance of the Feast of Tabernacles is recorded in Exodus 23:16, 34:22; Leviticus 23:34-43; Numbers 29:12-40; Deuteronomy 16:13-15; Ezra 3:4; and Nehemiah 8:13-18.
The Feast of Sukkot is the seventh and last feast that the Lord commanded Israel to observe and one of the three feasts that Jews were to observe each year by going to “appear before the Lord your God in the place which He shall choose” (Deuteronomy 16:16)
The Bible reveals dual significance in the Feast of Tabernacles. Agriculturally, Sukkot is Israel's "thanksgiving," a joyous harvest festival to celebrate the gathering of grain and wine. As a historical feast, its main characteristic is the requirement to dwell in temporary shelters or booths in remembrance of God's protection, provision, and care during their 40 years in the wilderness.
In the New Testament, Jesus attended the Feast of Tabernacles and spoke these amazing words on the last and greatest day of the Feast: "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." (John 7:37-38 NIV) The next morning, while the torches were still burning Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12 NIV)
Around The Table!
I find it interesting to listen to the opinions on spirituality, politics, religion, or health from our teens, and young adults when I see them at events in our community.