Apples, honey, a shofar and a Scarlet Thread.

Today at sundown began Rosh HaShanah, or the Jewish New Year.     

This is an excerpt from the Jews for Jesus website:    

The first of the Jewish High Holy Days that were listed in Leviticus, Rosh Hashanah, commonly called the Jewish New Year, is a joyous time of celebration and at the same time a season of reflection and solemnity. The blast of the shofar (ram’s horn) calls us to humble ourselves and recognize our need for God’s grace. This is apparent in some of the traditions associated with the festival.     

Ram's Horn Shofar

We greet one another by saying, “La shanah tova tikatevu,” which means, “May your name be inscribed for a good year.” The “inscribing” refers to the Book of Life, which according to Jewish tradition, closes ten days later.    

We Jews for Jesus know that our names have been forever inscribed in the Lamb’s Book of Life, written indelibly in his own blood. Nevertheless, we choose to look back and reflect and commemorate the closing of a year and the beginning of the next. We take part in traditions such as eating apples and honey for a “sweet new year.”    

But while some Jews believe in an annual day of accounting for one’s actions, for us the blast of the shofar at Rosh Hashanah is not just a call to repentance, but a reminder of Jesus’ return. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Messiah will rise first” (1Thessalonians 4:16).    


I think we tend to forget about all the Jewish customs because I guess as Gentile Christians, we figure they don’t apply to us and also Anti-Semitism in the early church probably led to an intentional separation by Christians from those customs and traditions of the Jews.  Now granted, we don’t have to make sacrifices because we know that the ultimate sacrifice for atonement of sin was made on the cross by Christ and therefore His blood covered it all.  But there is such a rich heritage we have from God’s covenant people.  You’d be amazed if you’ve never studied any of the feasts of Israel that are laid out in Leviticus 23…there is so much in God’s instruction to the people of Israel that foreshadowed and elluded to His Son!  It will blow you away…it sure did me!  If you are interested in learning more about the Biblical Feasts, I suggest you pick of a copy of Dr. Richard Booker’s “Celebrating Jesus in the Biblical Feasts.”  It’s a great book, easy to understand, and it shows us the significance of the feasts and how they all reveal God’s plan of redemption through Jesus Messiah.  I think you will be absolutely amazed to find that God is not a God of last minute fixes but rather a God with an incredible tapestry of love and mercy and grace with one scarlet thread woven through since the beginning….the thread that is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End…Yeshua.


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