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His Feasts, His Way

. Posted in Teachings.

Soon we will enter the month of Tishrei, the Hebrew month that contains what many refer to as the fall feasts. We have come through the spring feasts and after a long, hot summer, we enter into the heavy days of hearing, repenting, dwelling, and finally, rejoicing.

All of the upcoming feasts are a obvious picture of our Messiah’s return. Each set- apart day, and the time in between, hold significance for His people.

There are many interesting and wonderful teachings on the significance of this season. You can dive as deep as you want to when studying about Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Hoshanna Rabbah. It would not be a stretch to say that a student could spend his or her entire lifetime looking into the personal, community, and national aspects of these great days. However, the feasts are meant to be lived, not just studied.

It is the act of walking through the feasts that give them significance. We should be able to look back and see transformative event in our lives that correspond to these important days. The depth perception that time affords us, is what brings the clarity concerning this impact upon our lives. Each year we grow a bit more. At times, this growth is painful. Our lives are indeed transformed through the cycle of the feasts.

Between the excitement of hearing the trumpet call for Yom Teruah and the joy of the Last Great Day, we find the Day of Atonement. In Hebrew, it is plural, Yom HaKippurim, as it points to the multiple atonements that our merciful Father grants each of us and the atoning work of our Messiah.

Dealing with our own issues is never fun. It is much easier to point out someone else’s sin.  Unfortunately, many in this walk want to use the Torah as a whipping stick. They are quick to find fault with others. However, there is an old saying, “When you point one finger at someone else, there are three pointing back at you.” Our Messiah said it this way,

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye (Matthew 7:5).

Ouch.  Our Messiah hates hypocrisy. True repentance is based in faith, faith that truly and deeply understands that the world, and all that is in it, is under the watchful eye of Yahweh.  This is a faith so deep, that you will surrender all knowing that He will sustain you. That no matter what situation you find yourself in, you will be in great shape. This type of faith allowed Paul to praise Him in prison and Stephen to declare His goodness while facing the stones. This is where He wants to takes us, and where we must go.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).

It is through hearing and then answering the trumpet at Yom Teruah that our faith is built and ultimately established. If we just hear and do not respond we are lost. When we do respond, we will be tested. These tests are intensified in the season of the fall feasts. The tests are for our perfecting, not for bashing others. The test will be aimed at the area you need to work on, despite how you might try to hide it. Go ahead, step out in faith and let His loving Hand mold you. There will be pain and there will be victory. Hear, repent, dwell, and rejoice – it is the cycle of His deliverance.

Yes, the Father brings people and events into our lives to get our attention in a particular area. His love is so perfect that He knows exactly what we need and then provides it. However, we often rail against those bringing the challenge of the day, rather than see past the moment to the lesson He has for us. It is not easy dealing with our deep seated shortcomings. It is much more pleasant to cast them upon someone else, but where is the faith in that? Do you know that He has your best interest at heart, or not? Is your faith based upon your circumstance? Yahweh forbid. Let your deep abiding faith carry you through the trial.

So, this Yom Kippor, when we think about repenting, let His light shine upon us, not our neighbor. May we get past the surface stuff of, “He hurt my feelings,” to what lies deep within us and fueled our hurt.   For instance, what eternal difference does it make if someone was rude to you?  May we be wise enough to get our eyes off of what we like or how we have to have it, and instead onto what pleases Him. Let us repent of our childish attitudes and reactions, as we strive to see the bigger picture. The restoration of all things is under way. Look deep within and allow His Holy Spirit to renew, cleanse, and restore. You are part of a great move of the God of Israel. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Our Father has things well in hand.  True faith in Yahweh means knowing that He has our best interest at heart, no matter what may swirl around us. He puts us in situations, and with certain people, to build our character. Next time you are in a difficult place, explore your issues, rather than lashing out at theirs. Let the restorative work of Messiah Yeshua have its way within your life.   

Go ahead, press in. Allow the wonderful hand of our loving Father to bless you this season. Don’t overreact, react. Get your eyes off of the other one, and place them upon yourself. Let the appointed days of Yahweh do their work. Rest assured that one way or another, He will work it out. He will work the “you” out of you. Hear and obey, and let each one of us work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Then we will find our true joy, when we are transformed into His image, rather than languish in our own. Hag sameach!

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