"LaShannah Tovah" is the greeting common at this time of year among Jewish people everywhere. It means "A Good Year." According to the calendar of our forefathers, we have begun a new year. It has been 5765 years since HaShem created the earth, according to the reckoning of the rabbis. On the Feast of Trumpets, we celebrate Rosh Hashanah (The Head of the Year). It is on this day, according to tradition, that G-d fashioned man. Why does the first of Tishri mark the sixth day of creation and not the first? Because after Elohim had created the earth and all of its glory, there was still no one to proclaim Him Melech HaOlam, King of the World. Yes, the angels knew Him to be the supreme ruler, but to be crowned King of kings was the task of man. A ruler may be a despot, but the king is acknowledged by the people as lord of their lives. So today, we are to continue to declare Him King of kings and Lord of lords; for He is good; He is very good.
So begins "The Ten Days of Awe" solemn days that end with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. We will look at this important Fast Day next week.
Five days after this Time of Forgiveness, we enter into booths, in which we dwell for the eight days. This Feast of Tabernacles is, for all of Israel, the culmination of a year-long cycle in which HaShem has revealed His character and His ways to His people.
So are the Fall Feasts, a time of Remembrance. Each of the seven annual Appointed Times reveals more of the character of G-d and of His ways to each of us, too. Each Feast holds, for the believer, a further and deeper understanding of Who G-d is and of who we are in Him. I pray that each of you will be established in present truth through your study of G-d‘s Holy Word in the light of the Jewish context in which it was written. I pray that in some way, the Ruach HaKodesh will work through me and this ministry to be the light of revelation that would lead you to see, to know and to be all that you are in Him. His ways are perfect and all of His paths are right. He is the Light of the World and He has called each of us to be vessels in which to carry that light.
This is a time for new beginnings. I pray that you will recommit yourself to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for the salvation of Jewish people that you know, and for all of Israel.