This Shabbat is the first day of Rosh Hashanah. It is a two day celebration that is called the day when no man knows the day or the hour. This is the only Feast of Leviticus 23 which falls on the first of a month. Since Israel uses a Lunar Calendar, the New Moon is the 1st day of the month, and it is very difficult to determine exactly when that occurs; unlike the 15th day of the month, which, according to the Lunar Calendar, always has a full moon. This phrase is only one of the hints that we will find that refer to things spoken of by Y'shua and revealed in ages past for times yet to come.
This week's portion comes from both Genesis 21:1-34 and also from Numbers 29:1-6. The opening portion deals with the birth of Isaac as the promised son of Abraham and Sarah. There we read in Genesis 21:1-2 "Then the
L-rd took note of Sarah as He had said, and the L-rd did for Sarah as He had promised. So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him." This is surely the season of G-d remembering His promises to His people.
As the story progresses, however, we see the conflict between Isaac and Ishmael and we see that the L-rd cast the offenders away. in verse 9, the Hebrew reveals much more than our English translations. The word most commonly translated as "mocking" is the Hebrew verb ma'tsaw-khak' which denotes through Hebraic anagram, the three cardinal sins: idolatry, adultery, and murder. Thus, Ishmael's behavior proved to Sarah that he had become thoroughly corrupt and evil.
And so, it was Sarah who foresaw the fulfillment of what the L-rd had spoken in Genesis 16:12 "He will be a wild donkey of a man, his hand will be against everyone, and everyone's hand will be against him; and he will live to the east of all his brothers." And so it is to this very day.
The second portion of this week's parashah deals directly with the festival. It is from Numbers 29 and it reiterates G-d's instruction concerning this time. It says, "Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets." And it even gives us the actual Biblical name of this feast, HaYom T'Ruach, The Day of the Blowing (of the Shofar).
The Amplified Bible gives us a particular insight into the lives of those who keep this special time of the L-rd. It tells us clearly in Psalms 89:15-17 "Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the people who know the joyful sound [who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the feasts]; they walk, O L-rd, in the light and favor of Your countenance!" In Your name they rejoice all the day, and in Your righteousness they are exalted. For You are the glory of their strength [their proud adornment], and by Your favor our horn is exalted and we walk with uplifted faces!"
May you all walk in such strength this entire week and throughout the year.