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Preparing for Yom Kippur: 40 Days of Repentance, Part 2

Alignment, Fall FeastsIn Part 1, we looked at the Hebrew understanding of the month of Elul, which begins 40 days before Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement).  From the days of the Israelites in the wilderness, this period has emerged as a Season of Repentance, specifically repentance from idolatry, and originally the idolatrous Golden Calf.

For us it may not be a statue, figurine or carved image, but idolatry can take many forms.  Repentance is an ongoing process of discovery of sin in our lives and realignment with God’s ways.  In my own journey I’ve found four places where idolatry can hide and have watched God realign my life as I walk through each one.  We’ve discussed the first two: discontentment and following my own plans.  Let’s continue with the third:

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The Day of Atonement: Yeshua Already Paid for That

Crucifixion“…and forgive us our debts as we forgive those who trespass against us.” (Matt. 6:12)
…”Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37)
Forgiveness:  Relinquishing our desire to punish another for their offenses. (Dr. Jerry Cook)

Easy to understand, hard to apply.  But The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur in Hebrew) is all about forgiveness – God’s forgiveness of man, and man’s forgiveness of others.  Yom Kippur (literally translated the Day of Atonements) begins at sunset on September 23, 2015 and is the sixth in the seven Biblical Feasts.  It commemorates God’s annual forgiveness of the Israelites as a nation and God’s forgiveness of all through Yeshua’s death.  Likewise, it’s a time when we are to forgive others. Read the rest of this page »

What Are You Making God?

SubmitI lifted my most pressing heart’s desire to God, as I make a habit of doing on the Sabbath.  Later that day, He began answering me, as He often does on the Sabbath.

A new opportunity arose from someone in my congregation, and I was asked to participate.  Wow, I’d never thought of that idea, I didn’t even know we had those resources.  It was an obvious God-incidence in answer to my prayer.  I was excited about the prospect and what it could lead to.

Then the obstacles began to mount against my participation — to the point of impossibility.  Under my current circumstances there was no way I could participate in the project.  Read the rest of this page »

What Did Jesus Say About the Sabbath?

(In this post, I will refer to Yeshua as “Jesus,” because it is written for those who may not yet observe the Sabbath and likely still call Yeshua by his English name, as I did for many years.)

GrainOften we hear that Jesus taught against the Sabbath as a day of rest.  After all, he healed on the Sabbath, he defended his disciples for picking grain on the Sabbath.  Every time the Pharisees challenged him about the rules of the Sabbath, he set them straight that “The Sabbath is made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27)

I heard those teachings; I read the Pharisees’ criticism of his actions on the Sabbath and Jesus’ responses defending himself and his disciples.  I was convinced that the Sabbath and all its rules had been done away with when Jesus came and taught us the New Covenant.

Then I read the original instructions for the Sabbath in the Old Testament.  Read the rest of this page »

Purim – Partnering with God to Bring His Will

“As a Christian, serious about living out Christ’s intention for me, I view life as a series of opportunities to respond to and maximize… to recognize opportunities – either immediate or in the future – and prepare for, or respond well to them.”  Dr. Jerry Cook

This summarizes our partnership with God in bringing his will.  This is exactly what Esther and Mordecai did when the Jews were threatened with extermination by the Persians, as recorded in the Book of Esther – the story commemorated on the festival of Purim. Read the rest of this page »

Purim – The Story of Mordecai

EstherEsther – Queen of Persia, intercessor for the Jews before the King, and the one for whom the book of Esther is written.  Understandably, as the heroine of the story, most discussions of the book are meant to inspire people to emulate her.  But how many people are going to get the chance to be a queen, and in a position to intercede for their people in front of a king?  Re-reading the story this year, I realized Mordecai’s role in the whole affair is probably a more realistic picture of what people in any position could aspire to. Read the rest of this page »


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