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Day 30 of 40 Days of Teshuvah Tishri 1 5779

Teshuvah is the season of our repentance. This is the time to return to a very real and completely genuine relationship with our first love, Jesus Christ and His body. Jesus told the church in Ephesus to repent. Jesus began His earthly ministry with repent, and continued the message after His resurrection, speaking then to His churches. Repent, wake up Church, we must be about our Father’s business.

enlight17 This is a picture of our Rosh Hashanah celebration in 2016. The fruit in the cornucopia is real. Today I am baking the Challah bread because I couldn’t find any to purchase locally. There is said to be a blessing on the home that bakes the Challah. Today at bible study we will celebrate this holiday just as our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrate. We are grafted in. Thank You Jesus because of You we are heirs to the promise.

Days of Awe

Be open my heart to

God’s perfect law

During this season

Ten Day’s of Awe

Written and stamped

before my face

I’m returning To you

back I trace
In meditation I consider

all You have done

From beginning to end

rising of the sun

A time of dancing

and a time to shout

The Lord renown

is calling out
Blow the shofar

it is My decree

And I’ll remember

you’re calling for Me

Come now, come quickly

the way is open

invitation spoken

of loves pure devotion

This time is sacred

and set is the course

Repent and return,

finished regret and remorse

For only pure hearts

My people do know

Is to them the climb

I can bestow
My face and new heights

will come into view

When onward then upward

you push on and continue.

Laurette Laster © 2017

Numbers 10:9 NLT
““When you arrive in your own land and go to war against your enemies who attack you, sound the alarm with the trumpets.
Then the Lord your God will remember you and rescue you from your enemies.”

Psalms 24:4-5 NLT
“Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?”
“Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior.”

I’d like to share a few facts about Yom Teruah, Rosh Hashanah, and The festival of the Blowing of the Shofar, and the upcoming Feast of Ingathering or Sukkot which is the feast of Tabernacles.

Did you know that the Horn of Plenty or Cornucopia that is a traditional scene of the Thanksgiving holiday and harvest time in the United States of America is actually from the Feast of Trumpets? Well it is. When the puritans came over to the new world, the Americas, they had suffered terribly the first winter. Many, almost half that had arrived, starved or froze to death. They didn’t come prepared for the harsh elements they were to endure. They arrived at the beginning of winter without time to build suitable shelter and had to live on the ship to survive. They did not have ample food or rations. They didn’t have the knowledge of planting so therefore lacked the necessary skills of survival needed. But they did not lack the desire to serve God and Him only.

While the meaning of Thanksgiving has changed over its history, the reason of being thankful for something or to someone has not changed. The United States of America is said to be another Israel. The puritans felt like they were making a journey out of bondage and coming into the promised land.

The cornucopia is a picture of the trumpet, the ram’s horn, or the shofar. This is also a picture of the sacrifice God provided as Abraham was about to sacrifice Isaac. “And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.” (Genesis 22:13 KJV).

The Feast of Tabernacles is the Feast of Ingathering and what we model our traditional Thanksgiving Celebration after. We call this season Harvest Time. The Puritans actually modeled this at the first season of their bountiful harvest. We know that the Native Indians helped to teach them how to farm and plant crops for future grain and food. Thisis what insured their survival. There are many stories and debates concerning the first Thanksgiving in the Americas but we do know that they were thanking God for a bountiful harvest.

Jesus is our sacrifice. He is the lamb that God provided for us. Abraham shows that he feared God and wouldn’t withhold his son thus opening the door for salvation. “And if you belong to Christ, then you are indeed true descendants of Abraham, and are heirs in fulfillment of the promise. (Galatians 3:29).

When you realize all that God has in store for you, you will repent and return to Him with your whole heart. God has made a way for us to be His fulfillment. We are to be the fruit in His Horn, the horn of salvation that adorns His alter.

Today is the day of the blowing of the Shofar, Yom Teruah. This is our alarm. The alarm that is calling God’s people to wake up, rise up and show up. Return today and you will reap a bountiful harvest of blessings. You then will be more thankful and grateful than you could ever imagine.

To the angel of the church at Ephesus Jesus gave the command to repent saying, But I have this against you: You have abandoned your first love. Therefore, keep in mind how far you have fallen. Repent and perform the deeds you did at first. But if you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place…(Revelation 2:4-5).

We do not want to be found abandoning our first love. Jesus is calling all of His people into a deeper more meaningful relationship. A time of intimacy with our Lord what could be more satisfying. He is the lover and restorer of our souls.

Let us pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, if there is any sin hindering my relationship with Your son and my Lord Jesus Christ I repent right now. Show me Father; teach me to recognize distractions by the enemy that are vying for my time. I want my heart to be good ground where Your word grows into a bountiful harvest. Lord Jesus if I am putting anything before You, show me. I want to return to You, my first love and my true love. Jesus are the restorer of my soul. I give all I am to You. Amen

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette