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Welcome to Teshuvah 20th

Welcome to Teshuvah 20th

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Elul the twentieth

In God’s sixth month

We’ve made such progress

Never hit a slump

 

How have I kept this pace

And stayed this steady course

If He hadn’t summoned me

His words carry such force

 

The power the purpose the plans

He lists them day by day

If at first you don’t understand

Plant seeds then begin to say

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Trust Me He said, agree with Me

Quickly do whatever I ask

And never underestimate

Who “I AM” that gives the task

 

Heaven and earth may pass away

But This Seed will always sprout

The confidence He brings

He told me, have faith and never doubt

 

© laurette laster

 

The season of Teshuvah are the days during the Hebrew month of Elul including the first 10 Days of Awe in the month of Tishrei, leading up to Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is also  known as The Day of Atonement. Also known the Days of Favor. These 40 days of Teshuvah correspond with the time Moses returned back up the mountain to intercede for the sin of the golden calf.

When God called Moses back up the mountain, the plan of Salvation, through Jesus Christ, was written. The bible tells us Jesus was slain from the foundation of the world, so the plan was written but the timing was not yet. Why didn’t God tell Moses? Why would there need to be hundreds of years of rehearsing Passover and the other spring Feasts and Pentecost?

God already knew about the sin of the golden calf, He told Moses your people have corrupted themselves. If we go back and reread the first account of Moses on Mount Sinai found in Exodus 32:7; God told Moses, Go get down! For your people that you brought out of Egypt have corrupted themselves. Once they sinned they were no longer God’s people they belonged to man. Moses went down and discovered the sin of the golden calf and dealt with the sin, harshly and thoroughly. The bible tells us Moses was hot with anger. After having dealt with their sin, he then began to petition God and gain atonement for them through intercessory prayer.

While rereading this today I saw something in a new light. God never called Moses stiff necked; He specifically said, “Say to the children of Israel, “You are a stiff necked people.” Ex. 34:5 The bible tells us Moses was the meekest man in all the earth.

Yet while Moses was interceding for the children of Israel after being summoned back up to Mount Sinai, he says to God, “If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.  Moses took their sin and inequity as his own and associated with their sin.

Moses asks for God to pardon His people of their sin and iniquity after hearing God declare His attributes, His attributes are reflected and become apparent in His glory. God told Moses;

The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and fourth generation. Exodus 34:6-7

After Moses ask for God to pardon him and the people, God said behold I make a covenant, before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth nor in any nation; and all the people among you shall see the work of the Lord, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.

Today as believers we rehearse God’s Feasts or mo’eds and we can testify of the great marvels God has done. We know He has a covenant with Israel and Christians that is unbreakable. God who is rich in mercy will redeem His people. There are between 1436-1530 years of rehearsals between Moses and Jesus birth, before Jesus death on the Cross as our sacrificial Lamb. The death He died in our place taking our sins upon His body.

Jesus has made atonement and we are forgiven for our sins, if we repent, once and for all through His spotless blood that was shed and placed on the mercy seat in heaven.  When we repent His blood atones for our sins and inequity.

We look to the High Holy days of the fall Feast with an excitement and anticipation of His return. He will return for His bride.

From Genesis to Revelation we see a beautiful wedding being planned. Any wedding takes planning and preparation, but a wedding of this proportion takes major planning and rehearsals. With a traditional wedding you have a rehearsal prior to the ceremony, to insure each of the wedding party knows their part and placement. I find it amazing that the word for season in the Hebrew is Strong’s Concordance #4150 mo’ed meaning appointment, fixed time, assembly or congregation convened for a specific purpose. Place of meeting for an appointed (time, sign) appointed (or due) season.

It is a beautiful time we are awaiting, and I believe that the more prepared we are the better. God has set times, set places, and times of appointment.

We don’t want to miss our appointment.

Teshuvah is a time of preparation prior to The Ten Days of Awe, that we ready our hearts for the Day of Atonement or the Wedding.

When a bride is betrothed to her groom she begins to make plans and prepare herself for the wedding day. In biblical days, after the man proposed to his bride to be, he left to prepare the house. This house would be built onto the father’s house. The Father would decide when the time was right for the groom to go and get his bride. Does this sound familiar?  It is a great mystery, and a beautiful story.

As we repent we are preparing our heart to be in covenant with our bridegroom.

Don’t miss this supernatural season, the season Teshuvah and the season of Favor. God is pouring out blessings to all who will repent of their sins and turn back to Him.

My field is prepared to plant His word. Don’t miss the blessing of forgiveness that God so graciously desires to offer.

Joel 2:13-15 So rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to the LORD your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in loving devotion, and He relents from sending disaster. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave a blessing behind Him— grain and drink offerings to the LORD your God. Blow the ram’s horn in Zion, consecrate a fast, proclaim a sacred assembly.…

 

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

Until next time, thank you for listening with me.

 

 

 

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