HEBREW CALENDAR, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 9/1/19 Four months till 2020, across my desk today….
The Hebrew calendar month of Elul began over the weekend. Each day during the month of Elul, a shofar blast is sounded to announce the coming month of Tishrei – wherein the festival of Yom Teruah – the feast of trumpets– takes place, calling for all people to repent. Elul, therefore, is identified as a month during which a serious emphasis is placed on personal self-examination and repentance, an end-of-the year opportunity to set our lives in order before Yom Teruah (Rosh Hashana), the days of Awe, and finally, Yom Kippur. Chronologically, Elul begins 40 days before Yom Kippur.
The number “forty” throughout the Bible consistently denotes a season of probation, trial or testing. For example, Yeshua fasted for 40 days in the wilderness before he was tested by Satan; the children of Israel wandered 40 years in the desert; Goliath tormented Israel 40 days before David stood up to the giant; God caused the rains to come down 40 days and 40 nights during the days of Noah, to name a few examples.
We in the Body of Messiah may also sense and identify with this season on the Lord’s calendar if we choose, to initiate a time of self-inspection and reflection.
The Hebrew calendar extends to all of us an invitation to concentrate on and pray about the particular areas of our lives which need attention, adjustment, or even elimination. We can be sure that our Lord will honor and respond to a humble self-inquiry along the line of Psalm 139:23-24:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts, and see if any wicked way is in me; and lead me in the way everlasting.”
My Thoughts, Ken <>< : Seems a lot of folks are seeking to interpret the feast days with the events of today. Several Blood moons have gone by in last year or so ???? Seems to me that Pentecost should be right up there with the Resurrection of our Lord and HIS Birth. Of course our Julian calendar has some Pagan smells so am not much in touch with that ether. The shepherds would not be in the fields at night in Bethlehem in December, that is for sure it would be like Oregon. But I go for it anyway, no harm done. One of the days on the Jewish Calendar that I think was really top drawer was the cancellation of all debts every 50 years. Now that in the Old Testament was supernatural. And would work today if the count down started 50 yrs. ago. And I really like Apostle Paul’s attitude in Rom.14:4-14
4 Who are you to pass judgment on censure another’s household servant? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he shall stand be upheld, for the Master (the Lord) is mighty to support him make him stand. 5 One man esteems one day as better than another, while another man esteems all days alike [sacred]. Let everyone be fully convinced (satisfied) in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. He also who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God; while he who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 None of us lives to himself [but to the Lord], and none of us dies to himself [but to the Lord, for]8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or we die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For Christ died and lived again for this very purpose, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. 10 Why do you criticize pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise]. 12 And so each of us shall give an account of himself [give an answer in reference to judgment] to God. 13 Then let us no more criticize blame pass judgment on one another, but rather decide endeavor never to put a stumbling block an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am convinced (persuaded) as one in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is [forbidden as] essentially unclean (defiled and unholy in itself). But [none the less] it is unclean (defiled and unholy) to anyone who thinks it is unclean.