First of all...how do you even say it?! Eeelul? Eloool? sigh...Good thing we are going to start learning Hebrew this year...
Soooo what's so great about THIS month? Well, it's the last month of the Jewish year....next month we start over in our Torah portions, back at the very beginning of the Bible. The 6th month is a month of looking back over the year and making wrongs right, and extending forgiveness to those who have hurt us, whether it was intentional or not. What a perfectly good way to start the new year, eh? Starting with a clean slate...starting at B'resheet, the beginning. This is the first year we have observed the Feasts of Yahweh. And so far, I have not remembered to blow my shofar every morning when I wake up this month. It's something I'd like to remember, simply so that I'm reminded to think about the past years and people that I've hurt. It's kind of like wearing tzitzits...just to remind us of how Yahweh has commanded us to live. Because I love Him, I want with all my heart to obey Him and I'm overwhelmed sometimes at the grace He extends as I seek Him and learn how He wants me to live and honor Him...I often feel like a little toddler learning to walk...very unsteady and lacking balance at times, and then sometimes being able to run wildly until I hit a wall...sigh.
What have you been up to this month in preparation of the Feast of Trumpets?
II Timothy 2:11 Here is a statement you can trust: If we have died with him, we will also live with him. 12 If we persevere, we will also rule with him If we disown him, he will also disown us. 13 If we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. 14 Keep reminding people of this, and charge them solemnly before the Lord not to engage in word-battles. They accomplish nothing useful and are a catastrophe for the hearers! 15 Do all you can to present yourself to God as someone worthy of his approval, as a worker with no need to be ashamed, because he deals straightforwardly with the Word of the Truth. 16 But keep away from godless babbling, for those who engage in it will only become more ungodly, 17 and their teaching will eat away at people like gangrene. Hymenaeus and Philetus are among these; 18 they have missed the mark, as far as the truth is concerned, by saying that our resurrection has already taken place; and they are overturning some people's faith. 19 Nevertheless, God's firm foundation stands, stamped with these words: "The Lord knows his own," and, "Let everyone who claims he belongs to the Lord stand apart from wrongdoing." CJB