Rosh Hashana

By MJBI Staff
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Posted in Jewish HolidaysRosh HaShana on February 24, 2017

Rosh Hashanah, or “Head of the Year” is considered the Jewish New Year and runs in conjunction with the biblical feast of Yom Teruah, or the “Feast of Trumpets.” It begins on the first day of Tishrei according to the Jewish calendar. Elul is the month preceding Rosh Hashanah and is significant because it is the month of self-examination and repentance in preparation for the New Year.

The introspection continues as Rosh Hashanah also begins the “Days of Awe,” a ten-day period leading up to the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, the “Day of Atonement” or Yom Kippur. The bad deeds of the old year are weighed against the good deeds. Each person hopes his/her name will be inscribed in the Book of Life for another year. Things are made right between friends, family, and acquaintances. The iconic ram’s horn or shofar is blown at the end of morning prayers during this time and it is the custom to remember the poor by increased giving to charities.

The feasts of Israel are set according to Scripture, also called the appointed seasons of the Lord. They are actually a call for a formal assembly. Yom Teruah is the first of these, and as mentioned in Leviticus 23:23-25:

“And, the Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, on the first day of the seventh month (roughly, September-October), you shall observe a day of solemn (sabbatical) rest, a memorial day announced by blowing of trumpets, a holy, called assembly. You shall do no servile work on it, but you shall present an offering made by fire to the Lord.”

The Feast of Trumpets and the New Covenant

Through Yeshua the Messiah, God has provided a way for mankind to be accepted. We are not dependent upon our good works. Messiah became the offering for sin, if we admit our sin, turn away from it by faith, we can be assured that our names will be inscribed in the Book of Life (Phil. 4:3 and Rev. 3:5).

Someday a day of judgment will come and mankind’s sins must be judged, but Yeshua’s death balanced the judgment. The resurrection of Yeshua shows that he became the Judge (John 5:21-27; 12:31; and Acts 17:31).

I Thessalonians 4:16 tells us that the trumpet will sound when Jesus the Messiah returns to judge the earth. Yeshua haMeshiach will preside over a New Creation! That will be the ultimate Feast of Trumpets (2 Cor. 5:17; Romans 5:12-19; I Cor. 15:45; Romans 9:19-22).