“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites: “On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present an offering made to the Lord by fire.”’” Leviticus 23:23-25 (NIV)
Under the Old Covenant, God ordained seven special feasts for the Israelites to commemorate every year of their lives. Rosh Hashanah is the fifth such feast and is the Jewish New Year celebration. It is generally known as the Feast of Trumpets, because the “shofar,” or ram’s horn, is blown as a call for repentance.
It is a solemn festival when the Jews pray for forgiveness and long life. It begins ten days of penitence that ends on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Some Jews take part in a ceremony where they symbolically cast away their sins in a river.
Under the New Covenant that Jesus Christ ushered in, these feasts take on additional meaning. He fulfilled all but the seventh feast when He came to earth the first time. Still, He requires your repentance and prayer before your name is inscribed in the Book of Life.
The traditional Jewish greeting on this day is: “May you be inscribed for a happy year.” Why not greet someone this way today?
PRAY: “Father of mercy and grace, thank You for providing a Way of reconciliation to You under both the Old and the New Covenants. I walk in humble repentance toward You today. Amen.”