Blessed Rosh Hashanah 5783 – What Is Teshuva?
Happy and Blessed Rosh Hashanah 5783
It’s time to WAKE UP with the sound of the Shofar!
This Sunday evening as the Shofar wails, may our soul also awaken during this time of observance and the call to true and sincere repentance (Teshuvah) before the LORD Almighty. This is especially relevant during the 10 days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement).
The shofar’s call reminds us of Mt. Sinai when the Shofar blasted from heaven calling the people to attention. It is written in Exodus 19:16-25 that the people trembled as the sound became louder and louder. Also, it is written in Joel 2:3, 31 that this sound will announce the great and awesome Day of the Lord.
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the shofar of God…” I Thess 4:16
“And He will send out His angels with a loud Shofar call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.” Matt. 24:31
What Is Teshuva?
Teshuvah is the central theme of the time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, known collectively as the “Ten Days of Awe or Teshuvah.” Teshuvah is translated from the Hebrew as repentance, but it literally means return, as if turning back to something you’ve strayed or looked away from… i.e. First Love.
“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love… remember and repent! If anyone has an ear to hear let him hear what the Spirit says..”. Rev. 2:1-7
Teshuvah is one of the greatest gifts that God gives to us! It is the ability to return back to Him for healing and forgiveness!
That is why we rejoice and pray the She’hecheyanu: “Blessed are you, oh Lord, our God… and have brought us to this season”!
May you have a blessed New Year in experiencing the fullness of Yeshua’s love and mercy!
Bradley Antolovich and our FZS staff
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