Wednesday September 24th falls Rosh Hashanah the Jewish New Year This month I wanted to share more of the Jewish roots than I usually do. Also, I wanted to sincerely THANK YOU for your generous support and heartfelt prayers for my ministry. Today there are thousands of wonderful ministries, but I praise the Lord that you desire for God’s Chosen people to hear about God’s Chosen Son-Jesus.
This time of year Jewish people are truly contemplating spiritual matters. They are for the first time since last year holiday’s contemplating God, heaven, hell,sin, atonement, and redemption. The phrase I shared in the salutation La Shana Tova Tikatevu-May Your Name Be Inscribed in the Book of Life is constantly uttered for about a month during the High Holidays. I find this constant saying of this verse troubling. The only way they are going to have their name written in the book of life is by believing in the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.
The rabbis teach that on the night of Rosh Hashanah God opens up three books-One for the righteous, one for the wicked, and one for the in between. We have ten days to get right with God so our name is written in the book of life. These ten days between Rosh Hashanah and The Day of atonement is called the Yamim Noraim the ten days of awe. Literally, my people ask everyone they know for forgiveness for any possible sins that they might have committed against that person.
On Rosh Hashanah, we symbolically cast off our sins by throwing bread in a body of water called Tashlich. Micah 7:19 states you will again have compassion on us; you will hurl iniquities into the depths of the sea. Apparently, there have been some new developments of Tashlich (casting sins to the sea) of individualizing the bread to the type of sin committed. For Example, for arson-use toast, for sins of indecision-use waffles, for twisted sins-use pretzels, for car theft-use caraway bread, and for bad jokes-use corn bread. I know these jokes are bad, but I can only tell them once a year.
Every year in every synagogue Genesis 22 the binding of Isaac is read. It is supernatural how the life of Issac in Genesis 22 has so many parallels to the life of Jesus. First, Isaac and Jesus both had miraculous births. Isaac’s mother Sarai was 90 years old when he was born. Jesus was born of a virgin and the Holy Spirit.
Both Isaac and Jesus were innocent of sin. Nothing in the Bible indicates Isaac was guilty of any transgressions. We know that Jesus is our Great High Priest tempted in all ways, but without sin. Both Isaac and Jesus were humble. Jewish tradition holds Abraham at 137 years old and Isaac at 37 in Genesis 22. So in verse 9 how does an old and feeble man Abraham bind Isaac on the altar and the wood. The only possible explanation is that Isaac was obedient to his Father to the point of death. Similarly, Jesus humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even death on the cross. (Phil. 2:8-9)
Finally both Isaac and Jesus were resurrected. I know you are thinking that is not what the texts says. But the Rabbis state in the Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer which is an exegetical commentary on the Bible, and this book has widespread support and acceptance by the Rabbinical scholarship. This says that Isaac had a heart attack and died when he saw Abraham raise the knife, but was resurrected when the angels yelled for Abraham to stop. The Rabbis are wrong that this happened but it shows that they were grappling how God was asking Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son whom he loves. It is fascinating that the Father sent his son and one and only son to be the lamb offering. One last point, Isaac asks Abraham saying “the fire and the wood are here but where is the Lamb for the offering”? Abraham answered “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering my son. 1,300 years later, God did provide the lamb for the offering, his son Jesus.
Finally, be sober and alert this September 24-25th because theologians believe Jesus might come back on the Feast of Trumpets. Because it is written for the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
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