The Days of Awe
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To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible. Another custom observed during this time is kapparot. This is rarely practiced today, and is observed in its true form only by Chasidic and occasionally Orthodox Jews. Basically, you purchase a live fowl, and on the morning before Yom Kippur you wave it over your head reciting a prayer asking that the fowl be considered atonement for sins.
The Days of Awe - Asseret Yimei T'Shuva
The fowl is then slaughtered and given to the poor or its value is given. Some Jews today simply use a bag of money instead of a fowl. Here was a man, a fool, who was given an opportunity to be a part of the coming kingdom of Israel under David; a type of the Kingdom of God under Yeshua. He refuses to acknowledge the mercy, kindness and protection that he received from that yet future kingdom. In other words, he refuses to repent, to turn, to do Teshuvah. Then he throws himself a big Yom Teruah feast as though he were already inscribed in the 'Book of Life. About ten days later, on Yom Kippur, when the final judgment is made and the gates of heaven are closed, Naval finds himself on the outside looking in, and he dies.
This story reminds us of those people in the end time who foresee the destruction of the Day of the Lord, but refuse to turn from their sin and seek God. It is a principle of scripture that every person is given a free will. Therefore, each one of us is able to choose the path we wish to take.
Naval chose not to repent even after he realized that his wife, Abigail, had saved his life. He made a decision and it was the wrong one. When the children of Israel were finally permitted to go into the land that God was giving them, Moses gave them an admonition. It is recorded in the Book of Deuteronomy. In chapter 28 God lays out for them the blessings they will receive if they obey the marriage covenant that He has made with them, and the curses they will experience if they rebel.
This passage is concluded with an appeal to "choose life. The bottom line of these verses: Go as far as you are able, and God will return to you.
We all need to learn how to exercise right choices. The Yamin Nora'im Days of Awe are the perfect time to meditate on the choices we have made in the past and the choices that we are making right now, today. Free will is a wonderful thing, but with it comes great responsibility. We must learn to make our daily decisions based upon the Scriptures, following the instructions and guidelines they give us. Teshuvah occurs when a sinner forsakes his sin, asks God to remove it through the blood of Yeshua Jesus and decides in his heart not to do it again.
However, not only must one seek forgiveness for sins that involve an act; such as theft, adultery, gossip, etc. Jesus was emphatic about this in the Sermon on the Mount, when he said we must not only refrain from adultery and murder but from lust and hatred as well. According to Jewish tradition, it is a great sin to remind a person who has done Teshuvah about his past sins.
Days of Awe
God forgets the sins of others as well as forgiving them. The person who can do this, truly has the mind of God. According to the Mishna, the Oral Torah or Law, "The sign of complete Teshuvah is when the same transgression comes to the hand of the transgressor in the same place where he first committed it, It would be a terrible thing if someone went through complete Teshuvah only to discover that all of their repenting and turning from sin did not take away their sins, and they were still cut off from God.
It is for this reason that the forty day period of Teshuvah are not fully complete without Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Just what is atonement? It is another of the many 'religious' words that is often used but not always understood. The best definition we can find is the one used in the scriptures themselves. The English word 'atonement' is found many times in the Old Testament, but only once in the New Testament. It is derived from two Hebrew words, kaphar and kippur, from which comes Yom, meaning "day," and Kippur, meaning "atonement.
The root word kaphar kah-far' means "to cover. The second word translated atonement is kippur and it means "expiation or atonement. So we have a day with several meanings.
If you read the definitions in Strongs' you'll see what I mean. But the main theme is basically the same. Yom Kippur is the day in which God the Father will be reconciled with His creation. It is a day for Him to be merciful, to pardon, to cleanse and to forgive. The Days of Awe start on or immediately after the Feast of Trumpets, when historically, the Temple doors were left open until the end of the Day of Atonement.
Rosh Hashanah and The Days of Awe
Atonement is only 9 days later - September 14th. I hope that everyone who hears this message already has his name in God's Book of Life. These Days of Awe picture the days that are set aside for the repentance and forgiveness of those who are not in the Book of Life , those who will have to experience God's wrath before they are motivated enough to turn to God in deep-felt repentance.
It is my fervent prayer that none of us finds ourselves in that situation through lack of repentance. What are the days of Awe and what do they mean to us? Seek righteousness, seek humility. Ps NKJV For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
Shout, O Israel! And your judges to whom you said, 'Give me a king and princes'? O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction!