Holy Day’s End

A holy day is coming to a close, and the sky outside my prayer room is putting on a dazzling display.

Today has been Yom Kippur, or The Day of Atonement, a holy day within Judaism.

I grew interested in learning about Jewish Holy Days while in Israel, and it occurred to me that since Jesus observed these days, I desired to have a knowledge and some understanding of them as well.

I’ve been meditating today on Romans 11 , where Paul describes how Gentiles, also interpreted as Christians, are like wild olive branches that have been grafted into the original olive tree of Judaism. We know that a growing number of Messianic Jews have already accepted Jesus as Messiah.

Jesus came to earth not to abolish ‘the Law’ of the Jewish people, but to fulfill it.

As the Psalmist tells us, let us continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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28 thoughts on “Holy Day’s End

      1. Yes,indeed .The world belongs to those who follow The Savior.What will our enemies do if we all try to sacrifice our lives for our Faith?Everyone living on this earth is our brother and sister irrespective of their color,creed and faith.Thank you very much for such a bright comment.🌹😊🙏

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  1. Anita and I just received the Complete Jewish Study Bible that we plan to use in our devotionals alongside a chronological listing for the books of the Bible. The CJSB explains lots of details in the festivals and special dates of the Hebrew calendar, among other study notes. VERY interesting, just reading the Intro and its explanation about the Jewish roots of the New Testament. 😊

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    1. So interesting ! I am going to check out that Bible too. It’s helpful for all of us to learn about the Jewish roots of the New Testament. Thanks, c.a. 🤗🌷

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  2. Thanks Sally. It’s rare for a Christian to be aware of Yom Kippur. I appreciate you writing about this.

    I got into the Jewish roots movement many decades ago when it first came forth in America. One can gain a much better understanding of the Lord Jesus by researching His perfect Hebrew pedigree and the first century Hebrew perspective. There is so much to learn here. Much light can be shed on the gospels and NT writings.

    Rosh Hashanah seemed to arrive very quickly this year and now the “Ten Days of Awe” have passed. Traditional Jewish thought states one’s spiritual condition on Yom Kippur is one’s condition for the rest of the year. Of course, for followers of the Lord Jesus, we know that final atonement has been made but it is best to be aware of the great blessing of atonement on a daily basis. He paid the ultimate price to atone for our sins. Without the Lord Jesus there is no salvation.

    Next up is Sukkot, the weeklong Feast of Tabernacles or Booths, which officially begins at sunset on Monday, September 20th which is Tishrei 15 on the Hebrew calendar. In my research on this subject I have deduced that this was the Lord’s actual birthday. There are revelatory hints at this in the gospels.

    The autumn feasts are so meaningful and portend so much. We are given the opportunity to focus on getting right with the Lord at the beginning of a new civil year and if we fulfill this properly we get to spend a great time in the Lord’s presence a few days later in our “temporary shelters” while awaiting full redemption.

    Blessings to you

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    1. Thanks so much, RJ.
      As you say we can learn much about Jesus by researching his perfect Hebrew pedigree.
      Thanks for the reminder about the upcoming Feast of Tabernacles, or Booths.
      As you say, it is unlikely, according the Jewish calendar, that Jesus was born on December 24.
      The autumn feasts of the harvest reminds us of the great harvest that Christ followers are involved with now.
      And, of course, no one knows the day or hour, but perhaps Christ will return one year during harvest time.

      I appreciate your insights very much. 🤗🌼

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  3. I’ve recently become more interested in the Jewish festivals and traditions too. (I have a lot to learn!) God says he will bless those who bless Israel, so we should always keep Israel in our thoughts and prayers.

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    1. Yes, Mary, I so agree with you. And it helps us to understand the culture better in which Jesus lived.
      Israel is fantastically beautiful, and we can see how God is supernaturally blessing it. Let us continue to pray for Israel. Thanks for your comment. 🌼🤗

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  4. The pastor I got saved under use to say, if you want to know what God is up to, watch the clan, the Jews and the land, Israel. My husband and I have had the honor of going to the Holy Land three times and if God permits we would go again if our health was better. Good reminder.

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    1. Thanks, Betty.
      That is indeed a great blessing to visit the Holy Land three times.
      For sure, your pastor spoke wisely, we need to keep watching Israel. 🤗

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