Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish celebration that is commonly referred to as Jewish New Year. It is a time of casting off sins and preparing for a new year.
Rosh HaShanah literally means ‘Head of the Year’. It marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination and repentance. Rosh HaShanah is a day set aside to focus on the coming judgment of God and personal short comings. It is followed ten days later by Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and opportunity to repent of personal shortcomings and make restitution or changes before the final Day of Judgment. The period from Rosh HaShanah to Yom Kippur is particularly set aside for self-examination, focus on faith and what is required to make a right relationship with God.
Jesus life, teaching, work on the cross and sending the Holy Spirit, changed the way faithful followers come to the Lord for cleansing, forgiveness, direction and relationship. There is no panic now about completing certain rituals before opportunities are closed to us.
Many of the festivals that the Lord declared in the old Testament, were primarily for remembering and reflecting. Although they are not pertinent to our faith now, there is however a lot we can learn from them. In our modern, fast paced, noisy society how much more important is it, that we too take time to stop, listen to God’s voice and reflect on the Lord’s place in our life. This Bright Spot, let’s focus on ourselves, the direction we are allowing our life to take and possibly the need to repent and realign our actions with the Lord’s way and become the Bright Spot wherever we are.
Captain June Knop
Territorial Spiritual Life Development Secretary
Evangelism and 24/7 Prayer
- Consider things that need to be brought before the Lord, repent and seek forgiveness.
- Forgive those who you may be holding grudges against and ill feelings towards.
- Thank the Lord for all of the good things he has given you.
- Ask what it is the Lord wants of you.
1 John 2:1-4 (NLT)
My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.