Shanah Tovah is the traditional greeting on Rosh Hashanah which in Hebrew means “A Good Year.” Rosh Hashanah is called the “Head of the Year” and hearing the shofar blasts serves to arouse us from spiritual slumber.
The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. Do no regular work, but present an offering made to the LORD by fire.” Leviticus 23:23-25
Starting as a simple holiday, Rosh Hashanah has become
multifaceted, taking on several different meanings and significances that meet a variety of spiritual and community needs. The shofar blasts fill this day, and this alone ushers in the solemnity into the Days of Awe and then Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
During the ten days following Rosh Hashanah, called “Days of Awe,” we should take time to examine our lives and our relationship with God. We are invited to use these days to closely examine our behavior and repent of any wrongdoing. During this time of repentance, all have the opportunity to right the wrongs in life and better serve God as His people.
Some people pray more during this time and others fast in sincere repentance. Many people make choices in their lives so they come in line with Torah, or God’s instructions.
Some might see this as legalism. However, even in these actions, penitent Jews know that they are ultimately saved solely by the grace of God. However if we love God, we keep His commandments. This is a beneficial time for Christians to ensure that they are right with Him and to demonstrate their love for their Redeemer by recognizing the importance of their personal response within the divine covenant as God’s people.
As followers of Yeshua, our lives are often filled with trials, temptations and hardships. Often, in the rush, hustle, and bustle of life, we do not examine ourselves and our own motives. We often make decisions in haste and may forget to acknowledge God’s way. We may not make the most prudent choices in life.
This is a great time to reassess all the details of our lives to ensure that we are living for God so that no sin can creep into our lives. Repentance is liberating! This span of ten days is the perfect time to experience this freedom.