Once again, it’s time to hear from our sister in Jerusalem about what she is witnessing there as a believer in Yeshua. Put your prayer shawls on and pray for Israel and Sister J. Now here she is …
Psalm 107 – “Oh, give thanks to The Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy and gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south.” 1-3 …”For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. 7”
Greetings brothers and sisters in Yeshua, Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords, may HE alone be glorified and blessed and praised and worshipped and adored in the fullness of The Father – Abba God, Adonoi, Elohim through His Holy Spirit. Blessings to you with love on this beautiful Rosh h’shana.
How good He is! So many terrorist attacks were planned for last night and this day. So many disasters were predicted and prophesied; for us, none of them have taken place. This is not boasting, although perhaps it is boasting in God and His faithfulness to keep us humble and not knowing the hour, to keep us dependent upon Him and knowing that He will bring all of His promises to pass, both those of judgment but also of mercy.
To my great surprise, yesterday morning as I was having devotions I came to the end of both the book of Luke and the book that I was meditating in − the book of Micah. The last words in the book of Micah were:
Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity And passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in mercy. 19 He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea. 20 You will give truth to Jacob And mercy to Abraham, Which You have sworn to our fathers From days of old. (Micah 7:18-20)
Now, I will not mince words. Micah was a pretty hard book to meditate through and most mornings left me shaking and begging for mercy. Then, there it was − His mercy, His promise, His Character. “Who is a God like You?”
I turned the page for the next verse to meditate in and guess what? That was the end of the book. No…He will NOT pass over judgment and we are yet in the midst of Revelation, but to this people in this part of the story (His dealings with Israel) these words are today’s headlines.
As I looked at the Hebrew for these verses I was totally surprised to find the foundation verse for one of the main traditions coming up this week is found right here, particularly in verse 19. It says: “HE will have compassion on us and that HE will subdue our iniquities and that HE will cast our sins into the depths of the sea.”
The word here in Hebrew for casting (our sins into the depths of the sea) is tashlic. I will describe the tashlic ceremony later this week, Lord willing. The problem is that WE (as a people) are still trying to do this ourselves when HE, as our GOD has promised to do it.
Ok…I confess that I am too excited and this letter might get too confusing if I continue to jump ahead of myself. I am excited because of The Words that I have read over the past few mornings and today. But I am called to be “a faithful witness” so let me share with you more of what I am seeing first.
Levit 23:22 This is the day of the blowing of the shofarim (trumpets) and a ‘holy convocation’ with no 23 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. 25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.’”
The weather is beautiful today, with the wind of Jerusalem making the tree leaves and flowers dance as if worshipping before The God Who has brought Jerusalem to this quiet restful state in the face of so many threats.
Last year we heard many shofarim being sounded according to the command written in the above verses, but this year, as my husband’s back is recovering, we are not out walking and not hearing as many, so we blew our own a few times. How I love the sound, even if we don’t bring forth the clean sound that others who are more proficient are able to do.
I also don’t see the persimmons blowing in the wind as I do on the days when I go to work and pass through many gardened streets. The word for persimmon in Hebrew is rimon (a pretty word) [רימון] and it is one of the symbolic fruits of the season. I love this beautiful fruit whose bud is one of the first to appear. It is an almost florescent pink orange crown that comes shooting forth, commanding the eyes to look. The top half of the bud begins to swell and the bottom half (the crown) blossoms out.
Daily as I walk to work I watch the fruit develop and the small green immature fruit turning into regal red bursting globes. The shuk (market) is full of them as well as the trees during these holidays and each table displays them. They give us much to think about. The royal globes with a crown on top have an opening that exposes hundreds (200 to 1600 so I understand) juicy, healthy, yummy seeds to add to salads or eat by the handful or to squeeze into juice. I always think of the fruit of The Spirit as I look at these − some producing 100 fold.
I now hear more shofarim sounding through the street in front of our apartment as the sun begins to go down. It has been a delightful day after having wonderful, beloved sisters and brothers in The Lord around our table last night. How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity together.
Just think of it: the faithfulness of God. How the body of Messiah continues to grow in number and strength, an indigenous body after 2,000 years of being only a tiny remnant along with the rest of the people of Israel. We are here again.
May we all be one AS HE IS ONE. I now have 3 more days off from work so I hope to write again. May I be a faithful witness…may we each be faithful to all that He has called us to. God bless you. Lovingly, your sis in Jerusalem