"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority ... the Constitution was made to guard against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." - Noah Webster

"There is no worse tyranny than forcing a man to pay for what he does not want just because you think it would be good for him."
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A High Sabbath

Today is Rosh HaShanah. This literally means "Head of The Year." On the Hebrew calendar, or really, God's calendar, it is the 1st day of the Seventh month, the month of Tishrei.  That probably seems strange being the seventh month, but God Himself didn't call it Rosh HaShanah, He simply gave the command that on this day there would be a memorial signified by the blowing of the Shofar, or rams horn, or trumpet.  Yeah, that's what I'm blowing in the picture.

This is one of the high holy days.  Christians who study this stuff and are interested in eschatology probably know this holiday as "Feast of Trumpets."  You can read a little more about it by clicking on this link.  The Scripture reference is this: "In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation." (Leviticus 23:24) Today, beginning at sundown last night, is considered a High Sabbath, even though it falls this year on a Thursday.  Interestingly enough, that's what happened in the year that Messiah was crucified on the preparation day before the first day of Passover, that High Sabbath day fell on Thursday, which is what led to the confusion in the Church with "Good Friday" and the false idea that Yeshua was resurrected on Sunday rather than late on the Sabbath. But that's a complete post that I'm saving for Passover. It will include a lot of in-depth Scripture.

A few things are believed to have happened on this Anniversary date of Rosh HaShanah by the Jewish sages, primarily that on this day the world was created.  It's just a belief, because G-d doesn't specifically state it in the Scriptures.  The blowing of the shofar at this time is also to remind us of a call to repentance, to do T'shuvah.  Turn back to Torah and prepare for what comes ten days later, the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.  I'm going to post on that when the day comes.  Five days after that comes the joyous celebration of Sukkot, otherwise known as the Feast of Tabernacles.

This is harvest time. This is the time when we are wrapping up our canning and storage and thinking about the approach of winter.  Another way of thinking about harvest is an ingathering. We live in a generation that has seen a lot of the ingathering of Israel. Israel has bloomed like a rose in the middle of a desert. That tiny little country has a Gross Domestic Product that exceeds $166 billion.  That's more than all of it's surrounding Arab neighbors combined. It's existence and prosperity are a sure sign that we are approaching the end of the age, the 'Olam Hazeh.

In obedience, I will not be doing any laborious work today, so maybe later I will post photos of the new dehydrator/incubator that I made yesterday.  Thanks for visiting, and please leave a comment.

Shanah Tovah!   (Happy New Year)

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