Celebrating With Reverence and Joy
by Marty Shoub, International Liason, Tents of Mercy Network
One of the special joys of living in Israel is the privilege of celebrating the feast days in the land of promise. Celebrating in the Diaspora still has great meaning, but each feast day is connected to the covenant promise to bring us into the land and there gather as a people set apart for the Lord.At Tents of Mercy we celebrate these holidays with deep appreciation for all that the God of Israel has done for us. The fall feasts begin with introspection on Yom HaTruah/Rosh Hashanah and continues through Yom Kippur. The grace of God requires we take stock of how costly that grace is - we know that "the ransom paid to free [us] from the worthless way of life which [our] fathers passed on to [us] did not consist of anything perishable like silver or gold; on the contrary, it was the costly bloody sacrificial death of the Messiah, as of a lamb without defect or spot" (1 Peter 1:18-19 CJB).
|Blowing the shofar at the conclusion of the Rosh Hashanah service|
The feast days end with joyful celebration on Simchat Torah. How happy are we to be living testimonies to God's promise to return us to the land of promise:
"And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and] gladnes and sorrow and sighing shall flee away" (Isaiah 35:10).
|Holding up the two scrolls - one realled to Genesis and the second to Deuteronomy||Dancing together on Simchat Torah|
|Rejoicing in the Torah|
|Participating in the water pouring ceremony (as refered to by Yeshua in John 37-39)||Watching as the water is poured out|
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