Lord of Forgiveness
by Asher Intrater, , Revive Israel
There are special prayers leading up to the Day of Atonement called "selichot" meaning forgiveness. One well-known prayer is called "Adon HaSelichot" meaning The Lord of Forgiveness.
"Lord of Forgiveness, Tester of Hearts, Revealer of Deep Things, Speaker of Righteousness ..."
The refrain after each stanza is:
"We have sinned before You; have mercy upon us ..."
This prayer poem is usually sung, and its melody has become quite popular among modern Israelis, both secular and religious, Sephardic and Ashkenazi.
It is the glory of the Gospel that any person can repent, forgive, and know that he or she is forgiven by God - on any day, at any moment! These responses form a basis for all prayer and faith. Since we have all sinned and been sinned against, we must all repent and forgive. Repentance and forgiveness are the two "feet" of our spiritual journey. It's where our faith "hits the ground."
Yeshua taught it this way:
"Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors" (Matthew 6:12).
We repent of our sins and forgive those who have sinned against us. How basic! How simple! How obvious!
God is the inventor of forgiveness. He is the Lord of Forgiveness. So let's not forget to put into practice these two most basic steps of faith: repent and forgive. And let's remember to intercede for the Jewish people that many more will come to know the total forgiveness, peace and assurance that we have with God through Yeshua's perfect atonement!
This article was previously published on October 13th 2016 here on the Revive Israel website and on October 15th 2016 here on Kehila News Israel
Lord of Forgiveness
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This year's celebration of the Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) in Jerusalem was historic and included many hundreds of representatives from some 15 Arab and Jewish congregations.
The event was cooperatively led by Arab Christians and Messianic Jews, entirely in Arabic and Hebrew from the stage, with translation in headphones for internationals. This cooperation in leadership as well as the local language was a breakthrough in and of itself.
We praised the Lord together for almost an hour in blended Arabic and Hebrew songs. Then the Arabic and Jewish pastors came on stage, held hands in unity, and began to pray spontaneously for half an hour. There was a brief message in Arabic, and a brief message in Hebrew. Then we sounded the trumpet together, with shouts of "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord" (Matthew 23:39).
We felt that three special spiritual goals had been advanced:
1. Unity: with the cooperation of Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, there was a new standard of alignment set which provides for reconciliation throughout the Body of Messiah worldwide (John 17).
2. Kingdom: by proclaiming "Blessed is He" and "The Kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our Lord ..." (Revelation 11:15), a new level of spiritual authority was proclaimed to welcome the Lord's return.
3. Revelation: as we met on the biblically-ordained holy day, and blew the trumpet, a new dimension of prophetic revelation concerning the end times was released. As we prayed and sounded the trumpet on earth, we believe there was a reaction in heaven as well.
It seemed more than a coincidence that we met on the day after world leaders had assembled in Jerusalem to honor the passing away of Israeli former president Shimon Peres. Peres was certainly a great historic figure for modern Israel. Yet we came to honor the King of Kings, Messiah Yeshua, who will rule eternally from the same capital city.
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