According to Hebrew tradition on the Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) the righteous are written in the Book of Life, I think that it is very easy to see all references to life in the Bible as eternal spiritual life but I believe that we can and should also view life as our temporal life here on earth.
When God entered into covenant with those who had been led out of Egypt (mixed multitude of Israelites and non-Israelites) He laid two things before them: life and death, blessing and a curse. Yes, this life was linked to an eternal state but it was also linked to the quality of life that they would experience whilst on earth. The blessings included a number of things but in summary we would say that the blessings were of provision (fruitfulness) and security in all areas of their life.
There was only one thing that God requested of the Israelites in order to receive these manifold blessings, that one thing was obedience:
“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
When Eke told me, I didn’t get the title, why? Because Rosh Hoshanah is a biblical feast that points towards the returning Messiah, what does that have to do with science??? I think we can find the answer in the conclusion of the program.
After interviewing three Atheists Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks comes to the conclusion that science and religion marry extremely well, definitely nothing to raise eyebrows on face value but a deeper look into what Lord Sacks says and what Richard Dawkins agrees to does. The closing statement conclusion indeed emphasised a marriage between science and religion “science + religion = hope”.
I found the emphasis and focus of the program to be in subtly persuading people to take a middle stance ground, Lord Sacks stated that he didn’t believe that the Abraham and Isaac story or Moses and the burning bush stories were ‘real’ but parables to show us and guide us on how to live well. Lord Sacks emphasised morality and consciousness as key areas that religion has to offer accepting that science tells us how the universe was created but religion tells us why.
So what does this have to do with Rosh Hoshanah? According to Messianic faith and the writings of Paul, each biblical feast is a foreshadow of the Messiah, so why link a biblical feast with science? Rosh Hoshanah specifically relates to the return of the Messiah or Second coming, this being the case what would be the effect of marrying a religious perspective which denies the validity and reality of the Bible and focuses only on morality and consciousness with scientific perspectives which deny the existence of God and focus on empirical evidence? What type of society would Christ return to if such thought patterns were to reign? One of humanistic religion or moral atheism, I think this is a blurring of the lines which Christ referred to in Revelation where He said that:
“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.’ ”
Revelation 3: 15-16
This is to me another example of using the media and famous/infamous people to persuade others to their viewpoint, supposedly neutral and reflective but watch and listen carefully and you’ll see what’s lurking under the surface.
Have you ever noticed that the longer you have to wait for something the more God is able to do an amazing work in You? It seems to me that the most of all of that work revolves around deep-rooted anxieties and obsessions which hinder us from living in full abandonment to Him, this Passover I noticed this simple truth in my own life.
Do you think it’s harder to wait for something you know is going to happen or to wait for something you’re not sure is going to happen? My husband would say the 1st but to be honest I’m not sure, does knowing the ending and the outcome make the waiting any easier than not knowing or does it simply tap into a different set of issues we need to let God deal with? Continue reading The longest wait of their lives
Today I started to do my shopping for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, this is the fourth year that Eke and I will be celebrating these feast days and as the time has gone by we have learnt a lot about what it means to us and what it means to fellow Believers. There will be many Christians and Messianics joining their Jewish brethren in this celebration, for some Christians this may seem strange but really it’s not because Jesus (Yeshua) is our Passover Lamb, saving us from death and leading us into the promised land. There are some great teachings on Passover from a Messianic Perspective, this is the one we read from last year – Passover for Christians.
I had an interesting experience shopping, I had to go down to our nearest orthodox community to purchase kosher for Passover lamb and boy was it expensive!!! I think Kosher meat is even more expensive than organic meat and that’s saying a lot, for just enough meat for 2-3 people it cost us £20. The Kosher butcher was mayhem, they had hired in extra staff and I had to wait nearly half an hour for our meat to be especially cut and rolled. While I was waiting I had ample opportunity to watch how the Orthodox community were preparing for Pesach, family after family came in or rang up to place their meat orders in advance, they had bought huge boxes to place the orders in and deliver them to each family. The men in the kitchen cut, diced, minced and rolled before bringing the orders out to be carefully checked over against hand-written lists before they were placed in the boxes for delivery. I saw a young girl come in and hand over nearly £400 for her family’s supply of meat! Whew, it seems that a lot of saving has to be done in order to comfortably afford the costs of preparing for Passover!