Teshuvah | August 23rd – September 30th
As we continue in the summer season, may we be as productive as the ants (Proverbs 6:6-8). The Spring Feasts Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Pentecost have already been celebrated. So now we have to move towards the Fall Feasts Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles. In order to get to them we have to, not only, get through the Season of Summer but the Season of Teshuvah as well. The Season of Teshuvah consists of the Hebrew month of Elul and ten days in the month of Tishrei (August 23rd-September 30th). The Season of Teshuvah ends on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Teshuvah literally means to return and is the word to describe the concept of repentance. We will also be doing a Daniel Fast that will begin on August 23 (Elul 1) and end on September 12th (Elul 21). There are prophecies about the children of Israel returning in the last days. In Deuteronomy 30:1-3 Moses said, “And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee, And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee.” We are witnessing this return at Beit Tehila along with our children and this is truly remarkable. The word “return” (#7725) is the Hebrew word “Shuwb” and it means the following: to turn, call to mind, recover, restore and retrieve. In Isaiah 51:11 it says, “Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”
Please prepare for the Season of Teshuvah and may we humble ourselves in His holy presence.