One of the most excellent gifts from our Father of Lights above is repentance. Repentance is a beautiful gift that keeps giving for those who choose to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God. This is where we get our second, third and umpteenth chance.
Yesterday’s article spoke of the 40-day Season of Repentance on God’s Biblical Calendar that runs from the first day of Elul to the Biblical Feast of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) that happens every year. Recall that it’s the time of year to prepare for the Days of Awe by getting your house in order.
Repentance is for the humble in heart. It’s for those with a heart of David: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24 KJV).
One of the Hebrew words for humble is shach (shin chet). Its Hebrew Word Picture tells us that humility comes when you or I destroy the wall (of self-protection) while the Hebrew word picture for pride is to lift up (yourself in your own) strength. Think about how a rebellious child acts like they can always do it themselves and won’t ask for help, even when they need it. They are also typically demanding and ungrateful. Contrast this with a humble, obedient child (we are talking about a loving relationship with our Heavenly Father here) who is teachable, grateful and kind.
Notice that it is “I” that determines whether a person is humble or in pride. The quintessential verse for the Season of Repentance (sometimes called the Days of Elul) is “I am for my Beloved and my Beloved is for me.” Note how this phrase in the Song of Songs also begins with “I.” This is not a coincidence.
In a Bible-believing Jewish community, it’s a well-known fact that the first letters in the words of the phrase “I am my Beloved, and my Beloved is for me” (אֲנִי לְדוֹדִיוְדוֹדִי לִי) spells out “Elul” (אֶלוּל). According to God’s Calendar, this is the most appropriate time for personal introspection and soul-searching. Truly looking within oneself is a grace that is always available. It’s just that this great gift of genuine soul-searching draws nearer than usual for the purpose of redemption during God’s Season of Repentance. I like to say that specific greater grace portals open during God’s times and season. During the Days of Elul, there’s a greater grace for soul-searching and repentance.
Teshuvah is the Hebrew word for repentance, which means to return. Shoov (shin, bet) is the Hebrew word for return. If one delves into the depths of the Hebrew Word Picture for shoov, we understand that to return, to repent, to come back means to turn away (from the way that you are going, which is serving another kingdom) by destroying the house (that selfishness built) and turning toward the house of El Shaddai (the Almighty One).
Now is the time for soul-searching. Now is the time for repentance.
“I will go away and return to My place until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face; in their affliction they will earnestly seek Me. ‘Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will bandage us. He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, that we may live before Him. So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like rain, like the spring rain watering the earth’” (Hosea 5:15-6:3 NASB).
Give em heaven!!!
~ Robin Main
Written September 9, 2019 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source.
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