My precious friends, Jason and Meredith Coe, just had a new baby girl. ( You may remember this little family from my post last February called The Transplant) Little Bella, was born yesterday. A precious new life, a clean slate, a fresh start in the world. Mosel-Tov! Little Coe family we share your joy!
In one family or in one life , we know that there can be moments of extreme joy as well as crushing sadness. We learn to savor the precious moments, wrap them in our hearts and try to hold on to that soap-bubble of beauty. Our lives are composed of just such fragile pearls.
As we continue to study the Fall Feast’s this month, we find ourselves, today, in that special period of time that falls between the Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. Traditionally, this time is referred to as the 10 Days of Awe. This is time that is meant to be spent in serious contemplation, repentance, soul-searching and drawing near to God. The Fresh start, the annual clean slate was a precarious thing in Israel’s history. When Yom Kippur rolled around and the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies would God find this sacrifice and the High Priest acceptable this year? Or, would he be struck dead and need to be pulled out by the rope around his ankle? Would the chosen people be clean enough in their day-to-day lives and the following of the Lord’s statutes? It was serious business approaching Yom Kippur and these days of Awe intended to contemplate on the Mercy and Awesomeness of God.
Jewish rabbinical “traditions” hold that the Days of Awe center around the Book of Life. That the Lord reviews the books of judgment on Rosh Hashanah and metes out final judgment on Yom Kippur. Was your life lived righteously or un-righteously during the year. Life was lived, and determined, in one year increments with the High Priest as the go-between!
We know from the fulfilled aspects of the Spring Feasts that Jesus, Yeshuah Ha Mashiach, died on Passover as our Passover Lamb. Our ultimate, sinless sacrifice. He was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread and He rose from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit on the Feast of First Fruits. Because of that Perfection of this fulfillment we no longer have to sort out our lives by one year increments. There is no annual atonement. Jesus is our High Priest. Jesus was the Lamb, and it was his blood that atoned for or covered for our sins- once and for all.
Is it good to consider the Awesomeness of God and to make sure on a regular basis that we have made right any issues in our lives, that we have confessed any sin that we have in our lives, taken care of any Unforgiveness that is hanging in our coat closets? Yes, absolutely. 1 John 1:9 tells us that ” If we confess our sins that God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. Now, any new sins in our lives are washed away and covered by the blood of Jesus just like all our others were at that moment we acknowledged Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
These 10 Days of Awe are a time, now, of joy and thankfulness when we consider all that He has done for us. Amazement that these 7 Feasts the Good Lord laid out in Leviticus 23 and Numbers 29 so that people could see His Master Plan and see the Master in the Plan. The Awe for us in this day, is that our slate is fresh and clean and new every day— just like this little new Baby Bella Coe. We don’t have to wonder every year, did I do enough, will this year’s sacrifice and offering do the job…The Job is done, Jesus did it all for you. It is all about the Joy! Feast on that often enough and you will carry that Awe with you.
***For those of you who have been following along for many months since I wrote The Transplant post and want an update: Jason Coe had his Kidney transplant and is recovering well and back to work. We praise God for this miracle and for the sweet friend who donated his kidney to Jason. Congrats, Jason, on your second chance and your precious new baby girl! Twice Blessed!