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Yamim Noraim – One Christian’s Perspective

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Yamim Noraim  – One Christian’s Perspective

     The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance. For the Jewish person this is a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.

God’s Record Book / Book of Life
The Days of Awe are based on the Jewish belief that God has books that He writes a person’s name in on Rosh Hashanah – who will live, who will die, who will have a good life and who will have a bad life during the next year. The belief goes on with the idea that a person’s actions can change the decree. They feel that repentance, prayer, and good deeds can alter what God writes down concerning their life. Their belief is even reflected in a common greeting during this time – it is, “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”
God does have a book that lists all true believers – the Book of Life. The Book of Life, is also referred to as the Lamb’s book of Life. It is a record written by God, listing people who will live forever in heaven, in His presence. Those who’s names are not written in the book will not have everlasting life in heaven, but will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:15 NKJV
“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

According to the Word of God, neither prayer or good deeds will atone for a person’s sin. Only Jesus, the Son of God can take away sins. However, the majority of the Jewish people do not recognize Jesus as the Son of God, the only one who can take away their sins. Through the atonement that Jesus’ blood made on the cross we can have forgiveness of all our sins. Faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior is what saves us, not works.

Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

Romans 11:6 NKJV
“And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.”

Galatians 2:16 NKJV
“knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”

A person can work for God and not have a relationship with Him – people can even work for God with sin in their life.

1 Corinthians 3:13-15 NKJV
“each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

Works that won‘t be burnt up only come out of our intimacy / relationship with God. Each believer will have their works / actions evaluated.

2 Corinthians 5:10 NKJV
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

Reconciliation
Reconciliation is important to God. He desires for us to be reconciled with Him, for us to be reconciled with others, and for us to be active in the ministry of reconciliation.

Reconcile: to make friends again; settle a disagreement or difference; make agree; bring into harmony, make satisfied; make no longer opposed.
Reconciliation: a reconciling; bringing together again in friendship; settlement or adjustment of disagreements or differences.

A.. Reconciled With God
Man was separated from God because of sin.

Isaiah 59:2 NKJV
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.”

Ephesians 2:12-13 NKJV
“that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

Sin caused man to be alienated, isolated, and separated from God’s presence.

Colossians 1:21-22 NKJV
“And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight”

Jesus entire reason for taking on the form of man and coming to this earth was reconciliation – His purpose was to reconcile us to God. It was as if He provided a bridge between us and God.

Colossians 1:19-20 NKJV
“For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

Ephesians 2:14-16 NKJV
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.”

Romans 5:8-11 NKJV
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

The story of the prodigal son is a wonderful example of reconciliation. In the parable, the father looked at the youngest son’s future – what it could be, not at the son’s present or his past. God, our heavenly Father does not look at our past or present, He looks at our future, what it can be. He is ever waiting with outstretch arms to welcome us back home.

Luke 15:11-32 NKJV
“Then He said: “A certain man had two sons.
And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’ “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”

B. Reconciliation With Others
One of the Jewish customs of Yamim Noraim is to seek reconciliation with people you may have wronged during the course of the year. The Talmud maintains that Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and God. To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible.

Matthew 5:23-24 NKJV
“Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, Leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”

God always desires for us to be reconciled with others.

Ephesians 4:32 NKJV
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

Hebrews 12:14 NKJV
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord”

We must forgive others, just like God has forgiven us. Jesus is the perfect example of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Colossians 3:12-13 NKJV
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

C. Ministry of Reconciliation
At salvation we become a new creature. Our relationship with God changes. We become reconciled to God and we have the privilege of telling others that they can receive the same reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NKJV
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

The ministry of reconciliation has been entrusted to believers. They are to tell all people that God wants to restore them to a right relationship with Himself.

2 Corinthians 5:20 NKJV
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”

Self-examination
Believers should regularly have a time for serious introspection. Self-examination should be part of our life. We are instructed to judge ourselves, and there are benefits to examining our own feelings, thoughts, and motives. If we judge ourselves, God will not have to.

1 Corinthians 11:31 NKJV
“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”

A believer should always be reviewing their actions to see if they are in right standing with God.

Galatians 6:4 NKJV
“But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another”

2 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV
“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves…”

Many times we may not be able to see our own faults and weakness, so we must rely on the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to show us. As we read God’s Word it gives us a clear reflection of ourselves.

James 1:22-25 NKJV
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

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Revealed By Fire

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Revealed By Fire

1 Timothy 6:17 NKJV
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives to us richly all things to enjoy.”

Each of us must remember that only God can provided for all our needs. Those who are materially wealthy are commanded to recognize and honor God as the source of their wealth. The blessings that God has given these people are to be used for the advancement of His kingdom, not for self-centered living. Their blessings are to be shared with others and enjoyed by many.

1 Timothy 6:18 NKJV
“Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share”

Our obedience to God (even concerning money, blessings) builds a good foundation for the time to come (eternity).

1 Timothy 6:19 NKJV
“storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”

A Christian’s works (deeds) will be evaluated in heaven.

1 Corinthians 3:13-15 NKJV
“…each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

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Dear Father,
Thank-you for providing for my needs. May I not trust in uncertain riches but in You, the living God, who gives to me richly all things to enjoy. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may I use what I have been given for the advancement of Your kingdom – may I be rich in good works, ready to give, and willing to share. When I stand before You let my works endure testing.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

What Is Your Life Focus?

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What Is Your Life Focus?

Materialism is the tendency to care too much for the things of this world and to neglect spiritual needs. It is a life focus that causes a person to be more concerned about what they have or wish to have than about what they are or what God wants them to be. There are materialistic people in every economic bracket. A materialist is a person who cares too much for the things of this world and neglects spiritual needs – theirs and others. Many times a materialist’s self-interest determines their conduct or behavior.

Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

When God does bless you materially you must not become high-minded or proud. Nor should you put your trust in your money (riches). Each of us must remember that only God can provided for all our needs.

1 Timothy 6:17 NKJV
“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives to us richly all things to enjoy.”

Those who are materially wealthy are commanded to recognize and honor God as the source of their wealth. The blessings that God has given these people are to be used for the advancement of His kingdom, not for self-centered living. Their blessings are to be shared with others and enjoyed by many.

1 Timothy 6:18 NKJV
“Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share”

Our obedience to God (even concerning money, blessings) builds a good foundation for the time to come (eternity).

1 Timothy 6:19 NKJV
“storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”

A Christian’s works (deeds) will be evaluated in heaven, not their bank account.

1 Corinthians 3:13-15 NKJV
“…each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

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Dear Father,
I trust in You. You are the one who gives to us richly all things to enjoy. Thank-you for providing for all my needs. By the power of Holy Spirit, don’t allow me to neglect spiritual needs – mine or those around me. I desire that my conduct and behavior bring glory to You. Help me to lay up for myself treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. May I use Your blessings for the advancement of Your kingdom. Fill me with a desire to be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Materialism – What Are You Storing Up?

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Materialism is the tendency to care too much for the things of this world and to neglect spiritual needs. It is a life focus that causes a person to be more concerned about what they have or wish to have than about what they are or what God wants them to be. There are materialistic people in every economic bracket.  A materialist is a person who cares too much for the things of this world and neglects spiritual needs – theirs and others. Many times a materialist’s self-interest determines their conduct or behavior. As a Christian we must guard our thoughts about the things of this world (money, things), consider our rewards in eternity, and guard our relationship with God.

Matthew 6:19-21  NKJV   

  “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  

I. Guard Our Thoughts About The Things Of This World

God, not man, decides who will be blessed. God is in control of everything, therefore we should not be jealous of others when God blesses them. There will be people that will go through this life materially rich and there will be people that go through this life materially poor. Many times God will give wealth and honor to the materially poor in other ways.

1 Samuel 2:7  NKJV    

“The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and He lifts up.”  

          Whatever situation we find ourselves in (rich or poor) the Bible tells us that godliness with contentment is great gain. It is not wrong to want a “better life” or “better things”, however it is wrong when it is at the expense of your soul.

 1 Timothy 6:6-10  NKJV   

  “Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing  into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”  

          When a person places more emphasis on gaining riches than they do on their relationship with God (those desiring to be rich), it creates a lack of contentment and godliness within them that leads to greed. Greed will lead a person into temptation and creates a lust within them. Many times these material desires will lead a person away from God, costing them their very soul.

II. Consider Our Rewards In Eternity

We need to think about the rewards we will receive in heaven, not about acquiring a lot of things here in this life. This life and the things in it will pass away and the only things that will last forever are the treasures (and rewards) that we have laid up for ourselves in heaven.

Matthew 6:19-21  NKJV    

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  

         The above verse does not mean that it is a sin to have assets (insurance, retirement plans, savings accounts), but it does tell us not to give priority to gaining treasures here on this earth. Christians should be more concerned about laying up treasure in heaven than having treasure here on earth. We must not be like the rich man in the twelfth chapter of Luke who tries to hoard things.

Luke 12:16-21  NKJV    

“Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: ‘The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”                              

III. Guard Our Relationship With God

Some people neglect their relationship with God when they begin to accumulate a lot of things. In the end they will lose everything, including their soul. Wealth will not help in judgment.

Mark 8:34-36  NKJV       

   “When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, ‘Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his soul?” 

          When we stand before God, He will not be concerned with how much money (or things) we had, however, He will be concerned with our relationship with Him and our relationship with others. While pursuing wealth, did we love others? How did we treat people?

James 5:1-5  NKJV   

   “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of the Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in the days of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just, he does not resist you.”  

          We must not mistreat others while trying to gain wealth. In everything that we do we must remember the two greatest commandments, love God and love others.

Mark 12:28-33  NKJV    

“Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, ‘Which is the first commandment of all?’ Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is: `Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandments greater than these.’ ”  

Conclusion:

When God does bless you materially you must not become high-minded or proud. Nor should you put your trust in your money (riches). Each of us must remember that only God can provided for all our needs.

1 Timothy 6:17   NKJV   

  “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives to us richly all things to enjoy.”  

          Those who are materially wealthy are commanded to recognize and honor God as the source of their wealth. The blessings that God has given these people are to be used for the advancement of His kingdom, not for self-centered living. Their blessings are to be shared with others and enjoyed by many.

1 Timothy 6:18  NKJV    

“Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share”  

          Our obedience to God (even concerning money, blessings) builds a good foundation for the time to come (eternity).

1 Timothy 6:19  NKJV    

“storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.”  

          A Christian’s works (deeds) will be evaluated in heaven.

1 Corinthians 3:13-15  NKJV  

   “…each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”