Genesis 12:1 The LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.”
Dr. Danny Ben-Gigi once shared an insight about this verse that was quite amazing. He pointed out how our English translations inadvertently portray God as cold and distant in this verse. The ‘get out’ tends to miss the Lord’s heart for Abraham.
He then contrasted how the Hebrew view of this verse appreciates God’s instruction to Abraham. The Hebrew language portrays a wonderful picture of the Father’s gentle hand being placed on Abraham’s shoulder while He guides him. It depicts God’s loving concern for him as he shifts into new territory.
This has always stuck with me. I realize how many times we can miss God’s heart for us personally. We can have a mistaken image of God because of various misunderstandings. Maybe we see God and the Scriptures through childhood misinterpretations or maybe we’ve been raised to believe that God is cold and distant.
Today, the Lord is restoring many in these areas through the Hebraic understanding that He is inherently relational. The revelation of His love is also deepened by participating in the Biblical Feast Days.
The Hebraic season of Elul is just about here, beginning on August 23rd. Elul prepares us for the Fall Feast Days. These special times are full of meaning and develop a closer relationship with God.
The Hebrew month of Elul is a wonderful season. It holds several considerations about our life and personal relationship with our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus).
Elul is a time of reflection, change, and experiencing the closeness of God’s love and comfort. It’s a time of repentance and letting go of the things that hold us back from connecting to God, ourselves and others. Many people have found that the Lord meets them in amazing personal ways during this season.
One of the Fall Feast Days is the Day of Trumpets, which brings in the traditional Hebrew New Year. As we approach the Hebrew New Year this fall, we have the opportunity to reflect back on what God has done in our lives over the last year.
Pondering the last year is like our western culture does when we approach January 1st. We look back, but we also look forward to the New Year. If we’re aware of the Lord’s appointed times, we may find that He speaks to us in unique ways and His Word comes alive in our hearts.
Have a blessed Elul season!