Shabbat of Return (Shabbat Shuvah)
By Richard Sison | 2015
Many of our detractors will dismiss these practices as not necessary and they believe that there are many Jewish practices that are strange and are quick to dismiss them or worse criticize them. In doing so, they lose some valuable lessons that the children of Israel are teaching us. After all, they were chosen to be a light to the nations (Isa 49:6) and a guide to Elohim´s precepts. Their rejection of the Messiah did not forever annul their calling as a light an a guide as the L-RD intended them to be (Romans 11:29).
The ancient sages believed that the judgement has been declared for every human being in Yom Teruah while the verdict is given on Yom Kippur. If the judgement of G-D goes against a person, he has 10 days to amend his ways and repent and seek G-D´s forgiveness and mercy. At a qick glance, we may think that the G-D of Israel seem tough and hard to please and need several days of prayer before we can attain forgiveness. The problem is that Christian theology specially during reformation distorted the practice of repentance.
We are being told that a simple sorry, some sort of confession of sin in prayer, we automatically receive forgiveness immediately and we are free of guilt. The verse they often quote is 1 Jn 1:9. The word confess there is "homologeo" in Greek which means "to speek agreeable to the fact and the truth". But what is the fact and what is the truth? The Word of G-D is in fact the Truth!
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