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The Appointed Times

“G-d called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. So there was evening, and there was morning, one day.” Genesis 1:5

G-d created time. The natural beauty of the world declares the glory of G-d. “The heavens declare the glory of G-d, the dome of the sky speaks the work of his hands.” Psalms 19:1 G-d’s will is that we follow His directions. “May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 The High Holy Days are a part of G-d’s plans for us as community. ”Tell the people of Israel: ‘The designated times of ADONAI which you are to proclaim as holy convocations are my designated times.” Leviticus 23:2 The High Holy Days should not be viewed from our perspective as having to do with our performance. As we all know “It’s all about G-d and the Messiah,” so we approach this season in His freedom and love. G-d is the Lord of time, since He created it. He knows best how we should use our time. “Use your time well, for these are evil days.” Ephesians 5:16.

It is imperative that we come into the High Holy Days with an attitude of appreciation and freedom that we have in the Messiah. “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is Messiah.” Colossians 2:16-17 It is appropriate, therefore, that we celebrate these festivals in a way that is consistent with our Messianic faith and exalts the Person of Yeshua. The Appointed Times all find their fulfillment in Messiah. “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” Matthew 5:17

G-d’s Appointed Times remind us that He is Lord of the calendar, the King of creation, and that He is to be worshiped every day. God’s Appointed Times have a great deal to teach all who have crowned Him Lord of their lives.