It is the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah began the High Holy Days for the Jews. These are marked by being in awe of the God of Heaven. Repentance is the focus as the heart is searched for sin to confess for change. “Change in heart and change in action” are the signs of true repentance. The Jews have certain traditions such as eating apples and honey to bring a sweet new year. Also, there is the blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn) to signify the celebration. The practice of searching self, reflecting, and change are a good practice to start anew.
Believers in Jesus Christ are encouraged to have a lifestyle of repentance. Paul, a servant and apostle, preached the following:
- “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”(2 Corinthians 13:5)
Jesus also taught:
- “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”(Mark 1:11)
- "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."(Revelation 3:19)
These are only a few verses in the Holy Bible. It is a central theme in the Old and New Testament. The Greek word for repent means as found in the Strong Concordance “to think differently or afterwards, that is, reconsider.”
Challenge: Believer in Christ, every day is appropriate to reconsider your sin and change to God’s praise. Give Him the glory!