Sept 19, 2014
Nice fingernail moon this morning before the Sun came up. This should be visible for 3-4 more mornings, then after going dark for 2-3 days should be visible again the evening of Sept 25 or 26. When it reappears, this marks the beginning of a new day and a new month – and in this case, of a new year, on the Hebrew lunar calendar. This particular new year has the additional significance of also being a Sabbath/Sabbatical or Shemitah year – the last year of an ongoing seven-year cycle on the Hebrew calendar.
So when exactly does this new year begin? If we look up “Rosh Hashanah 2014” in Google, we’ll see that the most well-known form of the Hebrew Calendar predicts the evening of Sept 24 or 25 as the starting point, which is actually quite similar to the astronomically-determined date of Sept 25 or 26. The day that these two views have in common is Sept 25, and from Jerusalem’s perspective, TorahCalendar.com shows this to be the most likely beginning of the New Year – the evening of next Thursday Sept 25.
A significant time. A significant beginning. Beginning a new day, a new month, a new year, and also beginning a Sabbatical year – a time when the Father wants His people to rest in dependence on Him, in confidence that He will provide for their needs.
The needs of Israel right now are great – and some are indeed resting in dependence on their Father – but not all. I’d like to invite you all to join me in prayer for Israel, especially in the first 10 days of this New Year beginning the evening of Sept 25, that He will draw more and more of them to Himself, that they might truly know Him, resting in His provision, and listening for His guidance.