40 Days of Repentance – 2019 – Day 1

                    40 Days of Repentance                                                                                                                                  —The Season of Teshuvah —

  This season of repentance begins on the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul, the sixth month of the Hebrew calendar.  This is a time to blow the shofar (ram’s horn) and seek YHVH in sincere repentance. “Thus says the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways.”  (Haggai 1:7)

Tradition says the name Elul spelled in Hebrew Alef-Lamed-Vav-Lamed is an acronym for “Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li” – “I am my Beloved’s  and my Beloved is mine” from Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) 6:3. The word Elul can be traced back to the Akkadian word for harvest. A root of this word Elul could be “search” in Aramaic. Thus we have this month of searching our souls.
 In Vayikra (Leviticus) 16:29 we find the 10th of Tishri (the seventh  month on the Hebrew calendar) is the Day  of Atonement. This is 40 days from the first of Elul. There is an ancient tradition that the King would take off His Royal garments and come out to the people in the field to meet with them during this month of Elul. Then, with the month ending, He would return to His courts as the 10 Days of Awe lead us to the Day day of Atonement. During Elul, there are 30 days of the King coming to your home, your place of work, your business, and where you hang out. This can be a time when  we recognize that we have fallen short in our love for our brothers and , or lack in Good deeds. As we examine ourselves, we may find we are living two lives: one spiritual, and one carnal.

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,”  (Matthew 6:14)

“And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”  (Mark 11:25)

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.”  (Luke 6:37)

  The pattern of repentance, or “teshuvah” in Hebrew, as we lead up to the Day of Atonement is more than simply a tradition of  “New Year Resolutions.” Repenting is the act of stopping, turning around, and moving in the other direction toward Elohim our King.  This Season of Teshuva in the month of Tishri is the new year in Hebrew thought. Leviticus 25 explains it as the time of release that happens each year on the Day of Atonement. Every seventh year begins the Shmitah, or Sabbatical Year, which is a sabbath rest for the land. Every fiftieth year is the Yovel, or Jubilee, the release of all debt and the return to ancestral inheritance are in this month. But resolutions do not bring the heart change that we need. King David gives us a look at this in the pattern revealed in Tehillim (Psalms) 51.

1)  We need His Mercy

2)  Identify our sin

3)  Recognize who we sinned against

4)  Know who we are

5)  Ask for cleansing

6)  Rejoice in His work

7)  Ask for renewal

8)  Let Joy and a willing spirit return to you.

  “And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the LORD your God has driven you, and return to the LORD your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the LORD your God has scattered you.”  (Deuteronomy 30:1-3)

This season is the time for us to take stock and actively seek forgiveness.

Glossary to 2019 40 Days of Repentance:

ADULTERY
Strong’s G3430:
 adultery
from G3431: to commit adultery; have unlawful intercourse with another’s wife; a Hebrew idiom (the word used of those who at a woman’s solicitation are drawn away to idolatry)

ANGER
Strong’s G3709: 
anger, the natural disposition, temper, character; movement or agitation of the soul, impulse, desire, any violent emotion, but esp. anger; anger, wrath indignation; anger exhibited in punishment, hence used for punishment itself.

ARGUMENTS
Strong’s G3055: 
to contend about words; to wrangle about empty and trifling matters

BACKBITINGS
Strong’s G2636: 
defamation, evil speaking

BACKBITER
Strong’s G2647: 
a defamer or evil speaker

BITTERNESS
Strong’s G4088: 
bitter gall; extreme wickedness; a bitter root, and so producing a bitter fruit; metaph. bitterness, bitter hatred

BLASPHEMY (Evil Speaking)
Strong’s G988: 
slander, detraction, speech injurious to another’s good name; impious and reproachful speech injurious to diving majesty

Do Not BOAST
Strong’s G2620: 
to glory against, to exult over, to boast one’s self to the injury (of a person or thing)

BOASTERS
Strong’s G213: 
an empty pretender, boaster

CLAMOR
Strong’s G2906: 
a crying, outcry, clamour

COARSE JESTING
Strong’s G2160: 
pleasantry, humour, facetiousness; in a bad sense, scurrility, ribaldry, low jesting

CONCEITS
Strong’s G5450: 
a puffing up of soul, loftiness, pride

CONTENTIONS
Strong’s G2054: 
contention, strife, wrangling

COVETOUSNESS
Covetousness Man
Strong’s G4124: 
greedy desire to have more, covetousness, avarice
Strong’s G4123: one eager to have more, esp. what belongs to others; greedy of gain, covetous

DECEIT
Strong’s G1388: 
craft, deceit, guile

DECEIVED
Strong’s G4105: 
to cause to stray, to lead astray, lead aside from the right way;

DECEPTIVE Words
Strong’s G4112: 
moulded, formed, as from clay, wax, or stone; feigned

DIVISIVE man (Heretic)
Strong’s G141: 
fitted or able to take or choose a thing; schismatic, factious, a follower of a false doctrine; heretic

DISOBEDIENT
Strong’s G545: 
impersuasible, not compliant, disobedient, contumacious

Obsessed with DISPUTES
Strong’s G3552: 
to be sick; metaph. of any ailment of the mind, to be taken with such an interest in a thing as amounts to a disease, to have a morbid fondness for
Strong’s G2214: a seeking; enquiry; a questioning, debate; a subject of questioning or debate, matter of controversy

DISSENSIONS
Strong’s G1370: 
dissension, division

DIVISIONS
Strong’s G4978: 
a rent; metaph. a division, dissension
from G4977: to cleave, cleave asunder, rend; to divide by rending; to split into factions, be divided

DRUNKENNESS (revelings)
Strong’s G2970: 
a revel, carousal
Strong’s G3178: intoxication; drunkenness

ENVY
Strong’s G5355: 
envy; for envy, i.e. prompted by envy;
Strong’s G4089: bitter; metaph. Harsh, virulent
Strong’s G2205: excitement of mind, ardour, fervour of spirit

EVIL DESIRE
Strong’s G2556: 
a bad nature; of a mode of thinking, feeling, acting; troublesome, injurious, pernicious, destructive, baneful
Strong’s G1939: desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust

EVIL-MINDEDNESS
Strong’s G2550: 
bad character, depravity of heart and life; malignant subtlety, malicious craftiness

EVIL SPEAKING (Blasphemy)
Strong’s G988:
 slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another’s good name; impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty

EVIL SUSPICIONS
Strong’s G4190: 
full of labours, annoyances, hardships; bad, of a bad nature or condition
Strong’s G5283: a surmising
from G5282: to suppose, surmise

FILTHINESS
Strong’s G151: 
obscenity, filthiness

FILTHY LANGUAGE
Strong’s G148: 
foul speaking, low and obscene speech

FOOLISH
Strong’s G453: 
not understood, unintelligible; not understanding, unwise, foolish

FOOLISH DISPUTES
Strong’s G3474: 
foolish; impious, godless
Strong’s G2214: a seeking; enquiry; a questioning, debate; a subject of questioning or debate, matter of controversy

FOOLISH TALKING
Strong’s G3473: 
foolish talking
from a compound of G3474: foolish; impious, godless
and G3004: to say, to speak

FORNICATION (Sexual Immorality)
Strong’s G4202: 
llicit sexual intercourse, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals, metaphorical the worship of idols
Strong’s G4205: a man who prostitutes his body to another’s lust for hire; a male prostitute; a man who indulges in unlawful sexual intercourse, a fornicator

GENEALOGIES
Strong’s G1076: 
a genealogy, a record of descent or lineage

GREEDINESS
Strong’s G4124: 
greedy desire to have more, covetousness, avarice

HATERS OF GOD
Strong’s G2319: 
hateful to God, exceptionally impious and wicked

HATEFUL
Strong’s G4767: 
hated, detestable

HATING one another
Strong’s G3404: 
to hate, pursue with hatred, detest; to be hated, detested

HATRED
Strong’s G2189: 
enmity, cause of enmity
from G2190: hated, odious, hateful; hostile, hating, and opposing another

HERESIES
Strong’s G139: 
act of taking, capture: e.g. storming a city; choosing, choice; that which is chosen; a body of men following their own tenets (sect or party); dissensions arising from diversity of opinions and aims.

HYPOCRISIES
Strong’s G5272: 
an answering; an answer; the acting of a stage player; dissimulation, hypocrisy

INDIGNATION
Strong’s G2372: 
passion, angry, heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding again; glow ardour, the wine of passion, inflaming wine (which either drives the drinker mad or kills him with its strength)

IDOLATRY
IDOLATER
Strong’s G1495: 
the worship of false gods, idolatry; in the plural, the vices springing from idolatry and peculiar to it
Strong’s G1496: a worshipper of false gods, a idolater; a covetous man as a worshipper of Mammon

INVENTOR OF EVIL THINGS
Strong’s G2182: 
an inventor or contriver
Strong’s G2556: of a bad nature; of a mode of thinking, feeling, or acting; troublesome, injurious, pernicious, destructive, baneful

JEALOUSY
Strong’s G2205: 
excitement of mind, ardour, fervour of spirit; zeal, ardour in embracing, pursuing, defending anything; an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy

LEWDNESS
Strong’s G2845: 
a place for lying down, resting, sleeping in; the marriage bed; cohabitation, whether lawful or unlawful
Strong’s G766: unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness, lasciviousness, wantonness, outrageousness, shamelessness, insolence

LIE
Strong’s G5574: 
to lie, to speak deliberate falsehoods; to deceive one by a lie, to lie to

LUSTS and PLEASURES
Strong’s G1939: 
desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust
Strong’s G2237: pleasure; desires for pleasure

MALICE
Strong’s G2549: 
malignity, malice, ill-will, desire to injure; wickedness, depravity; evil, trouble

MURDERS
Strong’s G5408: 
murder, slaughter

Overflow of WICKEDNESS
Strong’s G2549: 
malignity, malice, ill-will, desire to injure; wickedness, depravity; evil, trouble

PASSION
Strong’s G3806: 
whatever befalls one, whether it be sad our joyous; a feeling which the mind suffers

PROUD
Strong’s G5187: 
to raise a smoke, to wrap in a mist; to blind with pride or conceit, to render foolish or stupid
Strong’s G5244: showing oneself above others, overtopping, conspicuous above others, pre-eminent; with an overweening estimate of one’s means or merits, despising others or even treating them with contempt; haughty

PUFFED UP
Strong’s G5448: 
to make natural, to cause a thing to pass into nature; to inflate, blow up, to cause to swell up; to puff up, make proud; to be puffed up, to bear one’s self loftily, be proud

REVELRY/REVELRIES
Strong’s G2970: 
a revel, carousal

SCHISM
Strong’s G4978: 
a rent; metaph. a division, dissension

SELFISH AMBITIONS (strife)

SELF SEEKING
Strong’s G2052: 
electioneering or intriguing for office; in the NT a courting distinction, a desire to put one’s self forward, a partisan and fractious spirit which does not distain low arts

SEXUAL IMMORALITY (Fornication)
Strong’s G4202:
 Illicit sexual intercourse, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals, metaphorical the worship of idols

SORCERY (witchcraft)
Strong’s G5331: 
the use or the administering of drugs; poisoning; sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it; metaph. The deceptions and seductions of idolatry

STRIFE
Strong’s G2054: 
contention, strife, wrangling

STRIVINGS about the law (Torah)
Strong’s G3163: 
a fight or combat

TUMULTS
Strong’s G181: 
instability, a state of disorder, disturbance, confusion

UNCLEANNESS

UNCLEAN PERSON
Strong’s G167: 
physical; in a moral sense the impurity of lustful, luxurious, profligate living
Strong’s G169: not cleansed, unclean; in a ceremonial sense: that which must be abstained from according to the levitical law; in a moral sense: unclean in thought and life

UNDISCERNING
Strong’s G801: 
unintelligent, without understanding, stupid

UNFORGIVING
Strong’s G786: 
without a treaty or covenant; that cannot be persuaded to enter into a covenant, implacable

UNLOVING
Strong’s G794: 
without natural affection, unsociable (Rom 1:31 marg.), inhuman (2Ti. 3:3 RSV), unloving (2Ti. 3:3 NKJV)

UNMERCIFUL
Strong’s G415: 
without mercy, merciless

UNRIGHTEOUSNESS
Strong’s G93: 
injustice, of a judge; unrighteousness of heart and life; a deed violating law and justice, act of unrighteousness

UNTRUSTWORTHY
Strong’s G802: 
uncompounded, simple; covenant breaking, faithless

USELESS WRANGLINGS
Strong’s G3859: 
constant contention, incessant wrangling

VAINGLORY
Strong’s G2754: 
vain glory, groundless, self esteem, empty pride; a vain opinion, error

VIOLENT
Strong’s G5197: 
an insolent man; one who uplifted with pride, either heaps insulting language upon others or does them some shameful act of wrong

WHISPERERINGS
Strong’s G5587: 
a whispering, i.e. secret slandering; of the magical murmuring of a charmer of snakes

WHISPERER
Strong’s G5588: 
a whisperer, secret slanderer, detractor

WICKEDNESS
Strong’s G4189: 
depravity, iniquity, wickedness; malice; evil purpose and desires

(OUTBURSTS OF) WRATH
Strong’s G2372: 
passion, angry, heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding again; glow ardour, the wine of passion, inflaming wine (which either drives the drinker mad or kills him with its strength)

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