40 Days of Repentance Introduction for 2018

As we approach the 40 Days preceding Yom Kippur, we are reminded that these are the days when the King comes out of the city and into our fields to see how we’re doing. He’s not looking for us to be dressed in our finest, but He’s coming to talk with us in our day to day lives. Abba wants to see what’s important to us and how we are living our lives.

Are the things we find important, important in His Kingdom? As is often the case when He, in all His Holiness, comes to our personal lives and shines light into our inner thoughts and actions, we can find areas in need of repentance.

During these 40 Days, we want to be inspecting our actions and our hearts for anything unclean so we can prayerfully prepare to meet corporately with our Elohim. As our High Priest stands as Mediator for the House of Israel before the Father, we of Ephraim are humbled by His work of atonement.

Who shall ascend the hill of YHWH? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.

(Psalms 24:3-4 ESV)


Introduction

As we proceed through these forty days of repentance, through the month of Elul and into Tishri through Yom Kippur on 10 Tishri, we are going to continue to take a closer look at what happens in our hearts as we move through personal, family/community, and national repentance.

Throughout these days, while we are examining the “progression of a repentant heart” on a personal level, our eyes will constantly be on the goal, the remedy, the antidote to unrepentance – our relationship with our Almighty Elohim.

To help us with this hope, we will bring to mind Psalm 51:10 every day,

Create in me a clean heart, O YHWH; renew in me a resolute spirit.” (Psalm 51:10 CJB)

Also, we will remind ourselves of the kind of fruit we should be bearing when we are repentant and filled with the Ruach ha’Qodesh. For example:

But the fruit of the Ruach is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

(Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV)

“…for the fruit of the Ruach [is] in all goodness, righteousness, and truth, finding out what is acceptable to the LORD.”

(Ephesians 5:9 NKJV)

“…being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which [are] by Yeshua ha’Mashiach, to the glory and praise of YHWH.”

(Philippians 1:11 NKJV)

Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

(Hebrews 12:11 NKJV)

But wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

(James 3:17-18 NJKV)

Every branch in me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every [branch] that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

(John 15:2 NKJV)

Each day we will have a personal story, testimony, anecdote, or suggestion from the B’ney Yosef North America Elders and Administrators. Reflect on them, look at each day’s scripture reference(s), and take an honest look at your heart. Then, seek YHWH to be cleansed from the fruit of an unrepentant heart, and to be filled with the Ruach ha’Qodesh that you may bear the Kingdom fruit of repentance, purity, and righteousness.