** 40 Days of Repentance – 2019 – Day 34
Forty Days of Teshuvah – The Season of Repentance
It was during those days that Yochanan the Immerser arrived in the desert of Y’hudah and began proclaiming the message, “Turn from your sins to G-d, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!’ Matthew 3:1-2 Complete Jewish Bible
The beginning of Teshuvah was marked one special day when Yeshua walked along the Jordan and desired to be “Immersed” or Mikvahed by John. Rebuffed, Yeshua replied in verse 15, “Let it be this way now, because we should do everything righteousness requires.” Then John let him. As soon as Yeshua had been immersed, he came up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, He saw the Spirit of G-d coming down upon Him like a dove, and a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, Whom I love; I am well pleased with Him.”
Chapter 4 begins the forty days of Teshuvah with Yeshua being tempted by the Adversary in the wilderness.
I fear, we who have been brought up with this story, having read it over and over pass over it with a yawn while saying “Yes, I know this already.” But do we? Yeshua walked into the wilderness to be tempted, to have everything the Adversary throw at Him. From my studies of Torah, it has been revealed in part that the wilderness is the place of Abba’s Divine provision. Remember the Egyptians who were led out of bondage by Moses? Provisions for “forty years”. It was in the wilderness Yeshua knew Who He was and received Divine provisions.
This story we skim over is for our understanding of how important it is to live out these forty days in repentance. Yeshua believed it necessary and provided us an example, why shouldn’t we? In verses 15 and 16 of Chapter 4, we read, “Land of Z’vulun and land of Naftali, toward the lake, beyond the Yarden, Galil-of-the-Goyim the people living in darkness have seen a great Light; upon those living in the region, in the shadow of death, Light has dawned.” Isaiah 8:23(9-1)-9:1(2) We have seen with our spirit and our soul our Savior, should we not push through and follow His example?
After forty days had passed, it was and is, Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement, symbolic of the coming “day of the Lord” which is the reason for this ominous tone of the day. The Day of Atonement is fast approaching, after that Feast of Booths or Tabernacles. Are you ready? Should He return from the field, will He find you wearing the wedding garments of the Bride? There is much to do yet. Our own Tabernacle must be examined and cleansed. If there is any thing that presents itself, “leave your gift where it is by the Altar…” Matthew 5:24 please note, He didn’t say take your gift with you, He said leave your gift where it is by the Altar, meaning, this is not a suggestion, go, take care of business then come back and take care of your business with Me. He desires you!
Taken in part from “Thoughts from an Unhobbled Mind”©
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