As we enter in to the month of Elul, we begin and progress through the days of Teshuvah – the days of return. It is a time of increasingly intense introspect as we approach the Fall Moedim of Adonai. Yom Teruah translated as the Day of Blowing, is also known as, “the time which no man knows the day or the hour” and, “the time of the opening of the gates.” As we approach the day and hour that the gates of heaven are opened up, it is imperative that we return (teshuvah) to Adonai and the precepts that He has lain before us. In Devarim (Deut.) 30:1-16, Adonai calls for the return (teshuvah) of His people to His ways that He might restore them to His Land, from even the farthest parts of the heavens, and circumcise their hearts and the hearts of their seed that they would have life and not curses.
Will we be prepared to enter in as the gates of the heavenly are opened on some future Yom Teruah? Or, will we wait until the courts are seated in the ‘Ten Days of Awe,’ between Yom Teruah and Yom Hakippurim? Yom Hakippurim is also known as “the day the gates are closed.” May it be that we are prepared to enter in when the gates are opened and that we don’t wait for the persuasion of the judgment of the courts or even worse, reject His calling to return before the gates are closed.
– Johnny Marrs
Further on in his letter to the Romans, Paul is instructing his readers to walk according to Torah – in love, humility, generosity; in light and according to the Holy Spirit. In the process, he makes some comparisons that show us more of the fruit of an unrepentant heart.
“Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.”
(Romans 13:13, NKJV)
These types of behavior are clearly a product of the lack of repentance. Again, these are strong examples and we may not consider ourselves to be guilty of these things. Nevertheless, we must be thorough and willing to hear and see the truth.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”
(Psalm 51:10, CJB)