This third day of the Ten Days of Awe (Hebrew: Yamim Noraim) has been a most interesting period of time for me personally. As of this writing I find myself challenged by personalities, that have been there for quite some time, but seem ever the more so annoying and frustrating. There almost seems to be a ramped up intensity of what I liken to “human noise” (for lack of a better word) that is drowning out even my ability to think at times. It is in this environment that I find myself easily irritated and grappling for every ounce of patience and humility that I can muster. Unfortunately, such patience and humility is at times difficult to muster.
Thus, I am ever more cognizant of my short-comings in this realm during this solemn period of introspection. The Days of Awe is a Jewish-Talmudic set of 10-Days of serious introspection and consideration of sins of the past year and repentance between Yom Teruah (The Feast of Trumpets) and Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement). Although not specifically delineated in the Scriptures as a mandated convocation or Holy Days of Yehovah, this solemn period of reflection, introspection, and repentance has great spiritual applications associated with it. Of course, it should be mentioned that since it is not a mandated set of Holy Days of Yehovah, we are NOT to insist or make as laws or doctrine the observance of these days. However, as alluded to above, the potential applications to be had by the True Believer of Messiah as it relates to these solemn ten-days is significant.
I came across what I believe to be an excellent primer on what the True Believer’s attitude towards the Days of Awe should be. It was written by Aaron Berg and posted on http://godlawislove.org. Mr. Berg utilized II Timothy 2 as the basis for his explanation of the spiritual application for the Days of Awe. We all know that Yeshua came to show us how to live Torah, but live Torah in the spirit of love (for Yehovah and our brothers and sisters) and understanding (the true meaning for each commandment and law). What Mr. Berg does is preface the whole idea of being chosen vessels of the Most High by providing the reader with the understanding that one must first be in a right relationship with the Father and also one’s brothers and sisters. In other words, the Father can not effectively utilize us in the Work of the Kingdom if our relationships are in poor shape.
Of course this makes total sense. Hilary and I accomplish so much more as a married couple when we are in total sync with one another and our relationship is running on all cylinders at every relational level. This also serves true when I am at work. We accomplish more as a Death Investigations Team when our working and professional relationships are in the best of shape. When we have an aught against one another or there are lingering trust issues, we do not function well as a team. Thus, for me, these Days of Awe are a reminder to constantly work at fostering Godly relationships with all who come into my sphere of influence. What does that look like?
- Seeking to understand over being understood
- Being patient with those who bug me (e.g., individual idiosyncracies that irritate)
- Having love for one another despite having personal biases
- Respecting each individual as though he or she is special
- Avoiding contention when at all possible
- Being open and honest with those who are within my sphere of influence
- Praying for all those who are within my sphere of influence
Yeshua commanded us to love Yehovah our Father with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and then our neighbors as ourselves. If we are able to achieve this most auspicious of tasks, we are near to entering the Kingdom of God (reference Mark 12:30, 31). Therefore, the Days of Awe provide the Believer of Messiah with a prime opportunity to strengthen personal relationships with both the Father and with family, friends, and colleagues. From there, the spiritual skies is the limit.
Blessed Days of Awe.