We’re in the Season of Teshuva:
The Days of Return and Repentance
The Kingdom of God has a calendar and contained within that calendar are seasons we have to go through. It is extremely important that we keep the Feast Days along with the weekly Sabbath and in every season we must be obedient.
Teshuva literally means “to return” and is the word used to describe the concept of “repentance”.
The Season of Teshuva consists of the month of Elul, the sixth month and ten days in Tishri the seventh month in the Hebrew calendar August 29th (Beginning of Elul) to October 16th, 2022 (End of Sukkot).
There are prophecies in the Bible about a people in the last days that would return back to God.
The Season of Teshuva is about repentance. According to the Rabbis, man is born with an evil inclination, or a tendency to sin, of which repentance is the antidote.
Repentance means more than just turning from one’s sins; it is a return to God and to the right path.
“And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curses, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the Lord your God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children with all thine heart, and with all the soul,… That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee.”
And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.”
Is. 44:22 I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist;
return to me, for I have redeemed you.
Is. 51:11 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Is. 63:17 O LORD, why do you make us wander from your ways and harden our heart, so that we fear you not? Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your heritage.
Hos. 1:11 And the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and they shall appoint for themselves one head. And they shall go up from the land, for great shall be the day of Jezreel.
Hos. 3:5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days.
Hos. 6:1-3 “Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.
3 Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”
Hos. 14:7 They shall return and dwell beneath my[a] shadow; they shall flourish like the grain;
they shall blossom like the vine; their fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon.
Hos. 14:9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the LORD are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them.
Jer. 33:7 I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first.
Mal. 3:7 From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’
Repentance (Hebrew: תשובה, “return”, pronounced tshuva or teshuva) is one element of atoning for sin in Judaism. Judaism recognizes that everybody sins on occasion, but that people can stop or minimize those occasions in the future by repenting for past transgressions. Thus, the primary purpose of repentance in Judaism is ethical self-transformation.
Ez. 18:21-23 “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?
Ez. 18:30-32 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin.[a] 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live.”
A Jewish penitent is traditionally known as a baal teshuva (lit., “master of repentance” or “master of return”) (Hebrew: בעל תשובה; for a woman: בעלת תשובה, baalat teshuva; plural: בעלי תשובה, baalei teshuva). An alternative modern term is hozer beteshuva (חוזר בתשובה) (lit., “returning in repentance”). “In a place where baalei teshuva stand”, according to halakha, “even the full-fledged righteous do not stand.
According to the Talmud, God created repentance before He created the physical universe, making it among the first things created. (Nedarim 39b).
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