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Memories Can Get in the Way Sometimes

L’Shanah  Tovah!

Chag  Sameach!

It’s Yom Teruah!  Rosh haShanah!  Feast of Trumpets!

It’s the time of the great trumpet blast; the beginning of the fulfillment of 1Thessalonians 4:16 and Matthew 24:31, and        1Cor 15:52.  We look forward each year to this day, to witnessing the return of our Savior Y’Shua and it is with sadness that this day closes and the expected return is still soon but not yet. I spent a portion of this day reflecting on Yom Teruah’s past and wondering why there is not more of a draw to be in the land of promise for the feast days of YHVH.  Why isn’t there a need, want, desire in us to be in Jerusalem waiting with great anticipation our Beloved Master’s promised return.  Acts 1:10-11 says that Y’Shua’s disciples were gazing up into the sky when two men in white clothing stood before them and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky?  This Y’Shua, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go up into heaven.”  Scripture states that this promised event will happen on a Yom Teruah.  So where is everyone?  Why do most of the tour groups come before the feasts or after them, why do we have so many excuses for not coming to the land for the feasts?  And for me, why do I look forward to returning to my home? Please understand that I love the land of Israel; I know someday it will be my home, but today… have I made it my home  today?  When I have to leave do I long for with great anticipation my return?  Has this land become more familiar and comfortable to me than the land of my birth?  Do my thoughts turn to this place when I have to be away?

In thinking about these questions I am coming to believe that it has everything to do with memories.  Memories are what plagued the Israelites on their trek out of Egypt.  Oh, for our home fires and our cooking pots, Exodus 16:3 says, “And the
sons of Israel said to them, ‘Would that we had died by the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly  with hunger.’”  They were longing for what they knew, what was familiar and comfortable.  It’s okay to go on a trip, but to leave  everything and go to a new land of residence, where everything is unfamiliar and nothing is comfortable; that is really asking too much.

I am remembering with fondness the incredibly joyous Yom Teruah we celebrated in Texas a few years ago.  I remember the Sukkots where friends gathered for a week of feasting; the food, the laughter, the expectation and excitement.  I remember
the comforts of home and the familiar food and friends and talk that I can understand, the fellowship and the worship and I find myself like the ancient Israelites pining for what I know.

Are our familiar, comfortable memories keeping us from truly longing for the restoration of the kingdom to Israel?  It’s a question worth considering, I think.  And in your considering take the scripture in Isaiah 43:18 to heart, “Do not call to mind
the former things, or ponder things of the past.  Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it?”

Israel is our home, it is where the King is coming to set up His kingdom.  We need to begin to mentally make it our home
too, so when the time comes to take up residence here we will not pine for what we have left behind, but will look forward with great expectation and anticipation to our true home in the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

One thought on “Memories Can Get in the Way Sometimes”

  1. I, too, find myself looking and hoping that this will be the year.

    I wish we COULD visit Israel…at ANY time. Would I move there if the opportunity presented itself? You bet! I do consider that to be my real home…and someday, I will be there!


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