Congregation Beth Messiah
Monday, December 09, 2013
Proclaiming Yeshua is the Messiah!
"Thoughts on Elul and the Six Principles" by Messianic Rabbi Ron Aaronson
The month of Elul plus the 10 Days of Awe constitute what is known as the 40 Days of Return. A special prayer called the Selichot is associated with this season and challenges us: "Let us confront not only who we are or who we have become, but also who we might become." In other words, "Draw near unto Me, return to Me, says the Lord."
T'Shuvah (repentance) is a process of return and reconciliation. This process can be seen in the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke. And in Jewish tradition it is described as six steps, or six principles, each building on the other and vital to true return. The following describes the six principles and contains some quotes from them.
2.Confession and Rebuke
4.Rejection of repeated sin: The fruit of real repentance is only truly evident when you are confronted with that same sin and you refuse to repeat it.
There are five verses in the Bible that constitute the essence of Judaism and they begin with the 5 letters that make up the Hebrew word T'Shuvah: tav, shin, vav, beth, heh.
There are three things required for repentance. These three make it possible to return and be healed.
Special readings: Hosea 14:2, 3, 6 and 11:1, 3 I John 1:8-9