Rosh Hashanah

Arno Froese

But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel. They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine” (Isaiah 29:23-24).

Jacob is the beginning of Israel. His name was given by God. This occurred after “Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him” (Genesis 32:24). Jacob was separated from his family and the riches he had accumulated. It was the time when he received notice that his brother Esau was on his way to meet him: “he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him” (verse 6b).

In his great need, he prayed, “Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children” (verse 11).

We know that Jacob earned the blessing of the firstborn from his father Isaac by deception. Now the time of reckoning had arrived, which resulted in the confession of his name: “What is thy name? And he said, Jacob” (verse 27). What does the name mean? To supplant, circumvent, overreach.

It is of interest that although it was clearly stated, “Thy name shall be called no more Jacob,” when we continue reading Scripture, we find that the name Jacob appears about 300 times later on.

Doubtless, this is a prophetic picture showing the old creation—Jacob, the man of flesh and blood—and the new one—Israel: “for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men” (verse 28b).

When attempting to understand this nation Israel and the land, we must first realize that they are distinctly different from all nations on planet earth throughout human history. 

Only one nation is called by His name. King Solomon’s prayer has been answered, is being answered, and will be answered in the future: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Rosh Hashanah
The Hebrew Standard, 7 November 1919, speaks of this Jewish holiday:

An old tradition has come down to us in the pages of the Talmud that the three great mothers in Israel who were at first without child gave birth to their sons on Rosh Hashonah, Sarah, the wife of Abraham; Rachel, the wife of Jacob, and Hannah, the wife of Elkanah—these noble and pious women who so longingly prayed to God that He should bless them with child, see at last the answer to their prayer, when on a certain Rosh Hashonah day Isaac, Joseph and Samuel appear in this world. And it is in keeping with this tradition that we read in the Torah and in the Scriptural portions of these two days the chapters that speak of these three great women in Israel and their offspring, to remind us of today what we may learn from their life, their deeds, their acts. Aye, each of these sons, whose birth we recall today, represents a certain type, a certain ideal towards which we must strive, if we truly desire that Israel shall live and thrive and prosper and succeed. Review their lives and—you will find that their own characteristic features, when taken together, are in keeping with the Rabbinic maxim: “The Torah, the Holy One Blessed be He and Israel are One.”

Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of 6 September 2021, and ends the evening of 8 September 2021. It’s the first day of the seventh month, which some rabbis identify as the day of creation; thus, it’s happy birthday earth!

We understand the unity between the God of creation and His people Israel. What He has begun, He will fulfill. We pray that in the not-too-distant future, verse 24 in our introduction will be fulfilled: “They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.” Zechariah 12:10 is also forthcoming: “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.”

Midnight Call - 09/2021

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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