This Teaching is in relation to the HIGH HOLY DAYS but can also be used daily!
Throughout YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH’S earthly ministry, it is clear how much HE emphasised REPENTANCE and FORGIVENESS.
Why was this the case?
Well, this season as well as the Holy Biblical Scriptures make us to understand why.
Note that there’s a Teaching on FORGIVENESS and UNFORGIVENESS on this website already. Click on the highlighted words to learn more.
Read the following Parable narrated by YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH to HIS disciples:
Matthew 18:21-35 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
Lessons about Forgiveness
21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Master, how often shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Yeshua said to him, “No, not up to seven times, I tell you, but seventy times seven! [a] 23 Therefore, the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 When he had begun to settle up, a man was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. [b] 25 But since he didn’t have the money to repay, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 Then the slave fell on his knees and begged him, saying, ‘Be patient with me, and I’ll repay you everything.’ 27 And the master of that slave, filled with compassion, released him and forgave him the debt.
28 “Now that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii. And he grabbed him and started choking him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe!’
29 “So his fellow slave fell down and kept begging him, saying, ‘Be patient with me, and I’ll pay you back.’ 30 Yet he was unwilling. Instead, he went off and threw the man into prison until he paid back all he owed.
31 “So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply distressed. They went to their master and reported in detail all that had happened. 32 Then summoning the first slave, his master said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Wasn’t it necessary for you also to show mercy to your fellow slave, just as I showed mercy to you?’ 34 Enraged, the master handed him over to the torturers until he paid back all he owed.
35 “So also My heavenly Father will do to you, unless each of you, from your hearts, forgives his brother.”
There is so much to learn from this Parable which can be simply summarised as follows:
Matthew 6:12-14 New International Version (NIV)
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
It is quite easy to do well in every area of your life as required by YAH and still harbour unforgiveness in one’s heart, sadly. The unforgiveness can be a major huddle or obstacle to progress and even entering the Shammayim/Heavens!!! The fact that YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH included it in HIS Prayer a.k.a The LORD’S Prayer should send a stern message to the readers and HIS Followers.
Harbouring unforgiveness makes one imprison both themselves as well as the person they have refused to forgive. YAH wants us to love one another, the person you can see and touch.
The High Holy Days are very special days on YAH’S Calendar which is also known as the Hebrew Calendar.
One of the reasons as to why they is that crucial because they are the time that The Only One and True MASHIACH/MESSIAH whom we know as YAHUSHUA although others know HIM as JESUS CHRIST, YESHUA, etc will return for HIS Bride (and Guests)!
HE only wants pure and spotless Brides and Guests!
How can one be pure and holy when they harbour unforgiveness in their heart?
This is why TESHUVAH is emphasised most particularly around this time of year, that is to say, throughout the month of Elul and Tishrei/Tishri!
- Under TESHUVAH, we have turning to YAH for forgiveness and turn to fellow mankind whom we have hurt in order to seek forgiveness.
- TESHUVAH also includes SELICHOT (saying sorry, excuse me, pardon me) and TASHLICH/TASHLIKH (symbolic casting off or away of our sins into a water body).
Note that the High Holy Days which are observed in the Month of Abib/Nisan also have an element of casting off sins which is performed through burning before the start of PESACH/PASSOVER!
Throughout the month of Elul (the 11th Month on the Jewish Civil Calendar), and also from the first Day of Tishrei/Tishri to the tenth day, we are required by YAH to perform SELICHOT and TESHUVAH!!!
Selichot (alt. Selichos) are communal prayers for Divine forgiveness, said during the High Holiday season or on Jewish fast days.
The Selichot service also emphasizes the recitation of The 13 Attributes. Over the centuries, special poems embellishing this passage were added to the Selichot. The exact poems to be recited may differ from place to place, but the basic elements of the service have remained the same throughout the Jewish world. Because of its emphasis on God’s forgiving nature, this text plays an important role in the Yom Kippur liturgy as well.
The tradition of reciting Selichot throughout Elul, the month preceding Rosh Hashanah, may stem from the fact that it was customary to fast six days before Rosh Hashanah. Since the Selichot originated as prayers for fast days, it followed naturally that they would be recited at this time.
The core of the Selichot prayers is the 13 Attributes of Mercy, the very words that God taught Moses for the people to use whenever they needed to beg for divine compassion.
The 13 Attributes of Mercy are found after the incident of the Golden Calf, when God threatened to destroy the people of Israel rather than forgive them (Exod. 32:10).
Exodus 32:10 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
10 Now therefore, leave Me alone, so My wrath may burn hot against them, and so I may consume them—and make from you a great nation!”
Jewish literature tells that, Moses felt that Israel’s sin was so serious that there was no possibility of intercession on their behalf (Rosh Hashanah 17b).
At this point, YAHUVEH appeared to Moses and taught him the 13 Attributes, saying: “Whenever Israel sins, let them recite this [the Thirteen Attributes] in its proper order and I will forgive them.” Thus this appeal to YAH’S mercy reassures us that repentance is always possible and that YAH always awaits our return.”
The summarised version of the 13 Attributes of Mercy are based on two verses in Exodus 34:6-7 :
- “YAHUVEH The LORD! The LORD! YAH,
- Compassionate and Gracious,
- Slow to anger and Abundant in Kindness and Truth,
- Preserver of kindness for thousands of generations, Forgiver of iniquity, willful sin, and error,
- Who Cleanses (but does not cleanse completely, recalling the iniquity of parents upon children and grandchildren, to the third and fourth generations).”
The Hebrew phrase “v’nakeh lo y’nakeh” (and who cleanses but does not cleanse) is a common biblical grammatical form that uses repetition to stress the action. The Rabbis ingeniously cut off the verse after v’nakeh, thus changing the meaning to indicate that YAH does forgive all sins.
The more detailed version of the 13 Attributes of Mercy, according to the generally accepted, are as follows:
- – The LORD YAHUVEH, The LORD YAHUSHUA (keeping in mind that they are echad/one)! –YAH OR ELOHIM is merciful before a person sins! Even though aware that future evil lies dormant within HIM.
- – The LORD YAHUVEH, The LORD YAHUSHUA (keeping in mind that they are echad/one)! – YAH or ELOHIM is merciful after the sinner has gone astray.
- –YAH (El)–a name that denotes power as ruler over nature and humankind, indicating that YAH’S mercy sometimes surpasses even the degree indicated by this name.
- – Compassionate (rahum)–YAH is filled with loving sympathy for human frailty does not put people into situations of extreme temptation, and eases the punishment of the guilty.
- – Gracious (v’hanun)–YAH shows mercy even to those who do not deserve it consoling the afflicted and raising up the oppressed.
- – Slow to anger (ereh apayim)–YAH gives the sinner ample time to reflect, improve, and repent.
- – Abundant in Kindness (v’rav hesed)–YAH is kind toward those who lack personal merits, providing more gifts and blessings than they deserve; if one’s personal behavior is evenly balanced between virtue and sin, YAH tips the scales of justice toward the good.
- – Truth (v’emet)–YAH never reneges on HIS word to reward those who serve HIM.
- – Preserver of kindness for thousands of generations (notzeir hesed la-alafim)–YAH remembers the deeds of the righteous for the benefit of their less virtuous generations of offspring (thus we constantly invoke the merit of the Patriarchs).
- – Forgiver of iniquity (nosei avon)–YAH forgives intentional sin resulting from an evil disposition, as long as the sinner repents.
- – Forgiver of willful sin (pesha)–YAH allows even those who commit a sin with the malicious intent of rebelling against and angering Him the opportunity to repent.
- – Forgiver of error (v’hata’ah)–YAH forgives a sin committed out of carelessness, thoughtlessness, or apathy.
- – Who cleanses (v’nakeh)–YAH is merciful, gracious, and forgiving, wiping away the sins of those who truly repent; however, if one does not repent, YAH does not cleanse.
The 13 Attributes of Mercy are usually recited before taking the TORAH from the Ark during the three pilgrimage festivals of Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot. This was followed by a silent prayer beginning, “Master of the universe, YAHUVEH, fulfill my heartfelt requests for good,” demonstrating an understanding that all too often one’s personal goals are not for his or her benefit. Like all personal supplications, the 13 Attributes of Mercy are not recited on the Sabbath or on festivals that fall on the Sabbath.
Some additional useful information (these were posted on Instagram):
SHALOM! The High Holy days (MOEDIM) are here again but this time it is a different year! They are YAHUVEH GOD’S Sacred Feasts/Festivals!
What awaits us in the year 5779? YAH knows best for HE is the ALEPH/ALEF (a.k.a ALPHA, BEGINNING) and the TAV (OMEGA, END)!!! We hope for NEW LIFE and NEW THINGS!
It is time to seek ABBA YAHUVEH, YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH and SHKINYINYAH GLORY more deeply!
Awake from your spiritual slumber! Stop following empty persuits! Forgive! LIVE WISELY!!! Ephesians 5:14.
The call for REPENTANCE is so deep at present as it’s the end times. SELICHOT (SELICHA, is the singular) meaning ‘excuse me, I am sorry, please forgive me’ is a major requirement at present! It is time forgive those who have wronged us and asking for forgiveness from those we have wronged!! It is crucial! If we forgive men, we too will be forgiven by the HEAVENLY FATHER, YAHUVEH!
This is a special time to focus on forgiveness and repentance!
May ABBA YAHUVEH, GOD Almighty have mercy upon us, cleanse us with YAHUSHUA’S mighty Blood, purify our spiritual bodies and garments by making us spotless (brides and guests), in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN! It’s a New Year hence a fresh start for everyone by YAH’S Grace!
May ABBA YAHUVEH fill us afresh with HIS precious RUACH HA KODESH a.k.a SHKINYINYAH GLORY (HOLY SPIRIT/HOLY GHOST) plus a fresh fire, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
May your name be inscribed in the LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
We wish you are peaceful and pleasant festive season, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN! May YAH surprise you with a miracle/gift, in YAHUSHUA’S Name, AMEN!
Psalm 139:23-24 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart.
Examine me, and know my anxious thoughts,
24 and see if there be any offensive way within me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm 51 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
Create in Me a Clean Heart
1 For the music director: a psalm of David, 2 when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he went to Bathsheba.
3 Be gracious to me, O God,
according to Your mercy.
According to Your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
4 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
5 For I know my transgressions
and my sin is ever before me.
6 Against You, You only, have I sinned,
and done what is evil in Your sight,
so that You are just when You speak,
and blameless when You judge.
7 Behold, I was born in iniquity and in sin
when my mother conceived me.
8 Surely You desire truth in the inner being.
Make me know wisdom inwardly.
9 Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean.
Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
10 Let me hear joy and gladness,
so the bones You crushed may rejoice.
11 Hide Your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
12 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
13 Do not cast me from Your presence—
take not Your Ruach ha-Kodesh from me.
14 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
and sustain me with a willing spirit.
15 Then will I teach transgressors Your ways
and sinners will return to You.
16 Deliver me from bloodguilt, O God—
God of my salvation.
Then my tongue will sing for joy of Your righteousness.
17 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare Your praise.
18 For You would not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it,
nor be pleased by burnt offerings.
19 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.
A broken and a contrite heart, O God,
You will not despise.
20 In Your favor do good to Zion.
Build up the walls of Jerusalem.
21 Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will be offered on Your altar.