The Days of Awe
The Awesome Days
The days between Yom Teruah (The Feast of Trumpets) and The Day of Atonement are known as the Days of Awe. These names serve to remind us that we are suspended between two days of judgment: Yom Teruah, when our verdict is inscribed, and Yom Kippur when our judgment is sealed. The purpose of the Days of Awe is to draw near to the Lord. Isaiah 55 reminds us of the wisdom of the Lord and that true Shalom is in the Lord. The passage reminds us that the words of the Lord are no different than His actions. Words and Deeds go together, thus producing both faith and faithfulness. We are to draw near to the Lord while he is near. On this Rosh Hashanah, the gates of Heaven are opened and the Lord is near. We are to call upon Him.
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;”
The awesome days have as their goal: arriving at the rest of the Feast of Tabernacles. The rest our souls seek comes only in the Lord.
During the Days of Awe, we are to keep the commandments of the Lord, we are to increase our giving, and we are to repent. Everything about these days remind us that our words and actions should be the same. If the Lord is the Lord of our lives, then our deeds reflect this. Because of our faith in God and our desire to be faithful to Him, we give to everyone around us in the name of Jesus, and we walk in faithfulness to the Lord. On this Rosh Hashanah, we enter the days of Awe in sweet anticipation of entering into the joy of the year of Jubilee. We cannot enter Jubilee until after the Day of Atonement because it is after that our fates are sealed. Seek the Lord while He is near.
1 Samuel 25 is a beautiful picture of Yom Teruah, the Days of Awe, and Yom Kippur. We find the story of David, Nabal, and Abigail. In verses 1-37, we find that Nabal the fool repaid David’s kindness with evil. David was upset and rightly so given the Ancient Near Eastern customs for hospitality. However, Abigail intervened. She sought the mercy of David. She drew near to the King and he heard her. We see the perfect Yom Teruah event in these verses. We see crying out to the King for mercy. We see that Abigail drew near to the King seek Him out while He was near. We see the King heard her plea for mercy and responded with grace and mercy.
As we look in verses 38-42, we see a Yom Kippur event. We are told that Nabal died after ten days. He was given ten days to do teshuva and he refused to repent. His fate was sealed. While, Abigail in word and deed repented and her fate too was sealed. She became the bride of the King.
This evening, as we enter the Days of Awe, let us remember to draw near to the Lord. Let us also remember that our words and actions should be the same showing our faithfulness to the Lord. Finally, let us call upon the Lord with a repentant heart.
The Psalm of The Days of Awe is Psalm 27:
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
3 Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.
5 For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
8 You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
9 Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!