Shabbat Shalom, and Adar Sameach!
I am blessed with a brother who is sincere and insightful, who wrote the piece below. I wanted to share it with you all, because I think he is right on, and this should have wide application. Thanks, Teresh, for letting me post it! – Rivkah 😉
“Reflections on the New Moon”
I heard something a while back that got me thinking and praying about the new moon, asking God why He asked us to gather together at the new moon rather than the full moon.
I’ve also been asking Him how to teach His simple truths in a way that easily imparts HEART knowledge rather than lofty head knowledge. Then I began to study Yeshua’s teaching methods. He frequently pointed to objects within eyesight of the people He was teaching . . . (whited sepulchers, fig trees, etc.).
Imagine Yeshua attending your new moon celebration . . . he would stand up, point to the moon and teach us something. What would say?
1. The moon doesn’t generate any light of its own – it reflects the light of the sun.
2. We are instructed to gather together at the new moon, when the moon is reflecting the least light of its cycle.
3. When the moon is the darkest we Teruah . . . we give a shout or a shofar blast, proclaiming His Kingship and we dedicate/sanctify the month to Him, to His purposes.
4. The moon then proceeds through its cycle to fullness, then back down to complete darkness.
Perhaps God invited us to gather together at the new moon to help us understand that, like the moon, we too reflect His light to varying degrees throughout the month. Sometimes we feel His presence in our lives and we seem to radiate the Glory of God magnificently. At other times, we feel dark, discouraged, even depressed . . . as if we and God have nothing in common. Perhaps we meet at the new moon for precisely this reason. God wants to remind us that even in the darkest time we need to have faith. Not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit we will again cycle back around and reflect the light of God in fullness.
In our difficult times the enemy of our souls wants to lie to us and tell us that we are no good failures. He wants to cut us off from our spouses, our children, our families, our friends, our community . . . our fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
But God wants to remind us of His faithfulness. He wants to remind us to shout out to Him and proclaim His victory. Just as the walls of Jericho came crumbling down, and as the Red Sea parted, He will deliver us. He will set us free. He is faithful and unwavering. And He wants a people of faith . . . especially when their faith is tested by difficult circumstances whether they’re internal, external, or both. In those times, He wants us to gather together as one rather than isolate ourselves in loneliness, shame, and defeat. He wants His kids to gather together, proclaim His victory with a shout, and have faith that just as the moon cycles through varying degrees of radiance, so too do we. If we’re not reflecting much light right now, soon enough we will. And if we’re reflecting lots of light right now, we are reminded that it’s His light, and not our own that is shining bright and luminous.
Wherever we find ourselves in this cycle, we choose obedience. We choose to acknowledge Him as King of the Universe and King of our lives. We proclaim His victory. We declare His faithfulness. And in faith, we continue through the seemingly endless cycle of waxing and waning, thankful that He does not change. His brilliant light shines forth day and night.
“Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!
Let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your tabernacle.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
To God my exceeding joy;
And on the harp I will praise You,
O God, my God.”
~ Psalm 43:3-4
Prayer To Live in Awe and Wonder at God’s Miracles
Days pass and the years vanish and we walk sightless among miracles. Lord, fill our eyes with seeing and our minds with knowing. Let there be moments when your Presence, like lightning, illuminates the darkness in which we walk. Help us to see, wherever we gaze, that the bush burns, unconsumed. And we, clay touched by God, will reach out for holiness and exclaim in wonder, “How filled with awe is this place and we did not know it.”