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Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Month of Elul ~ Day 5

Okay, on checking the calendar, we are actually Day 3!  I think this is the first time I have ever been on time, much less ahead!

Yesterday, we learned the 13 Attributes of God. I had planned for us to start examining our own attributes - the good, the bad, & the ugly - but it seemed fitting that first we look a little deeper into what the Elul of Month is truly all about.

We already talked about this being the time when 
"The King is in the field!" 
HE is approachable during the month of Elul and HE is waiting for you to 'turn around' to make, in Hebrew, TESHUVAH! Turn around, right now and be paniym paniym - face to face (פנים אל פנים) with your Maker. Acknowledge your sins, your shortcomings, and your failures in order for you to make the straight mark of Torah. Then commit your ways to walking as Yeshua walked, humbly before the Father. Forgive freely, as He has forgiven you!

Elul is the first month of the rest of our lives. The Hebrew letters are Alef, Lamed, Vav, Lamed and is based on the acronym produced from the first letter of the words in the verse in 
Song of Songs 6:3,
AniL'Dodi, v'Dodi Li' ~ I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine.

It is the month that holds the key to unlocking the inner and most potent intentions of our heart. The beautiful and romantic phrase from the Song of Songs represents our relationship with our Creator and our relationships with each other.

When we begin to examine our own hearts, remember it is because HE desires us to be in a face to face relationship! HE desires to forgive us, that we might achieve this very thing. This is a time of love, forgiveness, and growing a deeper relationship, not a time of condemnation.

AniL'Dodi, v'Dodi Li'


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