September 14, 2015 – A Sweet New Year

One of the traditions of Rosh Hashana, the “Jewish New Year”,  is to eat apples and honey.  As I considered apples and honey in Scripture,  I realized these foods have prophetic value to the Feast of Trumpets and the coming ‘day of the Lord.’

First, the apple.  God says that whoever touches Israel touches ‘the apple of His eye.’  The ‘apple of the eye’ is symbolic of the pupil which means that God keeps His focus on Israel and their safety and well-being.  Those nations who plunder Israel will reap the consequences and be plundered by their own slaves. 

“For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—  I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them.  Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me” (Zechariah 2:8-9).

Individuals are also protected by God as the ‘apple of His eye’.  Being hidden in the shadow of His wings is symbolic of divine protection especially when there are wars, famines, and pestilences that are all part of the Great Tribulation (Psalm 91). 

“Protect me like the apple of your eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings” (Psalms 17:8).

Second, honey.   Historically when a young Jewish child learned Torah in Hebrew school, they were given honey as they were studying God’s commandments in order to teach them how sweet and desirable they are for life.  There is not only great reward in the obeying the commandments, but also warnings that prepare God’s people for the coming ‘day of the Lord.’  And, just like honey that doesn’t spoil, the rulings of the LORD are righteous and eternal. 

“The rulings of Adonai are true, they are righteous altogether, more desirable than gold, than much fine gold, also sweeter than honey or drippings from the honeycomb. Through them your servant is warned; in obeying them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:9-11).

“All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal” (Psalm 119:160).

Eating apples and honey for a ‘sweet new year’ on Yom Teruah seems quite appropriate for celebrating the ‘head of the year’.  Those who know and understand the sounds of the shofar at the Feast of Trumpets join with Israel as the ‘apple of God’s eye’ and know the sweetness of God’s promises as a way of preparing the way for Yeshua’s return to Jerusalem as King of the Earth.  

©2015 Tentstake Ministries (For more teachings on the Feasts of the LORD and how to celebrate with family and friends, read Journey With Jeremiah: Nourishment for the Wild Olive.)

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