Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Why We Call God, "Father" - Rosh Hashanah!

It is with delight that I read my esteemed colleague, Prof Simon Chan's article in Christianity Today, 'Why We Call God, "Father"' Straight-away, I forwarded the link to my NT 1 students together with New Year's Greetings - Rosh Hashanah. It is the beginning of the new year where the shofar will be sounded early tomorrow morning to mark the 1st day of Tishri, the sacred month in the Jewish Calendar where two other major holy-days are celerated - Yom Kippur (10th Tishri) and Sukkoth (15th-21st Tishri) or the Feast of Tabernacles.

In this New Year, what better way to celebrate than to remember and rejoice that the Yhwh, the God of Israel has been revealed to us as Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. And as our Lord Jesus taught us to pray, Father in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven... (Matt 6). The sounding of the trumpet is the sign of God's coming, a time of preparation before atonement day and through forgiveness of sins we are welcome into God's presence and enter into the everlasting fellowship in the tent of God, sukkoth our dwelling place with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and in eternity.

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