Between The Straits

Tonight at sundown (July 16, 2022) till August 6, 2022, marks a period on the Hebrew calendar known as being between the straits. It is a time of mourning the loss of the First and Second Temple. The ninth of Av is a day of remembrance for the Temples as well as other tragic events that occurred on that same day throughout Jewish history.

Both blessings and cursings have a pattern depending on our obedience to God or our falling into sin and idolatry. For example, Moses came down with the Ten Commandments on the 17th of Tammuz to find a golden calf being worshipped. On that same day in Jewish history, Temple sacrifices ceased because the city was under attack.

These three weeks and the fast day from dawn to sunset tomorrow is a time of remembrance, repentance, and reconciliation. 

Jeremiah 29:11-13 LSB “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares Yahweh, ‘plans for peace and not for calamity, to give you a future and a hope.12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.13 You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

God has a plan and a covenant with His people, Israel, and we as believers in Jesus have been grafted into Israel. Let us take these three weeks to seek the Lord especially. Let us mourn the tragedies that have taken place on the 9th of Av; The ten spies bringing a negative report, both Temples being destroyed, the crusades, and expulsions from England, Spain, and France. All were taking place on the 9th of Av. Let us mourn with our Jewish brothers and sisters and remember joy comes in the morning.

A day when Messiah will return to set up His earthly Kingdom is coming. He will subdue all His enemies, and we will live in peace. If you fast tomorrow, I pray you have a meaningful fast. As you seek the Lord during these next three weeks, may you discover God anew, and may the Jewish people see their Messiah, Yeshua of Nazareth. As believers, let us be watchmen all the wall during these three weeks. May we remember Israel in our prayers and pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the safety of our Jewish brothers and sisters.

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