This past Monday, August 25th began the first day of the sixth Biblical month of ELUL. Elul is a very significant month as we begin to look toward the Feast of the Lord, Tabernacles. This is the month of Mercy, Redemption, and Forgiveness. Interestingly enough there are 40 days from the first day of Elul, August 25th, the beginning of Yom Kippur the day of Atonement. This is called “Season of Teshuvah.” In the Old Testament there were 50 days from the Exodus until Moses was on Mt. Sinai and received the Covenant Commandments from God on the Tablet. Then there is another 40 day period from when Moses burned the Golden Calf and judge the transgressors and broke the tablet, until he went back on top of Sinai a second time. Then God called him up to Mt. Sinai a second 40 day period where is interceded for Israel. The third 40 day period God called Moses to Mt Sinai to write the Tablet with His Covenant Laws starting with the 1st day of Elul, where 40 more days of revelation was revealed to Moses. Going through the 10th day of Tishri, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Thus fulfilling the repentance and the mercy of Israel from the Idolatry of worshipping the Golden Calf.
Traditionally these 40 days are a time of offering prayers of Repentance and Forgiving others for the wrongs and offenses against you. This is what the Prophet Isaiah actually was referring to in Isaiah 55:6, “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while he is near.” There are three 40 day periods starting from the Exodus and Passover until Yom Kippur a 120 days. Jesus himself was tested for 40 days before He started his earthly ministry. As followers of Yeshua, we should use this time to walk in a 40 day period of repenting, confessing, and forgiving. Shabbat Shalom as you focus on your redemption during this Season of Teshuvah. Jim and Debbie Laymon, Wellspring Israel.