The 10 Days of Awe are the days between Rosh Hashanah (The Feast of Trumpets- Leviticus 23:24) and Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement- Leviticus 23:27).
The Feast of Trumpets is considered the Jewish New Year, which is also the time of the harvest. The priests would blow the rams horn as a signal of the liberation of Israel. To start the new year the Jewish people would observe a time of rest to look inward. The Days of Awe are a time of fasting and repentance; a time of turning our hearts back towards God. We reflect on the past year, desiring to see the sin that we have committed towards God or others and making amends. The goal is to leave behind the bondage and sin of the previous year, ready to enter into new freedom and fresh relationship with God and others.
The Day of Atonement is the conclusion of the 10 days. This is the one day every year where the high priest would lay the sins of Israel onto two male goats. One goat would be sacrificed and the other (the scapegoat) was led into the desert to escape, carrying Israel's sins away. For a short time the people of God could be free from the burden of their sin.
Every "appointed time" set by God in the Bible carries a significant revelation about Jesus and foreshadowed God's salvation plan. Jesus was the final atonement for sin. His sacrifice on the cross was the final offering for humanity. Now, everyone who chooses to receive Jesus can escape the penalty of sin and receive new life through His resurrection. Now we can live free from the burden of sin forever! This is why it's so powerful to recognize and acknowledge areas of sin in our lives. When we repent, we invite God's Spirit to transform us so that we can be free.
Observing The 10 Days of Awe
Let's invite God's direction into every place of our life and heart. Repentance is the deliberate decision to exchange an old way of doing or believing for God's way. God reveals His ways to us in the Bible and through our relationship with Him.
Set aside a daily time where you will not be disturbed. We would suggest fasting for 10 days. (For more information about fasting talk to your RG leader). Keep a journal or note-taking device with you. With a focus on the daily topic ask God to bring revelation to you as you ask these questions:
- Is there change needed in this area of my life?
- Is there anyone I need to forgive?
- Do I need to seek forgiveness from anyone?
- Do I need to make restitution?
- Is there anything else I need to do to change?
Monday- Family Life: How are my relationships with my immediate and extended family? How is my marriage and relationship with my children?
Tuesday- Work Life: How is my job, relationships with co workers and work ethic? Am I pursuing the right career path?
Wednesday- Sexuality: How am I responding to my sexual needs? Does the way that sexuality is expressed in my life honor Jesus?
Thursday- Friends: Are the relationships that I am choosing to invest the most time and attention to life-giving and purpose-promoting?
Friday- Financial: How am I managing my money?
Saturday- Health: How am I managing my body?
Sunday- Idolatry: Is there anything before Jesus in my life? Is there anything that I’m not confronting? Am I living an obedient life to the Word of God and Holy Spirit?
Monday- Neighbors: How are my relationships with my neighbors and my neighborhood?
Tuesday- Justice: Do I recognize and respond to injustice locally and globally?
Wednesday- Kingdom: What is my involvement, contribution and place in the body of Christ? Who is discipling me and who am I discipling? Do I purposefully and effectively reach the lost?