A New Year

Rosh Hashanah begins this evening at sundown. Rosh Hashanah is a celebration of the new year. It is also known as the Feast of Trumpet and literally means “the head of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is based on the biblical celebration commanded in Leviticus 23:24, which says, “you shall have a sabbath rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.” On this day, in many synagogues, the passage from Genesis 21:1-21 is read. This passage tells the story of the Lord fulfilling His word to Abraham and Sarah, that they would have a son.

The Lord took note of Sarah as He had promised, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken. Abraham gave his newborn son, whom Sarah had borne him, the name of Isaac. (Gen. 21:1-3)

Abraham believed in the promise he had received from God. He trusted that God was able to fulfill the all that He had promised. And because of His faith, Abraham is called the father of all who likewise put their faith and trust in God (Rom. 4:16-24). So, on this new year, dust off your promises from the Lord. Renew your faith in One who is faithful and able to accomplish all He has said. He is able to start a new chapter in your life like He did for Abraham and Sarah.

Written by Chris Reeves, President
September 18, 2020

President Reeves is a founding member of Shiloh University’s Board of Trustees and is responsible for the University’s operations and executive leadership.

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