Good morning!  It’s Thursday which means another week is almost closed and the rest brought through the weekend is coming upon us!  Yesterday I made a homemade challah bread and ate it with some sweet honey to celebrate Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year).  This is such an interesting time of year in the Jewish world.  Last night at sundown started “The Days of Awe” or also known as the “High Holy Days”.  It is a time to celebrate and ask God for a sweet year ahead of us, while we also look inside ourselves and acknowledge the sin and shortcomings that plague us throughout the year.  For the Jew it is a time of repentance and renewal, of a pleading with God to have mercy on our sinful hearts.  In my morning devotional God once again confirmed His grace and mercy in my life and I thought I would share it all with you.  It comes from the 19th century writer Charles Spurgeon.  The beginning may be different, you may think why the heck is he writing on this verse/topic, but go with it and it will make sense at the end.

Leviticus 13:13 “then the priest shall consider, and indeed if the leprosy has covered all his body, he shall pronounce him clean.”

Strange enough this regulation appears, yet there was wisdom in it, for the throwing out of the disease proved that the constitution was sound. This morning it may be well for us to see the typical teaching of so singular a rule. We, too, are lepers, and may read the law of leper as applicable to ourselves. When a man sees himself to be altogether lost and ruined, covered all over with the defilement of sin, and no part free from pollution; when he disclaims all righteousness of his own, and pleads guilty before the Lord, then is he clean through the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God. Hidden, unfelt, unconfessed iniquity is the true leprosy, but when sin is seen and felt it has received its death blow, and the Lord looks with eyes of mercy upon the soul afflicted with it. Nothing is more deadly than self-righteousness, or more hopeful than contrition. We must confess that we are “nothing else but sin,” for no confession short of this will be the whole truth, and if the Holy Spirit be at work with us, convincing us of sin, there will be no difficulty about making such an acknowledgment—it will spring spontaneously from our lips. What comfort does the text afford to those under a deep sense of sin! Sin mourned and confessed, however black and foul, shall never shut a man out from the Lord Jesus. Whosoever cometh unto Him, He will in no wise cast out. Though dishonest as the thief, though unchaste as the woman who was a sinner, though fierce as Saul of Tarsus, though cruel as Manasseh, though rebellious as the prodigal, the great heart of love will look upon the man who feels himself to have no soundness in him, and will pronounce him clean, when he trusts in Jesus crucified. Come to Him, then, poor heavy‐laden sinner,

Come needy, come guilty, come loathsome and bare;
You can’t come too filthy—come just as you are.

In this time of reflection and repentance we are not left without hope.  Jesus Christ is our hope!  Know that He who calls us is faithful.  I hope that your day is blessed!

Challah and Honey
mmm mmm good!