“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
God planned life’s events to have an appointed time to begin and to end. Solomon’s words flow from a life enriched by many seasons and experiences.
There are four natural seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each transitions from one to the next. We approach the winter while still in the midst of Autumn. Such is the case with the Biblical feasts which occur during the fall season and point us towards the coming winter. Why is this significant?
In Leviticus 23:23 the Lord commanded that in the seventh month we should have a day of ceasing from our labors, a memorial day of blowing trumpets, a holy convocation. This new beginning opens with the blowing of the shofar (The Feast of Trumpets). For the next fifteen days we enter into the Autumn season of feasts including the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles.
Toward the end of these fifteen days, we see a change in the climate in Israel, one that often includes the first rains after a long, dry summer. It was during this season in the temple times that they took water from the Gihon Spring and poured it on the altar asking the Lord to provide a good season blessed with rain.
In John 7:37-38 we read that Yeshua’s response when He saw these waters being poured out in the temple was: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
So these feast days are preparation for the changes ahead. We need to be ready for the new things which will come according to His will.
Here in Israel for the last five years we have suffered from a lack of rain. The Sea of Galilee is drying up. Recently we went there to baptize some people from the congregation. I was struck by the dramatic difference between now and when I was a boy. I stood on dry ground in a place which once was under water.
Yes we need an influx of rain, but more importantly, just as the Sea of Galilee is dry so are the souls of those around us. They need the water Yeshua promised. Even we as believers can find ourselves in a dry season. We need to really hear Yeshua’s words, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.” Yeshua sees that we are thirsty and need a refreshing change. This is what Solomon is referring to–that the desert season is coming to an end. Through Yeshua we will have the water of heaven.
Harvest of Asher Congregation is also entering a season of change, beginning with this Feast of Trumpets. Since 2004 when we began with home groups I have stood mostly alone in leadership of the congregation, although I was accountable to leaders of other congregations. However, this year, in this season we are pleased to be anointing and recognizing three couples as new elders–couples with whom we have served for many years.
As we enter into this season, we do so with our eyes lifted up to the Lord asking Him to pour out His water upon us. Together may we form a river of living water for the Western Galilee, the lands of the Tribe of Asher, to which God has called us.