Grace is Coming in 5775
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says that there is a time for every purpose under heaven. God can do what He wants whenever He wants, but He does say in Scripture that He has set times. Times that He has specifically set apart as holy and for a definite purpose.
I believe that the Feasts of the Lord are such times. Right now we are in the 10 Days of Awe. A period between the Feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur. A time where, according to Jewish understanding , the gates of heaven are open and we are trusting God that we will be inscribed for a good year.As Christians, we know that we can come to the the Throne of Grace at any time to obtain mercy and find help, so it does not mean that this is the only time that we would have access to God, but it does mean (to me) that there is something specific that the Lord is doing at this time. And this year is no different. We have entered the Jewish year 5775. The number 5 is the number of grace. You will notice that there are 2 5's in this year, which speaks to me of a double portion of grace being released.
As I have pondered this, I ask the question, what is grace. If you have to ask people, some will find it very difficult to give an adequate understanding of grace, even though it is central to the gospel. Many people use the acronym
But what does that even mean? In the church today there is a hyper grace message that says we can do whatever we want because Jesus already paid the price for our sins. We no longer live under the law, but are under grace. Yes, this is true, but it does not give us licence to do whatever we wish. Others say that parts of the law do apply to us and this sinks us into a never ending pursual of being 'good enough' to receive grace. Both are extremes that I do not see in the life of Jesus.
As I have studied this concept over the last days and weeks, one thing I know, we are about to receive a fresh understanding and experience of the grace of God in Christ Jesus. 5775 speaks to me about receiving a double portion of grace and both my hands are open!