The month of Tishrei marks the beginning of a new season and a new year! On Rosh Hashanah — the “Head of the Year”— we celebrate the Jewish New Year of 5784, the “Year of the Door.” This number is based on the physical birth (creation) of the earth.
You may recall that there is another new year on God’s calendar, which occurs in the spring during the month of Nisan. This is the spiritual birth of the earth, based on our redemption at Passover. That means that Tishrei is the first month of the calendar year and the seventh month of the spiritual year. Consequently, some things will be ending and others will be beginning, all at the same time, in perfect order as the Lord would have it.
In celebration of Rosh Hashanah, shofars will be sounding in churches and synagogues around the world. People will be dipping their apples in honey to welcome a sweet and fruitful new year. Many will partake in a round challah loaf, which depicts the crown of God, our King.
“You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths drip with abundance.” – Psalm 65: 11
We also remember that Jesus wore a crown of thorns when he went to the cross. It was His death, burial and resurrection that defeated sin and death, so we don’t have to fear the future. God is for us, not against us, and all His promises are “yes” and “amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20). We can move forward into the new year with joy because of the victory He already won!
Learn more about the month of Tishrei in this chalkboard teaching by Christine Vales: