ISAIAH 58:1 "cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a shofar, declare to my people their transgression"
So are the words spoken by Yeshayahu Ha Navi, (Isaiah the Prophet) guided by the Ruach Elohim.
Such are fitting words for this time of year, as we near the day of Yom Kippur, we are going through ten days of awe, a time to "stop" to "think" (of our relationship with Adonai) and to "turn" have a change of mind, "Teshuvah. But in reality, are we limited to only ten days? how about the rest of the 350 days of the year? can we not get back to HaShem then,
The answer is YES, the throne room of El-Elohai is open 24-7. "Tradition" says that the books are closed at Yom Kippur, but in reality, the doors of mercy are NEVER closed.
Yom Ha Kippurim means the "Day of Coverings" but why plural "coverings?" because when the high priest went inside the "holy of Holies, he had to have the blood of a bull, a ram, and a goat, which the High priest sprinkled on the "Kaporet" (the covering) of the Ark of the covenant.
The first "covering" was in the garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve broke fellowship with Elohim when they sinned, thus bringing forth the sin nature into every human being, they "covered"themselves with fig leaves, yet Elohim sacrificed a clean animal, or animals, perhaps a lamb, only EL knows for sure, and "covered" Adam and Eve with the skins of these animals, a "blood sacrifice" was needed to "atone" for their sins,
We need to ask ourselves, "Where are we?" just like Elohim asked Adam "Adam, where are you?" Where are you in your relationship with HaShem? how far away are we? how much have we sinned in thought, words, and deeds? probably a lot if we are honest with ourselves.
As Adam was made "perfect" in the image of Elohim, and he lost his perfect standing with G-d, so we must look for the YESHUAH of Adonai
As this site probably has some Messianic visitors as well as visitors from the other Jewish denominations, the word YESHUAH not only means Yeshua Ben Yosef and Yeshua Ben David, it also means SALVATION, which when we think of the word, it gives rest and assurance for our souls.
Some will follow the custom of dressing in white, yet if we are realistic, the sin nature still dominates our bodies, if we are honest to ourselves, a mix of black and white would be appropriate, "like sackcloth and ashes" and a time of "getting in right-standing" before Adonai
It is a time to think how we have offended a perfect, righteous, and holy G-d, and how we have offended those around us; friends, neighbors, spouses, our children, etc…
The sound of the shofar should alert us to "Shoov" (turn and repent) and confess our sins before our G-d, King, and Redeemer, and return to get into "right-standing".
Remember! "Teshuvh" is not only during the ten days of awe, it is 24-7, 360 days of the year.