As we prepare our hearts for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, we anticipate the awakening blast of the shofar. The loud blast grabs our attention so that we can refocus on our source of life, our Creator and Lord. It is our battle cry of a triumphant year ahead.
“It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”—Joshua 6:5
- A shofar is a ram’s horn trumpet used by ancient Jews in religious ceremonies and as a battle signal, now sounded at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
- A shofar is blown during Rosh Hashanah as a call to examine one’s self and repent, which leads to revival and renewal of the covenant between a Believer and God.
Why do an immersion on Rosh Hashanah?
At Curt Landry Ministries we practice immersions in a body of water called a mikveh in Hebrew. A mikveh is used in immersion ceremonies and baptisms. A person immerses in the mikveh as a symbol of rededication, cleansing, repentance, and conversion.
By fully immersing oneself in water, a person can truly symbolize a total commitment to God and to his or her faith. This is one of the reasons it’s used in conversion ceremonies—it symbolizes a drastic, all-encompassing change-of-heart and commitment to a lifestyle.
Is an immersion in a mikvah different than baptism?
Yes, while baptism is associated with salvation and is typically considered a once in a lifetime experience, immersion is not. The practice of immersion is not about salvation, but is about rededicating and renewing your relationship with God. It's about cleansing and new beginnings, especially when done on Rosh Hashanah, to prepare the Believer for the new year ahead.
The biblical basis for immersion in the mikvah…
Let’s travel back to John the Baptist’s ministry in the Bible. John the Baptist was known as “Yochanan the Immerser” in Hebrew. Although John came preaching an immersion of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, he, as well as the community of people around him, regularly prayed and immersed in the mikvah for ritual purification and rededication.
It is unfortunate that many Believers aren’t aware of the significance of immersion as a regular practice. No, it is not required, but great empowerment can result from it.
Take a look at this passage…
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?’
“But Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he allowed Him.”—Matthew 3:13-15
Knowing Jesus was the perfect and spotless lamb, being sinless, this immersion into the mikveh was not about cleansing His sin. It couldn’t be… it was about advancing into His calling. Following this event, He began His 3-year ministry that changed the world.
When you go into an immersion with your heart and mind focused on God something supernatural happens. At Curt Landry Ministries, we hear all the time about people feeling the presence of God right then and there.
It’s a way of saying and showing, “I’m giving up my control and plans for my life and fully submitting to your will, Lord. I’m ready to take the next step in my divine calling.”
It is for this reason we do an immersion on Rosh Hashanah. We prepare for the fresh new year and present ourselves—body, soul, and spirit—to what God has in store for us.
Coming into agreement at the mikvah immersion…
“In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ…”—Colossians 2:11
As previously mentioned, immersion is about stepping into God’s divine calling for your life. It’s a time to cut off the lies of the enemy and come into agreement with God’s Word for your life. Separation takes place when you grow and step out in faith.
A separation of fleshly desires and a step into God’s desires…
“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.”—Romans 2:28-29
When a Believer is water-baptized, it’s a symbol of a circumcised heart. God’s design is that the word that comes out of your mouth will reproduce after heaven, not words of the flesh.
Pray for HIS will…
- “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”—Luke 22:42
Let your words be His—a reflection of His character to the world.
- “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”—2 Corinthians 5:20
When we speak, the words we say create the writing on the wall for what is to come. When we come into agreement with lies from the enemy, then we have trouble getting away from them. The past with its condemnation and guilt is continually brought back up into our lives.
Our flesh is guilty, but the immersion gives us an opportunity to thank God for the past, bury it in the water, and rise up in new authority and power in and through Jesus Christ. He equips us with the Holy Spirit’s power to be free from the struggle of past defeat, and enable us to look forward to a new beginning.
If you are called to attend and be renewed in the mikvah, we encourage you to not simply dip your toes in the water, but be fully immersed and fully renewed at Rosh Hashanah—the head of year 5779!
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