In our last post we talked about The Feast of the Trumpets which will be ushered in on September 28th at sundown. The thing we’ll look at is Yom Kippur, or The Day of Atonement.
Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. It was the one day of the year that the High Priest would enter into the Holy of Holies, sprinkling the blood of a lamb over the Mercy Seat, atoning for the his sins and the sins of all Israel. The High Priest actually bore Israel on his shoulders. How? It is explained in Exodus…
Exodus 28:9-12, And thou shalt take two onyx stones, and grave on them the names of the children of Israel: Six of their names on one stone, and the other six names of the rest on the other stone, according to their birth. With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, shalt thou engrave the two stones with the names of the children of Israel: thou shalt make them to be set in ouches of gold. And thou shalt put the two stones upon the shoulders of the ephod for stones of memorial unto the children of Israel: and Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD upon his two shoulders for a memorial.
Leviticus gives us a clear reason for the blood…Leviticus 17:11, For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
The Day of Atonement is not a feast day but a fast day. It is a very serious and solemn time of reflection and heart searching before God, remembering what THE Lamb of God has done by atoning for our sins FOREVER. I believe God will bless us in a special way if we, as believers of the fulfillment of what we see here in the Old Testament, fast before God this day, build up ourselves in our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20), and giving a special gift offering to the charity, ministry, or cause the Lord lays on our heart to give to.
Leviticus 23:27, Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
Hebrews 9:11-12, But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
What better time to take stock of our lives and search our hearts before our Holy God, and turn from sin and ways not pleasing to Him?
Mark your calendars for sunset October 7th for Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement and see what God has for you…just around the corner!