Hi Guys, my guest writer for today is sick and so she was unable to send me her post on time. So it though I’ll share with you guys a little about Yom Kippur aka The Day of Atonement. Now I might not be able to explain as good as a theologian or a Messianic Jew but here are a couple of things that I’ve learnt. If you want to know more about The Day of Atonement visit this link.
You can also read here an article on How to Encounter Jesus on the Holiest day of the Jewish Year. I would recommend you give it a read. The following points are inspired from this article as well.
What is the Day of Atonement?
Firstly, it is a day commemorating the sacrifice of Jesus that gives us Salvation. It is a day honouring Yeshua for paying the penalty for our sins by this blood; cleansing us and reconciling us back to the Father. No wonder it is the holiest day in the Jewish year! Each time I think of Jesus sacrifice, I am humbled.
How does one observe the Day of Atonement?
In the article Sandra Teplinsky beautifully tells us how we (as Gentiles) can celebrate Yom Kippur: “Gentile believers can only authentically observe this or other feasts with integrity by being who God created them to be—Gentiles, not Jews.”
In the book of Leviticus 23:26-32 I found these three points: Yom Kippur is….
1) A day to afflict one’s self by fasting, being penitent and humbling oneself before God (Verse 27); remembering the true nature of Christ’s sacrifice as atonement for our sins. Meditate on: Hebrews 9:11-12 11 But when Christ appeared as a High Priest of the good things to come [that is, true spiritual worship], He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not a part of this [material] creation. 12 He went once for all into the Holy Place [the Holy of Holies of heaven, into the presence of God], and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, having obtained and secured eternal redemption [that is, the salvation of all who personally believe in Him as Savior].
2) It is to be observed as a day of Sabbath rest (verse 28). I also see it as a day of not doing as I please but observing a day of prayer in repentance and seeking God’s will. As followers of Yeshua we are called to self denial as mentioned in Matthew 16:24: Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me].
3) Yom Kippur is a day of sacrifice.
Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship.
Hebrews 13:15 Through Him, therefore, let us at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His name.
Psalm 50:14 Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving and pay your vows to the Most High;
Psalm 50:23 He who offers a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way rightly [who follows the way that I show him], I shall show the salvation of God.
Psalm 51:17 My [only] sacrifice [acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; A broken and contrite heart [broken with sorrow for sin, thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.
Above mentioned are the scriptures I’ve chosen to meditate upon while fasting on Saturday September 30, 2017.
Lastly and the most important thing is that we not only pray for ourselves but also pray for the Salvation of Israel. I believe every follower of Yeshua must fiercely be in love with this chosen people as He loves them. Here are some scriptures should the Holy Spirit lay on your heart to pray for the Jews:
Romans 10:1 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for Israel is for their salvation.
Romans 11: 26-27 and so [at that time] all Israel [that is, all Jews who have a personal faith in Jesus as Messiah] will be saved; just as it is written [in Scripture],
“The Deliverer (Messiah) will come from Zion,
He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.”
“This is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”
Isaiah 45:17 Israel has been saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation; You will not be put to shame or humiliated for all eternity.
Zechariah 12:10 “I will pour out on the house of David and on the people of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace (unmerited favor) and supplication. And they will look at Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him as one who weeps bitterly over a firstborn.”
Hebrews 10:16-17 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their heart, And on their mind I will inscribe them [producing an inward change],”
He then says, “And their sins and their lawless acts I will remember no more [no longer holding their sins against them].”
Another article on Christianity Broadcasting Network: Yom Kippur: Praying for Repentance and Forgiveness
Have a blessed Yom Kippur.