|August 17, 2021|
Let’s talk about Yom Kippur which literally means Day of Atonement. This is the most solemn holy day for the Jewish people. We’ve come through the Days of Awe, which were all about repentance, and now we are on the last day. This is the time when God brings about his judgment. It was on this day that the High Priest would make a sacrifice (a goat) to pay for not only his sins, but also the sins of the people. Upon the completion of this atonement sacrifice, a second goat was released into the wilderness. This goat, a scapegoat, took the sins of the people, Israel’s sins, into the wilderness, never to return. This can be read in more detail in Leviticus 16. (The Lord says,) “This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.” Leviticus 16:34
Hebrews 13:11-12 states: The high priest carries the blood of the animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. This certainly sounds a lot like what had been going on for generations prior to Jesus/Yeshua. We see the similarities between what took place in OT history and what Jesus/Yeshua did for mankind on the cross. He is our atonement. He paid the price for our sins once and for all. He has become our High Priest.
Some believe that this time of judgment, Yom Kippur, Jesus fulfilled when He willingly went to the cross. Many believe that this has yet to be fulfilled, saying that it prophetically points to the Second Coming of Jesus, when He returns to earth. And still others believe, based on scripture, that the Day of Atonement is for the Jewish remnant when they "look upon Him whom they have pierced," repent of their sins, and receive Him as their Messiah. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child,……… Zechariah 12:10
(The Apostle Paul states) I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Romans 11:1-2
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” As far as the Gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Romans 11:25-29
We are now 3 weeks away from 10 Days of Prayer (Sept 6-16). I hope I’ve been able to convey the importance of the High Holy Days found in scripture with regards to this event. We’ve seen how this time period is important for both the Jew and the Christian. I hope we’ve seen how “strategically” important prayer is during this time. I don’t know if Rosh Hashanah will be the announcing of Jesus/Yeshua’s return. I don’t know if Yom Kippur will be Jesus’s actual return. But, I can be obedient to Jesus’s words, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert!” Mark 13:32-33
We’ve made a new update to the 10 Day of Prayer Calendar. Please check it out by clicking the 10 Day link below. I hope you will take advantage of attending any one or more of these events. I also hope that the resources available will be of benefit to you. Feel free to share with anyone you think might be interested. All the past newsletters where we’ve discussed the High Holy Days are also available on the website. Easiest way to get to these is: 4tucson.com/prayer.
Blessings & Shalom