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This message aims to briefly touch upon the holy day known as The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), explain some practical observance, tips, and demonstrate the relevance of this everlasting statute.
A potential and popular rebuttal to a believer observing commandments such as Yom Kippur (The Day Of Atonement) is also peaceably responded to.
***Please note this holy day does not take place on the same day each year on the Gregorian calendar – as the Hebrew calendar does not align with it.
Thus in the year 2022 say, The Day Of Atonement will not take place from Wednesday the 15th of September in the evening until Thursday the 16th at sunset. It will take place on a different day on the Gregorian calendar. ****
Re: The Day Of Atonement (Yom Kippur) 2021.
This evening (Wednesday 15th September 2021), Yom Kippur (The Day Of Atonement) will begin.
It concludes tomorrow (Thursday at evening, sunset).
This day is one of several holy occaisions on the Biblical Holiday calendar, which take place annually.
With one believing in G-d, and also in the risen Messiah (Christ) (ref. Isaiah 50:10, John 14:1) the high priest in the order of Mechizadek (Psalm 45:7, 110:4), who mediates the new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31, Isaiah 42:6, 49:8) – which ultimately means everlasting life without end at resurrection for all who believe (ref. Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, Ephesians 2:20, John 3:14-16);
This is an opportunity for grasshoppers like us (ref. Isaiah 40:22) to observe the commandment (ref. Romans 3:31 ESV, Matthew 5:19-20), and demonstrate our sincere repentance (ref. 1 John 1:8-9) with a full fast and no work for the entirety of Yom Kippur (24+ hours), amongst other things.
This is all undertaken whilst the high priest in the order of Melchizedek intercedes (prays) for us (Isaiah 53:12 ESV, Romans 8:34) in the highest heaven (Hebrews 4:14) where the temple of G-d is (Revelation 14:15-18, 21:22).
The Day Of Atonement In Holy Scripture:
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Now on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be for you a time of holy convocation, and you shall afflict yourselves and present a food offering to the LORD. And you shall not do any work on that very day, for it is a Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your GOD. For whoever is not afflicted on that very day shall be cut off from his people. And whoever does any work on that very day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall not do any work. It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict yourselves. On the ninth day of the month beginning at evening, from evening to evening shall you keep your Sabbath.”
Leviticus 23:26-32 ESV
Free Resource Regarding Yom Kippur Observance:
A free resource regarding Yom Kipour observance from the scribes and Pharisees of today (ref. Matthew 23:1-3) can be found at the below link.
Some healthy observance tips can be gleaned from it as inspiration for the day.
Kindly disregard the practice mentioned at the link, known as ‘kaparot’ – which involves a chicken.
Peaceably, a potential objection based on a person’s current understanding (most likley come from a ‘Mainstream [false] Christianity’ position here, might read along the lines of;
□ Potential Rebuttle:
‘I no longer need to do this [observe Yom Kippur etc.]. Jesus Christ has redeemed me and sealed me with the Spirit of God. I do not need an atonement. I am accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:5-7)’
Ephesians 1:5-7 reads as follows;
he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,
to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
Ephesians 1:5-7 ESV
One will notice that this passage states a believer has ‘…redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses…’ – but what does this actually mean?
This phrase means that G-d has forgiven a believer of their sins by grace through faith, as they believe in Christ.
When Scripture speaks of ‘Christ’s blood making a person clean’, such is referring to his faithful observant walk even until death and resurrection – where he then was declared High Priest in the order of Melchizedek (Psalm 45:7, 110:4).
Christ (Messiah) thus acts as a believer’s representation (as high priest in the order of Melchizedek) for believers with regard to the new covenant;
‘…he… makes intercession for the transgressors.’
(Isaiah 53:12 ESV)
‘…Christ Jesus… is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.’
(Romans 8:34 NASB2020)
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,
1 Timothy 2:5 NIV
What a person then reads, is that in no place does Christ or a believer relax the commandments – rather, they uphold the Law of Moses;
Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:31 ESV.
‘…but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.’
(Matthew 5:19-20 NIV)
Observing the Holy days such as The Day Of Atonement, forms part of a believer’s walk – it’s a commandment along with the others such as Passover.
A believer can observe the following Scriptural accounts that we see recorded for us, where believers participated in such commandments, which also included offerings at the temple – even after the death and resurrection of the Messiah (Christ);
■ The Apostle Paul observed the feast of Unleavened Bread (Passover) and Pentecost – both of which required sacrifice/offerings during the times of the Second Temple, in Jerusalem.
‘…saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.’
(Acts 18:21 KJV)
And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days. For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.
Acts 20:6, 20:16 KJV
The feast of Passover included an animal offering etc. in the approved temple in Jerusalem where it would be slaughtered, as per the commandment;
And you shall offer the Passover sacrifice to the LORD your God, from the flock or the herd, at the place that the LORD will choose, to make his name dwell there.
Deuteronomy 16:2 ESV (also see Leviticus 23:8)
Pentecost (Shavuot / The Feast Of Weeks) as we see mentioned in Acts 20:16, also involved offerings (ref. Leviticus 23:16-21).
■ The Apostle Paul also encouraged Gentiles who had believed, to observe the law of Moses in the Temple, and this involved offerings;
‘take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses… you yourself also live in observance of the law. Then Paul took the men, and the next day he purified himself along with them and went into the temple, giving notice when the days of purification would be fulfilled and the offering presented for each one of them.’
(Acts 21:24, 21:26 ESV).
More on this can be read here:
■ In The Temple – Paul Encourages Gentiles To Observe The Law Of Moses (Acts 21:24, 21:28, 26:19-21)
Today, there is no Temple, and thus the portion of the commandment(s) which state a food offering/sacrifice must be brought to the temple – is not to be observed as per Torah Law and the interpretation of the scribes and the Pharisees (ref. Matthew 23:1-3).
Peaceably, this is not free licence to abolish, relax, or pick and choose from the Law of Moses (ref. Matthew 5:19-20).
This is however one great benefit of having the created Lord Jesus (Yehoshua/Yeshua) Christ as High Priest in the order of Melchizedek interceding for a believer (ref. Acts 15:11).
Hoping all good things go well.
Shalom and kind regards,
May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua/Yeshua HaMoshiach). Amen.
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