Yom Kippur – The Day of Atonement

 

 

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Have a blessed Yom Kippur friends! ♥️

According to the Jewish calendar this day is regarded as the Holiest day of the year. Also known as the Day of Atonement, it is a solemn day of fasting and prayer. 

However the preparations for this day really began long before. In fact it arrives after 40 days of readying oneself.

The preparations began in the month of ELUL, the season of introspection, reflection and repentance.

This carried through the Jewish New Year otherwise known as Rosh Hashannah or Yom Teruah.

This was followed by the 10 Days of Awe, or High Holy Days.

Only then do we finally arrive at the Day of Atonement!

So you see, Yom Kippur depicts that most sacred moment, where after weeks of preparation, the individual is finally and truly wiped clean.

( Note: Although Yom Kippur is regarded as a solemn day, there is an undercurrent of joy, with the knowledge that the days ascend to a time of great celebration. After the cleansing will come the celebration. 🙂  )

 

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In the Old Testament we see 2 significant events occurring on this day –

1) A goat is designated as the scapegoat to remove the sins of the people. Both literally and spiritually.

2) The High Priest enters the Holy of Holies to atone for the sins of the people. An event that happens only once a year.

Once a year, on Yom Kippur, the High Priest first sacrificed a bull as a sin offering to atone for sins that were unintentionally committed. Following this, the High Priest would chose 2 goats, each with a differing purpose. One goat was offered as a blood sacrifice. The blood of the slain goat was taken into the Holy of Holies behind the sacred veil and sprinkled on the mercy seat, the lid of the ark of the covenant.

The second goat was deemed the scapegoat, and it would be sent away into the wilderness. In the ceremonies at the later part of the day, the High Priest would confess the intentional sins of the Israelites. These sins were figuratively placed on the head of the Azazel scapegoat, who would symbolically “take them away”.

Quoting Wikipedia

” The scapegoat had an important role. designated (Hebrew לַעֲזָאזֵֽל ) la-aza’zeyl; “for absolute removal”, (for symbolic removal of the people’s sins with the literal removal of the goat) and outcast in the desert as part of the ceremonies of the Day of Atonement, that began during the Exodus with the original Tabernacle and continued through the times of the temples of Jerusalem.”

 

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As believers in Christ look for the depths of symbolism found on this day.♥️

For the feast day of Yom Kippur has been fulfilled!

Jesus is the spotless lamb.

He is the Divine Scapegoat who atoned for our sins.

Innocent and sinless, He was the suffering servant described in Isaiah 53, willingly bruised and crushed to save His children.

By His Blood and His Grace we enter into a new and better covenant. One where annual sacrifices, lengthy laws and rituals are no longer required.

However, we do take stock of the symbolism of the day, recognizing the revelation behind it.

I’ve found that a study of the type and shadow of the practices within the Old Covenant has been valuable to me as a means of remembering all the Lord has done for us.

We gain a special insight into His holiness & His ways.

As well as a deeper appreciation of the relationship that we have been gifted with today.

We are blessed for, “IT IS FINISHED.”

I pray that this day will be both a time of repentance and gratitude. May the depths of this season touch your heart!

Love & Shalom,  ♥️

Ahava Sarah Fischer

 

 

PRAYER + FASTING FOR YOM KIPPUR

If you feel led to engage in a Yom Kippur fast, then join me on a 25 hours dry fast! I will follow the traditional practice of fasting on this day.

It begins on sundown of Yom Kippur  Sep 18, 2018. And ends at sundown the next day.

A dry fast involves ingesting no food and no water, instead one feasts on the Living Word! Yes Feast on your Bible 🙂

 

 

Here is a recent video, where I mention Yom Kippur in a study of THE TABERNACLE

 

In the following video, I explore the month of ELUL

 

Notes:
– The FIRST Yom Kippur took place after the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and arrival at Mount Sinai, where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments.
Descending from the mountain, Moses caught his people worshipping a golden calf and shattered the sacred tablets in anger.

 

#typeandshadow #feastdays #YomKippur #dayofatonement #TheTabernacle

 

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