Sunday, September 27, 2009

Yom Kippur by Brock and Bodie Thoene


Bodie and Brock Thoene

    “If I have offended you in the past year, I humbly ask your forgiveness.”

    Sunset tonight marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is the culmination of the Ten Days of Awe that began with Rosh Hashanah. Of all Jewish holy days, this is the most significant. There are only a handful of fasts in the Jewish religious calendar, but from sunset to sunset Yom Kippur is one. It represents a recognition of past failings and a opportunity to repent and atone for them…to ‘wipe the slate clean’….in preparation for the year ahead.

    This is the one day of the year when the High Priest, the ‘Cohen Hagadol,’ entered behind the veil of the Holy of Holies to sprinkle blood on the Mercy Seat. The blood of the goat represented a ‘substitutionary sacrifice,’ and foreshadowed the atoning death of Jesus on the cross.

This is a holiday Yeshua knew well. Part of the Yom Kippur liturgy was and is the entire book of the Prophet Jonah. Read the scriptures for today aloud, and keep that fact in mind as you as picture the ceremony in the Temple of Jesus’ day.

Reading 1
Isaiah 53:4-9 (speaking of the Messiah who was to come)
"Yet it was our infirmities that he bore, our sufferings that he endured, While we thought of him as stricken, as one smitten by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our offenses, crushed for our sins. Upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole, by his stripes we were healed.
We had all gone astray like sheep, each following his own way; But the LORD laid upon him the guilt of us all.
Though he was harshly treated, he submitted and opened not his mouth; Like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep before the shearers, he was silent and opened not his mouth.
Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away, and who would have thought any more of his destiny? When he was cut off from the land of the living, and smitten for the sin of his people, a grave was assigned him among the wicked and a burial place with evildoers, though he had done no wrong nor spoken any falsehood."

Reading 2
I John 2:1,2
"My children, I am writing this to you so that you may not commit sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is expiation (ATONEMENT) for our sins, and not for our sins only but for those of the whole world."

Reading 3
Hebrews 4:14-16 (not just through the Temple veil, but ‘through the heavens’)
"Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help."

Reading 4
Jonah 3:4-10
"Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day's walk announcing, 'Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,' when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth. When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes. Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles: 'Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep, shall taste anything; they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water. Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth and call loudly to God; every man shall turn from his evil way and from the violence he has in hand. Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath, so that we shall not perish.' When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out."

Reading 5
Matthew 12:38-41 (See how the Pharisees tried to change the subject from their hypocrisy and how Jesus brought the message back again to the absolute need for repentance and a rejection of self-righteousness)
(Jesus said:) "'Either declare the tree good and its fruit is good, or declare the tree rotten and its fruit is rotten, for a tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you say good things when you are evil? For from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks. A good person brings forth good out of a store of goodness, but an evil person brings forth evil out of a store of evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak. By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.' Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, 'Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.' He said to them in reply, 'An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here.'"

Reading 6
II Chronicles 7:14
“and if my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my presence and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and revive their land.”    

To Sum Up:
Jesus is both High Priest and Sacrifice. He carried His own atoning blood through the veil! He is the final, full and complete atonement for our sin, and the means of our reconciliation with God. On this Day of Atonement, recognize both that we need pardon, but also that, because of Jesus, we have that pardon as soon as we ask.

Pray with us:
“Lord Jesus, I admit my failings for the year just past and I humbly ask your forgiveness. I recognize that, despite my best intentions, I will fail in the year ahead. I acknowledge that I am a sinner saved by grace, eager to ‘humble myself and pray and seek Your face,’ and in that spirit and by Your invitation, I ask healing for myself, my family, my friends, and my nation.”
In the Almighty Name of Yeshua haMashiach, Amen.

Blessings in Jesus’ Name.
Bodie and Brock

Baruch atem b'Shem, Yeshua

1 comment:

zombie said...

Our God is merciful and full of grace and forgiveness. He is mighty, and able to save. We do not worship a God fashioned by our own hands, but the mighty God of Israel, King of Kings and Lord of ALL the nations. Baruch Hashem Adonai. May His mercy endure forever!


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