Yom Kippur ~ Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, begins this evening just before sundown and ends tomorrow evening when the first stars appear. It’s the annual Day of Atonement when God covered and removed the sin of Israel.

For Christians it is a reminder that Jesus, our Messiah, became our complete atonement – the scapegoat on which our sins were laid. Through His death and resurrection we are cleansed and our atonement is sealed with the gift of
the Holy Spirit for all eternity.

Therefore, on this special day I offer these words: “G’mar Chatima Tova” – a good final sealing.

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be [Yom Kippur] the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 23:26-28 NKJV)

“And when he has made an end of atoning for the Holy Place, the tabernacle of meeting, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat. Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man. The goat [d]shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.” (Leviticus 16:20-22 NKJV)

“This shall be a statute forever for you: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether a native of your own country or a stranger who dwells among you. For on that day the priest shall make atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. It is a sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you shall afflict your souls. It is a statute forever.” (Leviticus 16:29-31 NKJV)

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