Saturday, September 21, 2013

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur service at Ma'gen Da'vid Synagogue
Leviticus 23:27  "... on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a Day of Atonement:   it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and you shall afflict your souls..."

The Torah teaches, in Leviticus,  the high priest must go inside the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur to make atonement for the sins of the whole nation of Israel. According to the Torah, this is an everlasting statute. 

Since there is no temple at which to make the sacrifice, how can atonement be made? In traditional Judaism, prayers are said and forgiveness is sought and offerings of money are made to the local synagogue. 

Messianic Judaism is different in that we believe our sin debt has already been paid by Yeshua the Messiah.   He is the High Priest now and He has paid the sacrifice – His perfect, blameless life, and His death and blood on the cross. We believe this Scripture:

Messiah Yeshua came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.  Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. (Hebrews  9:11-12)

 In Messianic Judaism, we wear white clothing.  We also dress the ark and the Torah in white These are to remind us that Adonai is holy, and He requires pure, holy lives.  Adonai takes sin very seriously, and requires us to do the same. 

As Messianic Jews, we use this time of reflection to examine ourselves, and we repent of any sins in our lives.  Afterward, we acknowledge the sacrifice of Yeshua for our sins and thank Him for that payment.  We also ask forgiveness of others and attempt to make amends in any unresolved conflicts. 

We rejoice that Yeshua is the Anointed One promised by G-d in Isaiah.  We read in Luke 4:18-21: “ Now when He went to Natzeret, where He had been brought up, on Shabbat He went to the synagogue as usual. He stood up to read, and He was given the scroll of the prophet Yesha‘yahu. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,

 “The Spirit of Adonai is upon me;
therefore He has anointed me
to announce Good News to the poor;
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the imprisoned
and renewed sight for the blind,
to release those who have been crushed,
 to proclaim a year of the favor of Adonai.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)

After closing the scroll and returning it to the shammash, he sat down; and the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him. He started to speak to them: “Today, as you heard it read, this passage of the Tanakh was fulfilled!” (Luke 4:18-21)

Yes, friends, Yeshua is the final, atonement for sin – forever.  No more blood of goats and calves.  His blood alone can atone.  Only His blood can pay the price.  I pray you will believe and receive this truth and accept Him as the promised Messiah who takes away the sins of the world. (John 1:29)


Scripture references are from The Complete Jewish Bible.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing how you celebrate Yom Kippur. I am far too ignorant!