The Joy of Yom Kippurim/the day of Coverings (Atonement)
Many in Judaism are feeling some apprehension about this day of Atonement. It is called a “Shabbat shabbaton” – a Sabbath of Sabbaths. The ultimate sabbath. And it’s a most serious day, so they wonder: will they be in God’s Book of Life or not?
Those of us who know Yeshua (Jesus) as the Lamb of God, and have accepted His blood over us to cleanse us from all sin, have indeed been reconciled with YHWH. We can have the confidence our names ARE in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Look at the notes in the most recent Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement sermon for more proof and details on this.
We do not have to fear condemnation, for we have passed from death into life in him. Let Him continue the process and to completely change us “until Christ is formed in you”. Our faith and confidence is in Him. We believe in the righteousness that is by faith.
This is a wonderful day that pictures the time when the whole world will be reconciled with the one true living God. He will start with Judah and the modern descendants of ancient Israel coming back to the Land together – as “one stick”. Then the surrounding nations, one by one, until every nation on earth knows YHWH. They will come to know King Yeshua, the King of Kings.
Those of us who have already accepted Yeshua have already been sealed and have our names in His Book of Life. Hallelujah. The spring holydays depict how God is working with a select few right now and bringing them first to reconciliation. What an honor. Let’s cherish that high calling.
The Fall Holydays picture how King Yeshua will bring the whole world into the Kingdom Way of life. It will be their choice. He won’t have to force them. Sure, there will be blessings and cursings, but the decision to surrender, repent and obey Him will be theirs. You and I will be there helping teach the Way. The best way to teach something is to live it. That’s the hard part – but that’s what makes it, and you and I, real.
The day of Atonement is a time to focus on Yeshua and what He has done for us and will do for the nations when he returns. It’s not a time to focus on traditions, or even on sin – except to focus on how He has opened a way to cover all our sins for all time. Once and for all.
In this we can have great joy. Amen and amen.
Have a wonderful Feast of Booths and 8th day. I’ll have more live, fresh messages after the feast, though I will be sending some blogs to the website from time to time.