Monday, September 28, 2009

The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

I wish I would have been able to get to post this yesterday, but alas, I was not able.

Today is the day that Jews and many Christians observe Yom Kippur or The Day of Atonement. God gave instructions to the Hebrews in Leviticus:

Chapter 16:
29 "This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves [b] and not do any work—whether native-born or an alien living among you- 30 because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the LORD, you will be clean from all your sins. 31 It is a sabbath of rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance.

Chapter 23:
26 The LORD said to Moses, 27 "The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, [d] and present an offering made to the LORD by fire. 28 Do no work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God. 29 Anyone who does not deny himself on that day must be cut off from his people. 30 I will destroy from among his people anyone who does any work on that day. 31 You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live. 32 It is a sabbath of rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath."

Most Christians do not observe any of the Jewish holy days, holidays, or festivals. A few observe some of them. Yom Kippur is one of those holy days that is right for Christians to observe. Once a year (at least) it is right for us to deny ourselves (fast) and spend time with God in earnest prayer.

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