Yom Kippur 9/23/15

It began at sundown last evening, Yom Kippur. This the most holy day of the year throughout all of Israel. It is a day of repentance and a time to connect with God. It is The Day of Atonement.

Yom Kippur is a day of fasting and atonement, solemnity and joy, the day on which Jews feel they are closest to God. For nearly 26 hours, from several minutes before sunset on 9 Tishrei (September 22) to after nightfall on 10 Tishrei (September 23), Jewish people “afflict their souls”: abstain from food and drink, do not wash or anoint their bodies, do not wear leather footwear and abstain from marital relations. These are called the Five Afflictions.

These five afflictions correspond to the Five Books of the Torah which they accept without allowing their physical needs to intervene. They also correspond to the five senses with which man performs mitzvoth (the commandments) and commits transgressions.
This is the day where the High Priest would go into the Holy of Holies and would speak the sacred name of God for the only time for the year. There would be the sacrifice of the lamb for the sins of the nation as well. Since the destruction of the Temple in 70 A.D. there has been no place to sacrifice and so this has become the day of repentance for the Jew.

It is a day for all Christians everywhere to stop and reflect, to repent and draw near to God.

In Hebrews chapters 8 and 9, it is beautifully explained how Jesus Christ became our High Priest and entered heaven (the Holy of Holies), once and for all, not by the blood of sacrificial animals, but by his own precious blood on the cross. Christ himself was the atoning sacrifice for our sins; thus, he obtained for us eternal redemption! As believers we accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of Yom Kippur, the final atonement for sin.

In Daniel 9:24-26, the Hebrew prophet Daniel explained to us that:
Someday the Messiah (or “Anointed One”) would come to us
When the Messiah came, his purpose would be “to atone for wickedness” and “to bring everlasting righteousness”
The Messiah would then be “cut off and will have nothing”
After the Messiah was “cut off,” then Jerusalem and the Temple would be destroyed
Daniel specifically noted that foreign invaders “will come and will destroy the city and the sanctuary.”

Daniel shows us that a coming Messiah would bring atonement for our sins before the Temple was destroyed. Why would the God of Israel take away the Temple before providing a new way for atonement?

Now, add in what the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah explained to us that not only was the Messiah coming to the Jewish people, but that He would bring a “new covenant,” a new and exciting and God-ordained way by which we would have a personal relationship with the Lord our God.

Today we celebrate Atonement! Messiah, Jesus Christ, has come!

I love you,
Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday September 23 – We have our regular activities tonight beginning with dinner at 5:00. At 6:00 we invite anyone who is hungry to pray, to learn more about prayer, to seek God’s heart to join us in the sanctuary as we journey into the school of prayer. We will take time especially on this evening to consider Yom Kippur.

Sunday September 27 – We will have ONE COMBINED WORSHIP service this Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Gym. We will be celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles with a very special service together. Following the service we will have an old-fashioned potluck dinner so we encourage you to bring your favorite dishes to share with others. Come early, have a cup of coffee and visit with old and new friends.

Wednesday September 30 – All of our Wednesday ministries, teen through adult, will be joining together next Wednesday evening for a special emphasis on prayer. We hope you’ll join us

Sunday October 11 – A Day to Honor our Heroes – First Responders, Police and Fire – Combined Worship service in Armstrong Tabernacle at 10:00 a.m. We are asking our folks to bring side dishes and desserts for these heroes and their families as we will be providing lunch for them. Call the church office to volunteer or find out more details!

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