The Jewish holiday Yom Kippur begins this evening at sunset. Yesterday morning I got an email about the holiday from Chosen People Ministries. I learned that, as always, the holiday traditions that God gave the Jews pointed forward to their coming Messiah. I’ve posted links below, but here are some excerpts:
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar. The Bible prescribes Yom Kippur as a day of affliction (Leviticus 16; 23:26-32). In the ancient world, the High Priest woke up early, donned his priestly garments, and sacrificed a bull for both himself and his family. He then cast lots over two goats, choosing one for the Lord and designating the other as the goat to remove sin…
…Followers of Jesus the Messiah confidently look forward to eternal life, because our names are written in the Book of Life. When Jesus died, the veil of the Holy of Holies ripped in two, symbolically breaking a barrier between humans and the presence of God. Previously, only the High Priest had access to this room, and he only entered it once a year on Yom Kippur (Matt. 27:51). However, Jesus’ death gives believers access to God, because He entered into the Heavenly Holy of Holies to offer His blood for our redemption (Heb 9:11-12). Unlike the Israelites’ annual sacrifices on Yom Kippur, Jesus’ one sacrifice continues to provide atonement to this day…
One thing that strikes me is that God always made a way for people to have their sin forgiven. His desire is that his chosen people, Israel, will accept the redemption he offers through Jesus the Messiah. So, pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for Messianic Jewish groups like Chosen People Ministries who are so instrumental in helping their brothers find that peace.
You can read more at Chosen People Ministries’ website.
For a more general, newbie-Gentile-friendly overview, check out their FAQ page.
Thanks for reading!
I am linked up this week with Jen at the Soli Deo Gloria blog party.
You know, being one of the “Chosen” myself, I’ve got to interject here that there are as many interpretations of Jewish views and traditions and history regarding Yom Kippur as there are … polka dots.
I’m sure you are right, Saralee. Even our US national holidays, like July 4, have had different perspectives and traditions built up around them in a little over 200 years. How much more so with a holiday as long-established as Yom Kippur.
Thanks for stopping by, my friend! Of course, now I’m going to see polka dots everywhere I go…. 🙂
I love what I learn when I visit this place.
Thank you, Pamela! I get excited about learning new things, and love to pass them along.
Jan, this was a very good resource…thank you. All the Old Testament references of the Feasts were for a reason…to point the Jews to Jesus. Thank you Father, I saw your signs!
I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love that website. Thanks for stopping by!