Israel: Fall Feasts – Part 2

One of my daughter’s goats, Silver.

Yom Kippur – The Day of Atonement – Tishri 10, 5779 – September 19, 2018

There are 10 days that follow Rosh Hashanah, known as the 10 Days of Awe that lead into the most solemn day of the year, the climax of the 40 days of repentance and not really a feast at all, but a fast. Yom Kippur was the one day of the year when the high priest of Israel was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies, the most sacred part of the temple, to make atonement for the sins of the whole nation by a sacrifice in which the blood was sprinkled onto the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant. It was such a serious task that the high priest wore bells on the hem of his garment and a rope around his leg in case he died as his heart was not right before the Lord. Here we are soberly reminded of the Holiness of Yahweh.
The sacrifice consisted of 1 bull and 1 goat. There was a second goat called the Azazel (the scapegoat) that the high priest would lay hands on its head as he confessed all of the sins. Then the goat would be driven to die in the wilderness.  We now know that Yeshua was the one time atonement for the sins of the whole world. Therefore since we have a high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet he did not sin. Let us approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. ~Hebrews 4:14-16
Today fasting takes place a prayer of salvation for national Israel. And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that when they look on Me, on Him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over Him as one weeps over a firstborn. ~Zechariah 12:10, John 19:37
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