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2017 Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) reflections

Updated: Mar 1, 2020

On this most sacred time of the year I spent time with my family, confessing, asking for forgiveness, and examining myself to see how I can do better for this next year (in the Hebrew this is called 'teshuva' which means repentance). So I along with my family did the 44 'Al Chet' 'for the mistakes we have committed' prayers. As an FYI, there is much more to the traditional service than the Al Chet confessions.

As odd as it sounds I like doing these confessional prayers. If you've never done them I suggest that you do the next time around (there are different variations that be found online). It makes me see sins that I've committed that may not have occurred to me. It can be a little painful which is why this day is considered solemn day - a day which we are to afflict our soul. This is done with a day of fasting performing the service prayers. The Al Chet prayers will mention a sin (and as you can imagine the list of sins is not all inclusive as more than a day would be needed) and will then give questions to consider.

In reading the prayers it helps me to consider how Elohim sees my heart or the 'Spirit of the Torah (Law)'. So I, like many others, will strive to do better in the upcoming year as we balance that knowing sometimes changes can take awhile. I believe this is why we are to have patience and mercy upon others as we do with ourselves while we are trying to do better.

So I'm soo very thankful that instead of the scapegoat (which is 'azazel' in Hebrew) Yeshua has become the final sacrifice for sin. I'm also thankful that I don't have to wait until Yom Kippur to get forgiveness and repent.

Lev 17:11 ‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the slaughter-place to make atonement for your lives, for it is the blood that makes atonement for the life.’

Heb 9:11 But Messiah, having become a High Priest of the coming good matters, through the greater and more perfect Tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, 12 entered into the Most Set-apart Place once for all, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood, having obtained everlasting redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the defiled, sets apart for the cleansing of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of the Messiah, who through the everlasting Spirit offered Himself unblemished to Elohim, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohim?

Wanting His Character, Peace, and Blessings for YOU!


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