Yom Kippur–The Preparation

A Group of People (Preparation)Illustration:  “A Group of People,” by Marc Chagall, pencil, wash, and ink on paper, 1914.

“And the LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat that is on the ark, so that he may not die. For I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat” (Leviticus 16:2).

As we journey to the Feast of Yom Kippur, we notice that people have gathered from all over the country.  They are resting from work, fasting, meditating and praying for forgiveness of their sins.  God has appointed this as a solemn time of preparation for the sacrifice being offered on their behalf by the priest.

Yom Kippur is the only day that the priest enters the Most Holy Place.  That is why everyone has gathered and everyone has prepared.  This is a special day.

Lent is a season of preparation too.  We are preparing ourselves for the sacrifice that is to come.  For the people of Jesus’ time, the preparation was outward, though its purpose was to prepare people’s hearts for the miracle of forgiveness to come.  Today, our preparation is less visible.  But what does the Lord require of us?  The psalmist says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart” (Psalm 51:17).  God has appointed this time for us to prepare for the sacrifice of His Son.  His sacrifice was one for all time, for all of us, and we especially remember it each year during the Lenten season.

Prayer:  Our Lord, thank You for helping me to prepare my heart.  Give me a broken and contrite heart as I get ready to celebrate Christ’s victory over death.  In Y’shua’s name, Amen.

Ponder the path:  As you continue to prepare for Easter, examine your heart. Take time to prepare your spirit to receive again the good news of Christ’s resurrection, the fulfillment of Yom Kippur.  Then help others to prepare by sharing that good news!

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