Yom Kippur–Complete Forgiveness

Prophet JeremiahIllustration:  “Prophet Jeremiah” by Marc Chagall, oil on canvas, 1968.

“‘And this shall be a statute forever for you, that atonement may be made for the people of Israel once in the year because of all their sins.’ And Moses did as the LORD commanded him” (Leviticus 16:34).

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28).

We pause in our journey at the city walls. The sacrifices are complete. The carcasses of the animals are being burned outside the city. The priest is cleansed. The scapegoat has been banished. Another year has come and gone. It is a new beginning. We are reborn…for another year.

Spring is the time of new beginnings as we seasonally see the birth, life and death of God’s creation. Though Yom Kippur is a fall festival, we see something of the Spring in it. For we are born anew. But the covenant God made with the Israelites required yearly sacrifices, yearly trips to the temple for atonement.  Cleansed from our sin to live our lives, only to come back to the temple again, dead in our transgressions, seeking reconciliation with God again. But God has a better plan for us than this yearly trek. God sent a prophet, Jeremiah, to announce the new covenant that would make complete atonement once for all.  “‘Behold, the days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will make a new covenant … I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. … For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more'” (Jeremiah 31:31-34).  Jeremiah proclaimed this new covenant 600 years before Christ–the fulfillment of the covenant–was born.

The new covenant is not like the one in Leviticus, that requires annual sacrifices.  The sacrifice is once for all, and through this sacrifice the law is written on our hearts and in our minds. Jesus announced this new covenant at his last supper with the disciples, just hours before he was lead away to fulfill it. The benefits of this new covenant are ours every time we confess to a fellow believer and receive the assurance that indeed we are completely forgiven.   Now every day is Yom Kippur.

Prayer:  Dear God, thank You for the complete forgiveness You have given me. I love you Lord. Help me to give myself completely to You. In Y’shua’s name, Amen.

Ponder the path:  Is there something that you feel God could not possibly forgive you for? Go to your pastor today and know that all of your sins are forgiven completely by the shed blood of God’s sacrifice, His Son Jesus.

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2 thoughts on “Yom Kippur–Complete Forgiveness

  1. Yom Kippur
    To the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world
    By Tim Shey

    Death and Resurrection
    Alpha and Omega
    You shall know the truth

    Offering for our sin
    Friend of thieves and outcasts

    Adam’s curse is broken
    The truth shall set you free
    One death for so many
    Not a single bone was broken
    Enemy is vanquished
    Manifold temptations
    Early you shall seek Me
    No more tears and weeping
    Today is now eternal

    Leviticus 17: 11: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”

    Isaiah 53: 5: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

    Revelation 1: 5: “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.”



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