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High Holy Days Part 2 Yom Kippur

For part 1 of this High Holy Days series, please click High Holy Days Part 1 Yom Teruah I go into a few reason why Christian should celebrate the (moedim) appointed days of Adonai. I go over the theme of High Holy Days and some traditions you may explore.

In this teaching, we will be going over Leviticus 16 and 23 I encourage you to read both chapters, and you may read Numbers 29, but we will not go into all the sacrifices on the appointed days.

Now that you have read Lev 16 and 23 let's get started

The Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur is considered one of the holiest days of the year. The whole community usually spends 40 days of praying and searching one's heart to prepare for this one day. Staring at Yom Teruah (Feast of Trumpets begins what is called the “10 days of Awe.” where you are encouraged to pray forgive and make amends to God and Man.

Leviticus 23:27-32 (NASB77)

27 "On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the LORD.

28 "Neither shall you do any work on this same day, for it is a day of atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before the LORD your God.

29 "If there is any person who will not humble himself on this same day, he shall be cut off from his people.

30 "As for any person who does any work on this same day, that person I will destroy from among his people.

31 "You shall do no work at all. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.

32 "It is to be a sabbath of complete rest to you, and you shall humble your souls; on the ninth of the month at evening, from evening until evening you shall keep your sabbath."

·        The Appointed Day -The first instruction God say on EXACTLY this means this day is not up for debate, so the 10th day of the 7th month is the month Tishri. This year it lands on the evening of September 29th. And ends at sundown September 30th

·        Holy Convocation- Next, we are to have a Holy Convocation this means we are to come together as a congregation or community.

·        Day of Fasting -God commands us to humble or afflict our souls depending on the translations. We will go into this later.

·        Day of Rest-Then Adonai say’s to Rest on that day. No Working at all.

The above is the basics of this moedim (appointed day). Let us go just a little deeper and throw in some traditions that make this day an extraordinary day.

HOLY CONVOCATION

I stated in the previous article that the Hebrew days start from sundown to sundown. Traditionally the congregation will come together just before sundown with the blowing of the shofar. The shofar is commanded only during Jubilee Years Leviticus 25:9. Blowing the shofar on this day is just a tradition any other time. Once the shofar has blown, then the congregational leader will say the traditional Kol Nidre (Releasing of Vows). The Torah scrolls are opened, and the whole service is about the prayer or statement below.

All vows, prohibitions, oaths, consecrations, vows, vows, or equivalent terms that we may vow, swear, consecrate, or prohibit upon ourselves - from the last Yom Kippur until this Yom Kippur, and from this Yom Kippur until the next Yom Kippur, may it come upon us for good - regarding them all, we regret them henceforth. They all will be permitted, abandoned, cancelled, null and void, without power and without standing. Our vows shall not be valid vows; our prohibitions shall not be valid prohibitions; and our oaths shall not be valid oaths.”

MLA: "Kol Nidrei - David Ezra Okonşar." . <http://www.okonsar.com/Documents/jewish_music/node36.html>.

For the History of this tradition click Here

The next day the congregation comes together again sometimes early usually mid-morning this service is almost like a Shabbat service except for the prayers asking forgiveness from God. These prayers are called the Al Chet. You can find them here.

The final prayer is asking God to write us in the book of life.

In the afternoon the book of Jonah is read out loud and discussion about the forgiveness of God.  

Some congregation do a break the fast service that evening and have more prayers and message and then food and fellowship which brings me to the next commandment of God for Yom Kippur.

DAY OF FASTING

We are to afflict our souls. What does that mean? Traditionally we are to fast 25 hrs. There is some scripture to back up the idea of fasting on Yom Kippur this fast is usually no water and no food. Anyone who does not afflict his soul will be cut off. Of course, we must understand that if you are pregnant, child, or sick. There are other ways to afflict your soul. Restricting the things you eat like sweets, meats, etc.

Isaiah 58:3 (KJV)

3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

 

Isaiah 58:5 (KJV)

5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?

Isaiah 58:10 (KJV)

10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:

It also makes sense to fast because of the Next command for Yom Kippur.

DAY OF REST

When God repeats himself more than once, we need to take heed. God commanded us to rest and do no work not once but four times. The consequence of not obeying this command is grievous. He say’s that anyone who does any work he will destroy from among his people. I do believe that Adonai is very serious yet we have an advocate with Messiah Yeshua!

These commands are perpetual forever. These commands are not too grievous for us. Sometimes it is hard for us to crucify the flesh during these feast times but there is a reward! We can draw closer to Messiah. Yom Kippur is a day to focus on the one who saved us. To ask God to search our hearts and see if there is any wicked way in us. It’s a time for intimate fellowship with our Father in Heaven. The day we just focus on Him because we are not eating we are not working. We have nothing else better to do but to worship our creator and embrace the atonement He provided through His Son Yeshua our Messiah (Jesus). 

Remember Adonai’s Great Mercies

Deuteronomy 30:1-16 (ASV)

1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither Jehovah thy God hath driven thee,

2 and shalt return unto Jehovah thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul;

3 that then Jehovah thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the peoples, whither Jehovah thy God hath scattered thee.

4 If any of thine outcasts be in the uttermost parts of heaven, from thence will Jehovah thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:

5 and Jehovah thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.

6 And Jehovah thy God will circumcise thy heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love Jehovah thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

7 And Jehovah thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, that persecuted thee.

8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of Jehovah, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.

9 And Jehovah thy God will make thee plenteous in all the work of thy hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, for good: for Jehovah will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers;

10 if thou shalt obey the voice of Jehovah thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law; if thou turn unto Jehovah thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul.

11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not too hard for thee, neither is it far off.

12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?

13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?

14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;

16 in that I command thee this day to love Jehovah thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his ordinances, that thou mayest live and multiply, and that Jehovah thy God may bless thee in the land whither thou goest in to possess it.

These Verses are coming to past in your lifetime.

Michelle Enterline

www.gospelofpeaceministries.net

 

High Holy Days Part 3 Sukkot coming soon!

All Bible translations come from Wordsearch 10