Yom Kippur begins this evening at sundown.  This is the holiest day of the year!  Get this, Leviticus 16:29-30  This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work—whether native-born or a foreigner residing among youbecause on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins.  Did you hear what you just read?

For nearly twenty-six hours—the Jews will eat no food and have no drink.  They will not wash or attire their bodies with anything nothing but simple – no lotions, cologne’s, or make up. There is to be no work.  The Israeli Airport will be shut down with no flights into or out of Israel. Their time will be spent at synagogue and in prayer to God.   Why? Because God said, “This is to be a lasting ordinance/observance.”

Every year on Yom Kippur, the High Priest would perform a special ceremony to purge the defilement of the Temple as well as from the people of Israel.  On this special day, he would bring a bull and two goats as a special offering, and the bull would be sacrificed to purge the temple from the defilements caused by the sins and misdeeds of the priests and their families.  He would sprinkle the blood of the bull inside the veil of the Holy of Holies on the “Mercy Seat”, which sat on the top of the Ark of the Covenant.  Then, he would cast lots and select one for the two goats to be a sin offering on behalf of the people of Israel.  He would next re-enter the Holy of Holies, sprinkle the blood of the goat upon the Mercy Seat the second time.

Finally, the High Priest would step back outside of the Temple, lay both of his hands on the head of the second goat, known as the Scape Goat, and start confessing all of the sins and transgressions of the people.  Once he was done covering the entire inventory of sins, and offending the people because of reminding them of what they were guilty of, the goat was lead out into the wilderness, with all of the iniquities, and pushed over a cliff, where it could never return back to the people again.

According to the Jewish Talmud, a scarlet cord was tied around the neck of the scapegoat that was reported to have turned white at the point that God accepted the blood offering, poured out in the Holy of Holies, marking the forgiveness of sins for the people.  It’s reported that after the death of Yeshua the Messiah, the scarlet cord failed to change color.

One of the roles of our blessed Master is the role of the High Priest, who offered the atonement for our sins by offering His own blood in the Holy of Holies – made without hands.  Hebrews 3 tells us, “Therefore brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house.”

Jesus redeemed us, paid the ransom, provided the gift of salvation.  The Bible says, :without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin.” Heb. 9:22  The importance of blood sacrifice can’t be overstated.  God says in Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to atone for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.” God required the blood sacrifice.

So, why should this matter to us?  Because all of the Jewish feasts and holy days are pictures – portraits of none other than Jesus.  That’s why. And, following the death of Christ, the scarlet ribbon tied to the Scape Goat, never turned white again. The work was done.  The blood offering, once and for all, was paid.  Isn’t God good!

Let me close with just a few items for you to be aware of…

Don’t forget, let’s really be intentional when we are crossing paths or are aware of those who are hurting, to encourage them to get into the HOPE FOR HURTING PEOPLE weekend October 13-14.  All info is available at www.deerflat.org

A NEW class starts this Sunday morning for all in that College and Career season.  It begins at 10 am at Deer Flat Church.  Know anyone in this group?  Pass the word to them!  They are going to love it.

We begin a NEW SERIES this Sunday – THE CORE.  Don’t miss it.

A TREMENDOUS DAY AWAITS YOU THIS SUNDAY AT DEER FLAT!  I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!

Loving You and Loving Him,

Pastor D