Yom Kippur


The term "High Holidays" refers to Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur together. Literally "the Day of Atonement," Yom Kippur concludes the Ten Days of Awe. It is the holiest and most somber day of the year. (Leviticus 23:27-32)

In ancient times, one day of the year, the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies to put the blood of the sacrificed animal on the altar as a sin offering. Through faith, obedience to God's precise instructions resulted in atonement, or covering, for sin. Today, Yom Kippur is a day of fasting and reflecting upon one's sin.

Yom Kippur can be somewhat of a conundrum to Jewish believers in Y'shua. Do we fast and confess our sins like the rest of the Jewish community or do we rejoice in the knowledge that we're forgiven in Messiah? Many Jewish believers view Yom Kippur as a time for identification with our Jewish people, introspection for ourselves and intercession for loved ones, knowing all the while that Jesus is the One that makes us at one with God.

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Just when I think I understand my faith, the Day of Atonement arrives.... I was thinking about the day of atonement vs the passover and wondering why there are 3 lambs, 2 sacrificed, and one let go, and yet we have one Savior and one sacrifice for sin, once for all. Im trying to reconcile three lambs and one messiah, and, two sacrifices and one savior.

Is one(DoA) representative of the old covenant? and the other(Passover) of the new covenant? I wonder this because if the veil was rent at passover, before the DoA, what purpose is there any longer for a place that is only entered once a year? It's now been opened for all to see and enter anytime.

What am I missing here?



Ronny Andersen

The goat that is led out in the wilderness is actually the once clean being that later became Hasatan, this being gets to feel the ultimate punishment after the atonement is complete. As it is written in Malachi, we will thread on the ash of the wicked. This is the final rebuke of the Enemy of Life, the Wrath of God must be poured on to the one that is responsible for sin.

So is my understanding of it, but I admit my understanding is not great. :)

Rich Robinson

@Matt, Jesus fulfilled *all* the OT sacrtifices in one sacrifice. In addition, you can't stretch metaphors and images beyond their intention - the parallel to Jesus isn't in the details of numbers of lambs and so on, but in what he accomplished. On Yom Kippur the sacrifices both allowed access into God's presence in the Holy of Holies (for the High Priest) and also, with the animal let go in the wilderness, removes our sins as far as that goat went, and farther. Hope this helps.

Ruben Santiago

I have always had a interest in knowing the Jewish Jesus. Because I am not Jewish, there are many things that Jesus did as a Rabbi, and holidays that he partook of found in the New Covenant that all though the scriptures talk about these, I would like to know more about these traditions and customs. When I study the Scriptures, both Old and New, I try to imagine how Jesus dressed and what were His customs, etc. His often teaching in the temple and many of the things that were done in his life, have been a fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies. And I know that He never did anything apart from the Father. He never spoke outside the Father's will or healed the sick, raise the dead, of His own free will.He was the Seed of Abraham and would be the fulfillment of the Law. I would love to learn more about Jesus perspective and how He operated under the law and its customs and traditions.
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