Day Of Atonement (Yon Kippur יוֹם כִּיפּוּר)
What is the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur
- Yom Kippur is the second of the fall feasts.
- Yom– יוֹםmeans ‘day’
- Kippur כִּפּוּר comes from a root that means ‘to atone’.
- It means Day of Atonement- to make amends, repatriation.
- It is the Holiest of Holydays and the most Important to Observe in Gods eyes.
- It is the day when the high Priest went into the Holy of Holies and performed specific rituals in order to atone for the nation of Israel. Leviticus 16.
Busiest Day for the High Priest
- Yom Kippur recalls the day when the people of Israel sinned against God making the Gold calf. God forgave the people of their sin after Moses made an intercession on their behalf. Exodus 32-33.
- It is the day that the High Priest would intercedes for Israel and as for God’s forgiveness for ever sin committed by Israel throughout that one year period.
Christ is the Final High Priest
- Yom Kippur is a day to reflect on the Gospel.
- God gave his only Son to become a sacrifice that would atone for our sins.
- Christ is able to save completed those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25.
- Christ is the High Priest who makes intercessions for us in the Heavenly Tabernacle.
A Day for Sins
- Yom Kippur recalls the day when the people of Israel sinned against god by making the golden Calf.
- It is also believed to be the day that Adam ad Eve sinned and fell from Eden. (need to confirm)
- It is a depiction of the Judgment Day when Christ will judge those who did not find atonement in Christ during their lifetime.
10 day of Awe
- Start after Yom Teruah and end at Yom Kippur.
- This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.
- This is a symbol of the millennial kingdom where we will return to Earth for 1,000 years and Christ will reign over us before the Final day of judgment, on Yom Kippur. Revelation 20.
How to celebrate Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement?
Sabbath day of rest
- Out of all the days of the year, this one is the most important to follows God Commanded to do no work on this day. Leviticus 23:28.
- This means:
- no working at your job.
- Request time off on this important day so you can completely focus.
- No gardening
- No Laborious work
- No cooking
- no cleaning
- no baking
Day of Fasting
- On this day god commanded us to afflict ourselves. Leviticus 16:29.
- This can be done through a fast.
- Simply put, fasting is a vehicle for reflecting and repenting for your sins.
- By abstaining from food and drink you will be more focused on God’s word and will not have to spend time preparing food and drink and this time can be devoted to the God.
- The fast begins at sundown on the start of Yom kippur and ends after nightfall the following day.
- The fast can be partial and can be just food only and drinks can be included.
- If you are pregnant or have another health issue that might prevent you from abstaining from food that is acceptable, try to fast from other things in your life, such as technology.
- Fasting does not necessarily mean just food. Fasting could be from things that take your attention away from God and his purpose for you.
- Ask Christ for forgiveness of your sins through prayer.
- You must be willing to forgive others. The biggest stumbling block to asking for forgiveness and giving forgiveness is Pride.
- We do not have the right to hold a grudge.
- As Christ said in the parable of the unforgiving Servant, Christ has forgiven us a tremendous debt that we could never repay. Matthew 18:21-35.
Have a Holy Convocation
- Yom Kippur is a community event. Leviticus 23:27.
- Get together with like minded individuals and have a bible study.
- It is customary to read the story of the Book of Jonah which is a story about God’s forgiveness.
- We learn from the story that you cannot escape God. Jonah also teaches us that God will always forgive us of our sins.
Have a joyous celebration
- At the end of Yom Kippur, Blow the Shofar and celebrate that God has forgiven us of our sins through our faith in Christ. 1 John 1:9.
- When the sunsets, break your fast with a celebratory meal.
- Bagels with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers are a traditional Jewish Yom Kippur break fast meal. You want to make something light and easy to make as you should not cook during Yom Kippur as it is considered work.