Leviticus 16: 29-31

Yom Kippur: Forgiveness for Sins


Leviticus 16:29-31 this shall be a permanent statute for you in the seventh month on the tenth day of the month you shall humble your souls and not do any work whether the native or the alien who sojourns among you for it is on this day that atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you and you will be clean from all your sins before the LORD it is to be a Sabbath of solemn rest for you that you may humble your souls it is a permanent statute well today is the day that around the world we celebrate Yom Kippur Yom Kippur means the day of atonement and Jewish people and many many believers celebrate today is the day that God instructed Israel to come before him to enter into repentance to ask for forgiveness and that their sins would be atoned for now we know that this particular feast of the LORD was fulfilled by Yeshua Messiah when He came He became our atonement and it’s amazing that 70 years after His resurrection the temple was destroyed and it wasn’t even possible to make atonement in the temple anymore the way that it was but I want to draw your attention to a difference between the atonement that we see in this particular part of Torah that we read here in Leviticus and the new covenant that was instituted by the blood of Jesus by the blood of Messiah because there’s a huge difference and I think most people have actually got this wrong when we look at this word Kippur it means to cover it comes from the word kopher kippur of course is like a noun kopher is to cover and it means to cover as with pitch or bitumen it’s like when you put tar paper on a roof to prevent water from coming in in ancient times they actually put tar or bitumen on a roof to water seal it to cover it so this word Kopher is most commonly used as a covering for example on a roof as with tar or pitch and so the idea of atonement is that the blood that was shed on Yom Kippur on the day of atonement covers the sins of people the new covenant concept is entirely different this will shock many people but there is no atonement in the new covenant as a matter of fact that word is only used one time in all of the New Testament and it’s in Romans 11 let me read it and this is very interesting Romans chapter, pardon me Romans 5 verse 11 and it says this, it says and not only this but we also exult in God through our LORD Jesus Christ through whom we have now received the reconciliation or king James says the atonement but that word is actually the Greek word katallagen and katallagen does not mean to cover katallagen means an exchange so it’s like I give you this and you give me that it’s a complete exchange and see the blood of Yeshua Messiah didn’t cover your sin it blasted it out of your spirit so to speak it eradicated your sin your spirit when you’re born again is devoid of sin completely made pure righteous, holy, dedicated completely pure unto the LORD I mean that is the most exciting thing to just think about that that when we’re celebrating today the forgiveness of sins the old covenant only had the capacity to cover sins with the blood of animals but in the new covenant the blood of Yeshua Ha Mashiach Jesus the Messiah actually makes a divine exchange so what that means is when you’re born again when you enter into that new covenant when you give your life to Messiah here’s what happens your spirit is completely made new completely changed and this is the most exciting thing but today is the day that we celebrate as believers in Yeshua that our spirits have been recreated our spirits have been made new born again completely a new creation but you know the soul is still in the process and this is a wonderful time to seek God press into Him and ask Him the same question that Jewish people around the world are asking Him which is LORD is there any sin in my life that needs to be repented of? for the last 10 days the days of awe we’ve been looking and asking God is there anything that needs to be repented of any sin, any area of my life that I need to change that you need to cleanse me from and this is sort of the culmination of that of coming before the LORD and saying God on this day this feast day of Yom Kippur I come before you LORD is there anything in my life that you want to show me that’s displeasing to you I want to repent of it and I want to invite the blood of Messiah to cleanse me to cleanse my mind my emotions my physical body and today is the day to do that so as we close this little time together this morning let’s pray and ask God is there anything in my life LORD that you want to change so Father I pray that LORD would you just show me right now is there anything displeasing to you habit attitude actions ways that I’ve treated others and Father on this celebration day day of atonement the day of katallagen the divine exchange that you’ve made Father we celebrate the exchange you’ve made in the spirit but LORD today we repent of whatever is displeasing before you and thank you for the blood of Messiah that completely cleanses us and forgives us Amen


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