TEACHER: Ken Hicks
SCRIPTURES: Leviticus 23:26-32;
BOTTOM LINE: The Day of Atonement was a day of Spiritual Renewal, Repentance and Restitution.
QUESTION: Have you celebrated the Atonement Jesus paid for your life in a real, personal way?
The 10 days between The Feast of the Trumpets [which celebrates the Jewish New Year, and we’ll get to that one] and The Day of Atonement, the Jewish people would spend some serious time in Spiritual Introspection. Those 10 days have now come to be known as The Days of Awe.
They were anticipating something so powerful on The Day of Atonement that the 10 Days prior began this incredible time of Personal and Spiritual Reflection and Renewal.
Restitution is a part of this time of Preparation, which is the act of making wrong things right by making Apologies, and demonstrating Repentance.
The idea of Restitution is a subject we don’t talk a whole lot about today in Christian circles, but it’s absolutely Vital to the Repentance process! Making Restitution for past wrongs is key for Spiritual Breakthroughs.
And so all of that was just in the 10 days leading up to this incredible Feast … and The Day of Atonement … can you imagine what the climate must have been like?
Yom Kippur is one of the most amazing days of the Hebrew Calendar, and many have said that even today, to experience Yom Kippur in Israel is truly an incredible experience. Even still today, you get this sense that the entire nation is quiet before God.
In fact, The Day of Atonement is still considered the Holiest Day of the Year for the Jews.
The sacrifice in Biblical Times, also required the Sinner/people to join the priest and put their hands on the head of the animal as it was being offered to the Lord.
So the High Priest would sacrifice 2 Goats:
- The High Priest would then sacrifice a Bull for his own sins … and sprinkle the blood on the Mercy Seat and on the ground in front of the Ark of the Covenant.
- The 2nd … he now places his hands on the head of the animal … symbolizing placing the sins of the world upon it …
APPLICATION: And so there’s some really important Concepts for us that come out of this special Feast:
The Day of Atonement … The Day of “At One Ment” … this serious day of reflection, prayer, repentance, reconciliation, etc…
- The Holiness of God.
- The Sinfulness of Mankind.
- Atonement & Forgiveness.
Like the 1st Goat … Jesus’ blood atoned or paid the price for the sins of the world.
And like the 2nd Goat … the sins of the world were laid upon Jesus and His sacrifice atoned for the sins of all mankind.
John the Baptist said … Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.” [1 John 1:29]