Scriptures and Key Points:
- Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is considered the holiest day on God’s calendar.
- Rosh Hashanah is a time of new beginnings.
Nehemiah 8:1-2 NKJV Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded Israel…
- On Rosh Hashanah “it is written” and on Yom Kippur “it is sealed”.
Hebrews 10:19-25 NKJV Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Romans 11:17 NKJV And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them…
Leviticus 23:26-32 NKJV And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord…
Robert Stearns of Eagles Wings in reference to the Day of Atonement:
“Whereas Rosh Hashanah is about individual repentance, the Day of Atonement is a day “atoning for the sins” of the nation. THIS IS GOD’S HOLIEST DAY OF THE YEAR.
Biblically, one goat was sacrificed for individual sin; a second goat the priest would lay hands on, confessing the sins of the nation, and release into the wilderness as a scapegoat. Yom Kippur points to the redemption of the world through the blood of Christ (Romans 8:31-32).
Again, in Jewish tradition, Yom Kippur determines whose name is written for another year in God’s Book of Life… and by our celebrating Yom Kippur, as Christians we give thanks not just for a year but for all eternity through the Messiah, Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, and the shedding of His sinless blood!
Beloved, God is a God of perfect timing, and we are coming up on a very special season the Lord has created with very specific instruction— in fact, He says, “BE CAREFUL!”
“Be careful to celebrate the Day of Atonement on the tenth day of that same month—nine days after the Festival of Trumpets. You must observe it as an official day for holy assembly, a day to deny yourselves and present special gifts to the LORD.” (Leviticus 23:27 NLT) – Robert Stearns
Galatians 5:1 NKJV Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
1 Peter 1:15-16 NKJV …because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
Holiness is not an external piety; it’s an internal consecration of the heart.
Matthew 6:10 KJV Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
- We need to yield to His Lordship.
- And represent Him as ambassadors of His Kingdom.
Romans 12:1-2 KJV I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 1:17 NKJV For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
Hebrews 10:26-29 NKJV For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
Ephesians 2:8 NKJV For by grace you have been saved through faith…
Isaiah 37:3 TLV Then they said to him: “Thus says Hezekiah: This day is a day of distress, rebuke and contempt. For children have come to the point of birth, and there is no strength for giving birth.
Philippians 4:6 NKJV Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God
Circumstances do not change who God is.
- God is bigger than every obstacle.
- Go deeper in the Lord and higher in consecration.
Hebrews 2:3 NKJV How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him
Ephesians 5:26 NKJV That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word
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