I do not want the day to pass without noting that the Day of Atonement — Yom Kippur — begins Friday night.
We are in the midst of fall segment of the Feasts of the LORD. While these holy days are marked by Jews everywhere, they are of importance to anyone who serves the God of Israel and His Messiah Yeshua.
Yom Kippur reminds us that the wages of sin are death.
Thursday night I heard David Letterman rant on about an all-loving God who cannot hate His creation. He got that right. However, we deny our sinfulness to our peril. God IS all loving, AND He is completely just. He does hate sin. All sin — not the just the ones we don’t like — must be punished.
In ancient Israel, a goat paid the price for all of Israel’s sins. Preposterous, right? It was always just a sign of the true atonement made before the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8).
I ran across an interesting verse in Psalm 49 the other day:
No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them— the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough — so that they should live on forever and not see decay. (Psalm 49:7-9 NIV)
The thing is, Yeshua is no mere man.
During one of His trials before the crucifixion, the judges demand to know if He is the Messiah. In response, he paraphrases Psalm 110. It’s a Messianic psalm, but it seems to be more than that. David writes:
ADONAI says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”
So YHVH is speaking to another that David recognizes as his Lord. Yeshua actually brings to point up to the Pharisees before his arrest. The exchange is recorded in Matthew 22:41-45.
During the trial, the Sanhedrin implies that they know Psalm 110 speaks of a more-than-a-man Messiah. When Yeshua says the Son of Man will sit at the right hand of God, they ask Yeshua if He is the son of God. He answers in the affirmative, and they immediately say Yeshua has blasphemed (Luke 22:66-61, Matthew 26:59-66).
The headline says the wages of sin have been paid. There is a catch. You have to admit your sins, turn from them and accept Yeshua’s ransom (Acts 2:38; Luke 24:47, John 3:16-21).
If you want to know more about Yom Kippur and how Yeshua fulfills this holy day, you can read the Biblical particulars with the aid of Koinonia House in a previous post. Hebrew4Christians also covers Yeshua’s fulfillment as well as goes over how the holiday is marked in the modern day.
For those ready to dive in to a study of the prophetic significance of the Feasts of the LORD, I recommend A Prophetic Calendar: The Feasts of Israel by Jill Shannon. She does a good job of covering how Yeshua is the Passover lamb, the slaughtered goat of the atonement and the scapegoat that carries away the sins of the nation.
May your name be inscribed in the Book of Life. Shalom.