Our Teaching will continue from Torah, The Law of Moses from Numbers 29.7-11.
AND THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS, ATONEMENT AND THE DAY OF ATONEMENT.
And with that said, let’s read Numbers 29.7-11.
These Words of course refer to Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement that usually comes around September.
Yom Kippur belongs to the category of THE FESTIVALS OF THE LORD, ALSO CALLED THE APPOINTED SEASONS OF THE LORD.
THE FESTIVALS OF THE LORD ARE THE SATURDAY SABBATH, PASSOVER, SHAVUOT, ALSO CALLED PENTECOST, YOM TERUAH, THE BLOWING OF SHOFARS THAT JUDAISM CALLS ROSH HASHANAH, YOM KIPPUR, THE DAY OF ATONEMENT, AND SUKKOT, CALLED TABERNACLES.
All GOD’s Festivals that Judaism call The Jewish Holidays are written in Leviticus 23.
An interesting note concerning the close of The Yom Kippur Service in The Synagogues is the Ne’ilah Prayer. In Hebrew Ne’ilah means closing. And the dominating theme of the Ne’ilah Prayer Service is that the Day of Judgment is coming to an end, and the Divine verdict is about to be sealed.
And the Ne’ilah concludes with the declaration of GOD’S UNITY, the sounding of the Shofar, and the Prayer, La Shanah Ha Bah’ah Bi Yerushalayim; Next Year in Jerusalem.
What I find of great importance is that THE UNITY OF GOD is declared in the Ne’ilah Service. Because The UNITY OF GOD is Biblical Teaching.
Webster’s Dictionary describes the word UNITY as THE STATE OF BEING ONE. A whole or totality as combining all its parts into ONE. AN ABSENCE OF DIVERSITY, UNVARIED, IDENTICAL IN CHARACTER.
This is not surprising because the bedrock of Judaism is the belief in ONE GOD. That is Biblical from the Lips of GOD.
HEAR O ISRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE. DEUTERONOMY 6.4, MARK 12.29, ISAIAH 43.10, ETC
JUDAISM SEES GOD AS ONE GOD. AND THAT IS TRUTH.
Although some Messianic Jews are converted to a Doctrine that GOD is a trinity of three different gods. And that is false. And pagan.
THE UNITY OF ONE GOD IS AVINU MALKAYNU, OUR FATHER OUR KING, AND RUAKH ELOHIM, THE SPIRIT OF GOD, ARE ONE AND THE SAME GOD.
But unfortunately, much of Judaism today rejects the concept of a personal Messiah, WHO IS THAT ONE GOD.
A large part of Judaism is taught that humankind is moving toward a Messianic Era of perfect peace and justice, even without supernatural intervention.
But Habad (Lubavitch) Hasidism expect the imminent advent of The Messiah. But wrongfully, and not according to TNAKH, THE HOLY SCRIPTURES. Because The Bible reads,
A Child is born to The Jewish People, The Son is Given to The Jewish People, And the Government shall be upon His Shoulder; And His Name is called (In Hebrew) PELE, YO’AYTZ, EL GIBBOR, AVI AD, SAR SHALOM. That is, WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.
THE CHILD BORN TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE, THE SON GIVEN TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE WHOSE NAME IS CALLED WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE IS NONE OTHER THAN THE JEWISH MESSIAH YESHUA WHO IS THE MIGHTY GOD AND THE EVERLASTING FATHER.
MESSIAH YESHUA IS THE ONE GOD. HEBREW BIBLE ISAIAH 9.5, CHRISTIAN BIBLE ISAIAH 9.6
But rather, The Hasidim believe that the Messiah may be a man in the person of their leader, Rabbi Menahem Schneerson who died in 1994.
My point being, well first of all I’m shocked that much of Judaism reject GOD’S Promise that He will bring us a Messiah.
And secondly, many in mainstream Judaism who believe that Messiah will come, do not believe that Messiah is GOD, HA SHEM ELOHIM but a mere man, a human being. Even though TNAKH, THE HOLY SCRIPTURES tells us that He is HA SHEM, GOD ALMIGHTY. TNAKH, ISAIAH 9.5, CHRISTIAN BIBLE, ISAIAH 9.6, and MICAH 5.1 in TNAKH, or MICAH 5.2 in The CHRISTIAN BIBLE.
My point again, The Declaration of GOD’S UNITY during the Yom Kippur Service SHOULD, AND ONE DAY WILL INCLUDE THE MESSIAH YESHUA WHO IS ELOHIM, MAH’SHEE’AKH MO’SHE’AY’NU, MESSIAH OUR SAVIOR. HE IS GOD ALMIGHTY, HA SHEM, AVINU MALKAYNU, OUR FATHER, OUR KING. AND RUAKH ELOHIM, THE SPIRIT OF GOD. ALL ARE ONE AND THE SAME GOD.
MESSIAH YESHUA IS THE UNITY OF GOD.
AND THAT IS THE PERFECT UNITY. THE FATHER, THE MESSIAH, AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD. AND THESE THREE ARE ONE. WITHOUT DIVERSITY. ALL ARE IDENTICAL. ONE AND THE SAME GOD.
Let’s return to Yom Kippur.
The Commandments of GOD for Yom Kippur are written in TORAH in LEVITICUS 23.26-32.
LEVITICUS 23.26 The LORD spoke to Moses and gave him His Commandments and Laws for Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement.
And these are GOD’S Laws that we should follow, because we must obey GOD.
LEVITICUS 23.27 On the tenth day of the Seventh Hebrew Month Tisheri, ten days after Yom Teruah that Judaism calls Rosh Hashanah, there shall be a Day of Atonement, GOD said to Moses.
It shall be a Holy Convocation. That is a special Day Dedicated to The LORD OUR GOD with a gathering together of His People for a Service.
And offer an offering made by fire unto The LORD. And we will address the offering in a moment.
AND WE MUST AFFLICT OUR SOULS.
The Rabbis see this Word AFFLICT to mean fasting. I don’t.
The Hebrew word for AFFLICT IS AH’NAH and does not mean to fast. It means to be humble, and submit yourself. ESPECIALLY TO GOD.
The Hebrew Words used in TNAKH, THE HOLY SCRIPTURES for Fast or Fasted are not the Hebrew word AH’NAH FOR AFFLICT but are different Hebrew words, TSOOM AND TSOME. JEREMIAH 36.9, The Hebrew word TSOME, 2 SAMUEL 1.12 The Hebrew word TSOOM.
My point is this. The main purpose for Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement is to make Atonement for our soul on that Day, if one does not already have Atonement.
Fasting is fine, but again, the reason for Yom Kippur is to make Atonement for your soul. And be Obedient to GOD.
LET’S LOOK AT LEVITICUS 23.28.
You Shall do no work on Yom Kippur, for it is a Day of Atonement TO MAKE AN ATONEMENT FOR YOU BEFORE THE LORD YOUR GOD.
THE DAY OF ATONEMENT IS A HOLY CONVOCATION. A DAY FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD TO GATHER TOGETHER FOR A SERVICE DEDICATED TO THE LORD.
YOU MUST AFFLICT YOUR SOUL. THAT IS, YOU MUST HUMBLE YOURSELF AND BE SUBMISSIVE TO THE LORD YOUR GOD. SIMPLY SAID, OBEY HIS EVERY WORD.
OBEY EVERY WORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE. THAT INCLUDES GOD’S LAW OF MOSES THAT HAS ALL HIS LAWS, TEACHINGS, AND INSTRUCTIONS WRITTEN IN IT. DEUTERONOMY 8.3, MATTHEW 4.4, LUKE 4.4
AND OFFER AN OFFERING MADE BY FIRE TO THE LORD.
AS YOU WELL KNOW, THE LORD FORBIDS THE SACRIFICE OF ANIMALS WHEN THERE IS NO TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM. AND THERE IS NO TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM TODAY BECAUSE THE ROMANS DESTROYED IT IN 70 C.E., A.D.
MESSIAH YESHUA’S SOLE PURPOSE FOR HIS FIRST COMING 2,000 YEARS AGO WAS TO GIVE HIS LIFE FOR THE ATONEMENT OF HIS JEWISH PEOPLE AND ALL MANKIND.
MESSIAH’S DEATH BECAME TORAH, IT BECAME LAW FOR MAKING ATONEMENT FOR OUR SOULS WHEN THE TEMPLE WAS DESTROYED IN 70 C.E., A.D. LEVITICUS 17.11
IMMEDIATELY BEFORE HIS DEATH, MESSIAH SAID, THE SON OF MAN GOES AS IT IS WRITTEN OF HIM.
AND WHEN MESSIAH AND HIS DISCIPLES WERE EATING AT THEIR PASSOVER SEDER, MESSIAH TOOK MATZAH AND BROKE IT. AND GAVE IT TO HIS DISCIPLES, AND SAID, TAKE. EAT. THIS IS MY BODY.
AND THEN HE TOOK THE CUP OF WINE OR GRAPE JUICE, AND GAVE THANKS, AND GAVE IT TO THEM, SAYING, DRINK ALL OF IT, FOR THIS IS MY BLOOD OF THE NEW COVENANT WHICH IS SHED FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
AND WHEN MESSIAH WAS TAKEN BY THE CROWD, HE SAID, BUT HOW THEN SHALL THE SCRIPTURE BE FULFILLED THAT SAYS IT HAS TO HAPPEN THIS WAY?
MESSIAH CAME FOR ONE REASON. TO GIVE HIS LIFE FOR OUR ATONEMENT FULFILLING THE PROPHESIES WRITTEN IN TNAKH, THE OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES. ISAIAH 52.13-15, ISAIAH 53, JEREMIAH 31.31-34, MATTHEW 26.24, 26, 27, 28, 54
BACK TO LEVITICUS 23.28.
YOU SHALL DO NO WORK ON THAT DAY FOR IT IS A DAY OF ATONEMENT TO MAKE ATONEMENT FOR YOU BEFORE THE LORD YOUR GOD.
HOW IS ATONEMENT ACCOMPLISHED TODAY WITHOUT A TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM IF NOT BY THE DEATH AND SHED BLOOD OF THE MESSIAH YESHUA? LEVITICUS 17.8-9, 11
Well, some Rabbis say that one’s proper observance of Yom Kippur can serve to atone for transgressions against GOD. While sins committed against others require their forgiveness prior to The Day of Atonement.
THAT’S ALL WELL AND GOOD, BUT GOD SAYS, FOR IT IS THE BLOOD THAT MAKES ATONEMENT FOR THE SOUL. THAT NEVER CHANGES. LEVITICUS 17.11
Others teach that Atonement can be accomplished through the payment of compensation for wrongs committed through suffering, or through the performance of certain rituals, accompanied with repentance and righting one’s way of life.
Again all well and good, but how does one get around GOD’S ETERNAL LAW FOR ATONEMENT, FOR IT IS THE BLOOD THAT MAKES ATONEMENT FOR THE SOUL? LEVITICUS 17.11
THE BIBLE SAYS THAT “THE WORD OF OUR GOD SHALL STAND FOREVER”. AND “FOREVER, O LORD, YOUR WORD IS SETTLED IN HEAVEN”. ISAIAH 40.8, PSALM 119.89
THEREFORE, IT IS STILL THE BLOOD THAT MAKES ATONEMENT FOR THE SOUL. THAT NEVER CHANGES NOR DOES THAT LAW OF GOD EVER END.
ATONEMENT CANNOT BE MADE ANY OTHER WAY BUT BY THE DEATH AND SHED BLOOD OF THE JEWISH MESSIAH YESHUA. FOR JEWISH PEOPLE AND NON-JEWISH PEOPLE.
THAT IS LAW BECAUSE IT IS WRITTEN IN THE BIBLE.
IT WAS SAID, NONE LOVED ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE SO INTENTLY, EVEN UNTO DEATH AS YESHUA OF NAZARETH.
LEVITICUS 23.29 I do not believe that The Holy One Of Israel will cut anyone off from among His People for not fasting on The Day of Atonement.
BUT IN THE END, OBEDIENCE TO GOD AND HIS TORAH, THE LAW OF MOSES AND ATONEMENT IN MESSIAH YESHUA ARE CRITICAL.
GOD does say, “Whosoever has sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My Book.” That is the Book of Life. Exodus 32.33
Sin is breaking Torah, The Law of Moses written in the first five Books of The Bible.
Sin is also disobeying the Spoken Word of GOD. NUMBERS 15.29-31, 1 JOHN 3.4, ROMANS 6.1-2
Making Atonement for your sins before The LORD YOUR GOD means that GOD will cancel your sins, and reconcile you to Him.
That is the purpose for The New Testament. To reveal to all mankind how their sins are forgiven, through the death and shed blood of The Jewish Messiah Yeshua.
AND THEN YOU MUST FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE MESSIAH YESHUA BY OBEYING EVERY WORD THAT THE LORD GOD SPEAKS IN THE BIBLE. AND THAT INCLUDES EVERY LAW, TEACHING, AND INSTRUCTION THAT IS WRITTEN IN THE LAW OF MOSES IN THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE.
THAT PREVENTS YOU FROM SINNING AGAINST THE LORD YOUR GOD.
OR ELSE YOUR ATONEMENT IN MESSIAH WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED BY THE LORD GOD. 1 PETER 2.21-22, 2 PETER 2.22, MATTHEW 4.4, ISAIAH 56.6-7, DEUTERONOMY 8.3
LEVITICUS 23.30-32 Very few people live their lives according to every Word that proceeds out of The Mouth of GOD, Whose Word is written in The Bible from Genesis through Revelation.
Therefore if it is impossible for you to take the Sabbath off from work, I believe that GOD understands. But if you can take the Sabbath off, it is important in The Eyes of GOD that you do no work on the Sabbath Day from sundown on Friday to sundown Saturday. And attend a Service at a Torah observant Messianic Congregation.
So Atonement and The Day of Atonement.
Today, as we all know, Atonement can only be accomplished through the Atoning Death of The Jewish Messiah Yeshua and His Shed Blood.
And that must be followed by Obedience to Torah.
Obedience to All GOD’S Laws, Teachings, and Instructions that are Written in The Law of Moses in the first five Books of The Bible. That prevents you from sinning against The LORD YOUR GOD.
And you remain written in GOD’S Book of Life.
Or else you will fall back into sin. Romans 6.1-2. 2 PETER 2.22
As Peter, whose Hebrew name is Shimon, and the other Jewish Apostles said in ACTS 5.29, We ought to obey GOD rather than men.