It is time to reconcile the records with our savior. We are checking in with him. Day of Atonement.
“ “...an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls…” Leviticus 23:27b
Our Heavenly Father gives us an opportunity, through this high holy day, to examine and remove anything that does not promote our being ONE with our Lord and savior, Yashua the Messiah, commonly called Jesus Christ.
Have you ever had someone apologize for something you and they, both, know they were wrong for doing? Which version of an apology would cause you to have compassion and want to reconcile and repair what has breached your relationship? Is it the one where they show remorse and you feel their apology or is it the one that’s mixed with their sadness but their justification or even accusation that you caused it? We all will probably agree that we would almost want to interrupt a sincere, remorseful apology and forgive right away.
To atone is to apologize; it means that we acknowledge our wrongdoings, our sin, and our violations -- so that by expiation or oblation, we receive forgiveness and reconciliation. The Prophet Isaiah gave us God’s call to “Come. Sit down. Let us settle the matter...If your sins are like crimson, they’ll be like wool. If you’ll willingly obey, you’ll feast like kings.” (Isaiah 1:18-19 KJV/MSG/NIV) Our Heavenly Father wants to sit and reason with us.
This perpetual covenant is commemorated in this fast. It allows us to remember the great oblation and sacrifice that was made for us by the bloodshed of God’s only son. It also allows us to remove distractions of food and drink and take inventory on our right relationship with God.
Join us for this glorious Day of Atonement, virtually, as we fast, pray and seek the face of the Almighty together with this solemn 24-hour assembly.