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Yom Kippur-A

13 Sep

A-Like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur falls during Kingdomtide and is an important Jewish holiday in which God commands every Jew to participate but is largely forgotten by Christians. After the seven days following Rosh Hashanah in which the Jews are to settle their differences and repent from sin, the Jews spend 24 hours in prayer. Formerly, the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies to offer a sacrifice and intercede for Israel, however since Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, was slain for our sins, the temple sacrifice is no longer necessary. Therefore, God allowed the temple to be destroyed after Jesus death and resurrection, making further sacrifice impossible. On Yom Kippur, the books opened on Rosh Hosannah are sealed, yet Jews have no assurance that their deeds are adequate. We are not justified by works and can not walk in sin and atone for it in a few days of repentance. Since the destruction of the temple, the priests have watered down the importance of the sacrifice, but the Bible says there is no remission of sins without the shedding of blood.

 

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