Date: January 11, 2015 9:56 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Sin's Atonement
"For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life." Leviticus 17:11
Scripture Focus: Leviticus 23:26-32; Hebrews 10
The 10th day of the Hebrew month of Tishri is the holiest and most somber day for Jewish people. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the appointed time given by God when Jewish people could seek atonement and forgiveness for their sins. It is a day of reckoning and a day, believed by Jews, to determine their fate for the coming year.
The Hebrew word for "atonement" in the Bible means a "covering." On the Day of Atonement sins could be "covered over" by the shedding of blood sprinkled on the only place atonement could be made: the mercy seat atop the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies (Leviticus 16).
The repeated covering up sins would leave us all longing for a sacrifice that would be enough, once and for all. Could the "covering up" of sins from one year to the next truly remove those sins from us? Could the blood of bulls and goats really cleanse us? Or would it just cover sins for a time? "The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming - not the realities themselves" (Hebrew 10:1).
Insight: "The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity." (LORD BYRON)
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