Category Archives: Atonement

Day of Atonement, or Yom haKippurim in Hebrew for “Day of Coverings”

Leviticus 15:1-16:19: Uncleanness of mankind and cleansing on Yom haKippurim

Richard AgeeLeviticus 10-16, which includes the teaching on Yom haKippurim (Day of Atonement), teach God’s view of “holiness” and “cleanliness” before Him and how God makes us holy and clean.

Lev. 15:1-15 discusses what to do if a person has a discharge, such a bout of diarrhea, this text tells us what to do to take care of the one with the discharge as well as how the caretaker(s) take care of themselves that they do not catch the uncleanness. 

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Leviticus 14: Cleansing the ‘leprous’ houses of our souls

Richard AgeeApostle Peter wrote that we are “living stones” in the house of God (1Peter 2:5). As we study Leviticus 14, think of yourself as you read about how a “leprous” house is cleaned.

Much of the imagery in this chapter matches the Day of Atonement. The theme of clean and unclean is repeated from Leviticus 13. Only the priest can decide what is clean or unclean, not a king, a governor or an individual.

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‘It’s not us; it’s You’: Unselfishness of God shown on Day of Atonement

Richard AgeeYom haKippurim (literally, Day of Coverings) is a day that wears many people out, because we’re focused on, When are we going to eat? Yet, we are to supposed to focus upon what the Son of God — the ultimate High Priest and fulfillment of the two goats of the day — did for us. He went through a tremendous affliction for us. The Day of Atonement is not about us and what we do but about the High Priest and what He does. It’s all about how God brings us to Himself. We are only drawn to God if He draws us to Himself.

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Hebrews 10:26: What kind of ‘sinning willfully’ leaves one without forgiveness before God?

JeffMany grow pale when reading Heb. 10:26 because they think their struggles with sin leave them in a place where not even Yeshua (Jesus) can atone for them. A closer look at the context of this passage and the letter to the Hebrews itself will help us get a better picture of the annual memorial of Yom haKippurim (Day of Atonement), Yeshua’s continuing role in it and the danger of acting as if His role as High Priest isn’t God’s intent.

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Yom haKippurim: God’s plan for reunion

Richard AgeeGod looks at us through His Son. That is how we will be reconciled and have atonement — at-one-ment, reconciled, brought back together — with God. The High Priest does all the heavy lifting on Yom haKippurim (Day of Atonement). We can not take away our own sins. We need Someone more powerful, more capable than ourselves to remove our sin. Yeshua is the true High Priest — and the truth behind the two goats of the Day of Atonement.

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Seventh month of God’s calendar: Beginning of the end of the beginning of the end

JeffThis is a 50,000-foot-high view of the fall “feasts to the LORD” (Lev. 23:2) — Yom Teruah (Trumpets, aka Rosh Hashanah), Yom haKippurim (Atonement) and Sukkot (Tabernacles). We’ll look at what they are and what meanings are stacked on top of each other as memorials of the actions of the Messiah past, present and future.

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Exodus 30: Day of Atonement foreshadowed

Richard AgeeThe theme of Exodus 30 is what was to happen in front of the veil between the Holy Place and Most Holy Place in the Tabernacle. Moshe (Moses) was to make the oil and use it to anoint everything for the Tabernacle. It’s all about atonement, about יוֹם הַכִּפֻּרִים Yom haKippurim, Hebrew for the Day of Coverings, a.k.a. the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:11–15).

It’s boring if you just sit there and read it. But if you ask God while reading this, “What did you have in mind?” it becomes fascinating. What God set up here is not mere ritual. It’s a picture of the Messiah’s actions to atone for the deviations of the people of God from the guidelines of Heaven.

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