The Roots of Our Salvation (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #59 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Leviticus 16:29-34: “And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever. And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest’s office in his father’s stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments: And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation. And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the Lord commanded Moses.”

The book of Hebrews argues that the Day of Atonement points forward to Jesus Christ’s work as priest. F. F. Bruce, a Christian theologian and writer states, “On the one hand, only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. Christ, however, went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. Christ’s redemptive work is the antitypical fulfilment of the sacrificial ritual of the day of atonement.”

The Jews for Jesus organization states and describes its observances of the Day of Atonement like this: “Yom Kippur can be somewhat of a conundrum to Jewish believers in Y’shua. Do we fast and confess our sins like the rest of the Jewish community or do we rejoice in the knowledge that we’re forgiven in Messiah? Many Jewish believers view Yom Kippur as a time for identification with our Jewish people, introspection for ourselves and intercession for loved ones, knowing all the while that Jesus is the One that makes us at one with God.”

Our passage for today describes the origins of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur simply means “day of atonement.” It is perhaps the most important holiday on the Jewish calendar. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul” — to atone for sins which have been committed against God during the past year. Religious Jews today engage in what is called a “complete Sabbath” — no work, no food, and no drink for one whole day. Synagogues hold two six-hour long services on Yom Kippur, which Jews are expected to attend, and many Jews wear white which symbolizes purity and calls to mind the promise in Isaiah 1:18 that though our ‘sins may be as scarlet, they shall be made white as snow.’

Today, I want to share with you a brief message about what happened on the Day of Atonement in ancient Israel, and the significant lessons that we can apply to our own lives from what we learn.

1. First of all, the day of Atonement was a day of confession and repentance of sin.

2. Secondly, the day of atonement was a day for the removal of sins in God’s sight.

3. Third, the day of atonement was a day for man to draw near to God.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

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