Many times in our search to know what is being required in the scriptures is for the purpose of not doing any more than is required. Often times there may be something we want to do and we are looking for a loop hole that will allow us to do it while at the same time fulfilling the “letter of the law”, so to speak. Why “afflict” ourselves more than we have to?
This speaks to the heart, I believe, and the spirit in which we conduct our walk.
This evening begins the set apart time of Yom Ha-Kipurim, Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement.
“Adonai said to Moshe, “The tenth day of this seventh month is Yom-Kippur; you are to have a holy convocation, your are to deny yourselves, and you are to bring an offering made by fire to Adonai. You are not to do any kind of work on that day, because it is Yom-Kippur, to make atonement for you before Adonai your God…””Leviticus 23:26-28 CJB.
“And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying, “Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the lord. And ye shall do no work in that same day; for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God…”” Leviticus 23:26-28 AKJV.
As believers, grafted in to Israel, in covenant with Yahweh, we observe His set apart days in spirit as well as letter, but what spirit?
In what state of mind do we observe? Do we grumble or entertain a sense of suffering loss because of inconvenience or putting aside the gratification of creature comforts, abstaining from our normal pursuits? And wouldn’t that state of mind make us more prone to falling short?
Or do we observe what is commanded because we love Yahweh and welcome the opportunity to demonstrate it even when it means, as it does in this time, not to celebrate and make joyfulness but to be serious and contemplative, mentally recognizing and being sorrowful for our wayward ways and turning back to God, if only He will receive us. And isn’t it an opportunity to be humbly grateful that He has provided the Way by which we can continue in our walk with Him.
Father, it is a small gesture on our part, for a day, to put aside all physical things that sustain and gratify us so and ponder our condition without Your forgiveness. We know who we are without You and that without You our gestures are meaningless and valueless. And we are fearful of being found wanting by You.
Father… with a sense of undeserving and heartfelt gratitude we humble ourselves before You and give thanks for the sacrifice of atonement made for us, doing for us what we could never do on our own.
We thank You for atonement made on our behalf , that You desire to remain with us and we with You.
Grow us in ability to appreciate and treasure such mysterious and unfathomable love.
Thank You Father.
In Yeshua’s name we pray,
May God’s love be in us all.