With a recent wave of books on atheism becoming New York Times best-sellers, the “God” debate is heating up. Because of the implications, it’s the most significant question of all time: Is there a God, or isn’t there?
“This shall be a statute forever for you: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month (Day of Atonement), you shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether a native of your own country or a stranger who dwells among you.” (Leviticus 16:29)
Who is Yeshua to you?
What has He accomplished for you?
Today is the third day of Lent on our 40 day journey to prepare our hearts and minds for Easter. In yesterday’s devotional, I wrote about the Tabernacle of Moses and mentioned the Day of Atonement. Here is an excerpt from a web page at www.rabbiyeshua.com titled “Yom Kippur, the Day of Covering“:
In Leviticus 16 we read about the Tabernacle ritual for Yom Kippur. In that passage we see an intersection of three holies. On the Day of Atonement, the Holiest man in the world (the High Priest of Israel) goes into the Holiest Place in the world (the holy of holies) on the Holiest Day of the year (the day of Yom Kippur).
Why is all of this relevant to us as gentile believers living at the beginning of the 21st century? Because atonement is the work of the Master on our behalf. Until we understand Biblical atonement and the Day of Atonement we will not fully understand who Yeshua (Jesus) is or what he accomplished for us!
According to the writer of the book of Hebrews, Messiah has become our High Priest. He entered into the Holy of Holies in Heaven, the actual throne room of God and applied His own blood for atonement. He entered into the presence of God for us so that He might usher us in. We boldly enter the presence of God because the blood of Christ covers us. And He stands interceding on our behalf before the throne of God, just as a high priest.
In the gospels, when He died on the cross, the curtain in the Temple was torn from top to bottom, indicating that through Messiah’s sacrifice we have access to come face to face with God.
“Therefore we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Yeshua. His body is a new and living way opened for us through the veil. We have a great priest over the house of God, so let us draw near to God in the full confidence of faith.” (Hebrews 10:19-22).
Most gracious and merciful Father, I praise You as the Master with the master plan. I praise You as the Potter who shapes me as Your earthen vessel. Thank You that I can come boldly before You in Your throne room of grace because of the blood of Christ that covers me. Bless me with an urgency to seek and save the lost the way Jesus did. Thank You Jesus. Amen.
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