每日诗歌: 救赎 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9k2R2UPzrk)
Yom Kippur，赎罪日，在犹太日历中是为禁食和认罪最重要的一天。在这一天，大祭司要单独进入至圣所为以色列民赎罪。 全民，包括寄居在他们中间的外人，要“刻苦己心”（未16:29），这意味着要禁食并带着一个痛悔的心，并要守安息日（16:31）。这也是用两只公山羊作赎金为全民赎罪，使神和他的子民和好的一天。
Leviticus 15 [Read]
Leviticus 16 [Read]
Leviticus 17 [Read]
Matthew 27:1-31 [Read]
Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, was the most significant day in Jewish calendar for fasting and repentance. On this day, the high priest alone would go into the Holy of Holies for the atonement of Israel. The entire nation, including the aliens living among them, would “deny yourselves” (Lv 16:29), which meant to fast and to bear a contrite heart, and observe the Sabbath rest (16:31). This was the day that a ransom would be paid in the form of two goats for the sins of the entire nation, so that the reconciliation between God and his people could be achieved.
It helps to imagine the scene when this was done in the wilderness. Over one million people would be totally silent, waiting for Aaron the high priest to go into the Holy of Holies. People would hold their breath to wait for him to come out alive, for that meant the acceptance of the atonement by God. Then, the entire camp would watch one goat being taken by a designated person towards the deep part of the wilderness. Nobody knew where, but he would come back by himself. The sin of the nation had been transferred to that goat, and it had been given to Azazel, some said the demon in the darkness. Nobody was allowed to do or eat anything for the entire day except sitting in the tent to repent for their sins. This picture ought to show us the magnitude of this ceremony.
For Christians, this image of Yom Kippur in the wilderness should bring us down to our knees for what our Lord Jesus Christ has accomplished on the Cross for us. He carried our sins and paid for our ransom, so we can be reconciled with God. “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isa 53:5). His eternal sacrifice and grace enabled us to walk the heaven bound path. “Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” (Heb 13:13-14)
Let this day be your Yom Kippur. Not to be filled with contrition, but to be filled with joy for the grace bestowed unto you and the heavenly home he has prepared for you. Amen.
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