Feasts of The Lord – Day of Atonement: Introduction.

The Feasts of Trumpets was quite a session for reflection. Especially on the different kinds of resurrection (or rapture).

Let’s move on to the next feast feast day.

What event comes after the Feast of Trumpets?…

That’s the Day of Atonement

This event is usually known as “Yom Kippur” in Hebrew.
It’s held once each year on the seventh month.

Yom Kippur is nine days after the Feast of Trumpets… this means it’s basically the tenth day or Day 10 after Trumpets.

So what is this feast basically about?

1. A Day of Fasting

Let’s see when this Feast was first mentioned ??:

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement ; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the Lord.

Leviticus 3:26-27

This day is a day of humbling one’s soul.

This was a Hebrew idiom that meant fasting.

So this event was a day of fasting.

2. Day of Covering

The root verb form (“kâphar” ) of this Hebrew noun kippur means to cover.

This means Kippur can also be termed as “Covering”

This is mainly used in the biblical context of wrongdoing or sin. The sins are covered over as a means to appease or pacify judgement from breaking God’s law.

The same root verb for “Kippur” is found in the Hebrew word for the “Mercy Seat” in the Ark of The Covenant. It’s why that seat is also called the “Place of Atonement”

Yom Kippur is not just a day of fasting. It’s a day of repentance from which Atonement or covering of sins and wrongdoings are made.

3. A Day of Reflection

Repentance also comes from reflection. This feast promoted exactly that.

When they humbled their souls before the Lord in reflection and Repentance on the day of the covering.

So on this day, no servile work was allowed. ????

“You shall do no work at all. It is to be a perpetual statute throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. It is to be a sabbath of complete rest to you…”

Leviticus 23:31-32

Doing no work while fasting gave them more room to reflect on their actions up till the feast event.

That is it for my Introduction. We will delve deeper in the next episode.

Until then …?

Uche Okorie

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