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Atonement! One of God's Holy Days is today. Part of the Annual days God set apart to teach His children the plan He has for Mankind!
I like to call it At-One-Ment as it means becoming at one with GOD! Exodus 30:
10 And Aaron shall make atonement upon its horns once a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonement; once a year he shall make atonement upon it throughout your generations. It is most holy to the Lord.”
26 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 27 “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for itis the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. 29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. 30 And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”
It was a tradition to always start a day by the evening before. So any day according to God starts at sunset and ends the next sunset. A day does not start in the morning as one would think today. WHY?
I have my own belief that God is showing us a huge picture if we just have eyes to see. We start out life in darkness. Darkness is the same as being dead to God. Without light (truth) we are dead to God's way of seeing things. Christ came into the world that we might have light! A new way to live, one of truth and Godly Love for others. So in this physical life we live first in darkness. Like a baby is in darkness before it is born into light or LIFE with breath! Can you see the analogies?
In darkness you normally are sleeping. The passing of time is unknown to you as you sleep. This is like being dead. Then light comes into your life and you awake! Your eyes are open, you get up and live! This is symbolic of turning from death (living without God, doing your own thing, being blind to what is right and what is wrong according to the creator who created all living things)
Once you accept God's calling, you enter light but that only can come because of the coming to earth of Jesus Christ who brought the Light! His coming and dying brought truth and salvation. The payment for death.
The day of Atonement was the law before Christ came to point the way to the light. A physical action that although showed the forgiveness of sins it could not take away the sins of any man. It was only a elementary way of showing the people of God what was part of His Holy Plan of Salvation!! The people were to fast and not eat or drink that day. A day of becoming at one with God. They were not to work, why? If you fast and do not work you were hopefully putting your whole mind on GOD not self. You would see without food that you were helpless and could die unless GOD provided the means for you to eat and have water. It was not a request in those days it was a command. For unless a little child is made to follow certain rules in your own house they do not learn anything of value. Unless you made your child sit at the table and eat a wholesome meal the child would eat candy and not be heathy and well. Do you see ?
The day of Atonement foretells a Awesome and great event, to take place when Christ returns. The world is in total ignorance of what all God's Holy days really mean.
The symbolism is all expressed in the account of the events of the Day of Atonement, as carried out before the crucifixion, in the 16th chapter of Leviticus.
5 And he shall take from the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats as a sin offering, and one ram as a burnt offering.
6 “Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and for his house. 7 He shall take the two goats and present them before the Lordatthe door of the tabernacle of meeting. 8
8 Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for the Lord and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9 And Aaron shall bring the goat on which theLord’s lot fell, and offer it as a sin offering. 10 But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make atonement upon it, and to let it go as the scapegoat into the wilderness.
The goat is Azazel in Hebrew. The key to understanding this is to know what this Azazel goat means. The word does not appear any where else in the Old testament. It signifies "one who bears blame or guilt" Some have called it a scapegoat but this was interpretation of the word and NOT the meaning. Azazel is understood to be the name of one of those malignant demons. (you can do some studies on your own to find this out)
The two types of goats are "types". They had to be decided by a drawing of "lots". A "lot" was a solemn appeal to God to decide the matter as was custom back then. A sacred ceremony. A supernatural act of God! God would decide which goat was for the Lord (typified Christ sacrifice) and which one would be for Satan! The one for Christ was slain! But the other was sent into the wilderness which typified Satan being sent to darkness (in Revelation).
So although Christ pays our sin debt by His death, the other goat is also showing that God is Fair. Satan is the real author of SIN. Is it justice for Christ to bear guilt that was not His? And satan to get off free? No. Justice demands the real author of Sin pay and thus the Azazel goat symbolized carrying away the sins of all the people already forgiven! Thus getting rid of this demon who authors SIN! This is the FUTURE coming with the return of Christ.
Now fast forward to the return of Christ, who came as a infant in the womb of Mary. In darkness as we are then born as a physical human being but fully God. He in his sinless state was the only one who could pay our price of sin. For ALL mankind has sinned except the one who came from heaven Jesus Christ the son of the Living God! HE paid that price by dying a horrible death on the cross. Completing the Holy Day of Atonement! But the plan is not done yet! We have to wait until Christ returns to finish this vision of God's Holidays.
I keep this fall festival today, not as I once did without understanding but with full understanding as God has given me. With thankfulness and worship and praise. And yes I will go without food and water today. From last night to tonight I will not eat or drink and will pray to be renewed to God for another year. And to just thank Him for His awesome plan and salvation and His constant providence in my life and my families!!
Extra Reading for those who really want to know truth should be Hebrews 2:14-18 today!