This past week or so has been difficult for a lot of reasons. My heart hurts for people I barely know, and for those I thought I did. September 23rd has been getting a lot of publicity, but not for the reasons that it should. Today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the most holy day of the Hebrew people. With all the buzz of the pope, economic meltdown, asteroids, blood moons, and CERN, I feel we’ve lost touch of what this day is supossed to represent.
Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement” and refers to the annual Jewish observance of fasting, prayer and repentance. Part of the High Holidays, which also includes Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. In three separate passages in the Torah, the Jewish people are told, “the tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It shall be a sacred occasion for you: You shall practice self-denial.”(Leviticus 23:27). Fasting is seen as fulfilling this biblical commandment. The Yom Kippur fast also enables us to put aside our physical desires to concentrate on our spiritual needs through prayer, repentance and self-improvement.
Yom Kippur is the moment in Jewish time when we dedicate our mind, body, and soul to reconciliation with God, our fellow human beings, and ourselves. We are commanded to turn to those whom we have wronged first, acknowledging our sins and the pain we might have caused. At the same time, we must be willing to forgive and to let go of certain offenses and the feelings of resentment they provoked in us. On this journey we are both seekers and givers of pardon. Only then can we turn to God and ask for forgiveness: “And for all these, God of forgiveness, forgive us, pardon us, and grant us atonement.” – ReformJudaism.org
Let me just say flat out, I’m not getting into Hebrew Roots theology! However, I think as Christians, it’s important to know the origins of our faith, which is technically Hebraic. I’ve been studying for the last couple years, which has led me to break off from celebrating Christmas and Easter in the traditional ways. But this is the first year I’ve felt such a spiritual burden coinciding with a feast day.
I feel like we’re spiritually on the brink of something big coming. We don’t see what’s in front of our eyes anymore.
The church has fallen asleep and will likely stay that way. It’s become a corporation, not the Body and Bride of Christ we were meant to be.
We know next to nothing of prophecy that unfolds daily.
We pick and choose the parts of the Bible that make us feel good and write off what’s convicting as dated, or “that only applied to the Jews”, or purely symbolic. Anything that points to the Supernatural is watered down.
We ignore the most basic instructions He gave us, because we know better now. Better than He does? Yet we believe everything our doctor tells us when they say “It’s for your own good.”
Those of us that dare speak up are ridiculed by our familes, our friends, coworkers. We’re labeled bigots, closeminded, intolerant, extremists..we’re called dangerous.
I pray that the church wakes up and gets back to God, the true God, not the Sunday morning Jesus we’ve created.
Today, even though I had to work, I prayed a lot. More than I have normally, and I’ll continue to.
I pray NOTHING crazy happens today, or this week. Even if it makes Christians look stupid because of the “Doom Pushers”.
I pray this nation will not support the division of Isreal, so that we will not also be divided.
I pray this nation won’t be the scapegoat sacrifice I fear we’ll be.
I pray it’s not too late for those who do not see the Truth. Especially those closest to me, that’s what scares me most.