YOM KIPPUR 2015

Today, the 23rd of September, 2015, my wife and I attended the Day of Atonement in Alphaland, Makati City.

Yom Kippur (/jɔːm ˈkɪpər, joʊm, jɒm/; Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר, IPA: [ˈjom kiˈpuʁ], or יום הכיפורים), also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism.

Etymology

Yom means “day” in Hebrew and Kippur comes from a root that means “to atone”. Yom Kippur is usually expressed in English as “Day of Atonement”.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is “the tenth day of [the] seventh month”[3] (Tishrei) and is regarded as the “Sabbath of Sabbaths”. Rosh Hashanah (referred to in the Torah as Yom Teruah) is the first day of that month according to the Hebrew calendar. On this day forgiveness of sins is also asked of God.

Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora’im (“Days of Awe”) that commences with Rosh Hashanah.

BIBLICAL REFERENCES

Jeremiah 33:8
Holman Christian Standard Bible

I will purify them from all the wrongs they have committed against Me, and I will forgive all the wrongs they have committed against Me, rebelling against Me.

If the people repents!

Leviticus 23:27
Holman Christian Standard Bible

The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. You are to hold a sacred assembly and practice self-denial; you are to present a fire offering to the LORD.

…but we are no longer bound under the Law of Moses, right?

Romans 7:6
Holman Christian Standard Bible

But now we have been released from the law, since we have died to what held us, so that we may serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old letter of the law.

Galatians 3:21
Holman Christian Standard Bible

Is the law therefore contrary to God’s promises? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, then righteousness would certainly be by the law.

Galatians 2:21
Holman Christian Standard Bible

I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.

The sole reason why the Son of God came into the world to suffer death was to do away our sins and make us righteous with God. But if sin can be purged by the purifications of the Law, and cleanness before God is procurable by Levitical ceremonies, then there was no need for this; then the Crucifixion, for this one end ordained and from the beginning of time prepared for by the Father, and fur this one end, of his own free choice gone forward to, brought about, and undergone by Christ himself, was a simply superfluous sacrifice. http://biblehub.com/commentaries/pulpit/galatians/2.htm

Now since we have already repented on this day, sins of our person, sins of the church, and sins of the nation, we declared freedom, and look forward to a better year since we are already forgiven, and is reconciled again, with God thru our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Anyways, this is a bit profound for everybody. I will continue next time…;)

Why, and what’s in it for us Filipinos.

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