My Heart is for Israel

While I’m taking a few days off from research and writing to hear from the Lord and prepare my next series on meditating on and memorizing God’s Word; God’s Appointed Times aren’t taking a vacation.

In 2015, Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement begins at sundown on September 22nd. The Tanakh says that the blood of the sacrifice is given to make atonement.   The Hebrew words translated as “atonement” in English are kippur (noun) and kapar (verb).   The root occurs about 150 times in the Tanakh, and is intimately linked with forgiveness of sin and with reconciliation to God. What does “atonement” mean?

Atonement means making amends, blotting out the offense, and giving satisfaction for wrong done; thus reconciling to oneself the alienated other and restoring the disrupted relationship.

Vayikra (Leviticus) 16 gives detailed instructions for a special sacrifice to be offered once a year, on the tenth day…

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