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The Priest Prepares - by Michael Phillips
Yom Kippur - Part 2 of 6
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Leviticus 16:1-6
May 09, 2010 am - Yom Kippur is the most sacred day on the Jewish calendar. We call it, 'the Day of Atonement', and that's what it was: one day, in late summer, when the high priest went into the Holy of Holies, and either atoned for the sins of Israel-or didn't. If the priest was successful, the people would have God's blessings for another year. If he failed, they would have nothing but His curses- Cursed you shall be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country, cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl, cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, and the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. Cursed you shall be when you come in and cursed shall you be when you go out. This is why Yom Kippur was observed every year, but it was never celebrated. It was a day of fasting, of public confession and private repentance. It was the Day of Atonement. The word, 'Atonement', has been replaced in most modern translations, and if a better word can be found, I'm all for it. I'm not sure a better word can be found. If you look at the word carefully, you see what it means: 'At-one-ment'. It is the state of being 'at one' with God. Adam and Eve had ... More >>>


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