On this Yom Kippur, I am struck by this holiday’s contrast. There was no day more solemn for the Jews, as one of the priests entered the tabernacle’s Holy of Holies to be in the same room as God to atone for the sins of the entire nation! To be that near to Someone so holy and so powerful must have been awe-inspiring. To be entrusted with a job so weighty must have been sobering. Thus Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) is a solemn day, reminding us that we will be judged one last time when we stand before God in heaven.
But on this side of the cross, with the curtain to the Holy of Holies torn open, we can joyfully enter His presence with pure hearts! Praise God, we are made new! We can celebrate!
This is our God:
“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” (Exodus 34:6-7a)
On this day, remind your kids that they have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and the consequence is death. But yet, Jesus died for us so that we can be saved! So solemn, but so much joy!
How will you choose to observe this solemn celebration?
Here is our post from last year, with printable Yom Kippur guide:
On this Day of Atonement, humbly repent and leave your sins behind you, because God has thrown them all to the bottom of the sea. You are as clean as fresh snow!
Learning about the tabernacle has reminded me that every step of the way God has created successively better ways to be WITH us, to restore and exceed the fellowship that Adam and Eve enjoyed in the garden.
For those of you who are forgetful, distractible, and need to be entertained…have I got a deal for you!
How often do you live like you are holy, righteous, and redeemed? Make a decision to live that way today!