“And it shall be a statute to you forever that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict yourselves and shall do no work, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you. For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you. You shall be clean before the LORD from all your sins. (Leviticus 16:29–30, ESV)
Thanks be to God for the atoning sacrifice of His only begotten son Jesus our Messiah, who appeared in the presence of God on our behalf and will appear a second time to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him. We afflict ourselves by fasting today to remember what He did for us, what He is doing for us, and will do soon. Even so, come Lord Jesus!
Here’s an introductory article for the Day of Atonement (tomorrow the 26th) if you’d like ideas on what it’s about and how to participate.
The Day of Atonement is coming up on Wednesday. We will be having a day of fasting and blowing shofars. Excellent for reflection and prayer. At the end of the day we will celebrate with a nice dinner at a restaurant. A solemn day; a day reminding us of the coming wrath for the unrepentant; a day of smoke and burning.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (Lamentations 3:21–26, ESV)