True Fasting (The Day of Atonement Part 4)

Drawing by Patrick Murphy http://inspiredsketch.blogspot.com/ As mentioned, people were to practice self-denial or fast throughout the Day of Atonement (Lev. 23:32).  This appointed fast is discussed in Isaiah 58.  Through Isaiah, God communicates the spirit of the fast on the Day of Atonement:  “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the…

Beyond Eden (The Day of Atonement Part 3)

After the fall, man was sent out of Eden, away from God’s presence.  God posted cherubim and a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life (Gen. 3:23).  Cherubim were also embroidered into the veil barring the way to the Most Holy Place in the tent of meeting (Ex. 26:31).  Christ (as…

Two Goats (The Day of Atonement Part 2)

Of the offerings made on the Day of Atonement, the most significant was the sin offering.  Leviticus 16:5 says the high priest was “to take from the Israelite community two male goats for a sin offering….”  Note that both goats constituted a single sin offering.  Lots were cast for the goats: “one lot for the…

The Day of Atonement (part 1)

The Day of Atonement occurred on the tenth day of the seventh month.  On this day, the Israelites were to practice “self-denial” (usually understood to mean fasting) while various sacrifices were made (Lev. 23:27).  Through these offerings, the Lord promised, “Atonement will be made for you on this day to cleanse you, and you will…