Day 9 – Transition at sunset
It’s almost here! Just a few short hours from now, at sunset, the great Day of Atonement will begin! I believe our obedience in this powerful season can usher in a new outpouring of God’s favor, mercy, and presence!
This was the commanded time when the high priest of Israel entered the Most Holy Place to symbolically sprinkle the blood of a spotless lamb and atone between Israel and God.
Atonement: To take what is separated and to bring it together AT-ONE place again. AT-ONE-MENT. What a great reason to celebrate & throw a party!
Of course, we know and celebrate the Ultimate High Priest and the spotless Lamb is the Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His own blood on that cruel, angry, biting beam to rescue and redeem us, wash us clean of our sin, and give us God’s eternal promise that He will abide with us.
What a good Father! And what a reason to celebrate! Mo’edim! Come before Him to honor Him for what He has done for us! After all, we could never have achieved salvation, much less unity for eternity with God by our own means.
But that was exactly the soul-killing leaven faced by the church at Galatia.
They denied the instrumental role of God’s grace in their eternal hope, and replaced it with what the Apostle Paul calls, “a different gospel, which is not a gospel” at all (Galatians 1:6-7).
The congregation of the church at Galatia was a mixture of Gentiles and converted Jews. Many converts still kept the Mosaic Law. They insisted on the legalistic requirements – such as circumcision – as necessary components of inclusion in the family of God, even after the apostles had dealt with those matters.
Paul revealed these “false brethren” were stirring up division solely for the purpose of keeping true believers in bondage under the law in order to pacify the Jews and keep them from opposing their congregation so violently. Paul exposed their motives — to avoid suffering persecution — for the cross of Christ (Galatians 6:12).
His direct and powerful rebuke of the leaven of the Galatians stated that anyone who chooses to follow the law, rather than live under God’s grace through faith in Christ, is bound to follow the law in its entirety, denying themselves the freedom granted to us on the cross.
In Galatians 5:1, it is clear, “For freedom, Christ freed us. Stand fast therefore and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
It is impossible for men to follow the law apart from the Holy Spirit … and that is one of the reasons Christ came to save us. Beware the leaven of the Galatians!
Your Bible still declares, “By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
We cannot earn it and we cannot deserve it. But God, in His love, calls us to freely receive it by faith. Give God glory today for the atoning work of Christ, our Redeemer, who saved us all by Himself. And join me in honoring the Lamb of God in this holy season.
The Day of Atonement – the holiest 24-hour period of the entire year – begins at SUNDOWN TONIGHT!
I urge you to send me your prayer needs now so I can believe God with you for your miracle. If you have not already done so, make sure you bring your Atonement Offering before the Lord as He commands (Deut. 16:16). Your seed-faith gift will help keep this vital voice for the Gospel strong.
Yours for the harvest,
Pastor Rod Parsley