God’s ultimate desire to be AT-ONE with us – Atonement
Hebrews 10:1 -18
George Methodist Church
Sunday 10th May 2020
With Peter Veysie
A brief explanation of atonement
Yom Kippur – the day of atonement
- Once a year the High priest entering the temple on behalf of the sins of the people .(cord around the High Priests foot.
- Leviticus 16,23 and Numbers 29 – sacrifice, incense of prayer.
- Azazel – the scapegoat – sins laid on the head of a goat – the scapegoatLeviticus 16:7-10 7 Then he shall take the two goats and set them before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 8 And Aaron shall cast lots over the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel. 9 And Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord and use it as a sin offering, 10 but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the Lord to make atonement over it, that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel.Leviticus 16:20-23 ES20 “And when he has made an end of atoning for the Holy Place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat. 21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins. And he shall put them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who is in readiness. 22 The goat shall bear all their iniquities on itself to a remote area, and he shall let the goat go free in the wilderness. 23 “Then Aaron shall come into the tent of meeting and shall take off the linen garments that he put on when he went into the Holy Place and shall leave them there.
- The RED CORD.Jewish tradition says that a red cord was used in this sacred confession of sins by the High Priest. He would take a red cord—red being symbolic of sin and judgment and punishment—and place it on the head of the goat. This pictured that the symbolic transfer of sins had occurred.
- AZAZEL.This is the Hebrew word for the scapegoat, the innocent animal who becomes the carrier of the sins of the people. The word literally means something being “taken away” or “completely removed.”
- Jewish people observe the holy day according to the Scriptures as they can without the Temple. God set apart this day as one in which to “afflict one’s soul” (Leviticus 16:29), so Jewish people fast from food, drink and various other pleasures and comforts for the 25 hours from just before sunset to just after sunset of Yom Kippur. God also declared it a complete Sabbath rest (Leviticus 16:31), and no work is done. The day is traditionally spent in synagogue where congregational worship includes Torah readings and special prayers and liturgy.
- The Holy of Holies was the innermost part of the Temple. It was the place where God’s presence dwelled and where only one man could enter once a year by following detailed instructions. The moment Yeshua (Jesus) died on a tree, some 30 years before the Second Temple’s destruction, the veil in front of the Holy of Holies was torn in two. It was not split from the bottom up as a man might do. It was ripped from above, from top to bottom – as God would do. Why?
- The New Covenant explains that Yeshua made complete atonement for us, and now, in likeness to the Temple in Jerusalem, Believers have the Spirit of the Lord dwelling in us.“Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and that the Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God) dwells among you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).“…for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple” (1 Corinthians 3:17).With Yeshua’s death, the ultimate atoning sacrifice for sin was made. Yeshua did not have to make atonement for Himself first when He went into the heavenly Holy of Holies, and He brought His own blood before the Mercy Seat. He is the perfect High Priest, intervening and mediating on our behalf to reconcile us to God for eternity. He offered Himself up once for all.“He has no need to offer up sacrifices day by day like those other [high priests] – first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people. For when He offered up Himself, He did this once for all” (Hebrews 7:27).“But when Messiah appeared as Kohen Gadol [High Priest] … He entered into the Holies once for all – not by the blood of goats and calves but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:11-12).“When this One offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God – waiting from then on, until His enemies are made a footstool for His feet. For by one offering, He has perfected forever those being made holy” (Hebrews 10:12-14).The veil was torn in two because ultimate atonement is now available through Yeshua for those who call upon Him.Yom Kippur also bears a prophetic significance. Each of the biblical Feasts, God’s appointed times or moedim (mo-eh-DEEM), foreshadow God’s redemptive plan. The Spring Feasts have been fulfilled in Yeshua’s First Coming. Passover, Firstfruits and Shavuot point to His death, resurrection and the giving of the Holy Spirit. The Fall Feasts of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot will be fulfilled with His Second Coming. When Yeshua returns, Israel will recognize Him as their King, and all the nations will acknowledge Him as King of kings and Lord of lords – the provider of and provision for atonement.This passage states that believers are justified and reconciled by the atonement of Christ.“At- one -ment” – finding our lives at ONE with God is the most freeing place to be in the world.
- The resurrection and the point of the aha moment for the disciples brought to them by a message from Mary that the atonement was complete in the risen Christ and that there was no more need for sacrifice and all is fulfilled in Christ as the one who brings AT-ONE-MENT once and for all.
- Amen and hallelujah.