It surprises many of my friends and colleagues when they hear we keep the “Jewish” holy days. As a family, we are Jesus-loving, Bible-believing Christians. The only difference between us and the majority of other evangelicals is that we follow the Lord’s calendar which includes obeying his decrees regarding holy days.
We cut our beards. We don’t stone out children. We take a pragmatic approach to the Bible and discern what is meant for God’s people for all time and what was meant specifically for the days of Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus.
Leviticus 16 discusses the Day of Atonement, known by most as Yom Kippur. It is a time of cleansing of sins for those of the Jewish faith and for some Christians it is a time to embrace our atonement given to us through the blood of Christ. Things are different today than when Moses was given the laws and statutes. Back then, the people needed human priests to help them atone for their sins every year. Today, we have an everlasting High Priest and King in our Lord Jesus Christ.
30 For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord.
31 It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever.
Forever, to us, means forever. Does that mean that we believe one must celebrate the Day of Atonement in order to be saved? No. Grace is given to all who truly believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord, Savior, and Messiah. Does having Grace give us the license to break any command from God, whether it’s murder or something that our modern sensibilities considers irrelevant such as breaking Sabbath? No.
It is nearly impossible for sinful man to completely obey the law, but that doesn’t mean we won’t try.
This isn’t intended to be a theological lesson, a sermon, or a sales pitch for the Old Testament. It’s simply to let you know that we will not be updating the site until the sun goes down in California on Wednesday. In the meantime, you’ll notice that we loaded the site with an extra serving of awesome conservative links. It’s enough to keep anyone busy while we’re gone.
May God bless you. We’ll see you after Yom Kippur!