THE BIBLICAL FALL FEASTS PART 11
DAY OF AFFLICTION
We begin today in the seventh “Day of Awe,” and at sundown we begin the eighth day of Awe leading up to the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). We have examined ourselves and made everything right towards our fellow man. We have done charitable acts and offerings.
A preview of Yom Kippur finds exactly the same animal sacrifices (burnt offerings) and bread offerings as on Rosh Ha Shanah, the New Year: one bullock, one ram, seven lambs, and one kid (young goat), plus the meat (meal) and drink offerings.
A big difference is that it is a “day of affliction.” The focus is on one’s relationship to God. It is on Tishri 10 which beings at sundown and ends tomorrow at sundown.
It is a day of fasting. Neither food nor drink is to be taken. Jews believe it to be a day of reckoning when God weighs their deed on balance scales. If the good outweighs the bad, God writes their name in the book of Life for one more year with blessings. If the bad weighs heavier, their name is stricken from it and written in a book for judgement of bad things, including a possible death being in store for them. If neither good nor bad is heaver (near even) they are written in a third book and given another chance that year. None of that is stated in the scriptures; it would be a tradition derived from extra-biblical writings of the scribes (of which there are many).
We as Christians can be thankful that our future rests in God’s grace through Jesus Christ rather than works (deeds) weighed on balance scales. God’s grace (favor) is great, and His mercy is unending!
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