The Day of Atonement
The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) begins at sundown on September 27.
Leviticus 23 indicates that Yom Kippur is also to be considered a special Sabbath when NO work was allowed.
The Hebrew word translated as atonement is כִּפֻּר [kip·pür or kif-ar] which means, to cover, purge, make atonement, and make reconciliation. Atonement restores the relationship between man and God that was broken because of sin.
Obviously this is the most important holy day on Israel’s calendar.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”
From sundown to sundown the entire country of Israel shuts down. Even the roads will be closed to all but emergency vehicles. Bicycles abound. Religious Jews will spend much time in the synagogues; and many go for long walks. There is a sense of peace and serenity that blankets the country. What is missing is a sober sense of confession and repentance.
PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM AND A SPIRIT OF REPENTENCE OVER ISRAEL.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YONAP39jVE (Barbra Streisand)