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We welcome you to worship and learn with us at Bet Shalom Messianic Congregation.

We gather together weekly for Hebraic worship, Biblical teaching from the Hebrew perspective, Messianic Dance and caring fellowship.

We look forward to seeing you!
Rabbi Amnon & Rebbetzin Lynette Shor

SATURDAY SHABBAT SERVICES

Messianic Lifestyle Class - 2 PM
In the Oneg Hall
Shabbat Service - 4 PM
In the Sanctuary
Oneg after Shabbat Service
In the Oneg Hall

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5132 N Palm Avenue PMB 101
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YOM KIPPUR – ATONEMENT

The close of Yom Teruah (Rosh Hashanah) begins the Ten Days of Awe, the countdown to Yom Kippur. These awesome days emphasize our relationship with God, His holy nature, and our sinful nature. Traditionally, Yom Kippur is when the books of life and death are sealed, and Jewish people will receive their coming judgment. This is seen in the traditional greeting for this holiday, “G’mar chatima tovah!” “May you be sealed in the Book of Life for a good year!” At this time, the rabbis have commanded the people to start the process of repentance in the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur by turning, or returning, to the Lord.

The Talmud says, “Remake yourselves by repentance during the ten days between Rosh Hashanah (Yom Teruah) and Yom Kippur and on the Day of Atonement, I [God] will hold you guiltless, regarding you a newly made creature.” As believers in Yeshua, we know only the Messiah can make us new creatures, and that we cannot remake ourselves. What, then, is supposed to strike such “awe” at the coming of Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur is commonly known as the Day of Atonement. Yom means “day” and Kippur is a “covering” or “atonement.”  God provided the covering of sin for His people when they come before Him with the appropriate sacrifice. God has spelled out what this sacrifice is to be:

“For the life of the creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for yourselves; for it is the blood that makes atonement because of the life” (Leviticus [Vayikra] 17:11).

“Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins” (Hebrews 9:22).

The sacrifice as an atonement for sins shows God’s grace and willingness to forgive a sinful nation without them having to die. God sees the person presenting the sacrifice as having paid the price for his sin, covered with the blood. This is the essence of the substitute of sacrifice, the death of the innocent for the sinful. It  reveals the heart of the Brit Hadashah (New Testament):

“ … the Messiah died for our sins …” (1 Corinthians 15:3)

Yeshua gave His life to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.

Israel was to be set apart from all sin, which was spelled out in the Torah. The core of these instructions is the sacrificial system. This is evidence that God knew Israel would not be able to uphold all the commands in the Torah. The Torah was given to the nation of Israel to keep them holy. The word holy, “kadosh” in Hebrew, is used more than eighty different times in Leviticus alone. It means “holy,” “separate,” or “set apart.”

“Rather, you people are to be holy for me, because I, Adonai, am holy; and I have set you apart from other peoples, so that you can belong to me” (Leviticus [Vayikra] 20:26).

The B’rit Hadashah refers to the Torah as “good.” These commandments are the same ones that bring sin into the open.

“So the Torah is holy; that is, the commandment is holy, just, and good” (Romans 7:12).

When we are aware of our sins, we can come to the Lord with the substitute sacrifice, and in His mercy, He will forgive us. The sacrificial system is the core of the Torah, and a foreshadowing of the grace that would be given to us through Messiah’s sacrifice.