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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
Our AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL SAVIOR, by the sacrifice of HIMSELF, has inscribed our names in the BOOK OF LIFE and we shall never be separated from HIM.
A SEARCH FOR BLOOD ATONEMENT
The following account has many anonymous authors each told in various ways for Yom Kippur:
One spring evening an elderly Jewish gentleman related the following experience to a gathering of Jews. He said: "This is Passover week among you my Jewish brethren, and as I sat here I was thinking how you will be observing it. You will have put away all leaven from your houses; you will eat the matzoth (unleavened wafers) and the roasted lamb. You will attend the Synagogue Services, and carry out the ritual and directions of the Talmud, but you forget, you have everything but that which YEHOWAH required first of all, HE did not say — "When I see leaven put away; or when I see you eat the matzoth; or the lamb; or go to the synagogue" — but HIS WORD was "When I see the blood, I will pass over you." [Exodus (Shemot) 12. 13 Tanakh, Torah] Ah, my brethren, you can substitute nothing for this. You must have blood...Blood...BLOOD!
As he repeated this word with increasing emphasis, his black eyes flashed. "Blood! that is an awful word for one who reveres the ancient oracle, and yet has no sacrifice." Turn where he will in THE BOOK, the blood meets him, but let him seek as he may, he cannot find it in the Judaism of the present.
"I was born —he went on— in Israel, nearly 70 years ago. As a child, I was taught to read the Law, the Prophets and the Psalms. I attended the synagogue and learned Hebrew from the Rabbis early in life. At first I believed what I was told, that ours was the true religion, but as I grew older, and studied the Law more intently, I was struck by the place the blood had in all the ceremonies outlined there, and equally struck by its utter absence in the ritual in which I was brought up."
"Again and again I read in the 12th chapter of Exodus and Leviticus 16 thru 17. The latter chapters especially made me tremble as I thought of the Great Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and the place the blood had there. Day and night one verse would ring in my ears, "It is the BLOOD that makes atonement for the soul." [Leviticus/Vayikra 17. 11] I knew I had broken the Law. I needed atonement. Year after year, on That Day, I beat my breast as I confessed my need of it, but it was to be made by blood, and there was no blood!
"In my distress, at last, I opened my heart to a learned and respected rabbi. He told me that the ALMIGHTY ONE was angry with HIS people. Jerusalem was in the hands of the Gentiles (this before 1967), the Temple was destroyed, and a Mohammedan mosque was reared up in its place. This is the only spot on earth where we dare shed the blood of sacrifice in accordance with Deuteronomy 12 and Leviticus 17 was desecrated and our nation scattered. That was why there was no blood. GOD HIMSELF had closed the way to carry out the solemn service of the Great Day of Atonement. Now, we must turn to the TALMUD and rest on its instructions. We must trust in the mercy of ALMIGHTY GOD and the merits of the fathers.
"I tried to be satisfied, but could not be. Something seemed to say that the Law was unaltered, even though our Temple was destroyed. Nothing else but BLOOD could atone for the soul. We dare not shed blood for atonement elsewhere than in the place the LORD GOD MOST HIGH had chosen. Then we were left without any atonement at all!
"I was over 30 years of age when I left Israel and came over to Constantinople, with my still unanswered question ever before my mind, and my soul exceedingly troubled about my sins. One night I was walking down one of the narrow streets of that city when I saw a sign telling of a meeting for Jews. Curiosity led me to open the door and go in. Just as I took my seat, I heard a man say, "the blood of YesHUa ha’MASHIACH, His Son cleanses us from all sin." [1 John 1. 7]
"This was my first introduction to Christianity, but I listened breathlessly as the speaker told how HOLY GOD had declared that "without shedding of blood there is no remission" [Hebrews 9. 22], that HE had given HIS SON, the LAMB OF GOD, to die, and all who trusted in HIS blood were forgiven all their iniquities. This was THE MESSIAH of Yeshayah/Isaiah 53 — THE SUFFERING SERVANT of Tehillym/Psalms 22!
"Ah, my brethren, I had found the blood of atonement at last. I trusted it, and now I love to read the NEW COVENANT and see how all the shadows of the Law are fulfilled in MeSSIAH YESHUA. HIS blood has been shed for sinners. It has satisfied OMNIPOTENT GOD, and it is the ONLY MEANS of salvation for either Jew or Gentile."
Have you found the blood of atonement? "Behold! THE LAMB OF GOD WHO takes away the sin of the world!" [John 1. 29] Are you trusting in GOD'S SMITTEN LAMB, the SUPREME SACRIFICE?
Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
As we bid farewell to Sabbath may gladness reign and joy increase throughout this Season of the LORD'S Festivals!
While this breath of life is in me, HOLY LORD of all worlds, I worship YOU. Help us, O GOD, to banish from our hearts all vain glory, pride of worldly possessions, and self-sufficient leaning on our own reason.
Fill us with YOUR SPIRIT of humility, meekness and the elegant grace of modesty that we may grow in wisdom and in reverence. May we never forget that all we have and prize is but lent to us, a trust for which we must render account to YOU. O HEAVENLY FATHER, put into our hearts the love and awe of YOU, that we may consecrate our lives to YOUR service and glorify YOUR NAME in the eyes of all men. Amen
Gmar Chatima Tova! — Literally: A good and final sealing (Idiomatically: May you be inscribed [in the BOOK OF LIFE] for good!
Praying for the peace of Jerusalem, is praying for the return of our Messiah and Lord and for the Kingdom of God He is bringing when He comes. Then God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven and the world will experience true godly universal peace.
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