This was an email sent to me from the Messianic Bible Project. I encourage you to read and consider it in light of this special day.
Today is Yom Kippur, and Jewish people around the world will fast for 24 hours and go to synagogue to pray. Yom Kippur, is also known as the Day of Atonement, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Synagogue services last from morning throughout the afternoon, during which Jewish people will do soul searching and recite prayers to rid themselves of the sins they’ve committed over the past year. This year most of the 14 million Jews around the world will attend these Yom Kippur synagogue services, and my heart cries out for them because they do not know Yeshua – the One whom the prophets speak about in their own Jewish Bible.
Teaching on Yom Kippur in the time of Yeshua
When the first and second Temples were standing in Jerusalem, the High Priest (Kohen Gadol) would remove his ordinary priestly robes and take a ritual bath, then he would put on special white clothes.
After offering the ordinary morning sacrifice, he would offer a young bullock to atone for his own sins, as he could not intercede for the people of Israel until his own sins were atoned for. He would then carry incense into the Holy of Holies, and then return to the altar to get blood from the sacrifice, which he would sprinkle on the lid of the Ark of the Covenant (Mercy Seat) and seven times on the ground in front of the ark.
After this he would sacrifice a goat for the sins of the people, and sprinkle its blood on the ark and in front of it, as he had done with the blood of the bullock. This made atonement for the Holy of Holies. Next, he provided atonement for the tabernacle by sprinkling the blood of both animals on the horns of the altar once, and seven times on the ground around it.
This is where it begins to get exciting. . .
The Azazel (Scapegoat) - After this, the high priest would go out into the Temple court and lay his hands over the head of the scapegoat, confessing over it the sins of the people of Israel.
Then the goat would be taken outside the city and released into the wilderness. This symbolized the removal (carrying away) of the sins from the people of Israel. According to the Talmud, a scarlet cord was tied around the neck of the scapegoat. This cord was reported to have turned white as the goat was led away from the city.
The Babylonian Talmud records that for the last forty years before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D. - that would have been just about the time Yeshua was offered up as the final sacrifice - the scarlet cord around the neck of the scapegoat failed to turn white.
In Yeshua, all our sins are carried away “as far as east is from west” (Psalm 103:12). Yeshua is not only our High Priest, but He is also the final sacrifice who has taken away our sins.
Because of that, Your Name, my friend, is Written in the Book of Life.
Imagine, if in all the synagogues around the world, the rabbis were discussing with their congregants the links between the scarlet cord, the scapegoat, and Yeshua.
And imagine if in all the synagogues during the fall holidays they were actually reading about how Yeshua fulfilled the Jewish festivals.
Friends, do you know that 99% of all Jewish people do not know Yeshua simply because no one has ever taken the Gospel to them?