Leviticus 23:26-28 – “the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, On the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be a holy convocation to you; and you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. And you shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God.”
This day is without question the most solemn day on the Jewish calendar. God told Moses that there was one day in the year when the high priest would go into the Holy of Holies and offer up a sacrifice to cover the sin of the people. This was a sacrifice of blood, because without the shedding of innocent blood, there can be no forgiveness of sin.
The phrase “afflict your soul” literally means to deal harshly with it. Through this commandment, God was establishing the divine cooperation between heaven and earth. The work of God in us is to forgive us of sin, and to give us the power against temptation. However, our part is to search our soul diligently to see if there is any sin there.
There are those who, through a religious spirit, afflict their souls so much that they never lift their faith high enough to see the many blessings that God has already given us. There are also those who excuse their sin, cover it up, or put the blame for it on someone else. They may ask for forgiveness, even repeatedly, but they rarely change.
For real transformation in your life, you must have absolute faith in the power of God to release you from sin and its power. But you must also, with the help of the Holy Spirit, examine your soul and find what is not pleasing to the Lord.
We don’t try to change ourselves in order to win the favour of God. Rather, because we have already undeservedly received His favour, we seek to let that favour produce change in us in a manner that glorifies Him.
In anticipation of our final prayer meeting of the Daniel Fast 2018, let me encourage you today to enter into the spirit of Yom Kippour. For those of us who are in Yeshoua, every day is Yom Kippour, for Jesus shed His precious blood to wash away our sin and to free us from all unrighteousness.
– That God would help you do a thorough examination of your soul to see if there is yet anything specifically that He wants to release you from.
– As well, please pray for the Jewish people around the world, that their eyes would be open to their Saviour and Redeemer.