Tag Archives: Day of Atonement

Atonement: Vindication of the Martyrs

The first recorded sermon by Jesus occurs in his hometown synagogue in Nazareth. In that sermon he makes a remarkable statement about his mission and person. He begins by reading a few words from Isaiah 61 from the scroll handed … Continue reading

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The Day of Atonement and The Curious Incident of the Lamb of God

[Note: When I originally posted this in 2013 I seem to have made a mistake in the settings so as to make it inaccessible. Since this is the season, I am posting it again.] The Israelite holy day we call … Continue reading

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… And Books Were Opened

[This post is a slightly revised version of a Wascana Fellowship message from 2010.] The image of judgment in Revelation 20:11-15 mentions that “books were opened” and that people were judged in accordance with what was written in them. We are told that … Continue reading

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Day of Atonement and The Curious Incident of the Lamb of God

The Israelite holy day we call the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) presents a fascinating imagery of community purification of sin. It may seem like a weird and bloody ritual from a barbaric time, therefore completely irrelevant to our modern … Continue reading

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Atonement: Jesus, Judge of the Living and the Dead

On September 26 some friends and members of Wascana Fellowship spent an evening celebrating an evening known to Jewish people as the conclusion of yom kippur. We began our conversation by discussing what that day meant in the lives of … Continue reading

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Feasts of the Seventh Month

Much has been made lately about the upcoming end of the Mayan “Long Count” calendar, which is purported to signal the end of the world or of civilization as we know it – depending on who is prognosticating. There are … Continue reading

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Atonement: Books Were Opened

As I read the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures (the Christian Bible) I have come to see ever-more clearly that God understands a great deal more about human nature than we usually give Him credit for. For instance, at the time … Continue reading

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