We and Our Fathers
Given By: "Glenn D. Blank" On Tuesday, September 25, 2012

 

Just as the Yom Kippur Avodah moved from the individual kohen gadol who in turn interceded for his household and for the atonement of the whole nation, so the atonement of the Messiah moves from the each individual believer who in turn intercedes for his household and for the atonement of nations.
Let’s begin by some key points of the Avodah (service), about which we just read from the Mishnah (the earlier part of the Talmud, written down by the end of the second century).
What part of Torah would ha-kohen gadol (the high priest) read aloud in preparation for the service of Yom Kippur, with trembling and weeping?
Leviticus 16, as is recorded in verse 2, “The LORD said to Moses: Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come at will into the Holy Place behind the curtain, in front of the cover that is upon the ark, lest he die; for I appear in the cloud over the cover.”
Given the ominous possibility that he might be struck dead (as Nadab and Abihu had been struck dead when they offered “strange fire,” or as the sons of Eli were killed when they took the ark out to a battle with the Philistines), the kohen gadol had reason to prepare to enter the Holy of Holies with trembling!
So, when Hebrews 10:19 says, “Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary,” we’re talking about some holy chutzpah! 
But before we can have such chutzpah, we must understand on what basis we can have it.
Whose sins did the High Priest confess first as he sacrificed a bull?  Leviticus 16:6 tells us, “Aaron shall offer the bull for the sin offering which is for himself, that he may make atonement for himself, and for his household.”
Why for himself first? He could not represent or intercede for others until he himself was first purified by the blood of atonement.
Similarly, each one of us must first be purified by the blood of atonement.
Hebrews 10:19 explains, “We have boldness to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Yeshua.”
By the blood of Yeshua, and only by the blood the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, do any of us the confidence or chutzpah to enter the holy place in heaven. V’eemru?
And why would you want to go in there anyway? Just to check it out? That would be vain chutzpah.
Well, why did the high priest go into the holy place on earth?
So that he might intercede for the sins of the nation, on the basis the atoning blood.
Brothers and sisters, do you know you have been cleansed and forgiven by the blood of Messiah?
Let’s nail this down. Actually, Yeshua the Messiah nailed this down for each of us, when He became our kapparah—you may recognize this word from Yom Kippur—our atoning sacrifice.
Have you put all your trust in the atonement that Yeshua the Messiah made for you?
Are you all confident about His blood atones for all your sin and makes you acceptable to God—confident enough to enter the Holy of Holies? If anyone lacks this confidence, please stand up now.
It’s time to stand up and ask God for this confidence—that’s what this Yom Kippur is all about—
It has a eternal significance. So if you aren’t sure, please stand up now, so we can pray for you.
Again, if there’s anyone here who isn’t absolutely sure that God the Father has forgiven all of your sin on the basis of the kapparah or atoning sacrifice of Yeshua the Messiah, please stand for prayer now.
Let’s all pray: Our Father in Heaven, we praise you and thank you, for the love you have shown us,
By providing a kapparah, an atoning sacrifice, to cover all our sins. How much you love us! Thank you for sending Yeshua into the world as to become the Suffering Servant. 
Thank you, Yeshua, for offering your own body—you who never sinned—as a sacrifice for me.
How much you love me! I confess my all my sins, all my transgressions against your Torah, 
over your body. Thank you, Yeshua, for bearing all my sins and iniquity away!
Help me now to have complete confidence in the power of your blood to cleanse me.
Help me now to come boldly into Your presence, in prayer, to worship you, and to pray for others.
How awesome is your sacrifice for me, and for the whole world! 
V’eemru? You may be seated.
Whose sins did the High Priest confess after his own?
As Leviticus 16:6 says, “and his household.”
How many of you have members of your family who need the atoning sacrifice of Messiah?
If that’s you, then stand up! Let’s pray for them!
 
Whose sins did the High Priest confess when he laid hands upon the scapegoat? 
Leviticus 16:21 says, “Aaron shall lay both of his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel.”
When the kohen gadol laid hands on the Azazel goat, he confessed over it all the iniquities of a nation.
When Messiah Yeshua suffered and died on those wooden stakes, He was bearing away the iniquities of the whole nation of Israel, as well as all who identify with Him in His death.
For so the kohen gadol unwittingly acknowledged in John 11:52, when he “prophesied that Yeshua would die for the nation.  And not for the nation only, but also so that He might gather together into one the scattered children of God.”
Isn’t God awesome? What amazing love God has for us that He would provide a way to cleanse not only each one of us of all our sins, but all of us together standing before His glorious throne! V’eemru?
 
For sin is not just what you do as individual. Sin affects us as a body, corporately.
We must also bear in mind that God doesn’t look at us only as individuals.
When Isaiah saw God filling up the Temple with His glory, how did the prophet respond?
Isaiah 6:5, “Woe to me! I too am doomed! — because I, a man with unclean lips, am living among a people with unclean lips!”
Never mind that 66 chapters of prophecy would pour forth from those lips—they were unclean now, in the presence of the Holy One—and all the more because the prophet was living among a people of unclean lips!
How many of you know that you are also living among a people with unclean lips, and unclean hands?
Note that the prophet didn’t say those people. He completely identified with the sins of his people. 
The uncleanness of his people meant that he, too, was was unclean—unworthy to be in the presence of the Holy One of Israel.
It was the same with Daniel—we read his prayer last night before reciting the Al Chet.
In Daniel 9:8, he confesses, “Yes, ADONAI, shame falls on us, our kings, our leaders and our fathers; because we sinned against you.” [s] He goes on, “we rebelled, we did not listen to the voice of Adonai our God…” You might wonder, wasn’t Daniel a Tzaddik? Did the Daniel himself really sin, or rebel against God? Yet Isaiah, Daniel fully identified with the sins of our people.. 
He fully recognized that the curse written in the Torah of Moses had indeed fallen upon him—since he, too, was exiled from his homeland, with no Temple and no sacrifices to atone for his sins.
It wasn’t just rhetoric. The prophets understood that when God judges a nation, everyone who belongs to that nation is responsible for its sins.
Is this message hitting home with anybody here? 
How many recognize that Daniel’s prayer echoed another prayer? 
Hint: we read it earlier this morning, the prayer of King Solomon, at the dedication of the Temple.
 
 
In 2 Chronicles 6:36-38, Shlomo prayed before all Israel, "If they sin against you - for there is no one who doesn't sin—and you are angry with them and hand them over to the enemy, so that they carry them off captive to a land far away, then if they come to their senses in the land where they have been carried away captive… Note that Shlomo says that “there is no one who doesn’t sin.” Wise king! That’s why we all need to make teshuvah, to repent, and we all need a kapparah to cover our sins.
V’eemru?  Shlomo continues: “if they turn back and make their plea to you in the land where they are captive, saying, 'We sinned, we acted wrongly, we behaved wickedly.”
Now do you recognize Daniel’s prayer? Now do you recognize the inspiration for the Al Chet?
 
Does anyone see parallels with our situation today?
How many of you know that both Israel, our nation and the world needs to turn from sin? V’eemru?
How patient and long-suffering God has been with us, and with our country?
The warnings have gone out—will America listen? Will the people who are called by His name lead the way in prayer and repentance for our country?
We are all Americans, so we all share in the sin of our country (even if we don’t condone the sin).
Daniel and Nehemiah confessed and repented of the sins of his people Israel and all his ancestors. 

On Sunday, a movement of Orthodox Jews called for “All Jews as One,” At one moment, Jews prayed, “Master of the Universe, We, the children of Israel, ask you to send Mashiach to redeem us, now and with mercy, from exile and all suffering, to reveal your Name in the world and to bring peace.”
If Jews in Israel and worldwide have an impulse to pray for Mashiach what about believers in Yeshua? 
 
Believers all across our land are becoming aware that we are in a critical time and much prayer is needed. 
In Washington, a House of Prayer called David’s Tent has gotten permission to sent up tents for prayer & repentance on the Ellipse behind the White House for 43 days from Yom Kippur to Election Day.
Really? How many of you think somebody got a revelation from heaven? 
In Philadelphia, thousands of people will be gather to pray for our country next weekend, kicking off 40 days of prayer for our nation. Two busloads are leaving the Lehigh Valley from Calvary Baptist.
Here’s a calendar for 40 days of prayer, available at ifmypeople2012.org.
 
It’s great to join other believers in these critical times & places, but we can also pray for our nation in our prayer closets. V’eemru? And if you think our country has some repenting to do, remember Daniel.
We must avoid praying as us vs. them. If we want to see our nation turn around and experience revival, it has to start with us. [s] “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My fce, and trun from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal their land.”  Can it happen here?
And it’s not just our nation. We all belong to other bodies.
How many of you know that there is significant sin in the region where you live? 
How many of you know that there is significant sin in your workplace?
How many of you know that there is significant sin in your school?
How many of you know that there is significant sin in your household?
How many of you know that the testimony of Israel to the nations is marred by sin?
How many of you know that testimony of the body of Messiah to unbelievers is marred by sin?
How many of you know that our congregation also falls short of the glory of God?

How many of you think we should pray as Daniel prayed, as Isaiah prayed, Nehemiah prayed,
as Yeshua prayed?  Let’s pray… The worship team may come forward….