Through Israel’s journey, one of the ways God revealed Himself was as a Good Shepherd to guard, protect, provide and to bring them into perfect rest.
The Feast of Tabernacles begins exactly six months after the Feast of Unleavened Bread. The Spring holy day of Unleavened bread commemorates the day Israel left Egypt; the Feast of Tabernacles commemorates the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. It is also the 3rd of the pilgrim festivals when Jewish men would bring the firstfruits of the fall harvest to Jerusalem.
-Atonement achieved When the Day of Atonement ends at sundown, many are uncertain if God forgave their sin. One rabbi said, “We can’t be sure we hope so; we just act as though He has. God is merciful.” Atonement is accomplished when the wronged party is appeased (satisfied) by the offering of the offending party. […]
There are three unique features of the Day of Atonement; today we will consider the High Priest. Yom Kippur is the only day of the year that the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies. There he made atonement for the nation of Israel by putting the blood of the sacrificial goat on the mercy seat.
From sundown to sundown the entire country of Israel shuts down. Even the roads will be closed to all but emergency vehicles. Bicycles abound. Religious Jews will spend much time in the synagogues; and many go for long walks. There is a sense of peace and serenity that blankets the country. What is missing is a sober sense of confession and repentance.
The Hebrew word translated as “confess” יָדַע [yä·dah’] is the same root used for “to know.” Thus to confess is to know, acknowledge and perceive and declare; confession of sin is to agree with God.