Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Exodus 34:5

“The LORD descended in the cloud and stood there with (Moses) as he called upon the name of the LORD.” (NASB)


“The LORD descended (yarad: down, fell) in the cloud and stood (yatsab: to place, set, stand, set or station oneself, present oneself 1a) (Hithpael) to station oneself, take one's stand, stand, present oneself, stand with someone) there with (Moses) as he called upon (qara': cried, proclaimed, called out, summoned, invited, commissioned, appointed) the name of the LORD.”


The LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with Moses as he invited and cried out to the name of the LORD.


Today is a very special day on the Jewish calendar. After the Israelites alienated God by worshipping the golden calf, Moses ascended Mount Sinai to ask God for forgiveness. On the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei which is Yom Kippur, today, Moses descended Mount Sinai with the second Tablets. Thus, on the first Yom Kippur (approximately 3,500 years ago), the Israelites succeeded to atone for their sins and renegotiate their covenant with God. At the time of the Temple, the high priest performed a ritual of atonement for all the children of Israel on Yom Kippur, today. It was the only time that the high priest entered the Temple's Holy of Holies (Leviticus 16). Today, I encourage you to grasp the significance of this date. Through Christ, we can now enter the Holy of Holies and intimately know our Creator each and ever day.

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