Just a brief note to wish all of you reading this a profitable Day of Atonement!
I won’t pretend: My children don’t necessarily consider the Day of Atonement their favorite Holy Day, and for obvious reasons (“I’m soooooo huuuuuuuungry…” plus seemingly infinite variations on that theme). They do say, though, that they very much look forward to what the Day of Atonement pictures: The removal of Satan from this world and the beginning of mankind’s being able to completely and fully experience “at-one-ment” with God on a global scale in a way that it has not been able to for 6,000 years.
I hope all of us can remember how special this day is, longing to be rid of this world’s tempter and tormentor, and longing for the freedom pictured by the jubilee God attaches to this day. As Mr. John Ogwyn used to say, there can be no Feast without the Fast. Removing Satan is an essential ingredient in all the wonderful things we enjoy meditating on and imagining during the Feast–that glorious world ahead, full of the wonder and delight that the Scriptures describe in sumptuous detail.
Jesus Christ truly did come to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8), and this Holy Day gives us the chance to meditate deeply on that and to thank God and glorify Him for such wonderful news. Have a marvelous, deeply profitable Day of Atonement!