Thank God for the Day of Atonement!

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!

9 thoughts on “Thank God for the Day of Atonement!

  1. Along with your post I have read and looked up many things on this day and it’s meaning. I have also heard a Sermon by Bob League (Atonement: A Day to Remember) and am hearing now Mr. Wyatt Ciesielka (The Day of Atonement: Judgement, Love and Victory). Both of these are fine sermons on this day. I am grateful to God that He has provided us with such fine men to feed us the truth and to make sure that we know what all the Holy Days are for, their meaning.

  2. D. Crockett

    Happy hungry to you, Wallace. It is an incredible Day when we contemplate what will happen on this day and the positive impact that it will have on he world. Enjoy the Fast and the Feast!

  3. Teresa

    Happy Day of Atonement from the Fischers in Paris, France today!!! Just as hungry here, but we’ll be finished 7 hours or so before you all. 😀

  4. From a child’s prospective, having wanted to observe the day of Atonement as my older sisters were. From three years old I have always looked at the challenge of fasting the entire day, as a blessing to have the opportunity to focus on a world with no more of the pull that Satan has on mankind. Reminding me of the child’s perspective brought back so many wonderful memories of keeping Gods Holy Days as a gift, from such a loving,forgiving Father! Thank you!

  5. Michele Fritts

    Encouraging my children to endure the fast, is certainly an experience! We have to continually divert their attention and point their focus to things of God and the knowledge that on this day Satan will be bound. I know that is how we adults get through and it’s just a unique and rewarding experience to actually teach someone how to fast and what it means. They are a little disappointed Satan isn’t being bound TODAY:) You know kids….so impatient. Have a pleasant and meaningful Day of Atonement to all!!

  6. Howdy, again, Ms. Parker. I should add that for our family, our kids all fast now, but it was a step-by-step process. For instance, just a few years ago, our youngest would only skip one meal of the two we normally miss. And when our oldest first felt that he wanted to try to go the whole day, we kept juice boxes and bits of cheese on hand. It’s something they’ve grown into and do pretty good at now, though it can be harder when one of them is going through a growing spell. They’re real troopers, and though they enjoy “complaining” we have a lot of fun with it.

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