This Wednesday will be the Biblical Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur, as we call it in Hebrew.
Many Jewish people have come to faith at this significant time, and we would love you to join us in praying this week in particular: That our people, the people of Israel, would come to know and enjoy the atonement that Yeshua provided for us all.
YOM KIPPUR – A DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING
There will be quiet and empty roads across the land of Israel for the holiest day of the Jewish calendar: Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which starts on Tuesday evening at sundown and continues through to Wednesday evening.
Most Jewish will people go without food and drink for 24 hours and attend special Yom Kippur services at synagogues, even if they are not especially religious – much in the same way that many people celebrate Christmas even though they don’t believe in Jesus. The habit of fasting and quiet contemplation on this day is a well-ingrained part of Jewish culture.
And while reflecting in the synagogue on what it all means, sometimes God meets them there. Here are some stories of Jewish people who had that experience. Continue reading…
“From growing up Jewish, I understood about the importance of atonement, and it made me nervous.
If God was even real, I realized that I was just was so far away from him… and I had no way of being able to get back together with him, or to have atonement.”
There are many ways in which the Biblical ordinance of Yom Kippur foreshadows the greatest atonement of all: the sacrifice of the Messiah himself.
God’s lists of seemingly strange and even barbaric commands about blood sacrifice in the Law can be bewildering to us in the twenty-first century sometimes, but when we look carefully at the detailed instructions and what is behind them, it can be overwhelming we start to see the beauty and depth of God’s wisdom and prophetic plans. Continue reading…
NEW SEMESTER ABOUT TO BEGIN AT ISRAEL COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE
The new academic year will start on 25th October, and we have been very pleased to see how many Israelis have registered to study with us. We are still finalizing registration, and praying that this year will be the best year yet!