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Yom Kippur:The Symbolism Of The Priest's Linen

Shalom beloved ones, we pray this blesses you this week!

In the tabernacle of Adonai there was a room; the Holy Place. There, the priests of God would go daily to perform their service to the Lord.

Through the Holy Place, behind the veil of separation, was another room; the Holy of Holies. There, dwelt the presence of Almighty God, between the cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant. There, only the High Priest could enter, and only one day a year; Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Here is how he would enter.

Leviticus 16:3-4 “Here is how Aharon is to enter the Holy Place: with a young bull as a sin offering and a ram as a burnt offering. He is to put on the holy linen tunic, have the linen shorts next to his bare flesh, have the linen sash wrapped around him, and be wearing the linen turban — they are the holy garments. He is to bathe his body in water and put them on.

On all others days the High Priest would wear his extravagant holy garb. On the day he entered the Holy of Holies, he would wear only white linen. The white linen, represented the forgiveness and atonement that would be extended to him that day, as well as the whole nation of Isra’el.

It’s beautiful to me, that Adonai has the High Priest dress in white before he even enters in for atonement. While he is still carrying his sin, he is dressed in the color of forgiveness.

We are like the High Priest. Even 1 Peter 2:9 refers to us as believers as priests-“ But you are a chosen people, the King’s priests, a holy nation, a people for God to possess!…”

So before we even uttered a prayer to accept the atoning, forgiving blood of Yeshua… even then the white linen had been prepared for us to put on. And yes, before we uttered that prayer, there Adonai was…on the Ark Cover, the Mercy Seat, waiting for us to put on the linen garments and enter in to his presence by the way made for us through the Messiah’s blood.

Hebrews 10:19-22 So, brothers, we have confidence to use the way into the Holiest Place opened by the blood of Yeshua. He inaugurated it for us as a new and living way through the parokhet, by means of his flesh. We also have a great cohen over God’s household. Therefore, let us approach the Holiest Place with a sincere heart, in the full assurance that comes from trusting — with our hearts sprinkled clean from a bad conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us enter then, as we are forgiven already.

Blessings and shavua tov b’shem Yeshua

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