Defining the Day


1. Agreement; concord; reconciliation, after enmity or controversy. Romans 5:11.

Between the Duke of Glo’ster and your brothers.

2. Expiation; satisfaction or reparation made by giving an equivalent for an injury, or by doing or suffering that which is received in satisfaction for an offense or injury; with for.

And Moses said to Aaron, go to the altar, and offer thy sin-offering, and thy burnt-offering, and make an atonement for thyself and for the people. Leviticus 9:7.

When a man has been guilty of any vice, the best atonement he can make for it is, to warn others not to fall into the like.

The Phocians behaved with so much gallantry, that they were thought to have made a sufficient atonement for their former offense.

3. In theology, the expiation of sin made by the obedience and personal sufferings of Christ.

–from the Webster’s Dictionary 1828 Edition                    


Compared to What

You’ve heard it.  You may have even said it at some point in the past.

Well, I’m not perfect but compared to most of the jerks out there I’m a pretty good person. 

That’s a losing comparison for anyone.  We are called to a higher standard — the Torah standard, living in the footsteps of our Messiah who lived Torah perfectly.

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Grant Us Favor

Abba Father, You know what each of us are facing this week.  The Adversary is coming against us with distractions and upheaval as we head into the Day of Atonement this weekend.  Please pour Your merciful favor on us and grant us favor with mankind.  Let our minds and hearts focus completely on You.  Help us teshuvah.  Give us strength to endure the trials and test in ways that please and bring glory to You!  In the authority of Messiah Yeshua we pray.  Amen.

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