This is a heart-felt and precious letter received by me from a near and dear Jewish believer in Yeshua. I will be forever grateful for my salvation and eternal destiny because God used the Jewish people, over the centuries, to safeguard and provide me with the written Word of God as a lasting legacy to build my life upon.
Today is Yom Kippur, the day on which the High Priest would annually enter into the Holy of Holies and seek to make atonement for the unintentional sins of Israel and all who believed in the LORD.
"But when Yeshua appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come... He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption" Hebrews 9:11-12.
And as "He was crushed for our iniquities" Isaiah 53, His death tore the curtain separating humanity from the most holy place. "Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Yeshua, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful," Hebrews 10:19-23.
In this way, today is a day of amazing gratitude for it reminds us that Yeshua has done what we could never do and now we may be reconciled to God. You and I no longer wait outside of the holy places, but walk with God as his children.
Nevertheless, as you all know, the majority of the Jewish people, my relatives included, reject the atonement made by our Messiah. Without the tabernacle and without the high priest, the day of atonement cannot be observed, and thus it is even more so a day of grieving as they try to observe this day through fasting and prayer. So I'm writing to you, my friends, asking you to join me in praying today that God would fulfill his words to the dry bones: "Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD," Ezekiel 37.
A prayer for our dear Jewish friends around the world...
Heavenly Father, thank You for providing Your Son as the propitiation for our sins. We can never thank You enough for rescuing us from eternal separation from You, and for adopting us as Your own. But still most of the children of Jacob, Your chosen people, remain dead in their transgressions. On this day, which should be one of joy and thankfulness, most Jewish people still do not believe in You and have rejected the Messiah. Breath Your life into those who still don't know You that they might turn from their sins believing in You and be saved. Thank You that we may enter the holy of holies, and indeed ourselves be temples of Your Holy Spirit. But God I want my people to come with me. I come to you praying that they may come to You as well.
In Yeshua's name I pray. Amen.