Yom Kippur: It’s central themes were and ARE atonement and repentance.
~R.OliverLuce | 10-05-14
Prior to Yom Kippur God made a deal with the first Jew, namely Abraham (whom you might even call the first Christian if you will, looking forward to the coming savior) regarding atonement & repentance.
God made a deal with Abram, who became Abraham, with HIS Covenant of salvation by God the Father and the “Spirit of Truth” (H.S.) passing through the pieces of the sacrifice on the alter, that would and does take away Abram’s sins (and ours!). If Abraham believed and accepted God’s “Word of Promise” (Jesus the Christ) regarding this covenant God made with him He would have a hope and a future. And we know that Abraham did so, and walked with God by trust.
So we can say Jesus was the pieces of flesh on that alter God used to pass through with His very own SPIRIT OF TRUTH which is the Holy Spirit (Gen.15:17). And as we all know today, Jesus came at the right time and died on a stake to seal that deal to show the world of God’s Word is trustworthy!! God’s covenant covers our sin. Nothing else will do.
According to Jewish tradition, God inscribes each person’s fate for the coming year into a book, the Book of Life, on Rosh Hashanah, and waits until Yom Kippur to “seal” the verdict.