Friday, October 7, 2011
Yom Kippur in Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר or יום הכיפורים is also known as Day of Atonement. Fasting will begin after lunch on Friday October 7, 2011 and last until sundown Saturday Oct 8th. Jews observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days or Yamim Nora'im ~ "Days of Awe". THe Jewish calendar ensures that Yom Kippur never falls on a Friday, Sunday or a Tuesday. The Torah calls the day Yom HaKippurim. Leviticus 23:27 decrees strict prohibition of work and affliction of the soul. A variety of liturgical poems are spoken, including a poem recounting the radiance of the countenance of the Kohen Gadol after exiting the Holy of Holies. In a solemn manner to echo the Light seen in the countenance of Moses after descending from Mount Sinai. According to Jewish tradition the Torah was dictated to Moses by God. On Friday 10-7-11 as I listened to the bible being read, I was stilled by His voice, then moved to extend His generosity and provision to others. An email from my mother covered what gloom is predicted as our dollar dives. TRUTH: God's word shall never collapse. As the world economy shakes, as rulers come and go, God's word is what we can cling to! FROM THE MESSAGE Nathan tells King David in 2 Samuel 7:11-30 "So here is what you are to tell my servant David: The God-of-the-Angel-Armies has this word for you: I took you from the pasture, tagging along after sheep, and made you prince over my people Israel. I was with you everywhere you went and mowed your enemies down before you. Now I'm making you famous, to be ranked with the great names on earth. And I'm going to set aside a place for my people Israel and plant them there so they'll have their own home and not be knocked around any more. Nor will evil men afflict you as they always have, even during the days I set judges over my people Israel. Finally, I'm going to give you peace from all your enemies. "Furthermore, God has this message for you: God himself will build you a house! When your life is complete and you're buried with your ancestors, then I'll raise up your child, your own flesh and blood, to succeed you, and I'll firmly establish his rule. He will build a house to honor me, and I will guarantee his kingdom's rule permanently. I'll be a Father to Him, and he'll be a Son to Me. When he does wrong, I'll discipline him in the usual ways, the pitfalls and obstacles of this mortal life. But I'll never remove my gracious love from Him, as I removed it from Saul, who preceded you and whom I most certainly did remove. Your family and your kingdom are permanently secured. I'm keeping my eye on them! And your royal throne will always be there, rock solid." Nathan gave David a complete and accurate account of everything he heard and saw in the vision. King David went in, took his place before God, and prayed: "Who am I, my Master God, and what is my family, that you have brought me to this place in life? But that's nothing compared to what's coming, for you've also spoken of my family far into the future, given me a glimpse into tomorrow, my Master God! What can I possibly say in the face of all this? You know me, Master God, just as I am. You've done all this not because of who I am but because of who you are—out of your very heart!—but you've let me in on it. "This is what makes you so great, Master God! There is none like you, no God but you, nothing to compare with what we've heard with our own ears. And who is like your people, like Israel, a nation unique in the earth, whom God set out to redeem for himself, performing great and fearsome acts, throwing out nations and their gods left and right as you saved your people from Egypt? You established for yourself a people—your very own Israel!—your people permanently. And you, God, became their God. "So now, great God, this word that you have spoken to me and my family, guarantee it permanently! Do exactly what you've promised! Then your reputation will flourish always as people exclaim, 'The God-of-the-Angel-Armies is God over Israel!' And the house of your servant David will remain sure and solid in your watchful presence. For you, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, Israel's God, told me plainly, 'I will build you a house.' That's how I was able to find the courage to pray this prayer to you. "And now, Master God, being the God you are, speaking sure words as you do, and having just said this wonderful thing to me, please, just one more thing: Bless my family; keep your eye on them always. You've already as much as said that you would, Master God! Oh, may your blessing be on my family permanently!" AMEN and HALLELUIAH!