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The Weekly eDrash

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Commentary on Parasha: Acharei Mot

 

A Personal Day of Atonement

Tags:  forgiveness, presence of God, relationship, salvation, Yom Kippur

The Day of Atonement reminds us that salvation and relationship with God cannot be attained by being good enough or scoring points with God. You cannot keep the Torah well enough....
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Face to Face

Tags:  ark of the covenant, atonement, face to face, holy of holies, incense, religious arrogance, sanctuary, veil, Yom Kippur

"We have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Yeshua, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh" (Hebrews 10:19-20). This powerful truth, however, leaves us in the hazardous position of trivializing the awesome holiness and terror of almighty God. We must not allow this spiritual privilege of direct access to the Father to diminish our reverence for Him....
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What 'Holiness' looks like

What does a holy person look like? Do you picture a priest or a nun? Maybe a preacher? Perhaps you imagine a Chassidic Jew with a full beard, side locks and black hat. Leviticus 19-20 contains the Bible's description of what holiness looks like. The passage begins with the words, "Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, 'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy'" (Leviticus 19:2)....
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A People Set Apart

Tags:  conduct, culture, different, distinctions, sensuality, sexuality, society

In Leviticus 18, the Lord warns the Israelites, "You shall not do what is done in the land of Egypt where you lived, nor are you to do what is done in the land of Canaan where I am bringing you; you shall not walk in their statutes." (Leviticus 18:3) We are not to imitate the ways of the Egyptians. This means that we are not to turn back to the evil ways of our past. He tells them not to do as the Canaanites do. This means that we are not to allow ourselves to be seduced by new temptations....
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Atonement

Tags:  forgiveness, presence of God, provision

In Leviticus 16 we read about the Tabernacle ritual for the Day of Atonement. That passage speaks of an intersection of three spheres of holiness. On the holiest day of the year (the Day of Atonement), the holiest man in the world (the high priest of Israel) goes into the holiest place in the world (the Holy of Holies)....
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