Have you ever seen a child make a “mistake” in their drawing and instead of working with the mistake to create something new, they crumble it up, throw it in the trash with frustration and start all over again? Why would they do that? Because everyone loves the idea of a clean slate- a second chance to make things right.
Unfortunately, life is not a piece of paper. We don’t get the chance of undoing our words and actions, of throwing away every relationship that involves pain or changing jobs every time someone or something fails to perform. The reality is there is nothing and no one in this world that is perfect. But still we keep trying to toss out the old in search of the new only to arrive at the same dead end conclusion that what is truly broken and in need of a clean slate is us.
In this period of time, known as the “Days of Awe”, the people of Israel take time for deep introspection, repentance for sins committed in the past year and prayer that God would grant them a clean slate with their names written in the Book of Life. There is something to be said for taking the time to make things right before God and with others. If introspection leads to repentance and a change of heart and actions, it is of great value. Remember, however, that the scriptures make it clear that there is no forgiveness of sins without the means of a sacrifice. “According to the Law, in fact, nearly everything must be purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”- Hebrews 9:22
This is why the message of Yeshua coming as the Lamb of God who was slain for our sins is SUCH GREAT NEWS! Our acceptance of His sacrifice, through faith with repentance is God’s means for a clean slate. Through the atoning sacrifice of Yeshua on the cross, we can rejoice that every time the Holy Spirit and the Word of God convicts us of our sins, and we repent, we can rest assured that we receive God’s mercy and forgiveness. Psalm 103:13 says, “As a father has compassion on His children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.” And the verse just before that states- “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” When we ask God’s forgiveness for our sins, He not only throws them away in the trash, He removes them far, far away from us!
For those who have known the joy of God’s forgiveness, this Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), rejoice that your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life through your faith in the atoning blood of Yeshua! But let me petition of you to pray, not out of arrogance that you are saved by grace, but with compassion for those who have not yet received God’s free gift of salvation. Pray for those who will be fasting on Yom Kippur in Israel, to receive a revelation of Yeshua in this time, that they too might know the joy of God’s forgiveness from their transgressions!