A Call to Chivalry

ChivalryI really like what it says in Wikipedia about chivalry. I’m sharing a part of it in order to lay a foundation for what I wanted to express in this post.

 

[Chivalry, or the chivalric code, is the traditional code of conduct associated with the medieval institution of knighthood. Chivalry arose from an idealized German custom.[1] It was originally conceived of as an aristocratic warrior code — the term derives from the French term for horseman — involving honor, gallantry, and individual training and service to others. Over time its meaning has been refined to emphasize more ideals such as knightly virtues, honor, courtly love, courtesy, and less martial aspects of the tradition.

 

The Knight’s Code of Chivalry was a moral system that stated all knights should protect others who can not protect themselves, such as widows, children, and elders. All knights needed to have the strength and skills to fight wars in the Middle Ages. Knights not only had to be strong but they were also extremely disciplined and were expected to use their power to protect the weak and defenseless. Knights vowed to be loyal, generous, and “noble bearing”. Knights were required to tell the truth at all times and always respect the honor of women. Knights not only vowed to protect the weak but also vowed to guard the honor of all fellow knights. They always had to obey those who were placed in authority and were never allowed to refuse a challenge from an equal. Knights lived by honor and for glory. Knights were to fear God and maintain His Church. Knights always kept their faith and never turned their back on a foe. Knights despised pecuniary reward. They persevered to the end in any enterprise begun.[2] Essentially, a chivalric knight is a Christian military soldier. “Certain law” stated a man must be a baptized Christian in order to become a knight.[1]]

 

Living in the times we do, it is more important than ever to put on the Whole Armor of God and begin shining God’s light in this very dark world.  Real men and women are needing to step up and become true warriors for Christ.  Sadly there is a virtue that has just about been stamped out of our society, and that virtue is chivalry.

 
Chivalry is another one of those words that have become archaic in our times. There are women now who are offended if a man opens a door for her. Being valiant or taking the higher road is now seen as weakness, and is made fun of. And chivalry, like morality, is a characteristic that is looked at quizzically and considered old fashioned or passé’.

 

There was a time when a chivalrous man was admired, looked up to and emulated. Many men now have been emasculated and feminized by our society, and no longer have a clue what true masculinity is, or how much it’s tied to being chivalrous.  

 

A chivalrous man will overlook an offence, but won’t be bullied. He will not digress to another man’s folly, but he will also not be pushed around. A chivalrous man will defend his wife, his family and his country with his very life; but he will not let any of them define who he is as a man.

 

Chivalry is not about being a macho tough guy. Nor does a chivalrous man’s temperance and overlooking of offences make him a cowardice wimp who lets others walk all over him.  Following Christ’s example, he will turn the other cheek when possible.

 

Being chivalrous is about knowing who you are as a person. It’s about serving an ideal that is bigger than you. It’s a demeanor or attitude that is strong and courageous, yet mixed with the ability to be gentle and kind. Being chivalrous is about holding yourself to a much higher standard than most people hold themselves to.

 

Even with all his faults and foibles, King David, and many of those who followed him, were chivalrous men. When you read through the Psalms, you can see the kind of man King David was. He was not only strong and passionate, but he could also be loving, kind and gentle. He was a man who could cry, as well as, laugh. He was also a man who wrote poetry, and yet was a mighty warrior in battle. He was a man’s man. He was the kind of man that most boys want and pretend to be, before they grow up and are corrupted by our society.

 

Look at characters like Marcus Aurelius in “Gladiator”, William Wallace in “Braveheart”, Lt. Col. Hal Moore in “We Were Soldiers” or Rob Roy in “Rob Roy”. They were all men who loved their families and countries deeply. They were men of great courage and passion, and men who had the capacity to be kind and gentle without seeming weak. They were brave and fierce warriors who risked it all to serve and fight for ideals greater than themselves. How do you and I measure up to these chivalrous characters?

 

Now, you might not be physically big or tough, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fight the good fight as a spiritual warrior of the Most High God. You might not be covered in muscle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be strong in spirit and mind; which is where the true battle is taking place. You might not feel brave and fierce, but God sees the real you, a mighty man of courage. After all, he is our strength and our shield, and He will give us what we need for battle.

 

The battle we fight as Christians is not a physical battle, but a spiritual one. Our real enemies are not the ones we can see in front of us, but the invisible ones behind them that do battle in a spiritual realm.

 

Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but again, principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

 

It’s a good thing we have a General who is the most Chivalrous, fierce and powerful warrior that has ever, or will ever exist. Our General is Jesus Christ and He gives us spiritual armor and strength to do battle in, and He always has our back.

 

Now I would like to express something at this point that is extremely important. Our being chivalrous must not be a part time thing; or something we do only when life is going smoothly. Chivalry is a way of life no matter what is going on, good or bad.

 
Now, what happens when life throws us a curve ball, or when other people act in an unchivalrous manner toward us? Are we going to let their lack of chivalry cause us to be unchivalrous? Are we going to follow their lead downward?

 

Unfortunately, not allowing that to happen is often easier said than done. When in the heat of a situation, it can be very difficult not to lower ourselves to someone else’s bad behavior or standards. When we’re insulted, we want to insult back. When we’re hurt, we want to hurt back. When life gives us lemons, we want to rub the lemons in our wounds and feel sorry for ourselves.

 

There’s a nature within us that wars against God’s nature. Our human nature is selfish and self-serving, and only really cares for ourselves. God’s nature on the other hand is self-less, it’s about serving others, and loving unconditionally. Which nature we follow is up to us, the spirit or the flesh.

 

Galatians 5: 16-18

16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

 

The lusting of our flesh isn’t just about physical things either; it’s also about lusting after our own way, our own satisfaction, our own sense of fairness and justice. One cannot walk in the flesh and be chivalrous.

 

The characteristics of chivalry are something that is cultivated over time, and requires a lot of sacrifice and character to give oneself over to its ideals. If you lack the characteristics of chivalry, ask God to help you. He’s always there for us.

 

Now, like I said, it can be somewhat easy to be chivalrous when everything is smooth sailing, but when the storms of life come upon us, it can be a very different story. So, the next time someone rocks your boat, or a trial knocks you out of your boat, how will you respond?  Will it be with chivalry, or will human nature win the day?

 

Please tell me what you think!

 

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Cultivating Valor

ValorContinuing with the theme of last my last post, Id like to share my feelings about what I like to call becoming a warrior poet. One of the aspects of being a warrior poet or spiritual warrior is the cultivating of valor. If you were to look at many of the knights of medieval Europe or some of the ancient Greek warriors you would see they were men of valor.  They were brave and principled men.

 

Let me say before we continue, that this isn’t just about men.  Although God has called men to step up and lead as Christ leads the church, women can an should also have valor.  Our roles may be different in some ways, but we best work as a team; and one role is not more important than the other, just different.

 

What is Valor?

So, let’s explore what exactly valor is, and how one cultivates it?

 

Merriam Webster defines valor as, “strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness, personal bravery”. It comes from Middle English valour worth, worthiness, bravery, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin valor, from Latin valēre to be of worth, be strong.

 

I don’t recall any classes in my school that taught or promoted valor. As a matter of fact, I think our schools promote just the opposite. What we’ve been experiencing over the past couple generations is the emasculation of men starting at an early age.

 

So, what exactly is cultivate? After the description of gardening, we get to the definition that I would like to focus on, and that is described by Webster as, “c : to improve by labor, care, or study; refine <cultivate the mind>, 3: further, encourage <cultivate the arts> 4: to seek the society of : make friends with.

 

So if we look at the admonition to cultivate valor we find it’s an admonition to improve by labor, care or study the act of strengthening the mind while learning personal worthiness and bravery.

 

Sounds like a worthy goal to me.

 

 

How Do We Do It

How do we do that in a society that condemns men for being men? We are told to be nice, polite and gentle. When we’re a child in school if someone pushes us around, we’re told not to lower ourselves to their level by hitting and to be the bigger man. Really? That’s how you create men who are wusses and wimps.

 

I’m not advocating fighting every time someone looks at you funny. I’m not advocating being rude, unkind, or gruff with people who are not nice to you. What I’m advocating is being what a man is supposed to be, what God has called him to be.

 

If you look at Jesus’ examples, you will see Him as kind and gentle with children, widows, the affirmed and those who are suffering. You also see Him very aggressive and in-your-face with religious hypocrites and cruel task masters. Jesus was not a wimp that let Himself get pushed around, He was a man’s man.

 

The kind of man I am talking about is exemplified by the character William Wallace in Braveheart played by Mel Gibson. Wallace could be humorous, friendly and kind, yet he had a passion and drive that stood up for his woman, his country, and for his suffering country-men. He was no one to be trifled with, he was a man of valor.

 

Like the warrior poets of old, like King David, and like our Savior Jesus Christ who became man for a time. These were men of valor with deep compassion, and love for others, yet were far from genteel men. They were men who were brave, self-sacrificing, concerned about others; but were afraid of no one.

 

The Lie We’ve Been Fed

Somehow we’ve been fed a lie that says strong men who stand up for themselves and are willing to fight for what is right are bullies and brutes. No, bullies and brutes are not men, they are bullies and brutes.

 

Real men have feelings, and the capacity to be kind, considerate and even gentle. Real men can appreciate prose, music, beauty and art. Real men can even cry when moved emotionally yet still stand strong, and are un-swayed in their dedication to God, family and ideals.

 

A real man would never bully or abuse a women, child or honorable thing. Just the opposite, they will sacrifice and defend those things with their very last breath.

 

So, how do we learn to cultivate valor in a culture that holds valor unimportant and passé’?

 

The only way to do that is to stop looking at what our society says about men, and what rolls men currently hold. The roles that God has given men and women have become so blurred it’s hard to know what a man is anymore.

 

Many men have misconstrued their responsibility as head of the family to mean self-important dictators. They have become terrors in their own family, and rule with an iron fist. Then there are those on the opposite side who refuse to accept responsibility for their families at all. Their family is not their priority, instead things like work, sports and their own personal gratification are their concern.

 

Men need to start looking to the past if they want to learn what a real man is, and what being a man of valor means. So many people look at Jesus and talk about how loving, kind and nice He was. Yes, He was those things, but He was also powerful, strong, and didn’t put up with nonsense. He called it like He saw it, with no apologies offered for stepping on toes while telling the truth and opposing wrong.

 

Could someone without valor lay down their life as our Savior did? Absolutely not!

 

Society Has it Wrong

It’s time we stopped looking to society to tell us what a man is, because our society has no clue about manhood, womanhood or valor anymore. If we want to learn to be men and women of valor, we need to read the scriptures and really study the examples of the men and women of the bible.

 

We can also look back to the founding fathers of this great nation. Consider how many of them acted on an ideal “the birth of a new nation” that was bigger than themselves sacrificing everything. Those were acts of valor. Then consider the men and women who daily face danger and death defending our country overseas, as well as, defending us and our streets at home.

 

Many talk about needing a revival in this country, and I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately unless, and until men and women begin cultivating valor into their lives again, there is little hope that we will be able to stand up and lead such a revival.

 

Please tell me what you think!

 

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Are You a Spiritual Warrior

Spiritual Warrior

Spiritual Warrior

It is my prayer that with the exit of the current administration in January, there may be an opportunity for a spiritual awakening in this country. I believe many Christians have been AWOL for too long, and instead of being spiritual warriors many have become spiritual wimps.  

 

As Christians we have been intimidated into silence and told we don’t have a place at the table.  There are far too many Christian pastors and teachers who have quit teaching from the bible, and are now teaching a politically correct doctrine of inclusion, and embracing many behaviors which are contrary to scripture.  Unfortunately many of us have become sheeple led astray by those false teachers and preachers.

 

So, are you sick and tired of living or seeing others live an apathetic Christian life?   Are you tired of going to church for a spiritual pick me up only to return to business as usual for the rest of the week?  Are you ready to step up and do something about it?  Are you ready to become the spiritual warrior that Christ has called us to be?  Let me be clear, unless we step up and start representing our LORD as he expects, he will spew us out for being lukewarm.  

 

 

The Lukewarm Church

 

Revelation 3:14-17  

14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans[a] write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[b] I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—

 

So if you are sick and tired of the way our country has been going and the absolute ridiculous PC culture that has shut up Christians from speaking God’s words, it’s time to put on the armor take you place as a spiritual warrior.

 

 

Becoming a Spiritual Warrior

 

First, being a Spiritual Warrior isn’t for the faint of heart. To be a Spiritual Warrior, you must be solid in your walk. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, tells us what we’re up against, and what we need to be doing.

 

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 3

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

 

Some of the traits or aspects of character that are essential to being a Spiritual Warrior are:

 

Awareness

Courage

Discipline

Commitment

Compassion

Love

A Spiritual Warrior is always aware of his or her surroundings. They are aware of the tricks of the adversary, and are on guard against them. Our adversary never levels a frontal assault, but attacks our minds and hearts through situations, other people; and all the sensory stimuli around us.

 

Also a Spiritual Warrior knows the scriptures, and is able to see what kind of person someone is by their fruits. They are also aware of their own personal weaknesses, and stay on guard to not let those weaknesses be attacked.

 

Next, a Spiritual Warrior must have courage, and the only way to have the courage needed for standing against our advisory, is to fully lean on Jesus Christ. Man may have courage to stand against another man, but to stand against spiritual attacks takes God’s strength and courage.

 

The Spiritual Warrior must also be disciplined. They must read the word regularly and know what’s in the scriptures. They live their lives with a heart of joy and gratitude, as well as, in a spirit of continuous prayer. They also go through their day seeking to do good whenever the opportunity presents itself.

 

 

Qualities of a Spiritual Warrior

 

Commitment is something the Spiritual Warrior lives by as well. They are committed to the service of God, and are willing to lay down their life in God’s service if need be. They may be blindsided from time to time, but they quickly recover and get back to God’s business. They are unwavering in their faith and commitment, and will stand for God until the end.

 

The Spiritual Warrior must also have compassion. They must be strong in spirit and character, but they must also be gentle and humble. The Spiritual Warrior should be able to bring strength to those who are afraid, and be able to weep with those who weep. The Spiritual Warrior must have a heart for people, and must be willing to put others first.

 

Most importantly, the Spiritual Warrior must have love. There is no character trait or power that is greater than love. This is the kind of love that is given no matter what. This love is a commitment to God that you will stand in the gap for anyone you have an opportunity to help.

 

It’s giving without any concern for self. It’s the kind of love that Jesus Christ has for all of us, that although we are sinners, He laid down His life for us. As unworthy as we are, He loves us anyway. That is the example we’re given to follow.

 

Being a Spiritual Warrior is about living for and serving God and His people. It is something that we cannot do on our own; we need God’s help in this battle.

 

So like all good soldiers, we must put on our uniform and take up our weapons. The weapons we use as Spiritual Warriors though are not the same weapons that man uses.

 

 

Putting on the Armor

 

Ephesians 6:10-18 10

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

 

As I said, being a Spiritual Warrior is not for the faint of heart. It’s a commitment to a way of life that is often more difficult. When you become a Spiritual Warrior, you leave behind a life of self-serving and self-gratification. When you make this commitment, your life is no longer your own, but belong to Christ.

 

So let me ask you again, do you have what it takes to be a Spiritual Warrior, and are you up to the challenge?

 

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A Spirit of Antichrist

Serpent Is there any person who reads my blog that does not see that there is a spirit of Antichrist rampant in this world?  Is there anyone who feels like everything is going just fine like it always has?  Does anyone reading this blog feel like our freedoms are in tack and shall remain that way into the future?  Does anyone believe that many of our churches have not been infiltrated and filled with watered down Christianity?   Of course, those were more rhetorical than genuine questions, but we should all be asking our selves those questions.

 

Unless you’ve been living off the grid and have had no contact with the outside world, you will know we are living in troubling times.  We have a government, an educational system and a media that blatantly hates the idea of God’s ruler-ship in the lives of people, and is doing everything in their power to quench that.  Christian are being marginalized in almost every aspect of life, and are being horribly persecuted in many nations around this world.  The cruelty being perpetuated upon Christians in some areas of the world goes beyond what the Romans did.

 

Many in other countries have chosen to die horrible and painful deaths rather than deny Christ.  Because we have lived in such prosperity and safety, I wonder how we would respond in that same situation.  How would the masses of Christians in those feel good and prosperity churches react under such persecution?  There are so many Christians that are bionically ignorant and have no clue what the bible really says, including what’s coming. They go to church, get pumped up and just love everybody and everything, and I’m all for the love part; but they lack substance in their relationship with Christ.  Imagine our children saying they love us, but not doing the things we tell them to do.  That’s how many Christians live their lives, they talk about Jesus; but don’t do the things he’s told us to do.  They talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk.

 

I’m not saying these things to offend, but to try and wake people up as the time is growing short. I am a sinner like every other Christian, but I love and read the scriptures most every day.  And it is the scriptures that God uses to talk to us, and without those scriptures it’s like going on a trip with no idea how to get to our destination.  We must be in the will of God.  Read and consider the scripture below.

 

1 John 2:17-19 (HCSB)

17 And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever. 18 Children, it is the last hour. And as you have heard, “Antichrist is coming,” even now many antichrists have come. We know
from this that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us,
they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us.

 

Can you imagine that being said against us?  The spirit of Antichrist is all around us and has totally permeated our society.

 

1 John 2:21-23 (HCSB)

21 I have not written to you because you don’t know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie comes from the
truth. 22 Who is the liar, if not the one who denies that Jesus is the Messiah? This one is the antichrist: the one who
denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son can have the Father; he who confesses the Son has the Father as
well.

 

By saying the words God does not exist is not the only way we can deny Christ and the Father.  If we don’t walk with him as scripture teaches us to, we also deny him and show in ourselves a spirit of Antichrist.  Okay, I think I’ve said everything I need to about how we need to be looking at our walk with God, now lets look a little more at the spirit of Antichrist all around us.

 

1 John 4:2-4 (HCSB)

2 This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has[a] come in the flesh is from God.
3 But every spirit who does not confess Jesus[b] is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist; you have heard that
he is coming, and he is already in the world now.

4 You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who
is in the world.

 

That is a very encouraging scripture for those who walk with Christ.  Now consider some of the comments that have come out of Washington like, “They need to stop clinging to their guns and bibles”.  Or people need to calm down with their religious views as we must have tolerance for all.  Of course tolerance for all does not include Christians.

 

I personally believe that many in Washington are greatly influenced by demonic spirits.  I have seen things happen over the past 10 years or so that I would never had believed could happen.  Most schools have become brain washing institutions that deny God and worship diversity.  I grew up in a time where people were patriots, and we believed in God, family and country.  Now those beliefs are ridiculed and scorned.  It’s not safe for women to use public bathrooms anymore and if you speak out about it your some kind of “Phobic”.

 

Personally I’m tired of remaining silent at the wickedness that is rampant in our country.  God is very clear when he talks about the Watchman and his responsibility.

 

Ezekiel 33:2-7 (NKJV)

2 “Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of
the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3 when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he
blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword
comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning;
his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and
does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is
taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’

7 “So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and  warn them for Me.

 

If you saw a fire coming toward your neighborhood, would you not warn all your neighbors?  We are all watchmen in a sense.  If we see trouble coming and don’t warn others, are we not in some way responsible for the evil or trouble that comes upon them?  That’s why instead of writing more encouraging things like I would like to, I feel a sense of dread coming upon us and I fear for my brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as, our country in general.

 

I don’t know what’s going to happen between now and when a new president should be sworn in, but my hope is in Christ, and that his will will be done.

 

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Day of Atonement

Sacrifice I know to many people, God’s Festivals like the “Day of Atonement” are considered either Jewish or outdated; and therefore hold no particular importance or meaning in our day and age.  Well, I’m not here to debate that issue, but will leave it to God’s people, his spiritual Israel, to prayfully consider the issue.  I would just ask that you read this post and consider if there isn’t some spiritual meat or meaning you might glean from this Holy Day with all its rich symbolism.

 

The below is a re-post from 2012, but it’s something well worth considering each and every year.

 

Leviticus 23:26-32

26 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 27 “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28 And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the Lord your God. 29 For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. 30 And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your Sabbath.”

 

Many people look at the above scripture and say that is for the Jewish people, and another group believes the Old Testament was done away with. What do you think?

 

If you are of either of those beliefs, I would ask you to prayerfully read the following scriptures and reconsider your stance.

 

Galatians 3:5-9 & 26-29

5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?— 6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”[c] 7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”[d] 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 

It is not my place to judge, condemn, or argue spiritual issues and doctrines with anyone. However, I do think there are some amazing lessons, and deep spiritual insights that can be gained by the celebration and keeping of the Old Testament Holy Days. If you see any merit in what I share, that’s great, if you think I’m brain broke, that’s okay too. I just ask you to consider.

 

Until Jesus Christ laid down His life as a sacrifice for mankind to make Atonement for our sins, we were cut off from God. Every year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would have to go through a very elaborate and bloody ritual which was a representation of our true High Priest, and His sacrifice to come. Let’s take a look at what was done every year until Christ’s sacrifice.

 

Leviticus 16:2-22

2 and the Lord said to Moses: “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at just any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, lest he die; for I will appear in the cloud above the mercy seat.

3 “Thus Aaron shall come into the Holy Place: with the blood of a young bull as a sin offering, and of a ram as a burnt offering. 4 He shall put the holy linen tunic and the linen trousers on his body; he shall be girded with a linen sash, and with the linen turban he shall be attired. These are holy garments. Therefore he shall wash his body in water, and put them on. 5 And he shall take from the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats as a sin offering, and one ram as a burnt offering.

6 “Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and for his house. 7 He shall take the two goats and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 8 Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for the Lord and the other lot for the scapegoat. 9 And Aaron shall bring the goat on which the Lord’s lot fell, and offer it as a sin offering. 10 But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make atonement upon it, and to let it go as the scapegoat into the wilderness.

11 “And Aaron shall bring the bull of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and for his house, and shall kill the bull as the sin offering which is for himself. 12 Then he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from the altar before the Lord, with his hands full of sweet incense beaten fine, and bring it inside the veil. 13 And he shall put the incense on the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is on the Testimony, lest he die. 14 He shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.

15 “Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. 16 So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness. 17 There shall be no man in the tabernacle of meeting when he goes in to make atonement in the Holy Place, until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself, for his household, and for all the assembly of Israel. 18 And he shall go out to the altar that is before the Lord, and make atonement for it, and shall take some of the blood of the bull and some of the blood of the goat, and put it on the horns of the altar all around. 19 Then he shall sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times, cleanse it, and consecrate it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel.

20 “And when he has made an end of atoning for the Holy Place, the tabernacle of meeting, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat. 21 Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man. 22 The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.

 

Although Jesus was not sacrificed on the Day of Atonement, this day represents and commemorates Christ’s sacrifice which reconciles us to God through His atoning or covering of our sins.

 

Romans 5:6-11

6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

 

The Day of Atonement is a fast day in which no food or water is consumed from sundown to sundown. It is a time of repentance, and to reflect on the great sacrifice of our High Priest, Jesus Christ. When you go 24 hours without food or drink you realize just how temporary and weak our bodies are. It is a time of solemn reflection on our short comings and areas we need to improve on. But most of all, it is a time to be humbly grateful for Christ’s sacrifice.

 

I have been keeping the Day of Atonement for over 30 years now, and will be doing it again on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, starting on the pryer Tuesday evening at sunset. Every year I gain a deeper understanding of the significance of this day, and I become more grateful and dependent on our Savior because of it.

 

There are those who would argue the keeping of these days is not necessary anymore. As I said, it is not my place to judge or debate, only to share. I would not consider this a salvation issue, but a learning and relationship deepening opportunity. I believe if you keep this day, you will be spiritually impacted by it.

 

If you should decide to try keeping the The Day of Atonement, let me say this. If you have any health issues, talk to your doctor before doing so. You should take any medications that you’re on with a little water. This day is not an exercise in the letter of the law, but is a day of rich symbolism and meaning that can draw you closer to God.

 

Again, considering the scriptures in Galatians we read above let me leave you with the following scripture.

 

Leviticus 16:29-31

29 “This shall be a statute forever for you: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether a native of your own country or a stranger who dwells among you. 30 For on that day the priest shall make atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. 31 It is a Sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you shall afflict your souls. It is a statute forever.

 

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