by Bob Ward

The Sabbath of Affliction- Yom Kippur

Listen to Affliction, 9 min

Set Apart as Holy – It patterns to, End of Days!

Yom Kippur Fast – Tishri 10

A beautiful day! Yom Kippur! It is called, The Fast.

Can we know God’s ways?

Can we approach God? Is it sin to approach God? What is Isaiah saying?

How do we dare approach God? Even Job said that he was but a worm!

Are we asking God the ‘ordinances’ of His justice?

What are his ordinances?

The Nation of Israel sought God daily and ask for justice through God’s ordinances. Isaiah 58:2

The Nation of Israel took ‘delight’ in their approaching to God. 58:2

There is a day appointed to approach God, God’s way. This day is a major sabbath. This day is not the normal weekly sabbath. It is the day God has chosen for man to afflict their soul. Yes, it is Yom Kippur, Month Seven Day Ten (Tishri 10)

In our bibles, it seems they chose not to capitalize the words that spoke about the most powerful ‘appointment’ to come upon our earth. We just simply read about a fast that is different than the rest. Whose fast is this? The Lord’s Fast!

Isa 58:1  Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. 

Isa 58:2  Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. 

Isa 58:3  Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours

Isa 58:4  Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. 

Isa 58:5  Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? 

This comment is to be like a trumpet to lift up the voice of what people think they are doing right and yet mislead by not understanding that this very special fast is how to function on Yom Kippur. We are not to add it’s content to any other fast or sabbath.

The Sabbath is defined that we rest from our own labor in order to help the poor. The Sabbath is to be a delight and not an affliction.

Yom Kippur is truly a TOTAL Day of No Work. It is not a day to discuss The Torah, which is a delight. It not a day to argue about wickedness….unless it is our own wickedness. Yom Kippur is a very personal day.

Yom Kippur is a day we will NOT “turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day;”

Yom Kippur is the only Fast God set up for man to NOT take pleasure on a Sabbath. Yes, it is a Sabbath, a rest unto The Lord…and it is to be observed looking within ourselves…repenting. It is the only Sabbath that is set apart for afflicting ourselves.

How do we know this. Because God wants The Family unit to grow. We work six days and then celebrate life with our families. We can go to our children’s soccer games and picnics. It is family day! It is a day that holds marriages and families together.

All year long people look forward to The Sabbath. They begin Friday evening by lighting candles with their family around the table. They can talk about who that “Light of the World is!” They can discuss The Bible and it’s many stories our children need to remember.

And, the children can ask on, Yom Kippur, “Why is this day different?” Do you know what to say to them? Hmm!

The Fast of Yom Kippur is to be an affliction. One of it’s purposes is to look to the Days of Affliction that do beset us and will beset our entire earth in great stress in the end. By observing ‘The Fast’ we will know how to handle ‘affliction’. Yom Kippur is truly a holy ‘set apart’ day.

Isa 58:6  Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 

Yes, here we see that The Fast releases earth’s heavy burdens and the captives are set free. All yokes are broken and there will be no more tears…

And what are we to do on the regular Sabbaths? Yes, feed and help the poor! Isaiah is showing us the difference between the actions of a regular Sabbath and the ordinance of Yom Kippur!

Isa 58:7  Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh

We are to take care of ourselves and others!

Isa 58:8  Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward. 

Isa 58:9  Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; 

Isa 58:10  And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: 

Isa 58:11  And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. 

The Lord’s Calendar repairs the breech. The Torah restores the paths to walk in because Torah is the foundation. Yom Kippur brings us to look inside ourselves so then we can rejoice and delight in The Sabbaths that are meant to only have joy that day.

Isa 58:12  And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. 

He is still speaking of The Fast…that we should NOT turn way from inflicting ourselves on it. We should call Yom Kippur a delight to repent. I is a day NOT to do our own way….nor even speaking…in case that would delight us.

Isa 58:13  If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 

Those that honor The Fast will be ride on high places of the earth…and feed in the heritage of Yeshua Jesus who is of the heritage of Ya’cov.

Isa 58:14  Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. 

Yom Kippur – Month Seven Day Ten. No man is working…the stock markets always drop…men do not shave or bath. They sit quiet on the floor as example to their children of how to live in the ‘quiet’ with God.

I close with another case for The Sabbath to be a ‘delight’ in helping others and of which we are not to fast. Many scholars will adjust their calendars so Yom Kippur does not land on a normal Sabbath. If Yom Kippur does land on their particular calendar’s sabbath, they push it to the next day, using the word, ‘deferred’.

Yes, this is how many take The Sabbath as a ‘happy’ day and The Fast of Yom Kippur will be push to the next day just to avoid from violating the command to be happy on The Sabbath.

We should never want to take away from one of The Lord’s Feasts. Therefore, no other Sabbath should ever compete to the pattern of The End of Day Sabbath of Yom Kippur.

Our lives must be open to learning the ways of God rightly dividing His words of truth.

And, as serious as we must take the words of Isaiah, he is not giving us The Torah, he is reflecting back to it. Other writers should never be in conflict with the first five books.

Where do we see The Sabbath defined?

Feasts of the Lord
Lev 23:1  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 
Lev 23:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. 

The Sabbath
Lev 23:3  Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. 
The Passover
Lev 23:4  These are the feasts of the LORD, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons. 

The Fast – The Day of Atonement
Lev 23:26  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 
Lev 23:27  Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. 

Yom Kippur was the pattern to Yshua Jesus dying (burnt up). Repentance is the pattern to His Return! It happens on one day!

Lev 23:28  And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God. 
Lev 23:29  For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. 
Lev 23:30  And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. 
Lev 23:31  Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 
Lev 23:32  It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath. 

Day Ten begins the evening of Day Nine. Dark is always first and then light can come.

I want to thank my class for opening up this conversation. I believe the Sabbath is for family to learn how to love the poor. It is about being in the world but not of the world. ADOINAI hates divorce so he created The Father to acts like a father to his children that day. He created mothers to act like moms especially planning fun times in the homes beginning Friday night based around our Father and Yeshua…a family unit.

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