Yom Kippur is a day where the entire nation of Israel seeks repentance for willful, rebellious sins. Have you wondered how this ritual was understood in the ancient Near East? How did ancient Israel understand sin and what were the affects of sin? What about forgiveness? Did forgiveness mean the same thing to them as it does to us today? In this teaching we will go into understanding the different types of sin and how atonement and forgiveness relate in order to bring about remission of sins, both those intentional and unintentional.
Then YHWH spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they approached the presence of YHWH and died. YHWH said to Moses, “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at just any time into the Holiest Place behind the curtain—before the atonement cover which is on the Ark—so that he would not die. For I will be appearing in the cloud over the atonement cover.