The word Yom means day and Kippur means Atonement.”
Parsha Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
Leviticus 16:1-34; 18:1-30; Numbers 29:7–11; Isaiah 57:14-58:14; Book of Jonah; Micah 7:18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:10-21.
“It shall be a statute to you forever: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and shall do no kind of work, the native-born, or the stranger who lives as a foreigner among you.”(Leviticus 16:29)
The Yom Kippur Parsha
The parsha (Torah portion) for this Shabbat opens with Aharon (Aaron), the Cohen Hagadol (high priest) preparing for the crucial once a year sacrifice on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).
This was the one day in the year that the Cohen Hagadol (high priest)could enter the Holy of Holies in order to make atonement for thenation of Israel.
The Lord said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place
In order to minister before the Lord on this holy day, Aharon first bathed in water (immersed himself in the mikvah) and then put on a special linen tunic. In the Holy of Holies, the high priest was not to wear his usual golden garments, designed for splendour and beauty, but rather he wore simple, white linen clothing that represented purity and humility, which befits this most sacred of all days and all holy days as you appear before Him YHVH
Wearing White Today
Today many religiously observant men and women dress in simple, white linenwhen attending Yom Kippur services, The reasons for wearing white on this holy day or any other Holy days, we the children of YHVH comes before our God, not in drab clothing like a penitent sinner, but arrayedin white as if going to a feast, confident that they will be pardoned as they come in sincere repentance. In the Book of Revelation, we see a connection to the tradition of wearing white and the Book of Life:
“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot outhis name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” (Revelation 3:5)
He, Messiah, shall intercede for man’s sins, and the rebellious, for his sake, shall be forgiven.” ( Isaiah 53:12)“And when Israel is sinful, the Messiah seeks for mercy upon them as it is written, ‘By his stripes we were healed’, and ‘he carried the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors’” ( Isaiah 53: 5, 12).
Because of the blindness with which the Lord temporarily afflicted Israel with regards to their Messiah, salvation (Yeshua) has come to the Gentiles.
"For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest
you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened
to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in… and so all Israel
shall be saved…. (Romans 11:25-27)
The word iniquities means Transgression of the Law and signifies a willful departure from the law (Torah) of YHVH While the ordinary sacrifices were limited to atone for involuntary or unintentional sins, this special sacrifice on Yom Kippur atones for wilful sin.
The blood of bulls and goats can never fully remove sin; it can only cover it for a time. A perfect, absolutely sinless one was required to pay the price for our rebellion and uncleanness. Only Yashua the Messiah could fulfil this role. As the Divine Messiah, his body and blood was used as the Kapparah (atonement), the Korban (sacrifice) for our sins. However, He rose on the third day. Rabbinic tradition states that on Yom Kippur the Cohen (Jewish priest) would tie a scarletcloth to the horn of the Azazel and that when the sacrifice was fully accepted, the scarlet cloth became white.This symbolized God's gracious promise in Isaiah 1:18: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow.”