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The cover in Hebrew, “Kapara Aleycha!” is a common saying in slang that can mean various things such as: “You are so cool!”, “Look at you!” etc… but the literal meaning is: “Atonement on you!” We used it as a jump board for this tract.
Front: Kapara Aleycha!
P.1 – From where does this saying come? The word “kaparah” comes from the root “Kapar” and the original meaning in the biblical language is “a covering”. Hence we got the “Kaporeth” (Exodus 25:21), and it is actually a cover. (The lid on the ark of the covenant).
If Kapara is a covering and Kaporeth is a cover – then why do the words Kapara and Kippur make us think about forgiveness?
What is the connection between a lid and forgiveness?
In the book of Leviticus we see the principle: God forgives a person his sin after a sincere repentance and a sacrificing of sacrifice: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the alter to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes an atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11)
The sacrifice was a cover over the sinner against the punishment that God established in the Torah – the blood of the sacrifice was covering over the sin.
P.2 – And what if you missed one sin and didn’t bring a sacrifice for it?
For this reason you received the Day of Atonement. On that day, the high priest would ask forgiveness from God on your behalf:
- He would enter the Holy of Holies, on the other side of the Parochet (the veil)
- He would bring with him the blood for your atonement (and, it was, by the way, a goat not a chicken)
- He would sprinkle from the blood on the Kaporeth, the cover of the Ark of the Covenant (Leviticus 16:15)
This action would free you from the punishment for your sins (including those you did without noticing) This is what Leviticus 16:34 promises:
“And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year.”
In other words: In order to receive atonement from God – according to the conditions that He established in the book of Leviticus – we need:
- A Temple
- A High Priest
- Blood of Atonement
a. Take a Bible
b. Read the process that God ordained in order to receive His forgiveness
c. Find a place in the Bible where God allows people to provide a substitute to the process that He established
P. 3 Does that mean that God does not forgive me on Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement)??
Indeed people came up with impressive substitutes: Tashlich (throwing crumbs into water), Slichoth (prayers for forgiveness), Tefilath Haneila (the closing prayer)… who does not get emotional because of them every year? (and if you want you can add the ceremony of the “Trnegol Kaparoth”, the atoning hen)
But never there have been received an “authorization from heaven” for these substitutes!
However, when God took away the Temple, the priesthood and the sacrifices, from the people of Israel – all the physical methods of receiving forgiveness…
God provided for us His own substitute!
About 40 years before the destruction of the Temple God sent the Messiah of Israel as the perfect atonement. Jesus of Nazareth, who was born in Bethlehem Ephrata, proved that He fills all the requirements of atonement. He did that by precisely fulfilling many prophecies from the Bible, for example…
- The prophecy of Daniel (Dn. 9:24-27) that establishes that the Messiah will die a violent death on the year 32 B.C *
- The prophecy of the Prophet Isaiah that presents the Messiah as an atonement sacrifice for the sins of the people of Israel (Isaiah 53:5-6)**
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all”
* To study this prophecy in depth you may visit www.yeshua.co.il Lessons/Old Testament/Writings/Daniel/Lesson 9
** A lesson on Isaiah 52:13 and on
Just a minute! – I understand that:
A. Each person needs forgiveness from God;
B. Forgiveness is received only through the way that God established;
C. We have lost all the necessary means – according to the book of Leviticus – for the receiving of forgiveness;
D. We came up with impressive substitutes – but where is the proof that they received the authorization from heaven?
So what can I do? Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) is approaching!
If you haven’t sinned and you don’t have for what to ask forgiveness from your Heavenly Father, nothing is required (except throwing this tract to the trash)
If you know that you need forgiveness, make use of “the 10 days of repentance” to investigate the claims of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.
He claims that…
- He is the Messiah of Israel, He is the Savior
- He came to take upon himself the death that you and I deserve as a punishment for sin
- He came to obtain forgiveness for us from our Heavenly Father
How to Investigate?
a. Read the Bible. This is the only book which scribes can say with authority: “Thus says the Lord!” – How will you know the will of your Heavenly Father if you don’t read His Word?
b. In order to investigate who Jesus is and the claim that He came in order to be your atonement, read the New Testament.
c. Honesty is required! – turn to your Father in Heaven and ask: “Please God, show me the truth. – I want to be sure You have forgiven me!”
You may visit www.yeshua.co.il:
Go to – “Free/books” and order free of charge and without any commitment on your behalf:
The New Testament
Yeshua in the Old Testament – prophecies about the Messiah and their fulfillment in Yeshua
That Man – Yeshua as an historical character
The website also contains…
- Answers for frequent questions about the Messiah
- A large number of lessons from the Old and New Testaments
- Lessons/Audio Lessons/Feasts (for downloading)