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Why are Special Prayers and Special Offerings (Korban) given on the High Holy
As we enter into the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and
Succot, it may not be clearly understood why both Special Prayers and
Special Offerings (Korban) are given.
As Messianic Jewish Believers in Messiah, lets look at each of these and see
how they relate to us today.
As we can see from the full schedule over the next month, many additional
services have been added to our normal Shabbat schedule. These services
correspond directly to the additional services, sacrifices and offerings
given during the High Holy Days in the Temple, as commanded by G-D.
Prayer was a key ingredient during the High Holy Days of the Temple and
should still be for us today. These prayers glorify ADONAI and seek His
presence amongst His people. Prayers of repentance, supplication, and
intercession arise like the incense that was offered in the Temple.
The additional services will give us many opportunities to seek ADONAI's
face and offer up our incense of prayer & praise. Thus we will fulfill the
giving of additional prayers during this time by attending these additional
One often mis-taught belief in Scripture was that Yeshua's death did away
with all sacrifices. This comes from a very poor understanding of the
difference types of sacrifices and their purpose. Only 20-25% of sacrifices
were for sin; these were the ones that were directly replaced by Yeshua. The
remaining sacrifices were Thanksgiving offerings, Peace offerings, etc.
It should be noted that the Apostles continued to sacrifice after Messiah
was resurrected. Even Sha'ul (Paul) paid for sacrifices for a Nazarite vow
in Acts 21. All text and historical sources show the Apostles still
participated in Temple worship in Jerusalem.
Why would the very followers of Yeshua continue to offer sacrifice? There
are several reasons: Identification with the people, fulfilling the commands
of G-D, and remembering the sacrifice of Messiah. Interestingly, in the
Millennium Kingdom, sacrifices are restored. Why? Identification with the
people, fulfilling the commands of G-D, and remembering the sacrifice of
Messiah. Thus, we see the same worship we saw historically by the first
Believers in Messiah will return in the Kingdom to come.
So what does all that have to do with a Believer in Messiah today?
Quite a bit, for we are much like the early followers of the Messiah in that
we worship Him in a 1st century manner as Messianic Believers (both Jew and
grafted-in G-D Fearer's). But unlike then, we have no Temple, thus we cannot
make animal sacrifices. Instead we bring our special offerings into His
sanctuary of the synagogue. These offerings are replacing the Thanksgiving,
Praise and Peace offerings made during this Holy Time.
May we all respond to G-D's Word with our sincere Special Prayer & Special
Offerings for these High Holy Days.
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