WE ARE ALL TEMPTED TO RESIST GOD’S WILL
Lev 23:26 And Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Lev 23:27 “Now on the tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Reconciliations. It will be for you a time of holy convention, and you will discipline your souls and present a food offering to Yahveh.
Lev 23:28 And you will not do any work on that very day, because it is a Day of Reconciliations, to provide reconciliation for you in your God Yahveh’s sight.
Lev 23:29 Because every soul who is not disciplined on that very day will be eliminated from his people.
Lev 23:30 And every soul who does any work on that very day, that soul I will destroy from among his people.
Lev 23:31 You will not do any work. It is a permanent prescription throughout your generations in all your dwelling places.
Lev 23:32 It will be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you will discipline your souls. On the ninth day of the month beginning at evening, from evening to evening will you keep your Sabbath.”
As much as we might want to deny it, words like these cause us inner turmoil. As much as we proclaim our devotion and loyalty to God, there is an impulse within every soul that dares to defy him — to insist on our own sovereignty over ourselves. That inner self is enraged that anyone would dare to tell it that it must stop working for someone else — even God. That inner self laughs at the notion that some other precept is more important than personal liberty.
My point is not that all believers are obligated to keep the festival of Yom Kippur: we are not. Christ’s death on the cross fulfilled that festival as a prophecy. To attempt to keep that festival as a Gentile is to deny the gospel. My point is that in spite of this fact, these words still haunt us, because we still have an impulse to respond to them as many of the Israelites did — with contempt.
LORD, we repent again of the sin of self-sovereignty