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RaLAN - Boker Yom Kippur 5776/77

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Before I begin my message let me review:
Erev Rosh Hashanah--- Rabbi Michael asked the question of how guity should we feel on Rosh Hashanah and declared that none of us can hide behind the excuse that we are a victim.
Boker Rosh Hashanah – I taught on what we need to do when we feel guilt. We need to agree with what G-d says about our sins and confess our sins to God and those we have wronged. In doing so we can rejoice in judgement, because we know that confess will lead to reconciliation.
Erev Yom Kippur - Rabbi Michael talked about powering down and recognizing the dignity of the individual because Yeshua’s atonement elevates the dignity of the individual.
Boker Yom Kippur – Today I want to speak about why we need to afflict our souls each year and I have entitled my message.....Why Afflict Your Soul?
The text for Yom Kippur is:
Lev. 16:29-31
Leviticus 16:29–31 CJB

“It is to be a permanent regulation for you that on the tenth day of the seventh month you are to deny yourselves and not do any kind of work, both the citizen and the foreigner living with you. For on this day, atonement will be made for you to purify you; you will be clean before ADONAI from all your sins. It is a Shabbat of complete rest for you, and you are to deny yourselves.

“This is a permanent regulation.

“It is to be a statute to you forever, that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you are to afflict your souls, and do no kind of work—both the native-born and the outsider dwelling among you. 30 For on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. From all your sins you will be clean before Adonai. 31 It is a Shabbat of solemn rest to you, and you are to afflict your souls. It is a statute forever. "
Why do we need to afflict our souls each year?
Because we need an annual reminder that we are to walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Ruach. Yom Kippur is that annual reminder. So of the elements of Yom Kippur helps us to remember.
1. We don’t wear leather. It is customary not to wear leather on Yom Kippur. One of the reasons that we don’t wear leather is because leather is made from the flesh of an animal and reminds us of the garden where G-d covered our sins with the flesh of an animal. On Yom Kippur we are reminded that our sins are not just covered they are taken away. Just as the scapegoat was taken away into the wilderness so our sins are taken away. They are as far as the east is from the west. Leather can also remind us of our flesh. Just as we take off our shoes and don’t wear leather on Yom Kippur so we don’t want to be motivated by our flesh, we want to be motivated by the Ruach of God.
2. On Yom Kippur we also fast, to afflict our soul. Fasting reminds us that our souls are not to be dominated by our fleshly appetite but rather they are to be dominated by our spirit. It reminds us that in essence we are to be more spiritual than fleshly. The Rabbis say that Yom Kippur is a foreshadow of the world to come in which we will not need food. Yeshua when he talked to the Samaratan woman said that He had food and drink that his disciples knew not of and that His food was to do the will of His Father and to finish His work.
3. We wear white on Yom Kippur to remind us that though our sins be a scarlet, they shall be white as snow. The rabbis refer to Yom Kippur as a mikvah in time. They consider Yom Kippur to be like a womb and when we come out of Yom Kippur we are as a new born baby..we have a fresh start. The old sin is gone and all things have been made new again. Yom Kippur is our annual reminder of our new status.
Hebrew word for afflict is aanah and it has several meanings such as to humiliate, to oppress, to starve or fast, to bend, to submit.
The Hebrew word for soul nefesh and has several meanings such as life, living being, and even personality
Our souls are neutral they can either be influenced by the flesh or by the Ruach
Throughout the last year we have either been influenced by the flesh or by the Ruach. If you are like me, you more than likely were more influenced by the flesh than the Ruach.
Let me give you some examples:
The line at Kroger is way too long and the person in front of you obviously has more than 15 items.
When you were cut off on the highway?
When you were lied to by a family member?
When you were offended by a co-worker or maybe a Rabbi?
When you were hurt by someone close to you?
When you don’t get you way?
When things didn’t work out like you expected?
Did you return evil for evil or did you display the fruits of the Ruach
Galatians 5:16-17
Galatians 5:16–17 CJB

What I am saying is this: run your lives by the Spirit. Then you will not do what your old nature wants. For the old nature wants what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit wants what is contrary to the old nature. These oppose each other, so that you find yourselves unable to carry out your good intentions.

16 But I say, walk by the Ruach, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Ruach, but the Ruach sets its desire against the flesh—for these are in opposition to one another, so that you cannot do what you want.
Example of the two dogs in the soul….the one you feed wins.
Conclusion:
This Yom Kippur as we take inventory of our
Before I begin let me review:
Erev Rosh Hashanah--- Rabbi Michael asked the question of how guilty should we feel on Rosh Hashanah and declared that none of us can hide behind the excuse that we are a victim.
Boker Rosh Hashanah – I taught on what we need to do when we feel guilt. We need to agree with what G-d says about our sins and confess our sins to God and those we have wronged. In doing so we can rejoice in judgement, because we know that confess will lead to reconciliation.
Erev Yom Kippur - Rabbi Michael talked about powering down and recognizing the dignity of the individual because Yeshua’s atonement elevates the dignity of the individual.
Boker Yom Kippur – Today I want to speak about why we need to afflict our souls each year and I have entitled my message ……..The Flesh Vs The Ruach
The text for Yom Kippur is:
Lev. 16:29-34
“It is to be a statute to you forever, that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you are to afflict your souls, and do no kind of work—both the native-born and the outsider dwelling among you. 30 For on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. From all your sins you will be clean before Adonai. 31 It is a Shabbat of solemn rest to you, and you are to afflict your souls. It is a statute forever.
Why do we need to afflict our souls each year?
Because we need an annual reminder that we are to walk not according to the flesh, but according to the Ruach. Yom Kippur is that annual reminder. Some of the elements of Yom Kippur help us to remember:
1. We don’t wear leather. It is customary not to wear leather on Yom Kippur. One of the reasons that we don’t wear leather is because leather is made from the flesh of an animal and reminds us of the garden where G-d covered our sins with the flesh of an animal. On Yom Kippur we are reminded that our sins are not just covered they are taken away. Just as the scapegoat was taken away into the wilderness so our sins are taken away. They are as far as the east is from the west. Leather can also remind us of our flesh. Just as we take off our shoes and don’t wear leather on Yom Kippur so we don’t want to be motivated by our flesh, we want to be motivated by the Ruach of God.
2. On Yom Kippur we also fast, to afflict our soul. Fasting reminds us that our souls are not to be dominated by our fleshly appetite but rather they are to be dominated by our spirit. It reminds us that in essence we are to be more spiritual than fleshly. The Rabbis say that Yom Kippur is a foreshadow of the world to come in which we will not need food. Yeshua when he talked to the Samaratan woman said that He had food and drink that his disciples knew not of and that His food was to do the will of His Father and to finish His work.
3. We wear white on Yom Kippur to remind us that though our sins be a scarlet, they shall be white as snow. The rabbis refer to Yom Kippur as a mikvah in time. They consider Yom Kippur to be like a womb and when we come out of Yom Kippur we are as a new born baby..we have a fresh start. The old sin is gone and all things have been made new again. Yom Kippur is our annual reminder of our new status.
Hebrew word for afflict is aanah and it has several meanings such as to humiliate, to oppress, to starve or fast, to bend, to submit.
The Hebrew word for soul is nefesh and has several meanings such as life, living being, and even personality
Our souls are neutral they can either be submitted to the flesh or to the Ruach
Throughout the last year we have either been influenced by the flesh or by the Ruach. If you are like me, you more than likely were more influenced by the flesh than the Ruach.
Let me give you some examples:
The line at check out?
Road Rage?
Running Late?
Offended?
Maligned?
Didn't get you way?
Didn’t work out like you expected?
Did you return evil for evil or did you display the fruits of the Ruach
Galatians 5:16-17
16 But I say, walk by the Ruach, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh.17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Ruach, but the Ruach sets its desire against the flesh—for these are in opposition to one another, so that you cannot do what you want.
How do we walk according to the Ruach?
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Example of the two dogs in the soul….the one you feed wins.
Conclusion: This Yom Kippur as we afflict our souls and we are reminded of areas where we blew it in the last year, where we walked according to the flesh instead of the Ruach, may we make a resolution that in the coming year we are we are going to quickly confess our sins and live every day feeding those things that strengthen our Ruach and starving those things that feed our flesh.
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