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A Cover-up of a Cover-up of a Cover-up

Featured Blog by Eric Tokajer

The news media is filled with stories about conspiracies and cover-ups. Every front page of every newspaper, news magazine, or news website is filled with articles and videos of political intrigue.

This president said this to that president. This prime minister promised that businessman this or that. No matter where you turn, it seems like we cannot avoid hearing someone shouting, “Cover-up!” So, I thought as long as we are already focused upon cover-ups, I would share about the cover-up of a cover-up of a cover-up.

The Jewish world is about to observe the Holiest of our Holy Days, Yom Kippur, known as “The Day of Atonement.” The Hebrew word Yom means day, but the Hebrew word Kippur comes from the root word Kaphar, which means to cover and, by extension, to atone. Every year on this day, the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies and apply blood to the Ark of the Covenant, also known as the Aron HaAdut, or the Ark of the Testimony (remember this for later). This blood offer, if accepted by G-D, would cover the sins of Israel until the next Yom Kippur. The way Israel knew that this offering of covering was accepted was if the red cord tied around a goat’s neck would turn white. 

This process went on year after year until the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE. However, according to Talmudic writings, the red thread stopped turning white the year that Yeshua was crucified. While this information about the red thread was not hidden by the Rabbis, a cover-up began as the focus of Yom Kippur was changed after the destruction of the Temple and the emphasis became offering prayers instead of the offering of a blood sacrifice. There was no longer a provision for the actual covering of sins nor a mechanism for knowing if the offering was accepted. So, with this cover-up that was established with the end of the Yom Kippur sacrifice and the replacement of that sacrifice with prayer, Judaism lost its assurance of atonement.

Almost 300 years later, a second cover-up was enacted as the Church removed the Biblical Holy Days from their calendar of observance and Yom Kippur became one of those Jewish Holidays. With this cover-up, Yom Kippur was relegated to a seldom used anecdote or reference to the graceless “Law” or “Torah” of the “Old Testament.” By doing so, the Church removed one of the most powerful examples of G-D’s amazing grace in the entire Bible. Because the Church removed Yom Kippur from their theological foundation, they lost the entire reference for why Yeshua’s death, burial, and resurrection provided atonement for our sins.

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