INTRO: In the last message we read Leviticus chapter 16 and looked at a number of key concepts to help understand this chapter. That chapter is the divinely inspired account of the instructions given to Moses regarding Israel's highest and holiest day; Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. In this great chapter, Moses is instructed regarding the keeping of this feast day. We saw that Israel had seven feasts each year. The first 4 fell in the grain harvest time and the last three in the grape harvest time. Of the first four, we still keep three.
However, of the last three of Israel's feasts we keep none. These are the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement and the Feast of Booths. And in the last 3 feasts, the middle feast or the second to last feast is the Day of Atonement. It is Israel's highest holy day. And what we want to do, we want to go back in time over 2000 years, and in about 45 minutes, we want to spend a day in the courts of the Lord. Our day will be spent in Israel, at the temple, on the highest holy day, or feast day of Israel. It is the Day of Atonement (Lev. 23:26-32; Lev. 16).