Yom Kippur, The National Day of Prayer

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.  I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there” (2 Chronicles 7:14-15).

Every year Christians in America celebrate a national day of prayer.  They use 2 Chronicles 7 as their mantra and recite it with the hope that ‘God will heal their land.’  Yet, I have often wondered why and how they chose a Thursday in May.  Have they never really studied the context in which the prayer was spoken and who it was for?  Why don’t Christians who want a ‘healing for America’ recite this during the Biblical ‘appointed time’ of Yom Kippur?  This prayer was a call for Israel’s national repentance, not the repentance of America or India or Russia.

When we recite these Scriptures, do we ever consider Jerusalem, the Jewish people and the reason the Temple is no longer there?  Do we read the verses in their entirety or just choose the part that fits our national hope apart from Israel?  God chose and consecrated ‘this temple’ [in Jerusalem] so that His name may be there forever, but there were conditions.  Since Yahweh is the same yesterday and tomorrow, I have to wonder about the conditions and whether we truly understand how healing to ‘the land’ we call ‘ours’ will come.

But if you turn away and abandon my regulations and mitzvot [commandments] which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods, worshipping them; then I will pull them up by the roots out of the land I have given them. This house, which I consecrated for my name, I will eject from my sight; and I will make it an example to avoid and an object of scorn among all peoples.  This house, now so exalted — everyone passing by will be shocked at the sight of it and will ask, ‘Why has the LORD done this to this land and to this house?’ But the answer will be, ‘It’s because they abandoned the LORD the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and took hold of other gods, worshipping and serving them; this is why [the LORD] brought all these calamities on them.’”

Like Israel, the Body of Christ has gone astray.  God’s commandments have been abandoned for lawless grace negating obedience.  Pagan gods and goddesses are worshipped in the ‘name of Jesus’ creating a very lukewarm culture of the Kingdom.   What happened to Israel was written for our learning and conviction (1 Corinthians 10:11).  Do we embrace that Scripture or judge the Jews because of ingrained anti-semitic doctrines.

Yom Kippur WallAs the day of Yom Kippur approaches, as ‘temples of God’s Spirit’, people called by His Name [Yahweh], we should be joining with the nation of Israel and the Jewish people around the world to corporately repent of abandoning the God of Israel for other gods, customs and traditions,  and worship of our own making and desires.   If we want to claim the Scripture “If my people who are called by my name”, we must also claim the consequences of our sins that have brought havoc on this country and the world.  We must mourn for our unrighteous judgements and sins against God.    If we truly desire a national day of prayer,  Yom Kippur has stood the test of time and millennia of irreligious leadership.  If we truly desire national repentance, Yom Kippur is God’s ‘appointed time’.

“In that day …  I will pour out on the house of David and on those living in Yerushalayim a spirit of grace and prayer; and they will look to me, whom they pierced.” They will mourn for him as one mourns for an only son; they will be in bitterness on his behalf like the bitterness for a firstborn son. When that day comes, there will be great mourning in Yerushalayim, mourning like that for Hadad-Rimmon in the Megiddo Valley. Then the land will mourn, each family by itself —“ (Zechariah 12:10-11).

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