Why We Fast on Atonement
The Day of Atonement is the only day in the year when God commands us to Fast. Why?
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We’re together in small groups all around the world today to observe one of the seven annual biblical festivals, as observed by the New Testament Church. This day, in the Old Testament, is called the Day of Atonement and it is referred to, in the New Testament, as The Fast by Paul in Acts, chapter 27.
I remember the first time I mentioned fasting to my parents back in the 60s. They were staunch, old-school Americans, who knew, for certain, that, if a person did not eat for a day – two, at the most – he would surely starve to death. So they were very worried about my observance of the festival. Of course, these days, fasting is much more common and understood as a health benefit. And even more Christian groups know about it than they used to. But it’s still not a part of life for most Christians – or most Americans. And yet God has a purpose for fasting on the Day of Atonement. Do you know what it is?