2015 Yom Kippur

yom kippurThis year the watchman did not prepare well in advance in terms of coffee and the drastic change of weather since the latest travel. Overall it was a good lesson not to presume when embarking on a change.

The fast started on 9-22-15 at 6.00pm after dinner. One last cup of water was consumed around 6:30pm. The last daily cup of coffee was consumed in the morning around 6am. Overall the fast for coffee lasted 36 hours accompanied by a splitting headache. The weather changed from scorching heat to shriveling cold overnight and scorching hot in the afternoon. Amazing day for Yom Kippur. The watchman was unprepared. In terms of not drinking water for 24 hours it was not as bad as sufficient water drinking was made in the previous two days. The same for having no intake of food for 24 hours. However the change in weather and the coffee fast were not predicted.

Spiritually the watchman listened to the Bible from psalms to Jeremiah and the New Testament, with specific leading to read and copy Jeremiah 17 and Zephaniah 2-3 and ended with Ezekiel 33:7. The message was clear. Below are some excerpts of the verses.

Jeremiah 17New International Version (NIV)

17 “Judah’s sin is engraved with an iron tool,
    inscribed with a flint point,
on the tablets of their hearts
    and on the horns of their altars.
Even their children remember
    their altars and Asherah poles[a]
beside the spreading trees
    and on the high hills.

This is what the Lord says:

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
    who draws strength from mere flesh
    and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
    they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
    in a salt land where no one lives.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

Zephaniah 2New International Version (NIV) Judah Summoned to Repent

Gather together, gather yourselves together,
    you shameful nation,
before the decree takes effect
    and that day passes like windblown chaff,
before the Lord’s fierce anger
    comes upon you,
before the day of the Lord’s wrath
    comes upon you.
Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land,
    you who do what he commands.
Seek righteousness, seek humility;
    perhaps you will be sheltered
    on the day of the Lord’s anger.

Zephaniah 3

14 Sing, Daughter Zion;
    shout aloud, Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
    Daughter Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away your punishment,
    he has turned back your enemy.
The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;
    never again will you fear any harm.
16 On that day
    they will say to Jerusalem,
“Do not fear, Zion;
    do not let your hands hang limp.
17 The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”

18 “I will remove from you
    all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals,
    which is a burden and reproach for you.
19 At that time I will deal
    with all who oppressed you.
I will rescue the lame;
    I will gather the exiles.
I will give them praise and honor
    in every land where they have suffered shame.
20 At that time I will gather you;
    at that time I will bring you home.
I will give you honor and praise
    among all the peoples of the earth
when I restore your fortunes[e]
    before your very eyes,”
says the Lord.

Ezekiel 33:7, 30-33 New International Version (NIV)

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.

30 “As for you, son of man, your people are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the Lord.’ 31 My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. 32 Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.

33 “When all this comes true—and it surely will—then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”