A couple of weeks ago I wrote about God’s romance with us and how we need to get dressed so we can go to the wedding supper with Him. This week I want to discuss the wedding garment. The bible says, God expects us to wear specific wedding attire. “She was given clothing of fine linen, linen bright and pure. For the fine linen she wears is the righteous acts of the saints.” Revelation 19:8.
The clothing is symbolic. It represents the righteous acts of the saints. The phrase, righteous acts, actually comes from a Greek word which is defined “an ordinance, a sentence of acquittal or condemnation, a righteous deed” (Citation). This word has a legal component. It is a judgment given either for or against a person. It echoes the work done in the Biblical feast of the Day of Atonement.
Like all Bible feasts, the Day of Atonement, is a story that describes some of the work Jesus does in our behalf. During Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, judgment was made acquitting or condemning ancient Israel. Each person was supposed to confess his sins, believing that God would blot out the ones they had repented of. These sins had to be blotted out because a catalogue of forgiven sins was archived in the blood that had been sprinkled in the sanctuary. Every day the blood was put on various parts of the temple and the stains kept a historical record of sin. The rituals on the Day of Atonement erased them. By the end of the day any person who had not confessed all their sins was exiled.
How does that translate to us? Well, we are God’s people just like ancient Israel was. And we are to believe Christ blots out our sins from the heavenly archives. Actually, the story of the judgment in the Day of Atonement is mentioned in the New Testament. Revelation 14: 7 says, “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come…” Daniel 7: 9, 10, 22 expounds on it. “As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat… and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him… the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened… and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High…”
This special day is a wonderful time in Bible liturgy because in it we are acquitted and no record of our wretchedness remains because “as far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103: 12
This year the Day of Atonement is celebrated October 29 – 30th. Let us enter this heavenly holiday with our sins confessed, and confident that Christ removes all our failures so far away from us that they can never be found.