Fasting Has Many Benefits
Yom Kippur is also called Day of Atonement. It has historically been a time for introspection and prayer as the high priest entered into the Holy of Holies on this one day per year.
Here is a quick description:
It shall be to you a Sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your Sabbath. - Lev. 23:32 - NKJV
So.. No work?
Yes, it is a "high Sabbath" with no work. It is also a time for fasting. The "affliction" that the verse speaks of is pretty much universally considered fasting. Now, I find it easier to fast on a work day. I can get busy and purposely skip eating. For Yom Kippur, what most people do is fast right at sundown on the evening (erev) before (which is the Biblical beginning of the day) and break the fast after sundown the next day.
So, if you fast for Yom Kippur, you will likely fast for 24 hours. However, you are really missing only two meals. We can do this, right?
Is Fasting Safe?
Remember all the people in the 80's and 90's saying that if you fast you will mess up your metabolism? Well, the science community has started to come around to the Bible way of thinking in this instance. Now the studies show the opposite. Sure, some people still tow the line of the "fasting is bad for you" crew, but the historical and empirical evidence is everywhere.
Yom Kippur Celebration
We invite you to join us for the One In Messiah/Lion Of Judah Yom Kippur celebration at Lifepoint Church Wednesday, September 19, 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Afterwards we will break the fast together at Fusion Grill, just off Apalachee in Tallahassee.
Have you ever tried fasting? Have you used it as a time to draw closer to God? Let us know in the comments section below.