Dying before Yom Kippur

by on January 15, 2015

“So, who are you guys with?” Sophie asked.
We were fishing at the University of Oregon, using the whiteboard.
“We’re here on our own. We do a different question each week. If people want to stop and talk, we talk with them. If they want to talk more, I give them the Good Person Test.”
“What’s the Good Person Test?”
“I ask you a few questions, and we see how good you are. You wanna try it?”
Sofie admitted to being a liar, thief, and blasphemer. She said she would be guilty on judgment day, but as to Heaven and Hell?… She said, “I’m Jewish!”
“Okay, so how do you get your sins taken care of? There are no animal sacrifices anymore, and the temple has not been rebuilt. So, what do you do?”
“Oh, we have Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Each year our sins can be forgiven.”
“So, do you do that?”
“So, what do you do if you die before the next Yom Kippur?”
“Uh…I dunno…day by day I guess?…”
“Have you read the prophets?”
“Well, when I was a kid, and it was kind of a kids version of them, yeah.”
“Read Isaiah 53. It talks about having sins forgiven without Yom Kippur.”
“What, what was that? Let me write that down!”
Sophie whipped out her cell phone to write it down so she wouldn’t forget it.
“Read it and tell me what you think, next week.”
“Okay, thanks…” and with that the conversation was over.
Isaiah 53 talks about the one who would come and be an offering for sin and take our sins on himself to save us.

Maybe Sophie will be back next week?

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