Al Chet

Elul 9

For the sin which we have committed before You by scoffing.


First of all, understand that in the last days, scoffers will come scoffing, following after their own desires and saying, “Where is this promise of His coming? Ever since the fathers died, everything goes on just as it has from the beginning of creation” (2 Peter 3:3-4).


In the last days there will be scoffers and mockers, following after their own lust. This verse implies a doubt that Yeshua is going to keep His word, and a belief that nothing will ever change. This is the root of their disdain – hopelessness.


But we are also in a season for us to search our hearts, and cleanse our temples from all uncleanness. Yeshua coming into the world was to bring the temple from without to within – to bring hope into being within us. Paul asked “Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Ruach HaKodesh who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” (1Corinthians 6:19). Therefore, with the help of the Ruach, we are empowered to carefully keep our space (our souls) clean before Him, for the presence of God dwells within us. Our very life reflects the dwelling of His Spirit in us. The Father wants to instruct us how to position ourselves as temple instruments before Him. As we enter into His presence, His desire is that we too may be able to carry His anointing, His virtue, His healing power, His counsel, His wisdom. We are designed to be the temple, but first we must turn our faces towards His hope.


Adonai, I confess the times when I have allowed my own perspective to shape my attitude. You are the One who sees beyond what I can fathom. Search my heart for areas when I have given in to disdain, scoffing, rolling my eyes, or hopelessness. I thank You that You are the God of hope and promise and change. By the power of the Ruach, cleanse me of any of this unrighteousness so that I can carry the fullness of Your presence with me as I go.