“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
In the Old Testament, the Israelites were commanded to make a tabernacle for God. The tabernacle was a sacred dwelling place for Daddy God and it was divided into three, the outer courtyard, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies or Most Holy Place.
“And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst. 9 Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.” Exodus 25:8-9
The inner room of the tabernacle was called the Holy of Holies or the Most Holy Place. The Holy of Holies was the most sacred room where the Ark of the Covenant was located. It was Daddy God’s special dwelling place. During the Israelites journey in the wilderness, Daddy God appeared to them as a pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night in and above the Holy of Holies.
Only the high priest can enter the Holy of Holies once a year to offer blood for the atonement of their sins. No one can enter it unless he is a high priest or else he will die. Daddy God is pure and holy and man is impure and sinful. So anyone who is not a high priest and enters the Holy of Holies will die on the spot.
Inside the tabernacle, there was a thick curtain or veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place. The Holy Place was the place where the altar of incense, golden lamp stand, and table for shew bread were located. Entry into the Holy Place is the privilege of the priests only. No others were allowed inside. The priests served Daddy God by doing daily activities inside the Holy Place.
Any common Israelites could enter the outer courtyard but only the priests can enter the Holy Place and only the High Priest can enter the Holy of Holies where Daddy God’s presence dwells. While I was pondering on this, Daddy God had impressed on me that we can now always enter the Holy of Holies where we can commune with Him and talk with Him. He had torn the thick veil that separates the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place when Jesus said His last words, “It is finished.” His presence is now accessible for all. Just as the veil was torn, Jesus body was broken for us, opening the way for us to come to God.
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” Mark 15:38
“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) 12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” Hebrews 9:11-12
We can now boldly enter Daddy God’s presence. But sadly, many people were contented in the outer courtyard. They were contented listening to their priests or pastors only instead of personally listening to God. They often ask the pastors, priests and other Christians to pray for them instead of praying for their selves before God. They were afraid that Daddy God will not listen to their prayers. They fail to enter the Holy Place or the Holy of Holies that Daddy God had opened for them through Jesus. The reason why Daddy God had torn the veil of the Holy of Holies is for us to enter into it and be with Him. He wants us to commune with Him and draw near to Him in prayer. We must not remain and be contented in the outer courtyard. We must enter the Holy of Holies! We must spend more time in God’s presence.
Nowadays, there are many Christians whose service for Daddy God hinders them into entering the Holy of Holies. Just like the priests who could only enter the Holy Place to perform their ritual duties and service for God, many Christians failed to enter the Holy of Holies because their time was consumed with their service for God. Although it is good and necessary to serve Daddy God and do His works, we must not forget to have time with Him in prayer. Our service for Him must not hinder our communion with Him. Daddy God longs for our time of being with Him than our service. In the Bible, our defined purpose is that we might worship God and enjoy Him forever.
Because the Holy of Holies is now open, we can get close to God and enjoy fellowship with Him in a real way and experience His holiness. Only few people experience His presence because many fail to enter the Holy of Holies. Daddy God had torn the veil! Why stay in the outer court when we can enter in through Jesus?
“And since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:21-22
ALL GLORY TO GOD!