Today’s Reading: Hebrews 9:1-10
The Holy Spirit designed the Tabernacle and the rules and rituals associated with it to teach us about our relationship with God. The veil showed that the way to the holy place was not yet open. The word “veil,” in Hebrew means a screen, divider or separator that hides. It separated the priests from a holy God. Whoever entered into the Holy of Holies was entering the presence of God and only the High-Priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies and then only once a year on the Day of Atonement after meticulous preparations. Anyone else, or the high-priest on any other day, would die.
But it was never God’s desire to distance Himself from mankind. He created us to enjoy fellowship with Him, but this was interrupted by Adam and Eve’s sin. After this the cherubim barred their way back to Eden. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
It is still the same today. We can only come into God’s presence on God’s terms. Many try to scale the fence and tunnel under the coverings, but they cannot succeed. Some even convince themselves that the barriers don’t exist and try to walk straight into the HoH! Why not try try this approach out with a wall first – it is just mind over matter. Convince yourself that you can walk through the wall and then just walk forwards with your eyes firmly shut. You will find that if you don’t mind bumps and bruises it won’t matter. On the other hand you could just try using the door. Most people find this rather more effective!
That is why Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6.
The OT sacrifices partially covered the sins of the people and priests and permitted limited access by the high-priest – once a year on the Day of Atonement. Yet verse 12 of today’s reading says, “Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”