From "In The Beginning" God's uniqueness and sovereign power are on display in the pages of His Word, the Bible.
An all-powerful, all-sufficient Deity who chose to create creatures, including human beings, for His purposes and His glory.
Humanity, through Adam, quickly violated God's ordinances, leaving the world and Adam's lineage cursed under sin and death.
The fall of Adam was in God's plan thus He let Adam, Eve, and Lucifer know that Jesus would defeat sin crushing the Devil in the process. "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)
The severity of sin requires the ultimate price of death which is why without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.
When Isreal was called and the nation set apart, Moses was given the law and ceremonial requirements at Mount Sinai from God Himself.
In them, a tabernacle was set up for God to meet the high priest in the Holy Of Holies.
This was the most sacred area of the ancient tabernacle of Moses and the temple of Jerusalem. The Holy of Holies was constructed as a perfect cube. It contained only the Ark of the Covenant, the symbol of Israel’s special relationship with God. The Holy of Holies was accessible only to the Israelite high priest.
Once a year, on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the high priest was permitted to enter the small, windowless enclosure to burn incense and sprinkle the blood of a sacrificial animal on the mercy seat of the Ark.
This sacrifice by the high priest atoned for his own sins and those of the people.
The Holy of Holies was separated from the rest of the tabernacle/temple by the veil, a huge, heavy drape made of fine linen and blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and embroidered with gold cherubim.
God said that He would appear in the Holy of Holies (Leviticus 16:2); hence, the need for the veil. There exists a barrier between man and God. The holiness of God could not be accessed by anyone but the high priest, and then only once a year. God’s “eyes are too pure to look on evil” (Habakkuk 1:13), and He can tolerate no sin.
Everything changed when Jesus Christ, the Son Of God was born, lived the perfect life, died for the sins of the elect on a Roman cross.
"When Jesus was dying he said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit." (John 19:30)
With His death, sin was defeated and the veil of separation was longer needed.
"And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split." (Matthew 27:51)
From that moment on, everyone in Christ could enter in God's presence without fear, to commune with the Heavenly Father.
16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them After those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws upon their heart, And on their mind, I will write them,” He then says,
17 And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.
19 Therefore, brethren, since we have the confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,
21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
So true Christ-followers, pray, seek God, and enter His presence boldly for He loves you. Tell others that the one true God can be known, is not distant from us, but is present never leaving us nor forsaking us.
And in all things, may our lives bring our savior Jesu Christ praise, and may the Triune God receive all the glory, now and forevermore.
Download my podcasts below