Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 119:137-144 | Ezekiel 18:12-19:14 | Hebrews 9:1-10 | Proverbs 27:10
Today’s Scripture Focus: Hebrews 9:1-10
Such preparations having been made, the priests go continually into the first tent to carry out their ritual duties; but only the high priest goes into the second, and he but once a year, and not without taking the blood that he offers for himself and for the sins committed unintentionally by the people (Hebrews 9:6-17 NRSV).
As one entered into the tabernacle, access became more and more limited. The outer tent, the holy place, contained the lamp stand, the table, and the bread of the presence. Only priests who were serving in the temple, carrying out their rituals, were able to enter here.
Inside of that tent, was another, the “holy of holies” or the “most holy place.” This inner sanctum contained the ark of the covenant covered in gold, the urn of manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant. Only one was allowed access here: the high priest. And even he was only allowed access once a year, “and not without taking the blood that he offers for himself and for the sins committed unintentionally by the people.” The presence of God in this place was so feared that he went in with precautions—a rope so that he could be pulled out should he not live through the experience.
The writer of Hebrews reminds us of these details so that he can point to the amazing new covenant where Jesus provides a way for all believers to enter into the Most Holy Place. Furthermore, we are able to come to this place of intimacy with God without fear. We may come with confidence.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (10:19-23, NIV)
Meditate on the truths of this passage and open your heart to a fresh experience of entering confidently into his presence. Enjoy time in his presence—Jesus has given you unlimited access!
Father, thank you for unlimited access into your very presence. Give me grace and mercy to meet my need for this day. Help me to hold unswervingly to the hope I profess, knowing that you are faithful to your promises. Amen.