Today you should read: Ezekiel 41
The Most Holy Place…
Ezekiel is continuing to speak about his vision of the new temple. Can you imagine “following” a heavenly being around and seeing these incredible images that have deep meaning? God will set his temple among His people, as a representation of Him being in their midst, and this is how he has chosen to do so. This is how he has chosen to “house Himself” as if He could be housed. And Ezekiel is seeing this with fresh eyes.
In the midst of this, it is pointed out (without Ezekiel actually entering in) where “The Most Holy Place” is. This is also known as the “Holy of Holies.” It’s pointed out to Ezekiel, and this must have been the peak of the vision, because this place is where the Arc of The Covenant was housed, which is the ultimate representation of God’s presence. Behind the veil was where God would “dwell.” The veil served as a barrier between sinful people and God. A priest would enter into this place once a year to make atonement for the sins of the people.
This must have been incredible to see. But what is even more incredible, is that because of Jesus, we can actually go in.
Matthew 27:50-51 says, “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.”
Jesus’ death, on the cross, paid the price that was required for the sins of the world. Jesus has made it possible to have open access to the Holy God of the universe. No longer was (is) separation required. Jesus now serves as the curtain that we can “enter through” to get to God. Jesus is also the great high priest, who has made a once-and-for-all atonement, and now we can enter into the presence of God. And because this is true, Hebrews 10 tells us exactly how we should respond to this truth.
Hebrews 10:19-23 says, “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.”
If we are in Christ, we should draw near to God, because we can. Because, as Psalm 73 says, … “as for me, it is good to be near God.”
Let us not forget the incredible privilege we have, the privilege that the people in Ezekiel’s day did not have, to draw near to God. Draw near to Him today through His Word, through prayer, through confession, through repentance, through love…. and allow this to make you clean and make you more like Jesus.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione