59. Entering into God's presence

God's Tabernacle was finished and Moses received further instructions from God there. One of the instructions that God gave Moses was that they must celebrate a Day of Atonement once a year. On this day the High Priest had to go into the Most Holy Place and present God with an offering to atone for the sins of all the people of Israel. Now according to my Bible the Hebrew word for 'atone' means 'to cover'. Therefore the people's sins were 'covered' for the time being until Jesus' sacrifice on the cross could give people the opportunity to have their sins removed forever.

So once a year the High Priest and only the High Priest could enter the Most Holy Place. And on that day all the people of Israel would gather together and they would fast for that day. It had to be a Sabbath day of rest and no one was allowed to do any work.

Now God was very strict on this. No one was allowed, not even the High Priest to enter the Most Holy Place, except once a year on the Day of Atonement.

'Warn you brother Aaron not to enter the Most Holy Place behind the inner curtain whenever he chooses, the penalty for intrusion is death. For the Ark's cover - the place of atonement - is there, and I Myself am present in the cloud over the atonement cover.' Leviticus 16:2

So only once a year, only the High Priest could enter into the presence of God. So if you were an ordinary Israelite, you only saw the acts of God, but you never had the chance to be close to Him. You could never enter into His presence, ever. And the High Priest that did, only could once a year and when he did, he had to spend hours preparing himself to go in. He didn't simply waltz in, there were strict instructions that he had to follow.

But the good news today is, that Jesus pathed the way for us so that we can all now enter into His presence into the 'Most Holy Place' and spend time with God whenever we want to and for how long we want to. This is clearly demonstrated when the inner curtain, that prohibited people to enter into the Most Holy Place, was torn in two.

'Then Jesus shouted out again, and He gave up His Spirit. At that moment the curtain in the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.' Matthew 27:50, 51

Can you imagine the faces of the priests who saw this happen whilst performing their normal duties in the Temple? They must have felt faint! They have never seen the Most Holy Place and yet now it is revealed to them and the best part is they didn't die as God said they would if they entered into it without being the Day of Atonement. They must have been flabbergasted!

And due to what our High Priest, Jesus, has done for us, we have the privilege of going into God's presence whenever we want to and for how long we want to. The only problem is that I don't think we realize what an awesome honor it is. I truly think we take it for granted, and I am speaking for myself here too! We forget how privileged we are. And now in this rushed world of ours we even have the audacity to say that we don't have time to spend with Him. We don't have the time to enter into the 'Most Holy Place' and have fellowship with Him. He paid such a high price for us to be able to do just that and by being blasé over it, we in effect show how ungrateful we are.

I think it is time that we once again have a deep reverence for who God really is. We need to think carefully before we enter into His presence that we are treading on holy ground. We cannot simply waltz in and start making demands. Who are we but a speck of dust? Rather focus on the privilege of being in His presence and offer Him the praises due to Him.

Father please forgive us if we cheapen what Your Son Jesus have done for us. He has paid such a high price and we are truly thankful. We thank you that we can enter into Your presence at any time and that You are always with us. We don't want to take it for granted anymore, we simply want to sit at Your feet and adore You. We love You. Amen

1 comment for “59. Entering into God's presence”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Friday, 19 July 2013 at 6:52:04 AM

    Halleluja Amen

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