Sunday, August 16, 2009

live with the holy of holies...

Exodus 26:33 And you shall hang the veil from the clasps, and bring the ark of the testimony in there within the veil. And the veil shall separate for you the Holy Place from the Most Holy.

Holies of Holies. Sounds like an uber-holy expression, but it comes from the Old Testament locale of ark of the covenant and other very important articles. Most importantly, it was where God Almighty dwelt. Back in the day, people would want to meet with God so they went to the temple with sacrifices which the priest would offer to the Lord. They would sing and worship the Lord. They would fellowship with each other. They would find forgiveness of sin… even if only for a moment. I, being a gentile woman, wouldn’t even be able to worship the other Jewish women, let alone in the inner courts with the men!

The priest, however, had special privilege. The priest actually made the sacrifices! The priest got to go to the altar! The priest got to go into the sanctuary! And once a YEAR, one sinless man would timidly, humbly, fearfully pull back the veil and there he would dwell with God in the Holy of Holies. One man, once a year, on one platform above the others would ask for the remission of sin and be with God. Truly amazing!

What’s more amazing, that we, as a sinful, jacked up, messed up, tore-up-from-the-floor- up, motley crew of beings can enter into the presence of God Almighty, creator of heaven and earth—every day. AW Tozer, in his book, The Pursuit of God said it best: Ransomed men need no longer to pause in fear to enter the Holy of Holies. God wills that we should push on into His presence and live our whole life there… It is more than a doctrine to be held; it is a life to be enjoyed, every moment of every day.

The heart of the Christian message is that God Himself is waiting for his children to push into Him and be in His presence, to pull back the veil and be with GOD! Doing Life living in the outer courts, worshipping like an outsider, and momentarily dwelling in His presence is not how we are to live. So why do we continue to let the veil separate us from the Holy of Holies? The veil was torn from top to bottom upon the last breath of our Savior on Calvary. Do not continue to live outside the veil, but push into His presence today.

8 comments:

christy said...

it is unbelievably amazing that God would want us to come to Him and be with Him everyday...what's even more unbelievable is that we take it so much for granted and put so many other things before Him...thank you God for being so forgiving and so loving that you love us anyway...

Diandra Ann said...

This sounds familiar :) So proud of you my friend. xoxo

Steph! said...

Thank you! That was so beautiful!!! :)

Now, to get off of the internet and into some worship...

Jewelielyn said...

this is exactly where i ended up during worship this morning. it was amazing--who are we? and yet God loves us and longs for us. hard to wrap my tiny little brain around that!

Carrie LeighAnna said...

I love that you share the complexities of the bible in a way that everyone can understand! Like you said- the concepts of the Old Testament usually sound so uber-holy and, without explanation, it's easy to pass up verses and passages that otherwise can change a person.

Anonymous said...

Thank You Bi,
one of my favorite books is the book of Hebrews!!
:)

Whitney said...

I've been living on the outside. I need to push into His presense.

Good word from His word!

Anonymous said...

WELCOME HOME BB!!!! I love you & miss you like crazy! Can't wait to catch up! Rest up & see you SOON!

ps...thanks for the text last night...my heart was happy!!

-j

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