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Read †Hebrews 10: 19-25
Enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus
When God instructed Moses on the setting up of the Sacred
Tent or tabernacle as it is called, there were very specific no-go areas. There
was a large courtyard where the sacrifices were carried out by priests. People
probably were allowed in with their sacrifice but it was limited access because
it was a holy place. Then there was the tabernacle itself. Only priests were
allowed in it. It had several coverings to made is both waterproof and sealed
off from the world. It was a sacred place. It was only for displaying reminders
of Godís provision and burning incense as prayer. It was light by a grand oil
lamp with 7 branches. When the Israelite moved camp, all this was covered up
before taking out of the tent. It was too holy to be seen by the people. Beyond
the holy place of incense was the most holy place. In it was just the ark of
the covenant with the cherubim above it. This was never seen by anyone. It was
pitch dark inside and† Only the high
priest once a year was permitted into the most
So here we are told we
have confidence to enter the
That is the most amazing statement for any Jew of the day. Even the High Priest had reason to be afraid for his life but you are to have confidence! Why? What makes the difference? We are told -20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,
Now at this point we need to
remind ourselves that the writer is not talking about going to the temple in
There is so much more in this passage to enrich us but I want us to concentrate on this aspect today. When we pray, we are to have confidence.† Not in ourselves but in Jesus. We enter the sanctuary ourselves, we do not send someone else. If we have put our faith and trust in Jesus, we have a safe way in to God. The curtains were the dividing wall, sealing off the holy place from sight and a clear barrier. When Jesus died on the cross that curtain was split by God from top to bottom. Jesusí death means we can have a relationship with God. But it cost Jesus his life. We must respect this. Our lives will either express our gratitude by living by his Holy Spirit in holiness or we will poison our relationship with God with sin. We have this wonderful privilege but we must live in it with care because we do not want to be seen as thankless and disrespectful of† our Saviour.†
And what are we to do? Well draw near to God because we can and because we want to!
And listen to the reasons for confidence:
and since we have a great priest over the house of God, †having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience
and having our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, now the bit about giving up meeting together does not apply to you because you are here today to do just that to spur one another on toward love and good deeds
and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
We have confidence and we have hope because one day we will
be in his presence for ever. We will pass through a different curtain through
death to eternal life. We have entered into the most