DAILY WORD 7/18/20
6. When these things were all in place, the priests regularly entered the first room as they performed their religious duties. 7. But only the high priest ever entered the Most Holy Place, and only once a year. And he always offered blood for his own sins and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8. By these regulations the Holy Spirit revealed that the entrance to the Most Holy Place was not freely open as long as the Tabernacle and the system it represented were still in use.
Hebrews 9:6–10 NLT
Today’s passage provides yet another small slice of “Strong Meat” to chew on and offers us a little more insight into the author’s point that Jesus’s Ministry as the Great High Priest is far Superior to that of the Levitical priests.
Yesterday we talked about the duties of the priests and the Tabernacle and how there were portions of it they had to be painstakingly careful when they entered, lest they should die. Here in this passage, we see a little more of why this was so important and why God saw fit to change the dynamic.
The outer portion of the Tabernacle and then as it was built, the Temple in Jerusalem, was regularly entered by the priests. It was part of their job to take sacrifices in for daily offerings. However, the Holy of Holies, where the Ark of the Covenant and God’s Presence was housed, was another story entirely.
Only the High Priest could enter there and then only once a year. But that is not the only restriction that he had to observe. If the High Priest entered into the Most Holy Place unclean he would never leave of his own power.
It is rumored and traditionally thought that the High Priest had a scarlet rope tied to his ankle along with bells so that if he died because of uncovered sins as he exercised his duties as priest that the other priests would hear the bells stop and could pull him out. Only he could go in so if he died, they couldn’t even go in and retrieve the body! It was that serious.
But then Jesus came to die for our sins. You may, through the balance of these commentaries, be asking yourself why. What was the significance of all this? Why did Jesus have to die, to change the dynamic, and do away with the entire old order that He Himself set up?
The answer is here in Verse 10 of this Chapter. In the old system, we were cut off from the Most Holy Place which in essence meant that we were cut off from God’s Spirit.
We did not have access to the most Potent Form of God that we could actually interact with because it was hidden from us behind the veil of the Tabernacle. But when Jesus died, He also tore open that veil and gave us access to His Spirit!
In one fell swoop, Jesus ripped away the restrictions that kept us from experiencing His True Power for ourselves. This was something His people had never had the privilege of before, it was a New Dynamic and it required a New Covenant.
The old system had to die because it was simply obsolete. God’s plans have a pattern and this one is no exception. He saw an issue, He made a plan, He came to die, He tore the veil, He released His Power through His Spirit, He ended the old order, and He made a New Covenant.
That is why this is all so important. God saw an issue and addressed it in a way that only He could. He took what was old and flawed and made it New and Perfect! Now, we have access to Places in Him that were never accessible before, Power that was never before available to us! Now we have a Real Personal Relationship with the God of All Creation and through it, we have a Direct Line to God Himself. That’s Why!
Have a Spectacular Saturday, FB, and Rest Easy Cherie!
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