Day 11 - The Curtain
Read Hebrews 9:1-5.
That passage in Hebrews gives us a nice summary of many of the commands that God gave Moses in the Law regarding the tabernacle and how the priests could talk to God and offer sacrifices to Him. Did you notice that there was a big curtain separating even the regular priests from the Most Holy Place? This is where the ark of the covenant was and God chose to let His presence dwell there, and only the High Priest could go there once a year to offer a sacrifice for Israel’s sins. The temple in Jerusalem in Jesus’s day had a curtain too; it was about 60 ft high; that’s as tall as a five-story building.
Why do you think God designed the tabernacle to have a curtain like this? He wanted to communicate that because of our sin, we are separated from God. No one could just walk into God’s presence. Remember when God talked to Moses from the burning bush? He even made Moses take his shoes off because the ground was holy. Being in God’s presence is a really big deal, and God wanted everyone to know that.
But one day something impossible hapepened. Matthew 27:50-51 tells us that that the moment Jesus died on the cross, the earth shook and the curtain of the temple was torn in two pieces, from top to bottom. This is so powerful it makes me want to cry: God was telling the world that there no longer needs to be a separation between God and man! Even as sinful humans we can actually enjoy the presence of God!
Let’s read Hebrews 10:19-22: “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”
Praise Jesus for opening the way for us! We can have confidence to come into the presence of a holy God!
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