Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. (Hebrews 9:1-4)
God always provides, doesn’t he? In the Old Testament, there was a need to worship God as the Isrealites traveled in the desert for 40 years. God provided the Tabernacle. It was a location for God’s presence to be felt and worshiped. It had meaning in every detail. God also had restrictions on who could enter because of his holiness. The people would gather outside of the tent to worship God. The priests would do their ministry in the first room, but the high priest would enter the Most Holy Place once a year to offer sacrifices for himself and the people. This met their need at that time, but it wasn’t enough.
Then Jesus came. In being the one true sacrifice for all sin, as he died on the cross the curtain was ripped in two in the Tabernacle showing access to all to come into the Most Holy Place, because the need to be cleansed from sin for all was fulfilled once and for all. We are now Tabernacles that walk and talk because the Holy Spirit was put in us for the purpose of God to reside in each one of us. God wants to be with us. He wants us to have full access to him.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that I can come to you with confidence knowing your great love for me and that you are a God that listens and acts. I pray that I never take that wonderful gift for granted. Amen.
Faith tip: Take a look of all that had to be done for the creation of and ministering in the Tabernacle, and compare it to our access of God today. Give God thanks!