I am thankful to God for what He has done, for how He has blessed me, for the way He has protected me and given me strength. Are you grateful for what God has done for you?
God gives His angels charge over me…and over you. His goodness and His mercy follow us. His outstretched arm protects us so that the plans of the enemy fail.
We worship Him not only for what He has done, but for what He’s doing today, and for the future that He has prepared for us. And soon…we will meet Him in the air as He splits the eastern sky. What a day that will be!
But let’s talk for a minute about the tabernacle. Let’s look inside and travel all the way back to the Holy of Holies and the veil. This veil separated the common man from God. Only the high priest could step inside, and only after a very laborious cleansing process to make sure that he could be accepted by God.
A pure and holy God could not be in the presence of sin. As much as He is a loving father, He could not allow sin in His presence. So, the high priest would have to cleanse himself from all sin and go before the King with the petitions of the people. If the high priest still had sin in his life when he came before God, he could literally fall dead in God’s presence and the people in the tabernacle would have to pull him out of the Holy of Holies by a rope attached to his leg.
To this day, God takes sin very seriously. It is what can separate us from Him, from His will, from His blessing.
This is why the Holy of Holies was separated by the veil. Bible scholars have recorded that this extraordinary veil was 50’ long, 30’ wide, 6” thick and unbelievably heavy. It took 300 priests to move it. It took 150 oxen to hang it, and was woven out of 200 squares of embroidery, in the pattern of a cherubim angel. This angel was a reminder to anyone coming close to the Holy of Holies that this place was off limits.
When the day finally came that the high priest could go behind the veil with the petitions of the people, the cleansing process was so excruciating that the Bible takes chapters to describe it in great detail. The blood of an acceptable sacrifice was collected and carried into this holy place, killed at twilight as the day turned into night.
It was a dress rehearsal for the night that Christ was crucified.
It was the night that the Bible records in Matthew 27:45-51:
Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split…
Every tiny detail was orchestrated by heaven as God watched His only Son give of Himself willingly so that you and I could come before Him without a high priest, without a go-between of any kind. With this final declaration of love…the enormous veil was ripped from top to bottom. And it was finished!
In that moment we were given the gift of unlimited access, favor with the King. We can now come directly before the Creator of heaven and earth with our daily petitions.
When the veil was ripped…every chain was instantly broken. Every sin was forgiven. The past was forever forgotten, and in the future is the gift of eternal life for whosoever will...
Church, no matter where you have been or what you have done…the veil ripped for you. His arms are open wide, and He is waiting for you to accept Him as your Lord and Savior. Call upon Him today, and know that your past is forgiven and your future is brighter than you could ever imagine.