Entering The Holy of Holies

5 11 2009
Entering the Holy of Holies
Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 10:26am

Today my morning’s study was Isaiah, chapter 12. It tells of a future time, when we, the righteous saved shall stand before the Throne, perfected before His Righteous Majesty, Grace and Love, and it is there that our full and final purpose shall be made clear and ring through all of Creation.

We were made to worship God!!!! He created us as free-willed beings, not automatons, because He wants us to worship Him because our hearts are His by our own choice, not because we are somehow programmed to do so. Satan uses every wile and method to distract us from this, promising us fulfillment of our desire for pleasure that is only truly fulfilled in the worshiping of God and using our desires for this pleasure to pervert us from the the One True Pleasure, the One True Desire, to Worship God for all eternity, in His Presence, as His children. We were purchased by a great price to be able stand before Him – giving Him all of our delight and love – fulfilling our desires, and receiving pleasure in the worshiping and praising of our Father, our Lord and Savior.

Kutless did a song, “Take Me In” that is resonating within me today; I think I’ve listened to it/sung it a dozen times this morning alone before I began writing this! The words are:

“Take me past the outer courts
Into the Holy Place
Past the brazen altar
Lord I want to see your face
Pass me by the crowds of people
And the Priests who sing your praise
I hunger and thirst for your righteousness
But it’s only found in one place

[Chorus:]
Take me into the holy of holies
Take me in by the blood of the lamb
Take me into the holy of holies
Take the coal, touch my lips, here I am”

Recall that, in the days of Moses, when the Tabernacle was made, the construction of it: the Outer Court was for everyone, male and female, but then, the closer you got to the Inner Tabernacle, a winnowing process began. Only the men could enter the area around the Brazen Altar and the specially trained and chosen priests of the Levites singing the praises of God as the sacrifices were made. Then, on one day of the year, the Day of Atonement, a special sacrifice having been made; a lamb, perfect in every way was sacrificed; it’s blood given to the High Priest, who -wearing the breastplate of the Twelve Tribes and clothed in special garment- would be allowed to enter the most inner and sacred area of the Tabernacle, the Holy of Holies, it’s interior shielded and screened from everyone by a special curtain or veil, and he alone would go inside to make the blood sacrifice in the very Presence of God Himself, for all the sins of the people. If anyone else tried to enter the Holy of Holies, where the Ark of the Covenant was kept and where God Himself dwelt in the brilliant Glory of His Presence, they would die. (Apparently, even some of the High Priests occasionally died, because the custom was that they would wear a belled rope tied to them as they entered, and if those bells fell silent, the priests outside of the Holy of Holies would pull on the rope, to pull out the corpse of the priest by it, for they themselves could not enter to retrieve it!)

Recall, on the day of Christ’s crucifixion… at the moment of His death on the cross, one of the things that happened? The significance of it isn’t talked about very often… but this song really reminded me of it. It’s there in Matthew 27:51, Mark 15:38, and we also read it in Luke 23:44-45:

“It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.”(NIV)

THAT sacrifice, the sacrifice of the Lamb of God was the Final Sacrifice, the Perfect Sacrifice. There was no longer any need for a Temple, or a Holy of Holies, the need for it was washed away by the Blood of Christ, and the veil that had once covered the Holy of Holies, separating us from the Presence of God, was torn away, for there no longer any need for it! Our sins were paid for – in full! In Revelation 21:22, speaking of the New Jerusalem it says, “I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” We will stand in His Presence, covered in the Blood of the Lamb of God, our sins washed away for all eternity, able to stand where none could ever have stood before without being killed due to their sin. We, His children, will stand in His very Presence, with faith and love and in the certainty that we are Loved by Him, so much so that He Himself provided the Ultimate Perfect sacrifice that took away our sin forever!

Back in the Garden of Eden, our forebears, Adam and Eve, walked with the Lord, in a perfected environment, in bodies that did not age or get sick. They knew the joy, the pleasure of worshiping their Creator, personally. It even says in Genesis 3:8 that it was the habit of the Lord to walk in the garden in the cool of the day, and it was then that He discovered what Adam and Eve had done, because, for the first time, instead of running to greet Him and rejoicing in His presence, they hid from Him and were afraid. It was only with the Fall, when the curse of death came upon them when they sinned before God that the perfection of all of Creation was broken. Many have asked why it is that Adam, Eve, and all of those early people lived so much longer lives than we do today. Modern scientists have now discovered that it really isn’t the normal condition of the human body to age or to sicken. Our bodies cells are made to divide and subdivide indefinitely and perfectly. Our immune systems are made to protect us from any invading organism that would threaten our well-being. But, because of sin coming into the world, even our very genes were corrupted, and, as time went on and the genes of the descendants of Adam and Eve were damaged more and more, so too were their lives shortened. In fact, there was a point in human history when the age of 45 or 50 was considered quite old, and that wasn’t so long ago. It is only with the advent of modern medicine, public sanitation and public awareness of personal hygiene that our lifespans have been increasing to somewhere between 75-80 years or so and those lifespans are still continuing to lengthen somewhat as we get better about these things, though true incorruptibility and, yes, immortality, will forever elude science and medicine. But, we would never have had to worry about ANY of that, had not sin occurred in the first place.

A question often asked is why, since a baby has no choice in how it’s born, or that it’s born at all, that it should therefore be condemned from birth? Well, if you think about what I wrote above, it’s obvious what the problem is. It’s not a condemnation, it’s a corruption of this entire Creation, right down to the very level of our genes, and every infant born has the genes of its forebears embedded in the DNA of its cells. There is NO escaping that. The only way we can escape the devastating effects of what sin has done to this world and everything, and everyone, in it, is to be remade, reborn, and that is precisely what Christ’s sacrifice on the cross did for each of us.

A day will come when the dead will be brought back to life, both the righteous and unrighteous, and along with those still alive at that time will be judged by the Great Judge Himself, as it says in Revelation 20:11-15. For those of us who are found acceptable, our bodies will be remade, made to be as they were meant to be, incorruptible and perfected, just as Adam and Eve were originally created to be, and all of Creation will be remade, as it says in Revelation 21:1-5. Can you even remotely begin to imagine what that could possibly be like? Even the most beautiful vista, the most beautiful garden, or sunset, or bird, or painting or sculpture you have ever seen, the most beautiful music you have ever heard, the most delicious odor, the softest and most inviting texture, the very best tasting thing you have ever come across will seem like dust compared to what is waiting for us in the the new Heaven and the New Earth that God will make, for all of this corruption will be swept away, gone forever. And then, oh! and then…..

In Isaiah 12:1-6, it says that:

In that day you will say:
“I will praise you, O LORD.
Although you were angry with me,
your anger has turned away
and you have comforted me.

Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.”

With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.

In that day you will say:
“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done,
and proclaim that his name is exalted.

Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things;
let this be known to all the world.

Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

When I think that we will have the privelage of standing directly in the Presence of the Lord God Almighty, no veil, no High Priest, save Jesus Christ, King of King and Lord of Lords, our bodies perfected and our desires no longer perverted by the great liar, Satan, worshiping Him in truth and in love and our praises rising before Him, the longing I feel into the very depths of my being is so intense, I could run right there, right now, and rest there forever. Knowing I will one day, brings me the greatest of joys and my soul simply sings out with those words of that song:

Take me in to the Holy of Holies!!
Take me in by the Blood of the Lamb!
Take me in to the Holy of Holies!
Take the coal, touch my lips, here I am!!!!!!

And there I shall stay, forever… I can’t hardly wait!!!

Thank you Lord, for showing me these things from Your Word this day and for the Spirit-inspired words of the music that sang this Truth into my heart… Holy, Holy, Holy is Your Name!!!!

In closing, I simply repeat the very last words of the Bible:

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” Revelation 22:21(NIV)

~H

Nehemiah 9:6

"You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship You"


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