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January 7, 2022 7:00 pm
In the wake of the coronavirus, retrieving something from my safety deposit box required even more layers of protocol than before. Now I had to make an appointment, call when I arrived to be granted entrance to the bank, show my identification and signature, and then wait to be escorted into the vault by a designated banker. Once inside, the heavy doors locked again until I’d found what I needed inside the metal box. Unless I followed the instructions, I wasn’t able to enter.
In the Old Testament, God had specific protocols for entering part of the tabernacle called the Most Holy Place. Behind a special curtain, one that “separate[d] the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place,” only the high priest could enter once a year (Exodus 26:33; Hebrews 9:7). Aaron, and the high priests who would come after him, were to bring offerings, bathe, and wear sacred garments before entering (Leviticus 16:3–4). God’s instructions weren’t for health or security reasons; they were meant to teach the Israelites about the holiness of God and our need for forgiveness.
At the moment of Jesus’ death, that special curtain was torn, symbolically showing that all people who believe in His sacrifice for their forgiveness of sin can enter God’s presence (Matthew 27:51). The tear in the tabernacle curtain is reason for our unending joy—Jesus has enabled us to draw near to God always!
Hi and welcome to this daily encouragement from Our Daily Bread. My name is Kiersten Humbert my title. Today's reading drawn near in the wake of the current virus retrieving something for my safety deposit box required even more layers of protocol than before. Now make an appointment call when I arrived to be granted entrance to the bank show vacation signature and then wait to be escorted into the vault by designated banker. Once inside the heavy doors locked again until I found what I needed inside the metal box unless I followed the instructions I wasn't able to enter in the Old Testament God had specific protocols for entering part of the tabernacle called the most holy place behind a special curtain, one that separated the holy place from the most holy place. Only the high priest can enter once a year. Aaron and the high priests who would come after him were to bring offerings bays and wear sacred garments before entering God's instructions work for health or security reasons. They were meant to teach the Israelites about the holiness of God and our need for forgiveness at the moment of Jesus's death. That special curtain was torn symbolically showing that all people who believe in his sacrifice for their forgiveness of sin can enter God's presence.
The tear in the tabernacle curtain is reason for our unending joy Jesus has enabled us to draw near to God always. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Leviticus chapter 16 verses one through five, the Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, who died when they approach the Lord, the Lord said to Moses, tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the most holy place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark or else he will die for I will appear in the cloud over the atonement cover. This is how Aaron is to enter the most holy place, he must first bring a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering, he is to put on the sacred linen tunic with linen undergarments next to his body. He is to tie the linen sash around him and put on the linen turbine. These are sacred garments, so he must bathe himself with water before he puts them on the Israelite community is to take two male goats person offering and a ram for a burnt offering. Let's pray thank you Jesus for making it possible for us to be drawn near to God always. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries