And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy. ~Exodus 26:33
In Exodus 25, we are given the detailed construction plans for the Tabernacle. In this description, we read about a veil that separated the holy place from the Holy of Holies.
We see the reason for the veil.
The veil was a required curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from the sanctuary of the Tabernacle. Only the high priest could walk past the veil to sprinkle the blood of a lamb on the mercy seat that covered the Ark of the Covenant. If anyone other than the high priest tried to enter the Holy of Holies, he risked being killed by God. The sight of the veil left everyone other than the high priest in awe and fear. The veil basically spelled out “do not enter” to everyone other than the high priest. As long as that veil was in place, it meant that the blood sacrifices being made were only temporary in nature and would need to be continued until God’s justice was satisfied.
We see the restriction in the veil.
The veil limited who could approach into the holiest of all places. The veil represented the sinfulness of every man and his inability to approach God on his own terms. It meant that the sacrificial system needed a perfect lamb offered who could take away the sins of the whole world. As long as that veil was in existence, it pointed back to the Mosaic Law and how it did not make any sinful Jew perpetually justified in the eyes of God.
We see the rending of the veil.
Something miraculous happened to that veil right after Jesus cried out, “It is finished”! As soon as Jesus gave up the ghost, everyone in the city heard the sound of a loud rip. It was an inescapable sound and sight. No human hands had touched it. God supernaturally ripped the veil into two parts. This thick veil was ripped and fell on the floor beneath it. When this occurred, it meant that God’s demands for sin were met and satisfied. Jesus' death satisfied the just demands of God. The veil would no longer restrict men from coming directly to God. Thank the Lord when that veil was ripped in two!
We see the removal through the veil.
When that veil was rent in two, every believer could have access directly into the presence of God. The veil would no longer be a stumbling block to any man wanting to come to God through Jesus. As Paul said in Hebrews, we can enter the holiest of places through the Lord Jesus. No longer would the blood of an unblemished animal need to be offered for sin! God’s perfect Lamb, the Lord Jesus, satisfied the righteous demands of God and made direct access possible. I imagine all of Heaven rejoicing as the veil started to tear. I imagine the cloud of witnesses and angels in heaven saying, “Let it rip!” Spurgeon said, “When Jesus died on the cross the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom so that big sinners like me might fit through.”
Let’s thank the Lord today that the veil was supernaturally ripped in two. Be thankful that Jesus is the only way! Be thankful that His blood gives you access through prayer into God’s presence.
Have a blessed God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Haggai 1-2