The Holiest of All
And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; ~Hebrews 9:3
The holiest of all describes the place inside the Old Testament tabernacle where the high priest could go. There was a veil that separated the sanctuary and the holiest of all. The high priest alone entered into this inner sanctum” once a year not without blood” that would be sprinkled for his sins and the sins of the nation. Let us see some vital and life transforming lessons about this sacred place.
We see the contents.
There was the golden censer which was used for offering incense. Incense is a picture of the prayers of God’s people. There was the ark of the covenant overlaid with gold, which represented the awesome majesty of the presence of God. Within the ark of the covenant was the golden pot that had manna: as manna fed the Israelites in the wilderness, it pictures our Lord Jesus Christ who is the bread of life. There was Aaron’s rod that budded, which is a symbol of the resurrection of our Lord. There were the tables of the covenant which represent the law that declares all men guilty of sin. Above the ark of the covenant was a golden mercy seat that was overshadowed by cherubims of glory. It was aptly called the Holiest of All because of the contents and their meaning.
We see the covering.
It was upon the mercy seat the blood was sprinkled. The sins of every Israelite in the nation was covered by the blood. It was atonement for their sins. It represented the fact that God extended divine mercy for the covering and forgiveness of sins. It is mercy we need as sinners. It pictures how we deserve judgment, but when the blood was applied through the shed blood and death of Christ our sin debt was paid for in full. Just as God told Israel in Egypt “when I see the blood, I will pass over you”, God has passed over judgment upon us. When the high priest came out of the Holiest of All there was relief and jubilation because sin was covered under the blood.
We see the core.
The centrality of worship and life centered around the Holiest of All. It was the core of spiritual life. It points to our Lord Jesus Christ who is the core or preeminence of the Christian life. His blood enables us to enter into the holiest, or the very presence of God. When Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the temple was rent in two. No man could rent that veil. God himself rent the veil and made possible for the fellowship of redeemed sinners with a holy and righteous God. Just as the tent that contained the sanctuary and Holiest of All was surrounded by the tents of the tribes of Israel, it should be evident and obvious that Christ is the center of the Christian life.
We see the conversion.
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” The Holiest of All points to the availability of salvation for every sinner. Jesus is our Holiest of All. Conversion is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. We are purged from our sins, but we are saved for a purpose. That purpose is to serve the living God. All of us are priests and kings in Jesus Christ. Our greatest service to God is through worship. It is through worship God is glorified and sinners are drawn to God. Don’t take for granted the cost and purpose on salvation. Stand and kneel in awe of the matchless work of Christ that he did on the cross.
Have an inspired God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Ezekiel 18-20