Artwork, "Into the Most Holy Place" by Rebecca Brogan
The humble heart might be content to be a doorkeeper who waits upon the threshold of God's house (Tuesday's post). And yet such humble hearts—who recognize their desperate need for our Lord and call upon Him—are invited across the threshold.
Therefore, brothers, having boldness to enter into the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus ... let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies having been washed with pure water.
~ Hebrews 10:19-22 (MKJV)
Two thousand years ago, Gentiles had limited temple access, permitted in only the outermost court. A ritually clean Jewish woman could enter the next court, and her husband the innermost court. Priests alone entered the temple itself.
For those of us redeemed with the blood of Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords carries us across the threshold, passing beyond His courts and through His sanctuary. He has ripped down the veil that once set Him apart from His people and receives us in His inner chamber, the Most Holy Place.
Why then, when our access to the very presence of God was purchased at such high price, do we either hesitate to do so or find other places of greater interest?
What might prevent you from drawing near?
Lord, I confess that I allow myself to become too busy and too distracted. Please forgive me. Please put in us all a heart of repentance for all that offends You, and impress us the great honor of being drawn close to You, in Your most holy and intimate place.
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