Step Into God’s Presence

17 Jun

Leviticus 16

Lessons for Living Today:

How does one come into the presence of the living God?  in His presenceThis chapter explains the great detail required of Old Testament people.  Coming into the presence of God in the Tabernacle was not something to barge into unprepared.  There were many rules about cleanliness and what to wear and how to do it all.  One did not come before God empty-handed or in their every day clothing.  It was a sacred ritual to come into the presence of God.  One came only after following the instructions for cleansing from sin.

In the Tabernacle was a large and thick veil, 60 feet by 30 feet to separate the Holy of Holies.  In the Holy of Holies the very presence of God dwelled.  Only the priest was allowed in after an elaborate ceremony of cleansing.  He went into God’s presence to make atonement for his sins and the sins of the people.  An interesting thing happened at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion.  The people had now built a Temple in Jerusalem, a permanent dwelling for God, rather than the portable Tabernacle.  The veil that separated the Holy place from the Holy of Holies was torn in two.

The significance of the veil torn in two was that Jesus gave His life as atonement for our sins.  His death on our behalf meant that all could now have access to the very presence of God.  His teaching explained that there is no further need for the temple and all the ritual for God now dwell in the heart of the believers. As a matter of fact I Corinthians 3:16, 17, says “You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple.” What an honor we have been given, through Jesus sacrifice, to serve as the Temple of God.  Unworthy though I am—Jesus paid the price.

God’s Question: Will you keep My Temple holy?

God’s Promise: Jesus paid the price—to rid you of sin.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for Jesus’ great sacrifice on my behalf.

I am sorry I forget that my body is Your temple.

Thank You for reminding me of my great value.

Help me share this amazing news with others.

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