“Now the Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered profane fire before the Lord, and died; and the Lord said to Moses: “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at just any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, lest he die; for I will appear in the cloud above the mercy seat.”
Leviticus 16:1-2 NKJV
Entre (come in)
There are many things about being a Christian, that leave me so awestruck, that the mere thought of them, overwhelms me to the point of tears. One of those things is my access to the Holy of Holies, where I may enter into the presence of God to lift others to Him in prayer.
Because of Jesus’ death on the cross, His burial and resurrection, I have entre to the Lord. The Lord Jesus paid for my sin debt, for that of the whole world. Those who approach the Lord, by faith, have access to that forgiveness. It is not universal, but open to those who desire salvation.
This morning , I was reminded of the time that Nadab and Abihu, brought strange fire into the presence of the Lord and He killed them. The Lord established rules for Aaron, that he not die as he performed his duties in the temple. He could no longer enter the temple at just any time, but only as prescribed by God.
This was the establishment of the Day of Atonement, when the sins of Israel were to be dealt with through sacrifice. As I read through the chapter, I considered all the things that Aaron and his surviving sons had to do.
““Thus Aaron shall come into the Holy Place: with the blood of a young bull as a sin offering, and of a ram as a burnt offering. He shall put the holy linen tunic and the linen trousers on his body; he shall be girded with a linen sash, and with the linen turban he shall be attired. These are holy garments. Therefore he shall wash his body in water, and put them on. And he shall take from the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats as a sin offering, and one ram as a burnt offering. “Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and for his house.”
Leviticus 16:3-6 NKJV
Before Aaron could come into the house of the Lord, He needed to provide a sin offering for himself, as he was also sinner. He was weak, as those he represented were weak.
“For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.”
Hebrews 5:1-4 NKJV
Because of Jesus, I have the atonement of God, and I can approach Him, confessing when I sin. I do not have to wait a year, for someone else to enter in for me. I do not have to enter a confessional with priest, as sinful as me. I can go into the presence of my Heavenly Father, agreeing to my wrong.
The types and shadows of the Old Testament are a reminder of the futility of religiosity in those early days, as the sacrifices, regardless of how many, could not erase the sins of man, but cover them until a better sacrifice would come.
For those commissioned to go before the Lord, it was a dangerous process, that could result in death on the one day per year that the priest could go in. But Jesus, provided that access to the Holy of Holies, entering in as our great High Priest.
He is our representative forever, never ceasing in His ministry, and even now, interceding on our behalf at the right hand of the Father.
“For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar. by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant. Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”
Hebrews 7:13, 22-25 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, the Lord says to you who know Him, “come in”. The Lord Jesus was rent, as was the veil in the temple, providing us 24/7 access to the Lord. Even this morning, I received a message asking for prayer when I got up to address the needs of my body. I went to the Father in the wee hours of the morning.
Let us be bold to utilize this great access the Lord has given us. You might be one who has not called upon the Lord, and you might feel that He will not hear you. He is waiting for the one message that will get in: “Jesus Save me.” To you, the Lord says “come in” and be saved from your sins.
My fellow Christians, may we be a people going to the throne of God with regularity, as we bring those who do not know Jesus, lifting them up for salvation. May we also pray for each other, that we be bold witnesses in these last days.
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