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August 12th, 2007

Seven Steps to Intimacy (6)

“Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim worked into it by a skilled craftsman. Hang it with gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold and standing on four silver bases. Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the Testimony behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.” Ex 26:31-33 (NIV) 

In the Old Testament Tabernacle, only the High Priest could enter the Most Holy Place. He would have to enter through the curtain which separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. The wonderful news is that God has given every believer access into His Presence. How did He provide the way? Notice how the sacrificial death of Christ granted access for every child of God.

“And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.”  Matt 27:50-51 (NIV) 

God initiated the process to bring us into position to be reconciled to Himself. God gave us His best! God gave His only Son to die in our place and to pay our sin debt.

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Heb 10:19-22 (NIV)

How will you respond to God’s redemptive activity? What will be different about your outlook on life? Are you sensing the need to draw near to God? He has done all the work!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Pastor of Leadership and Pastoral Care

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, August 12th, 2007 at 1:00 am
Category Seven Steps to Intimacy (6), The Curtain.
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