Living inside the Holy of Holies

In our group worship Sunday, Stuart reminded us that we are holy ground.

Back when the Israelites wandered the wilderness, hoping to reach the Promised Land soon, they weren’t allowed to stand on holy ground.

Only one man could.

The High Priest.

And only once a year.
On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement—the day of covering sin.

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The average-Joe Jew was only allowed into the outer courtyard.
The priests were the only ones allowed into the Holy Place.

But only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies, the Most Holy Place, in the traveling tent of meeting, and later in the ornate temple.

It was the most sacred site, the place of God’s presence.

And I’m in there now?
The inner sanctuary?
Dirty, sinful me?

Yes.
I live there.

Because my High Priest—the unblemished Lamb—made the ultimate sacrifice to clean me up (Hebrews 9:13-14).

That makes me special.
Because the presence of God resides in me (1 Corinthians 3:16).

I tremble at the thought.

That I’m in.
The inner sanctuary.
Lord, have mercy.

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My grace count continues...soberly...gratefully...

The shed blood of the perfect Lamb (# 276)
The covering of my sin (# 277)
The tearing of the veil to open the way (# 278)
The constant presence of the Lord with me (# 279)

Living inside the Holy of Holies (# 280)

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Are you grateful too for living in the presence of the Lord?

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7 comments:

Barbara H. said...

That's something I know on one level, yet I don't really think about it on an everyday practical level, and I should. Thanks for the reminder.

Joan said...

I often wonder what it would have been like to have been at Calvary that day...to witness the veil being torn into.

I'm so thankful that are sins have not just been atoned for...they have been removed...as far as the east from the west.

Blessings,
Joan

tinuviel said...

A good reminder. Studying Hebrews and the tabernacle have been such blessings to me, but it's been a while since I revisited that.

God bless you!

Josh and Kelly said...

how interesting that we both spoke of holy ground today! love moments like that. great list!

Rachel said...

Amen and Amen! Have a blessed week!

Dianna said...

A tender numbering of His incredible gifts, Lisa. Love you.

Diana Lovegrove said...

Awesome reflection. I'm on my knees. Thanks for sharing.

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