The curtain

Mark 15.38

On Saturday, we read Exodus 26 which gives the instructions for the making of the tabernacle itself. So many things could be pointed out but will only do a few.

The courtyard was rectangular in shape and measured 150′ x 75′. The tabernacle had two rooms, the Most Holy Place which was 15′ x 15′ and the outer room the Holy Place which was 15′ x 30′. The Scriptures describe the frame, walls, silver bases, boards, and posts.

The inner room contained the ark of the testimony and the outer contained the table of showbread, the lampstand, and the altar of incense.

Exodus 26:31-33 tells us of the awesome beauty of the curtain that hung between the Most Holy Place and the Holy Place:

31 “Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim woven into it by a skilled worker. 32 Hang it with gold hooks on four posts of acacia wood overlaid with gold and standing on four silver bases. 33 Hang the curtain from the clasps and place the ark of the covenant law behind the curtain. The curtain will separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.

The white linen fence around the sacred area reminds us of the holiness and purity of the Lord. While the goatskins are what would be seen from the outside, the priests were able to behold the majesty and beauty of the Lord from the inside which would most likely take our breath away. Blue, purple, and scarlet yarn and fine linen with figures of angels worked into it. Purple is the color of royalty and speaks of our King. Scarlet symbolizes the precious blood of Jesus who takes away the sin of the world.  “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isaiah 1:18).”

This veil separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. Only the High Priest was permitted behind the veil and that was only once a year on the Day of Atonement. He could only enter the Most Holy Place once a year after he had first made a sacrifice for his sin and the sin of the people. The veil showed that God could not be approached by sinful people without their being consumed by His holiness.

BUT God…
When Jesus died on the cross, this curtain was torn in two from top to bottom…from the top proves this could only be done by God himself. It indicated that by His death Jesus had opened the way into God’s presence forever for those who have faith in Him.

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died,he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Mark 15:37-38

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22

How lovely is Your tabernacle,
O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
They will still be praising You. Selah  Psalm 84:1-2,4

 

Matthew 27.51

To Know Jesus as Lord and Savior

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