The Holy of Holies, was the innermost part of the Jewish temple where God would meet with the High Priest, and blood would be put on the mercy seat to atone for the sins of Israel.
Sin could not be in God’s presence, and the High Priest would have to wear bells around his ankles and a rope so that if he died in the presence of God, the other Levitical preists could pull him out off the Holy of Holies without passing the veil themselves that shielded the room.
This veil was thick and made of fine linen. According to Rabbinical tradition, it was about four inches thick. According to Herbert Danby’s translation of the Mishnah:
Rabban Simeon b. Gamaliel says in the name of R. Simeon son of the Prefect: The veil was one handbreadth thick and was woven on [a loom having] seventy-two rods, and over each rod were twenty-four threads. Its length was forty cubits and its breadth twenty cubits; it was made by eighty-two young girls, and they used to make two in every year; and three hundred priests immersed it. (p. 161, bracketed material is part of the original quote, not my addition.)
This was one hefty veil!
I have seen some say that the veil was meant to protect God from the unrighteousness of men. I believe the opposite: it was meant to protect sinful man from a righteous God–not because he was angry, but because unrighteousness could not be in God’s presence and survive.
From the first sin, man brought down the curse of death upon himself, and from the first sin, God set a plan in motion to redeem mankind and make a way for us to be right with him again: a way for us to be in his presence and not die due to the overwhelming glory of the righteousness of our most holy King of Kings!
It is prophesied throughout the old testament that the messiah would come, and in every book of the old testament Jesus can be found: he was the word in the beginning that created, He was the fulfillment of promise in Exodus, the promised land in Deuteronomy, the Angel of The Lord who met with Joshua in Deuteronomy. Daniel speaks prophesies of his coming, as does David in Psalms, and Jeremiah to Jerusalem. Christ has always been present.
Since the beginning of time, The Lord God on High was waiting to RECONCILE us to himself: to buy our souls back from Satan, whom our forefathers had chosen for us! He came in the humble form of a man to save us:
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a]6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross ~Philipians 2:5-8
Christ fulfilled EVERY bible prophecy for the Messiah, and, at the very moment of his death, the curtain at the Holy of Holies was ripped in two: not from the ground up as if by human means, or works; but from the top down–from God to man. In His GREAT mercy, he not only sacrificed his son to give us an option at redemption (which he still gives us a choice to choose or reject) but he did not terry! He ripped the veil that had separated God and man at the very MOMENT of perfect sacrifice! We are now made righteous through the blood of JESUS poured out on the mercy seat in the Holy of Holies. We can now walk in boldness with God, and our sins are covered by Christ’s blood!
We could never be righteous by our own actions, but only through the perfect life and sacrifice of Christ.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. ~Romans 8:2-4Version (KJVKing James )
What Grace! What Mercy! What Love!
Don’t look at yourself and think that you are good enough. It is not about being good enough. We are made righteous through Christ. To try to live by works is to deny the sacrifice of Christ. To live a forgiving and upright life with out of our love for Christ and what he did for us is the only appropriate gesture.
What will you do today?
I choose to go forth and boldly live a life in love with Christ!