READ : Hebrews 9:1-14
An earthly sanctuary . . . a tent. (vv. 1-2)
The instructions God gave to Moses on Sinai included, along with the Ten Commandments (and many others), a blueprint for making the wonderful tent where he intended to live among his people.
After listing some of its most important components, the writer of Hebrews says, “Of these things we cannot speak now in detail” (v. 5). Neither can we; but what we can do is reflect on two tremendous facts. First: between Israel’s exodus from Egypt and Jesus’ “exodus” at Calvary, that sanctuary – first a movable tent, then a permanent temple – was the one and only place in the whole world where humans had a guaranteed access to their Maker. The structure itself illustrated God’s way of dealing with the sin that kept them apart.
Second: wonderful though that sanctuary was, it was only “a sketch and shadow of the heavenly one” (Heb. 8:5), and the cross of Jesus did away with the need for it. The copy was replaced by the real thing. Anywhere, and at any time, you and I can now come into the Father’s presence because of the Son’s death. He himself is the priest, and the sacrifice, and the torn curtain – the very tabernacle and temple where we meet God.
My Father, thank you again for Jesus, the only way to you.