As Moses was in Mount Sinai, he continued to get instructions from God on how to build His tabernacle. Every detail was given and written down in order for Moses to not make any mistakes when giving these same instructions to the Israelite people. One important place in this tabernacle was the holy of holies, which contained the ark of the testimony. This was inside the tabernacle, which was divided from the other parts of the tabernacle by a veil. It is written, “and thou shalt make a vail of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen of cunning work: with cherubims shall it be made: And thou shalt hang it upon four pillars of shittim wood overlaid with gold: their hooks shall be of gold, upon the four sockets of silver. And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy. And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.” (Exodus 26:31-34) This veil was very important up until Jesus came and died for us.
A similar veil like in the times of Moses was also added to each of the temples built in Jerusalem. The third temple being the last one, which was destroyed for the most part in 70AD. It was in this temple, while Jesus was being crucified, that it was rent in half because of earthquakes that night. It is written, “and about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent.” (Matthew 27:46-51) The moment that veil was torn, it meant that God was no longer confined to that place. He is now with every person who calls upon the name of Jesus. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, thank You for allowing us to have You in our everyday lives. The veil was torn the day that You died for us, Jesus, and I am so grateful that You gave us an opportunity to have the holy of holies in our lives. Yes, God, You are holy and I am grateful to have Your matchless presence with me at all times and in all places. You give me rest from the storms of life. I am at peace, although life is not always easy. I have had my share of trials during this marriage, but You have strengthened me through it all. Thank You for hearing my cries and for coming to my rescue when I needed You most. You came and wiped away all my tears. Praise God. You have also heard my cries during the times I have fallen into sin, and instead of writing me off, You had mercy upon my soul. Thank You, God. I thought that I had sinned too much and that I was too wretched for Your forgiveness. Now I know that You are a patient God and continue to see the best in us, although we cannot always see it. I am so grateful to have You in my life. You are a just and holy God. I trust in You and give You my life. I love You, Lord. Amen.