Into The Holy Of Holies
Are you looking for a place to rest? Longing for peace in the midst of a hectic life? You can find both in the same place -- the Holy of Holies.
Hebrews 10:19-20 states, "Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the Holy of Holies by the power and virtue in the blood of Jesus, by this fresh and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain (veil of the Holy of Holies), that is, through His flesh, and since we have such a great and wonderful and noble Priest Who rules over the house of God, let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith, having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water." We have the liberty to enter in to the Holy of Holies. But what is God's prescribed way to enter?
Moses was shown the heavenly pattern for the temple and recreated it as best as humanly possible. By looking at the Tabernacle in the Wilderness we can come to a better understanding of the way God intends for us to enter the Holy of Holies.
The first area of the tabernacle was the outer court which contained the altar and the lavar. The altar is a type of the cross. You cannot enter into God without the cross. At the cross our past sins are forgiven (Romans 3:25); sin is put away (2 Cor. 5:21); our old nature is crucified (Romans 6:6); and we devote ourselves as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2). All four aspects of the altar must be dealt with.
The lavar typifies God's Word in three aspects -- as mirror (James 1:23-34), judge (John 12:47-48; 1 Cor. 11:31; 1 Peter 1:17), and as cleansing water (Eph. 5:25-27; 1 John 5:6). Those who came to the altar and did not wash at the lavar were subject to death (Ex. 30:17-21; Titus 3:5; John 13:6-8). As disciples of Yeshua (Jesus) we must cleanse ourselves of wordly contamination by studying God's Word. Once you've come by the water and the blood, the Holy Spirit bears witness to your spirit and assures you to move in to the Holy Place.
The first item in the Holy Place is the shewbread which represents our will. The shewbread was ground (totally yielded); molded (conformed to God -- delight to do His will); baked (tried by fire); placed in two rows of six loaves (ordered according to God's direction -- discipline); covered by frankincense (worship); perpetually before God's face; surrounded by a double protective crown (watch and pray -- Matthew 26:41); regularly dedicated afresh to God. We must be willing to keep our will open and constantly before the face of God.
The next item in the Holy Place is the seven branched lamp stand which represents our intellect. The lamp stand was fashioned from beaten gold. Through the renewing of our minds, by studying the Word of God, we allow the Holy Spirit to fashion our intellect to be pleasing to God (2 Cor. 10:5; Romans 8:7; 1 Thes. 5:8). The illumination of the intellect depends upon the yielding of the will (James 3:13-18).
The final item found in the Holy Place is the golden altar of incense which represents our emotions. Only after we bring our will and our intellect in line with God's requirements can we come to the right use of our emotions. The altar was square (balanced); had a protective crown (self-control); fire (intensity, passion for holiness); incense (devotion made fragrant by fire); smoke (adoration expressed in praise and worship); horns sanctified by blood (acceptance of Jesus' atonement); highest piece of furniture (adoration lifts us up); point of transition to the Holy of Holies.
Only through praise, worship and adoration can we enter in to God's presence -- into the Holy of Holies.
The only item in the Holy of Holies was the ark with the mercy seat. Inside the ark were three items: the two tablets of stone; the golden pot of manna; and Aaron's rod that budded. The tablets represent God's eternal law -- an expression of His righteousness. The pot of manna represents Yeshua, our true manna from heaven. Aaron's rod represents supernatural revelation received directly from God through Yeshua. And the only source of light was the manifest presence of God above the mercy seat.
The ark represents Yeshua. In Him God's law has been fulfilled and through Him God's law is written in our hearts. He is our spiritual manna. And through Him we receive supernatural revelation of God. When we are in Yeshua we are under the mercy of God (Romans 3:24-25; Hebrews 4:16). And when we are in His merciful presence we find His beautiful peace.
This all may sound complicated, but it really is quite simple. Accept the sacrifice that Yeshua made for you almost 2,000 years ago on a tree outside Jerusalem. Wash yourself with the water of the Word of God. Allow God to examine your will and desire to please Him. Spend time in praise and worship, learning to delight in the Lord. Enter into His presence. Find peace.