Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter: Direct Access.

I'm on a two-year Bible reading plan right now...started in January.  Each day I read a portion of Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs.  Today, (Monday the 29th), there were two things I read that jumped out at me; what I might call the Greatest Gift Ever.

33 "When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. 34 But whenever he entered the LORD's presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35 they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD." (Exodus 34)

50 "And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.  51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split."  (Matthew 27)

Was it coincidence that I just happened to read these things together?  I don't believe in coincidence.

I read the Exodus passage first, and I stopped and wrote in my journal these words; "Exodus 34:33-35; the foreshadowing of 'the veil.' "  Moses is meeting face to face with God and as a result, his face is so radiant that the people were afraid and couldn't look at him.  So Moses put a veil over his face.  We also know that there was a veil in the temple that separated God's presence from the people, and we know that when Jesus died, that veil or curtain was torn.

We too often forget...we forget what life was like pre-Christ and/or what life would be like without Christ.  Imagine having to go through a priest anytime you wanted to inquire of the Lord, or having to offer sacrifices.  When God appeared to Moses at Mt. Sinai, the people and livestock were told to keep clear of the mountain or they would die - God's presence is such.  And now?

The moment that curtain was torn, God made His dwelling IN US.  No longer do we need a priest, no longer do we need sacrifices, no longer is there a veil or curtain, for we now have direct access to God through the blood of the Lamb.  Think about it...and respond, in worship.

 1 "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" (1 John 3:1)

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