Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly place of holiness. For a tent was prepared, the first section, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence. It is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant. Above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
These preparations having thus been made, the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties, but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people.
by: Jasmine Lynch.
As you read about the holiness and grandeur of the sanctuary, and who was allowed to go inside, you may come to the realization that you and I would have been excluded. Does that help you to appreciate the love of God that caused Him to send Jesus, our High Priest, who made it possible for us to go before God, the holiest of holiness? This thought inspired John Thompson and Randy Scruggs to pen these words in their song, Sanctuary: “Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.” Let this be our prayer and we worship our holy God.