What I read today;
Exodus 36; 1 Chronicles 8-9; Psalm 80; Jeremiah 14; Acts 18; Revelation 1-2
In Exodus 36 we read about the building of the Tabernacle. At the end of the chapter, we hear about the making of a curtain. It seems odd that Moses would spend so much time to the discussion of this curtain talking about the intricate detail. But this curtain would separate the holy place from the holiest of places. It was a curtain designed to keep all but the high priest from entering. Behind the curtain lay the Ark of the Covenant and access was strictly controlled. Only a person who was ritually purified could enter, and even at that, he could only enter once a year.
That curtain signifies our separation from God because of our sin.
It was that curtain that Matthew, Mark, and Luke talk about. At the moment Jesus died it was torn in two and fell open. There was now a free path directly to the creator of the universe for all mankind.
In spite of that, the Jewish priests made a new curtain. They built a barrier to replace the one that God had torn down. We do the same thing. We create barriers between ourselves and God. We make them in intricate detail. We allow them to get bigger and bigger until they are so heavy that we can barely lift them.
But Jesus keeps tearing them down.
When we feel separated from God and distant from his grace and mercy, we need to rely on that work that Jesus did on the cross. We need to remember that we are the ones who are building the barriers.
Jesus tore them down for us.