Aaron was given specific instructions about when and how to enter the Holy Place. Failing to correctly follow the LORD's direction would result in death. Once a year (v 34), on the tenth day of the seventh month (v 29), the anointed and consecrated priest (v32) was to offer both a sin and burnt offering for himself and the nation, as an atonement for their sin. Additionally, specific clothing was required to enter the Holy Place.
Having seen Nadab and Abihu consumed by fire that came out from the LORD for failing to follow His directions, don't you know Aaron was careful to do as the LORD said. I suspect he proceeded to perform the task with fear and trembling.
So for the writer of Hebrews (10:19) to say "brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places", something drastic must have happened. Living this side of the crucifixion and resurrection, we know what happened to open the way into the Holy Place. But it is important for us to remind ourselves the strict instructions for entering the Holy Place have not changed, they have just been fulfilled in Christ. That is the reason those in Jesus Christ can boldly draw near the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).
Hebrews 10 explains how Jesus provided the required sin and burnt offering necessary for entrance into the Holy Place (Hebrews 10:5-10). Isaiah 61:10 shows how He also provided the required clothing. In the same passage of Isaiah which Jesus used to answer John the Baptist's question concerning Him being the Messiah (Matthew 11:2-6), we find this description of those clothes. "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness" Isaiah 61:10.
Lord God, thank You for Easter morning. Thank you Jesus, for being the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for covering me in the salvation and righteousness of the Lamb, my Lord and Savior. This morning I enter the Holy Place as I draw near Your throne, knowing I will receive mercy and grace in my time of need.
If you have read Psalm 119 and wished for the Cliff's Notes, welcome to Psalm 19.
David begins this Psalm by declaring that God's creation speaks. Notice in the first six verses, David's choice of words to describe the world in which we live: declare, proclaim, speech and voice. As one who loves to be outside, I agree with David. The creation loudly proclaims a great God who is the designer, artist, producer and director of the greatest show on earth.
I love the mornings on our back porch as the moon begins to set and the morning star rises to proclaim the coming of the sun. The sky becomes an amazing canvass of color, announcing the new day. I am blessed to not only see the magnificence of the creation but to hear it. The chirping of the birds, turkeys gobbling to each other in the pasture, the neighbor's rooster letting everyone know it is time to get up and even the dogs telling me it is time for breakfast. I am a blessed man to see God's splendor announced on a daily basis.
David says not only is the creation splendid—so is God's instruction, law, testimony, precepts, commandment and rules. They are of more value than gold and sweeter than honey. They offer both warning and reward. It is through His instruction I can know my errors and faults. They will keep me from sin and protect me from great transgression.
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be as splendid as Your creation and instruction.