After Moses and Aaron work with God to free the Israelites from Egypt, and God has given the 10 commandments to Moses for the people of Israel, God then gives Moses the task of making the Tabernacle or tent of meeting. Essentially, this portable tent, is God’s place among his people. The 10 commandments are placed in an ark, which sits on a special table inside the tent, behind a curtain which only certain people are allowed to access. In Exodus 40:1-15, Moses has finished preparing this place, where God will meet with God’s chosen people. Once the place has been prepared, Moses is then to bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the tent to be consecrated for service to God. From this point forward, it is only the priests who have the opportunity to be in God’s presence. (If you didn’t have the right level of clearance, ie. you weren’t the priest and tried to meet with God, you would die). While there is a place for God to be with people, it is not for all people.
In John 14:1-2, Jesus tells us that he goes to prepare a place for us in God’s house. God desire all of humanity to be in a relationship with God. It is only through the sacrifice of Christ that we can have this access, and enter into the place where God is. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the limited access has become unlimited access. When Christ dies, the curtain in the temple is torn, everyone is given access to God! Hebrews 10:19-21 (The MSG) puts it this way…
“So, friends, we can now, without hesitation – walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body.”
Through his death and resurrection Jesus has prepared a place for all of us in God’s presence. We don’t need to be timid or afraid to approach God. We need to walk up without hesitation. God is waiting to meet with you today. Don’t wait, walk right into the place that has been prepared for you. Mark 1:15 tells us that the Kingdom of God is at hand, I like to think that means the place has been prepared, and God is waiting for us to choose to be in God’s presence.
The place has been prepared, don’t be scared, don’t hesitate, go and meet with God today!