The Veil is Torn
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
The temple was divided into three sections with the innermost section being known as the “Holy of Holies.” This section was separated from the other inner section by a curtain that was as much as 4 inches thick (we don’t know exactly how thick, but historical accounts and Jewish writings indicate 4” is a reasonable measure). This was not a wedding dress veil, it was a heavy, imposing curtain that was a significant obstacle to entering the Holy of Holies. The Ark of the Covenant was kept in the Holy of Holies, and God resided there. The early temple was known as the Shekinah Glory. The veil signified a separation between man and God. The high priest was the only man who could ever enter the Holy of Holies, and he only entered this room once a year to give a yearly offering. Regular Israelites did not have access to this room.
When Christ died, this heavy curtain was ripped from top to bottom (Heaven to Earth) and signified that we now have access to the Holy of Holies. The barrier between God and us has been removed!
WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR FAMILY
Sometimes when reading the Bible, we can easily overlook key verses. Without much knowledge of the veil of the temple, we can miss out on one of the great truths of the gospels. We should endeavor to read the Bible in its entirety even when we don’t fully comprehend what we are reading. Even a minor improvement in our understanding can be a great blessing to us. Of course we should also be constantly reminded that we do, indeed, have access to God through Jesus. We can enter the Holy of Holies because God provided a way!
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