Monday, February 17

Go right in!

Scripture: Numbers 1-2, Acts 24

Numbers 1:53  But the Levites will camp around the Tabernacle of the Covenant to protect the community of Israel from the Lord’s anger. The Levites are responsible to stand guard around the Tabernacle.

Observation

The Levites were chosen from all the tribes of Israel to care for and protect the tabernacle, the sacred place to meet with God.  The camped around it, forming a protective ring.  But they weren’t protecting the tabernacle from harm; they were protecting the people from harm, from God’s anger if they entered the tabernacle.  No one was to go near except the priests and Levites; if they did, they would die.  So they encircled the tabernacle to protect the people of Israel from the Lord’s anger by keeping them away from the tabernacle.

What a difference between the old and new covenants!  Under the old, we were kept out of the presence of God because of our sin.  Under the new, Jesus forgives our sin and opens the way into the presence of God.

Hebrews 10:19–22 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. 20 By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. 21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, 22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

Application

Let’s take advantage of the access we’ve been granted!  We don’t need to offer an animal sacrifice to enter God’s presence.  We don’t need someone to stand guard and protect us from God’s anger if we approach.  Jesus has opened the way and we can boldly enter God’s presence.  So “let’s go right into the presence of God.”

Go right in!  Pray!  Worship!  Listen!  Enjoy His presence!

Prayer: Thank you Jesus for a new, life-giving way into the presence of God.  Remind me often to go right in and enjoy!